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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

  • Designation: Los Angeles
  • Head Count: 180
  • Gross Revenues: $247,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,375,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,770,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 8

Munger, Tolles & Olson is a Los Angeles-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Munger, Tolles & Olson has 180 attorneys and is the 219th largest firm in the United States.  With $247,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 123rd on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  The firm has offices in CA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 123 8 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 219 8 Lawyer head count
The A-List 11 -10 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 61 -42 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 6 -2 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 12 -7 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 39 24 Summer programs

In the News

Sony's Hacked Emails a Treasure Trove for Attorney-Client Relations

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2015

Internal emails hacked from Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year have been released in a searchable database form by WikiLeaks. The document dump reveals frank discussions between the company's in-house lawyers and outside counsel on everything from legal fees and conflict waivers to pitches for business.

Judge Rejects Disney Defenses in 'Frozen' Copyright Case

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 17, 2015

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said a jury should decide whether Disney animators had access to the plaintiff's short film.

Introducing The National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers

: The National Law Journal : April 15, 2015

The National Law Journal presents 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.

White-Collar Defender Leaves K&L Gates for Rosen Bien

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : April 13, 2015

Jeffrey Bornstein, who is repping PG&E executives in connection with the San Bruno explosion, will be the boutique firm's first white-collar partner.

Ninth Circuit Takes Fresh Look at 'Model Mayhem' Rape Case

Vanessa Blum : The Recorder : April 09, 2015

The three-judge panel didn't sound ready to abandon its previous conclusion that the web site publisher isn't entitled to immunity.

Judge Turns Up Heat on Disney in 'Frozen' Suit

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 09, 2015

The company could face trial on a Mill Valley animator's claim that she created the scene shown in a trailer for the hit movie.

After Making New Law, Glaxo Fight May Head to New Court

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 08, 2015

At a hearing Wednesday, Judge Claudia Wilken seemed likely to transfer the dispute over HIV drug pricing, which has already been tried once, to either Illlinois or North Carolina.

On the Move

: The Recorder : April 06, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Oil Refiners' Lobby Taps Crowell & Moring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 03, 2015

Crowell & Moring's environmental and natural resources chair decamps for a key client; Fried Frank hires a new litigation chief; McGuireWoods adds a former top Milbank litigator in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Deals

Michelle Chapman and Candice Choi : The Associated Press : April 02, 2015

Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans on March 25 to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.

White-Collar Lawyer Leaves Munger to Start Defense Boutique

Ross Todd : The Recorder : March 31, 2015

Miranda Kane, who led the Northern District's criminal division for three years, is launching a small firm with Berkeley solo William Kimball.

Dealmaker of the Week: Scott Barshay of Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 27, 2015

Barshay, a corporate partner at Cravath, led a team from the firm advising H.J. Heinz on its proposed megamerger with Kraft Foods Group.

90 Years After Death, Yale-Educated Chinese Lawyer Gets Bar Card

Paul Sussman and Jay Stapleton : The Connecticut Law Tribune : March 27, 2015

In the mid-1800s, Chinese immigrants didn't simply encounter bigotry. State and federal laws severely restricted their rights and barred them from becoming U.S. citizens.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Foursome Feast on Heinz, Kraft Megamerger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 26, 2015

Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Kirkland & Ellis; Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on the Warren Buffett-backed $40 billion union of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods.

Heinz-Kraft Deal Bottles Legal Work for Dozens

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : March 26, 2015

Two of the country's largest food companies have agreed to merge in a deal put into place with the help of dozens of lawyers across four law firms.

Heinz Sued Over NJ Building Left Drowning in Fishy Smell

Jennifer Genova and Amanda Bronstad : New Jersey Law Journal : March 25, 2015

A New Jersey industrial landlord has filed a suit against H.J. Heinz Company, claiming the condiment giant breached terms of its lease after allegedly vacating a Fair Lawn warehouse building and leaving it reeking of anchovies.

Judge Hears Copyright Fight Over 'Happy Birthday To You'

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : March 23, 2015

In a court battle involving perhaps the only song more popular than "Blurred Lines," a federal judge is set to decide whether a Los Angeles-based music publisher has unlawfully been collecting licensing fees for the copyright to "Happy Birthday to You."

Abbott Says GSK Sabotaged Its Own $1.7B Suit Over HIV Drug

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 14, 2015

Now that GlaxoSmithKline has abandoned an antitrust claim at the heart of its licensing battle with Abbott Labs over the drug Norvir, Abbott's lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis are looking to put the rest of the case to bed before a scheduled trial.

Head Count Winners and Losers: Morgan Lewis Makes Gains at Bingham's Expense

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 09, 2015

Firms that saw the biggest head count losses in the past five months include Bingham McCutchen and Edwards Wildman Palmer, according to data compiled by ALM's RivalEdge. Not surprisingly, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which absorbed 226 attorneys from Bingham McCutchen late last year, made the biggest gains.

Recorder Names Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : March 06, 2015

In addition to overall and speciality practice awards, honorees include high-impact in-house counsel.

Koh Waves Through $415 Million 'No-Poach' Deal

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : March 02, 2015

Though she'll accept the new settlement, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh seemed skeptical of the fee request from objector's counsel.

Panel Finds for Macy's in Dispute With J.C. Penney

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : February 27, 2015

Macy's three-year-long lawsuit aimed at extracting damages from its leading competitor, J.C. Penney, for tortious interference with Macy's contract with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia garnered a victory Thursday from a unanimous panel of the First Department.

Jones Day Scores Again for Macy's in J.C. Penney Appeal

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : February 26, 2015

Jones Day partner Theodore Grossman made good—and then some—on his big win last year for Macy's in its fight with J.C. Penney over the Martha Stewart brand.

Bank of America Inks $300M Deal to End Fontainebleau Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : February 26, 2015

After more than five years of litigation stemming from the collapse of the massive Fontainebleau casino project on the Las Vegas strip, Bank of America Corp. and a group of term lenders decided to pick up their chips and walk away.

Ninth Circuit Agrees to Revisit Ruling in Model Rape Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : February 24, 2015

A three-judge panel said it would reconsider its decision finding a website owner potentially liable for an attack on one of its users.

Latham, Munger Lead on Latest NFL Stadium Plan

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 20, 2015

The National Football League left Los Angeles in 1995, but if the league's San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have their way, the two franchises will play in a new $1.7 billion stadium just south of the city's downtown in Carson, California. The privately financed project, announced by both teams Friday, has led to roles for at least two Am Law 100 firms.

Valley Firms Set Blistering Pace in a Strong Economic Year

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : February 20, 2015

Joe Conroy's Cooley saw revenue climb 19 percent, while Orrick was flat and Pillsbury struggled to stay ahead of a surging Sheppard Mullin.

After Staying Out of Fray in '13, GAWL Plans to Back Gay Marriage

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : February 19, 2015

Two years after its attempt to avoid controversy over gay marriage backfired, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers has tentatively agreed to sign onto a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex couples to marry.

LinkedIn Near Deal to End Privacy Suit

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 05, 2015

Lawyers for the social-networking site say they have reached a tentative settlement in a suit over the company's use of members' names and profile photos in marketing emails.

Munger Sees More Growth in Revenue, Profits

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : February 02, 2015

Boosted by big deals and high-stakes litigation, the 190-lawyer firm recorded $266 million in gross revenue in 2014.