The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Manatt partners Michelle Cooke, Timi Hallem and Donna Wilson as three of the most influential women lawyers in Los Angeles. The publication’s inaugural list highlights 50 of the most impactful women lawyers in Los Angeles, a region that is a national leader when it comes to women in law and business, the publication says.
In its profile of Cooke, co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property practice, the journal notes that for over 20 years, she has been successfully helping clients protect—as well as expand—their most important asset: their intellectual property. Having cultivated a reputation for exceptional trademark work attuned to business interests, Cooke serves as a trusted partner to her clients. She works with publicly traded companies such as Universal Studios, General Mills and Alliance Healthcare Services in establishing, guarding and growing their brands.
Hallem, a partner in the firm’s real estate practice, is described as a swift and successful problem-solver whose work on real estate acquisitions, intricate loan restructuring and large-scale development make her the go-to counsel for clients whose legal needs change with the markets. She has had great success over the course of her career representing major developers, lenders, owners and operators in all economic climates. Hallem also chairs the Manatt Women’s Initiative, which combines firmwide support networks, business coaching and other instructive programs with innovative policies to help retain and advance women at Manatt.
The publication highlights Wilson, chair of the firm’s privacy and data security practice, for her role as lead counsel in several major matters last year. As privacy and data security issues were exploding, Wilson was helping companies respond to data breaches and data incidents. The financial services arm of her practice was also roaring as she fiercely and successfully represented a mortgage loan servicing provider in a matter that received national attention.