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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

  • Designation: Los Angeles
  • Head Count: 170
  • Gross Revenues: $204,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,200,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,350,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 4

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 200 136 4 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 235 -19 Lawyer head count
The A-List 3 -1 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 13 7 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 4 -1 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 12 -7 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 39 24 Summer programs

In the News

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

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.

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.

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.

Litigators of the Week: Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter and Brian Hennigan of Irell & Manella

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 23, 2014

Hennigan and Blatt scored an important civil rights victory for gays and lesbians in the unlikeliest of cases: a drug licensing battle between GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Labs.

Ninth Circuit Rules Gays Cannot Be Excluded as Jurors

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday became 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.

A Dozen New Partners at Bradley Arant, All of Them Men

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Birmingham–based Bradley Arant Boult Cummings welcomed 12 of its attorneys to the firm's partnership last week, none of them women. So far, seven Am Law 200 firm have announced new partner classes this year made up entirely of men.

Haag's Former Criminal Chief Joins Munger

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

The Churn: Ted Kennedy Jr. Joins Epstein, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Epstein Becker hires Ted Kennedy Jr. in Connecticut; Reed Smith launches a Kazakhstan office with two Dewey alumni; and a former political adviser in Florida joins Shutts & Bowen.

Senate Committee Advances 29 Judicial Nominees

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced 29 judicial nominees to the full Senate in a meeting devoid of the partisanship that accompanied the confirmation process in recent months.The five circuit court and 24 district court nominees included Covington & Burling partner Christopher “Casey” Cooper for a spot on the federal trial court in Washington, and Munger, Tolles & Olson partners John Owens and Michelle Friedland for spots on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Obama's Federal Court Picks Clear Senate Hurdle

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Trio of Firms Advise on AMPAC Acquisition

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

INADMISSIBLE: D.C. Circuit Pick Advances, Others Lag

: The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee has renewed its push to confirm a slate of federal judicial nominees, but it's still unclear how much political resistance they will get from Republicans. Plus more in this week's column.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

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

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 10, 2014

When spambots attack … Sanford Heisler gets Heismanned … Cotchett's concession

LinkedIn Sues Mystery Hackers for Spam, Scraping

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Spambots have infiltrated LinkedIn, and the professional networking site is fighting back.

LA Defense Lawyer Leaves Munger for Scheper Kim

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

LinkedIn Sues Creators of Fake Accounts

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Adem Koyuncu joins Covington & Burling's life sciences practice as partner. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Score: The Lawyers Who Help Make Bowl Season Happen

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

With college bowl season upon us, The Am Law Daily decided to review the tax filings made by the nonprofits that stage the big-ticket events to determine which law firms have a hand in the festivities.

Munger Tolles Helps Buffett End 2013 With One More Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2013

Warren Buffett is closing out the year in dealmaking mode, with his Berkshire Hathaway investment vehicle agreeing to acquire a specialty chemicals unit from Phillips 66 in an all-stock deal worth $1.4 billion. Berkshire is being advised on the matter by longtime outside counsel Munger, Tolles & Olson, while Bracewell & Giuliani is representing Phillips 66.

Viewpoint: Year in BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 20, 2013

New law firm leaders, new judges and new GCs made their mark in 2013—for better or worse.

In San Carlos Dispute, CPUC Fines PG&E, But Not Orrick

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 19, 2013

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 16, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet On Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 15, 2013

When law professor Kathleen Sullivan joined the upstart Quinn Emanuel in 2005, it wasn't clear that this unusual pairing would work. It has.

A Circuit test for Van Nest … G'day Munger … Season's Fleetings

: The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Litigation Departments of the Year

: The Recorder : January 06, 2013

See what put these firms at the head of the field in The Recorder's inaugural contest.

Litigation Dept. of the Year: Honorable Mention Munger Tolles & Olson

Vitaly Gashpar : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Governor Fills SF Bench Seat, 17 Others Around State

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 05, 2013

Appellate lawyer Ethan Schulman of Crowell & Moring was tapped to replace Judge Ellen Chaitin in San Francisco Superior Court.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2013

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi hires The Beatles' longtime U.S. lawyer; a former U.S. ambassador to Australia rejoins Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sidley Austin hires two new partners. .

Quinn Emanuel's Successful Bet on Kathleen Sullivan

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2013

Lawrence E. Jaffe Pension Plan v. Household International In re Tobacco Cases II SEC v. Cuban Activision v. Hayes

The Score: DLA Piper Takes Lead on New Braves Stadium

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves stunned many this week by announcing that the team will leave its downtown home in 2017 for a new $672 million stadium in suburban Cobb County. Elsewhere in our latest look at sports and the law: Gordon & Rees, Norton Rose Fulbright, Paul Weiss, and Womble Carlyle wade into an NFL bullying case; Alex Rodriguez adds to his robust legal team; and an ex-Milbank associate seeks to make running with the bulls a U.S. sport.

Warburg Pincus Appoints Robert Knauss to GC Position

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2013

Global private equity firm Warburg Pincus has tapped Robert Knauss, who most recently worked as a corporate partner at law firm Munger Tolles & Olson, as its new general counsel and managing director.

Judge Certifies Class of Athletes Suing NCAA Over Publicity Rights, but Dropkicks Damages

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 11, 2013

Morgan Lewis, Magic Circle Help Ukraine Find Energy Freedom

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2013

In a deal that could have huge geopolitical implications, Chevron has signed a $10 billion shale gas exploration and production-sharing agreement with the Ukrainian government, which hopes to end its dependence on natural gas imported from Russia. Morgan Lewis and leading Ukrainian firm Asters have landed roles advising the country's government, while Clifford Chance is representing Chevron.

With Friend in Tow, Circuit Nominee Gets Friendlier Reception

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Owens Cruises Through Senate Judiciary Hearing

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 30, 2013

In Privacy Fights, Facebook 'Friends' Munger

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 29, 2013