Munger, Tolles & Olson rocked the big firm world Wednesday by hiring former U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., whose tenure included defending the Affordable Care Act and the right to same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court. Joining him are Jenner & Block partner Michael DeSanctis and deputy associate AG.
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