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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

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Chair: Brad D Brian
Co-Managing Partners: Hailyn J Chen, Malcolm A Heinicke
Number of partners: 90
Number of lawyers: 207

Firm Overview:
For more than 55 years, Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys have been partnering with their clients on their most complex cases and industry-shaping matters. With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC, the firm maintains a national and international practice. In order to provide excellent service, the firm strives to hire only the most qualified and creative lawyers. The firm believes that clerkships provide valuable experience. In this regard, about 80% of its attorneys served as law clerks to federal or state judges. Eighteen attorneys were clerks to US Supreme Court Justices. Beyond clerkships, Munger Tolles attorneys also have experiences that bring an additional dimension to its client service. The firm’s lawyers have previously served as assistant U.S. attorneys and worked for, or represented clients before government authorities, including the SEC, DOJ, FINRA and FTC. Some of the firm’s clients include Facebook, Bank of America, Disney, Transocean, Snap, Edison International, Intel, Warner Bros., Verizon, Boeing, Rambus, Oaktree Capital Management, KB Home, LG Display, Yucaipa Cos. and Berkshire Hathaway.

Main Areas of Practice:
Capital Markets
Class Actions
Complex Commercial Litigation
Corporate and Finance
Corporate Governance
Crisis Management
Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
Financial Services
Intellectual Property
Labor and Employment
Media and Entertainment
Mergers Acquisitions
Products Liability
Professional Liability
Real Estate
Securities Litigation
Supreme Court
Trade Secret
White Collar

Appellate lawyers at Munger, Tolles & Olson have argued hundreds of appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts and international tribunals. Clients turn to the firm’s appellate group for their most important matters. The firm often steps in to handle post-trial motions and appeals following adverse rulings or verdicts where the consequences, including monetary awards, are massive.

Class actions:
Whether defending the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker against allegations of anti-competitive recruiting practices or a major consumer goods manufacturer in a billion-dollar false advertising case, Munger, Tolles & Olson represents clients in high-stakes class actions. The firm’s attorneys routinely obtain dismissals of class actions at the pleading stage or denials of class certification, and if a matter should proceed to trial, it has decades of experience defending and trying class actions.

Munger, Tolles & Olson’s corporate practice has a rich legacy of providing full-service legal counsel on corporate matters ranging from industry-altering mergers and acquisitions to complex financing transactions and corporate governance issues. Its attorneys also understand that what they do is best defined by who they represent:

Buyers and Sellers:
Mergers and acquisitions are one of the firm’s signature practices. From minority equity investments to multi-entity acquisitions, Munger, Tolles & Olson specializes in doing deals for some of the world’s most respected private equity firms, financial sponsors and strategic investors. The firm also represents clients in connection with forming and advising investment funds, structuring and financing their transactions, and running a complex sale process.

Boards and Businesses:
The firm regularly represents boards of directors and their committees with respect to an array of corporate governance matters, including dealing with activist investors, takeover defenses, management transitions, executive compensation and conflict of interest transactions. The firm also represents public and private businesses in connection with a wide variety of transactional and compliance matters, with a focus on capital market and bank financings, strategic joint ventures and securities law advice.

Crisis Management:
Companies turn to Munger, Tolles & Olson to navigate their most complex crises of national and global interest. From defending lawsuits to negotiating settlements with regulators, the firm’s multidisciplinary team has helped companies respond to a number of crises. Munger, Tolles & Olson has represented clients and helped them respond to natural disasters, corporate crises, catastrophic losses and technological crises including cybersecurity threats, hacking and data breaches.

From Hollywood to Wall Street, Munger, Tolles & Olson is tackling some of the most high-profile cases across a range of industries. The firm has earned a national reputation for strategic problem-solving, consistently delivering results in bet-the-company litigation. Their litigators include a former US Solicitor General, four fellows of the elite American College of Trial Lawyers, two former chairs of the ABA Section of Litigation and 10 former Assistant United States attorneys.

Munger, Tolles & Olson provides counsel in complex restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings. The firm is adept at navigating the company, management, and the board through the challenges of financial distress and working with key constituents from the company, sponsors, creditors, vendors, and regulators to efficiently maximize value.

Munger, Tolles & Olson lawyers counsel clients in securities litigation issues in a wide range of industries from biotechnology and aerospace defense to entertainment and financial institutions. Its securities litigators bring diverse backgrounds without the overhead of large teams and include former assistant U.S. attorneys, a former medical doctor, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and an industry-affiliated arbitrator for FINRA Dispute Resolution (the arbitration and regulatory authority of the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ).

White collar and investigations:
Munger, Tolles & Olson has successfully defended business and individual clients in every major area of white collar criminal enforcement, including alleged securities, accounting and tax fraud; insider trading; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; False Claims Act; intellectual property theft; environmental crimes; and criminal antitrust violations. The group draws upon the experience and expertise of some of the most highly regarded white collar litigators, including 10 former federal prosecutors.