Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Renowned litigation outfit with strong credentials across commercial and securities disputes, counting household names and multinational corporations among its roster of clients. Offers comprehensive coverage in business-critical issues, ranging from antitrust, contractual disputes and IP to litigation arising from environmental disasters and industrial accidents. Calls upon a stable of leading trial and appellate advocates, notable for their breadth of expertise and deep experience.

Strengths A source comments: "This is a group that works very well together, is strategic and thoughtful in its approach, keeps the client apprised and integrally involved, produces outstanding written product, and has a presence that lets the other side know they are dealing with a more than worthy opponent."

One client praises the firm's "very focused, strategic and immensely capable advocates."

Work highlights Acted for Mattel in a securities class action. The plaintiffs alleged that the client announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2018 without warning shareholders and investors about the company's projected weaker financial performance.

Represented Plains All American Pipeline in an environmental crimes trial in which the client was accused of knowing misconduct in relation to a crude oil leak in Santa Barbara County.

Advised Johnson & Johnson on a case in the Second District Court of Appeal, in which the court affirmed a Superior Court ruling that there was insufficient evidence to support a claim that talcum powder produced by the client causes cancer and mesothelioma.

Notable practitioners

Benjamin Horwich
is noted by sources for his "excellent strategic approach to appellate work."He appears frequently in circuit courts and his recent experience includes matters concerning gambling and Native American law.

Brad Brian
"is really brilliant. He has very good judgment and he is a great legal advocate," comments an impressed client. He is a respected litigator who is regularly called on by clients to handle their most high-stakes commercial disputes.

Fred Rowley
appears regularly in state and federal appellate courts, representing clients in a range of commercial disputes and class actions. "He's extremely smart and an excellent writer - he will take enormously complex concepts and explain them perfectly," remarks an interviewee.

The "absolutely outstanding"
John Spiegel
attracts universal praise for his expertise in sophisticated securities litigation, which is supplemented by a varied practice in broader commercial litigation. He is lauded as a "tremendous advocate" who is "smart, knowledgeable, responsive and direct."

Ronald Olson
possesses a wealth of experience in commercial disputes and is regularly engaged to represent high-profile names in the technology and media sectors. "He is a seasoned, calm-in-the-storm adviser," notes an interviewee, adding: "He never fails to come through for us."