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Sheppard Mullin represents companies in the automotive industry - including next generation vehicle manufacturers and innovators worldwide. We counsel companies large and small, public and private, in transactions, acquisitions, joint ventures and legal disputes on a global basis. Because our attorneys know the automotive industry so thoroughly – the problems, the players, the issues and pitfalls – we know how to help companies find and capitalize on opportunities.

We have experience in the following areas:

  • Advertising and Promotions
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Automobile Finance and Leasing Transactions
  • Automobile Finance Litigation and Counseling
  • Autonomous Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Class Actions, including Employment
  • Connected Vehicle Technologies/Telematics
  • Contracts, Supplier Agreements, Distribution, and Agency Relationships
  • Corporate – Mergers, Acquisitions, LBOs, and Joint Ventures
  • DOT Expertise, including Buy American Regulatory Requirements
  • Employment Advice and Counseling and Single Plaintiff Cases
  • Environmental Permitting and Remediation
  • Government Relations
  • Import, Export, and Custom Matters
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor Union Management Relations and Union Avoidance
  • Licensing and Distribution Agreements
  • Litigation – Commercial Disputes and Dispute Resolution
  • Negotiating SEP Licenses on FRAND Terms and Conditions
  • Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation
  • Patent Litigation
  • Product Liability and Unfair Business Practices/Diminution in Value Claims
  • Real Estate Development and Leasing of Facilities
  • Tax, Employee Benefits, and Executive Compensation
  • Trade Secret Defense and Prosecution

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