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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. The firm ranked 140th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 200 rankings of firms based on revenue with gross revenue of $189,500,000 in 2010. The firm has 181 attorneys and is ranked 216th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms by size. Munger, Tolles & Olson's practice areas include securities, antitrust, commercial and media litigation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, real estate, taxation, employment law, bankruptcy and reorganization, and criminal defense. In addition to its Los Angeles headquarters, Munger, Tolles has a San Francisco office.

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

Munger Tolles Snags Benjamin Horwich From S.G.'s Office

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 23, 2014

Benjamin Horwich has left the U.S. Solicitor General's Office for a new job at the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, which praised his "extraordinary track record as a litigation strategist" in announcing the hire on July 21.

The Churn: A Dechert Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

A high-powered litigator leaves Dechert, more departures from Bingham McCutchen and a rare outside hire by Wachtell Lipton in our latest look at lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

AIG Drops Appeal in $650M Deal with Bank of America

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 17, 2014

As part of a $650 million settlement with Bank of America in which American International Group agreed to dismiss all outstanding residential mortgage-backed securities claims, AIG Wednesday formally withdrew its objection to the bank's $8.5 billion settlement with institutional investors.

Ending Long Fight, Intel Agrees to Pay Pentium 4 Purchasers

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

The settlement with class lawyers was reached after 10 years of litigation and a last minute round of mediation.

Ending Long Fight, Intel Agrees to Pay Pentium 4 Purchasers

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

The settlement with class lawyers was reached after 10 years of litigation and a last-minute round of mediation.

Quinn Emanuel Notches Another Settlement in BofA Litigation

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

In Wednesday's deal with Bank of America, Quinn Emanuel client AIG will pocket $650 million in cash, plus its pro rata share of an earlier $8.5 billion settlement between BofA and mortgage-backed securities investors.

LinkedIn Settles 'Spambot' Suit

Vanessa Blum : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

A company that admitted it used automated software to create thousands of fake profiles on LinkedIn will pay $40,000 as part of a settlement.

Prudential Sues BofA Over $119 Mil. in Mortgage Securities

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Prudential Financial claims in a suit filed in Newark federal court that Bank of America committed fraud by selling it $119 million in mortgage-backed securities that contained home loans issued under substandard underwriting practices.

The Sedona Conference to Add Data Security Group

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 09, 2014

A new Working Group from The Sedona Conference will focus on data security and privacy liability.

The A-List: A New Number One

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Paul Hastings reaches the A-List's top spot for the first time, while a pair of Second Hundred firms move onto the list.

Big Suits

David Bario, Ross Todd, and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

ATP Tour v. Deutscher Tennis Bund; Shell Oil v. U.S; U.S. v. Jiang; In re BofA AIG; In re Neurontin; In re Pradaxa

Dissenting Judges Lash Circuit's Ruling on Gay Jurors

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Conservative trio says panel went too far in extending 'Batson' to sexual orientation, but the opinion stands.

In-House Counsel Profile: Guidance Software Inc.'s Mark Harrington

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2014

Guidance Software Inc. specializes in digital investigations and electronic discovery for corporations, government agencies and law-enforcement organizations.

Judge Takes Swipes at No-Poach Settlement Pact

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh pressed plaintiffs lawyers to explain why they'd settle a $3 billion case against Apple, Google and others for just $324 million.

Litigator of the Week: Theodore Grossman of Jones Day

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2014

Grossman didn't just help Macy's win its high-profile bench trial against rival J.C. Penney over the Martha Stewart brand. He publicly shamed J.C. Penney's entire leadership for trying to lure Stewart away.

Koh Takes Swipes at No-Poach Settlement Pact

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

Judge presses plaintiffs lawyers to explain why they'd settle a $3 billion case against Apple, Google and others for just $324 million.

Electronic Arts Legal Chief Backs Student Athletes

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

During his testimony in the NCAA antitrust trial, Electronic Arts' Joel Linzner said that the NCAA stood between his company and lucrative contracts for student athletes.

EA Legal Chief Backs Student Athletes in NCAA Antitrust Trial

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

EA's Joel Linzner told U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken that the NCAA stood between his company and lucrative contracts for student athletes.

Judge OKs Suit Against LinkedIn Over Marketing Emails

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said the professional networking site went too far by sending repeated emails that seemed to come from users.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Tesla plays nice with patents … Yolo judges turn on Alliance … Litigators jump on the Octane bandwagon

Suit Reinstated Against Museum Over Art Stolen By Nazis

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Five years after striking down a California law that allowed a Jewish art dealer's heir to sue to recover artwork stolen by the Nazis, a federal appeals court has reinstated the case.

NCAA Settles Suit Over Likenesses as Trial Opens in Related Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

The settlement marks the first time the NCAA will pay student athletes for their performance on the field, said plaintiffs attorney Steve Berman.

NCAA Settles Video Suit as Trial Opens in Related Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

The settlement marks the first time the NCAA will pay student athletes for their performance on the field, said plaintiffs attorney Steve Berman.

City of L.A. Moves Ahead Against Citi

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Citgroup and its lawyers at Mayer Brown failed to knock out a lawsuit by the city of Los Angeles accusing the bank of discriminatory mortgage lending. The city is assisted by Hagens Berman, which is working for a contingency fee.

BP Loses Another Fifth Circuit Case, With $18B at Stake

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

The bad news for BP just keeps coming from the Fifth Circuit. On Wednesday, the court held that BP and codefendant Anadarko can be liable for enormous statutory damages under the Clean Water Act as owners of the Macondo well that polluted the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Wasserstein & Co. Buys Back ALM Media

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Nearly seven years after selling ALM Media Properties to private equity-owned British publisher Incisive Media for $630 million, the investment arm of late attorney and financier Bruce Wasserstein is leading a group that has agreed to acquire the legal publishing giant.

Wasserstein & Co. Buys Back ALM Media

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Nearly seven years after selling ALM Media Properties to private equity-owned British publisher Incisive Media for $630 million, the investment arm of late attorney and financier Bruce Wasserstein is leading a group that has agreed to acquire the legal publishing giant.

Simpson, Munger, Latham Help Lawyers.com Find New Home

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

The three firms are advising on the $1.1 billion sale of Internet Brands—owner of websites like Lawyers.com and CarsDirect.com—from Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity to private equity rival KKR.

The Am Law Second Hundred: Punching Above Their Weight

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Twenty firms in The Am Law 200 performed well last year, while many others just held their own.

The 2013 Am Law 200

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

One thing is clear: Second Hundred firms are on a hiring binge. What's not certain is when—or whether—it will pay off.

Munger, Skadden Help Drop Beats in Apple's Lap

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2014

Beats Electronics, the Santa Monica-based headphone maker started by hip hop mogul Dr. Dre and recording industry titan Jimmy Iovine in 2006, has turned to teams of lawyers from Munger Tolles, Skadden and British firm Osborne Clarke on its proposed $3 billion sale to Apple, which is being advised by Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

On Haag's Watch, White-Collar Cases Take Dive

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Prosecutions are down 37 percent since 2010, but U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag says she's going for complexity over quantity.

BofA Escapes Investor Class Action Over AIG Suit

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 19, 2014

The bank's lawyers at Munger Tolles and Winston & Strawn persuaded the Second Circuit that BofA didn't intend to dupe shareholders about a looming $10 billion lawsuit brought by AIG.

Intel Can't Shake Claims It Hyped Chip Performance

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Santa Clara Judge Peter Kirwan declined to toss the 10-year-old suit, finding sufficient evidence customers may have been influenced by benchmarking stats.

Haag's Office Is Staffing Up

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

After a long hiring freeze, the U.S. attorney's office is ready to hire about a dozen new lawyers.

Named Plaintiff Turns Objector in 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Lieff Cabraser's Kelly Dermody, co-lead class counsel, defended the $324 million deal reached last month with Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel as "one of the largest employment settlements ever."

Hedge Fund Booster Labels Buffett a Dinosaur

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2014

As far as SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci is concerned, hedge fund activists are the white knights of investing and the so-called Oracle of Omaha is simply out with the way Wall Street works now.

Named Plaintiff Turns Objector in 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Lieff Cabraser's Kelly Dermody, colead class counsel, defends the settlement reached last month with Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel as "one of the largest employment settlements ever."

Cote Delivers More Bad News for Banks in NCUA Cases

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

Like the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which sued banks that sold mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the National Credit Union Administration has so far compiled a winning record in cases against banks that sold MBS to credit unions that later failed.

INADMISSIBLE: Calculating Loss, Feinberg Turns to GM

: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Overseeing compensation funds for victims of deadly mass tragedies has made Kenneth Feinberg a national Mediator in Chief — part therapist, judge and healer. Plus more in this week's column.

Dentons, Norton Rose Helps Buffett Branch Out in Canada

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Refugees from Canada's Heenan Blaikie helped the energy unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway expand up north.

Michelle Friedland Confirmed to Ninth Circuit

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 28, 2014

Munger Tolles & Olson partner Michelle Friedland was confirmed Monday for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, giving the court a full slate of 29 judges for the first time since 2007.

Senate Narrowly Confirms Friedland to Ninth Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Munger Tolles & Olson partner Michelle Friedland secured 51 Senate votes Monday to become the 100th judge appointed to the court.

Munger's Miranda Kane

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Fines alone aren't likely to get companies off the hook in federal investigations, says the former criminal chief for the U.S. attorney's office.

Tech Companies Ink Deal to Exit 'No-Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

A month before trial, Google, Apple, Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. have reached a settlement with workers who accused the tech giants of conspiring to drive down wages by not hiring each other's employees.

Tech Companies Agree to Settle Silicon Valley 'No-Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Lawyers informed U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the agreement in a letter Thursday that did not disclose terms of the deal.

The Careerist: Wachtell Lipton Is Family Friendly?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 21, 2014

The ultimate high-intensity firm is also sensitive to personal needs?

Lawyers Clash Over Steve Jobs in Valley 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Accounts that Apple's late cofounder, chairman and CEO was volatile are hardly revelations, but they have become a battleground in the class action over Silicon Valley's no-cold-call pacts.

LinkedIn IDs Company Accused of Creating Fake Accounts

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 17, 2014

Robocog Inc. used thousands of fake profilles on LinkedIn to harvest data for a recruiting service, the company alleges.

Senate Republicans Slow Judicial Confirmation Process

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., suggested Thursday that a controversial change to the Senate's rules maybe didn't go far enough when it comes to clearing the way for President Barack Obama's judicial nominations.

'Blunt' E-mails Dog Intel in Pentium 4 Class Action

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

With trial set for May, a judge in California has tentatively denied the company's eleventh hour bid for summary judgment.

'Blunt' Emails Dog Intel in Pentium 4 Class Action

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

With trial set for May, Santa Clara Judge Peter Kirwan has tentatively denied the company's eleventh-hour bid for summary judgment.

Obama Picks Joining More Moderate Ninth Circuit

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Despite a growing Democratic majority, the appeals court may be tacking toward center.

Senate Republicans Slow Judicial Confirmation Process

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 11, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., suggested Thursday that a controversial change to the Senate's rules maybe didn't go far enough when it comes to clearing the way for President Barack Obama's judicial nominations.

Companies Losing Ammunition in High-Tech 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will allow testimony alleging the antirecruitment conspiracy cost class members more than $3 billion in lost wages.

INADMISSIBLE: Clarity Elusive in Software Patents Case

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Clarity and consensus seemed beyond the U.S. Supreme Court's reach on March 31 as justices struggled to decide whether software and computer-dependent inventions are eligible for patents. Plus more in this week's column.

Companies Losing Ammunition in High Tech 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh will allow testimony that the alleged anti-recruitment conspiracy cost class members more than $3 billion in lost wages.

EDD School House: Corporate Risks of Social Media

Gerline Fleury Johnson : Law Technology News : January 02, 2014

Compelling, daylong Practicing Law Institute course hit the mark, but danced around e-discovery issues.

HP Reaches $57 Million Deal to End Class Action Over WebOs

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

Hewlett-Packard shocked investors when it pulled the plug on the company's much-touted WebOs operating system and signaled a wholesale shift in business strategy. Now HP and its lawyers at Morgan Lewis and Gibson Dunn have agreed to a $57 million settlement to make investor claims over the episode go away.

Big Suits

Jan Wolfe, Ross Todd, and Rebekah Mintzer : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Motorola v. AU Optronics; In re Bank of American RMBS litigation; Vichi v. Konicklijke Philips; and more

Senate Vote Ends Feud Over Ninth Circuit Seat

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 31, 2014

The Senate today is expected to fill the longest judicial vacancy in the federal courts with a vote that could end nine years of quarreling over a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Dealmakers of the Year: Standout Lawyers in Tough Times

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

The lawyers behind the most innovative corporate work, plus the details of the transactions they negotiated.

Carrier IQ Plaintiffs Defeat Arbitration Push by Phone Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

A federal judge in San Francisco rejected a motion to compel arbitration based on contracts consumers had signed with their carriers.

Carrier IQ Plaintiffs Defeat Arbitration Push by Phone Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen rejected a motion to compel arbitration based on contracts consumers had signed with their carriers.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Two competing clothiers put an end to a months-long standoff on Tuesday with Jos. A. Bank agreeing to be bought by Men's Wearhouse in a cash deal worth $1.8 billion. Also, an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management has struck a deal to acquire grocery store chain Safeway for roughly $9 billion in the largest leveraged buyout so far this year.

Judge Tosses Transocean Class Action Ahead of Supreme Court Appeal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

In a case of awkward timing, a judge on Tuesday dismissed a securities class action against Transocean Ltd. on the basis of an appellate decision that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider reversing just the day before.

Phone Makers Sued Over Carrier IQ Fight for Arbitration of Privacy Claims

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen must decide whether plaintiffs are bound by ADR agreements in their phone service contracts, which would knock the class action out of federal court.

Schulte, Latham Lead on $9 Billion Safeway Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

An investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management has struck a deal to acquire grocery store chain Safeway in the largest leveraged buyout so far this year. Schulte Roth & Zabel is advising the buyers, with Dechert and Baker Botts also providing antitrust advice. Latham & Watkins is representing Safeway.

Phone Makers Hope Carriers' ADR Clause Can Protect Them Too

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen will decide if privacy claims over tracking software are governed by a third-party arbitration agreement.

Ready for Prime Time

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The MPAA hires a veteran GC who knows his way around a courtroom; and other Moves.

Arguments Set on 'Knockout' to Phone-Tracking Suit

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Two years after a flood of lawsuits targeted its tracking software, Carrier IQ Inc. will argue in court next month to remove all the cases to arbitration.

Ball Advances in Class Action Over NCAA Publicity Rights Rules

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Objectors Attack Facebook Privacy Settlement

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

Objectors Attack Facebook Privacy Settlement

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

In a Challenging Economy, Some Firms Pulled Away From the Pack

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Richard Dickson's Fenwick, along with Cooley, saw gains in all the major metrics, but other firms fell flat or faltered.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Munger Tolles Posts Double-Digit Gains

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

Munger, Tolles & Olson recorded impressive financial results in 2013, with revenue rising 16 percent, to $247.5 million, and profits per partner up 13 percent, to $1.77 million. The performance was fueled in part by the firm's role in four major trials, as well as a significant deal for key client Berkshire Hathaway.

INADMISSIBLE: Tech Companies Reach Deal in Data Fight

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and other technology giants scored a victory last week in their quest to reveal more information about the government's demands for customer information. Plus more in this week's column.

Am Law Firms Beat Back Class Cert Bid in Pharma Case

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 31, 2014

Siding with lawyers at Kaye Scholer and Munger Tolles, a federal judge declined to certify two classes in an antitrust case accusing a Pfizer subsidiary of conspiring to block cheaper generic versions of its Skelaxin muscle relaxant from reaching the market.

Litigation Department of the Year: Honorable Mentions

By David Bario, Michael D. Goldhaber, Robin Sparkman, Julie Triedman and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Ten firms win Honorable Mention recognition in The American Lawyer's 2014 Litigation Department of the Year competition.

'Windsor' Extended

Scott Graham : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has become the first federal appellate court to rule explicitly that laws denying equal protection to gays and lesbians are subject to heightened judicial scrutiny — a decision that could have enormous ramifications in civil rights litigation all over the western United States.

Tech Docket Watch: Privacy Suits in California and Georgia E-Discovery

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

LinkedIn, Facebook and Zynga in the courts, Congress considers a cyber-security bill.