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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has acquired the 12-lawyer New York firm of Parcher, Hayes & Snyder, a litigation boutique heavily focused on the entertainment industry. The move gives Los Angeles-based Manatt prominent entertainment practices on both coasts. Clients of the Parcher firm include rock stars such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. Manatt’s Los Angeles entertainment practice counts actors Michael Douglas and Robin Williams among its clients. Both firms also represent media companies and studios such as Time Warner, Sony and DreamWorks. Paul H. Irving, managing partner of Manatt, said Wednesday the firm was on its way to “becoming one of a handful, if not the dominant, entertainment and media law firms in the country.” The 290-lawyer firm will now have between 40 and 50 lawyers working in entertainment, media and advertising practices, he said. Parcher Hayes partners Peter Parcher, Steven Hayes, Orin Snyder, Cynthia Arato and Gregory Clarick will become partners at Manatt. Three counsel and four associates will also join Manatt from Parcher Hayes. Snyder will join Manatt’s board of directors. Parcher said Wednesday his firm had joined forces with Manatt in order to serve clients in areas other than litigation. “We’re trial lawyers,” he said. “Now many, many cases are filed in California and many of our clients have interests that go far beyond the courtroom.” Manatt’s already strong focus on the entertainment and media industries made it the natural platform for Parcher Hayes to grow, he said. The addition of the Parcher Hayes lawyers will increase the size of Manatt’s New York office to 65 lawyers. At the beginning of last month, Manatt brought aboard 10 lawyers, including name partners Linda Golstein and Felix Kent, from the advertising group of New York’s Hall Dickler Kent Goldstein & Wood. Snyder said Manatt’s addition of Goldstein’s “top-notch” advertising promotion practice had been a strong impetus to the Parcher Hayes lawyers, given the increasing integration of entertainment and advertising. “This puts us on the map overnight as an elite firm in the field of media and advertising,” he said. “This makes us a magnet for clients who need help in those areas.” Beyond the creation of a bicoastal entertainment and media group, Irving said the acquisition will form the basis of an expanded East Coast litigation practice headed by Snyder. Manatt first entered the New York market in February with its acquisition of Kalkines, Arky, Zall & Bernstein, a 42-lawyer firm specializing in the health care industry.

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