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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

  • Designation: Los Angeles
  • Head Count: 190
  • Gross Revenues: $266,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,400,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,910,000
  • Year Over Year Change: N/A

Munger, Tolles & Olson is a Los Angeles-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Munger, Tolles & Olson has 190 attorneys and is the 210th largest firm in the United States.  With $266,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 118th on The American Lawyer's 2015 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 200 118 5 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 Battles L.A. in Rare Pro Bono Conflicts Spat

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : November 04, 2015

The occasional disqualification fight is part of doing business for big law firms in high-stakes business litigation. For Munger, Tolles & Olson, the threat of disqualification is looming over a very different kind of case.

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : November 02, 2015

A federal judge in New Orleans in September 2014 found that Transocean Ltd.'s negligence contributed to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Remarkably, that verdict was a resounding victory for Transocean's legal team, led by Brad Brian, a partner at Los Angeles-based Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Facebook Wins Appeal Over Social Ads

Ross Todd : The Recorder : October 31, 2015

Ninth Circuit says litigants continued to use Facebook after suing Facebook, indicating consent to site's terms of service.

Top Litigators Share Winning Strategies

: The National Law Journal : October 30, 2015

"I just show up in court and wing it," said no Winning Litigator—ever. But the lawyers in our special report bring more to the table than just meticulous preparation.

The Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Meet Again

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : October 19, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon have another chance to revisit its often chilly relationship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In the last five terms, the court has heard 24 appeals from Federal Circuit decisions, and affirmed only eight.

Southern California Practice Groups of the Year: Finalists

: The National Law Journal : October 09, 2015

The National Law Journal has selected these law firms in Southern California for their outstanding work since January 2014 in the areas of entertainment law, government contracts, litigation and real estate.

Court: Universities Not Liable for Campus Violence

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : October 07, 2015

Less than a week after the deadly shooting on an Oregon campus, a split appeals panel cleared the UC-Regents of liability in a 2009 stabbing of a UCLA student.

Judge Torches American Apparel Ex-CEO in Hilarious Hearing

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : October 04, 2015

“You know, I think there's a greater likelihood that I'll be the first American astronaut stranded on Mars" before American Apparel ex-CEO Dov Charney wins this lawsuit, said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Green, who called Charney's alleged conduct "so far over the top that you can't see the top anymore."

Judge Nixes 'E-Cigarettes Are Safer' Argument

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : October 02, 2015

A Boston federal judge has blocked plaintiffs suing Philip Morris USA from arguing that the company should have provided e-cigarettes to consumers as a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

Bay Area's Big-Name Lawyers Backing Clinton, Fiorina

Patience Haggin and Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : October 02, 2015

Hillary is way out in front in the race for donors in the liberal-leaning legal community but Carly has a few friends at Wilson Sonsini.

King of Torts Falls Off Forbes 400, But Ex-Finley Kumble Lawyer Rises

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 02, 2015

Forbes unveiled its tally of America's 400 wealthiest people this week, and while Texas lawyer Joe Jamail Jr. fell off the list, two former lawyers with real estate backgrounds—Rick Caruso and Sanford Diller—broke into the exclusive ranks.

Big Deals

Patience Haggin, Jennifer Henderson and David Ruiz : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Google Reorganization; Berkshire Hathaway / Precision Castparts Fidelity National / SunGard General Electric Asset Sale Symantec Asset Sale Sumitomo Life / Symetra Financial Terex / Konecranes CF Industries / OCI NV Nokia Asset Sale Allergan Asset Sale Solvay / Cytec Industries Honeywell /Melrose Industries/ Elster Group Industrial Income Trust Asset Sale Anthem / Cigna Nikkei / FT Group Sikorsky Aircraft Asset Sale Pinnacle Entertainment Asset Sale Blackstone / Corsair / First Eagle St. Jude Medical / Thoratec

Law Prof Takes the Cake in Copyright Case

Ross Todd : The Recorder : September 25, 2015

Robert Brauneis investigation into the history of "Happy Birthday to You" helped end a music company's claim.

Litigator of the Week: Mark Rifkin of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : September 24, 2015

It took a class action plaintiffs lawyer to make sure no one ever gets sued again over “Happy Birthday.”

Judge Blows Out Copyright on Happy Birthday Song

Ross Todd : The Recorder : September 23, 2015

Warner/Chappell Music, which rakes in millions in royalties, doesn't own a valid copyright on the song's lyrics, according to a decision from U.S. District Judge George King in Los Angeles.

Litigator of the Week: Corynne McSherry, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : September 17, 2015

A former Bingham McCutchen associate, McSherry has found her nonprofit niche pressing for limits on digital copyright protections that could restrict free speech.

Ninth Circuit Sifts Through Facebook Privacy Settlement

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : September 17, 2015

The settlement of privacy claims brought over its 'Sponsored Stories' feature faces challenges on multiple fronts.

Summer Associates Say Choate Hall, Kaye Scholer Are Tops

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 14, 2015

And Orange County, California, ranks as the best place to work, according to The American Lawyer's 2015 Summer Associate satisfaction survey.

Facebook to Defend $20 Million 'Sponsored Stories' Settlement

Ross Todd : The Recorder : September 14, 2015

It took a lot of work to settle a privacy class action over the site's advertising feature. This week, the Ninth Circuit will hear from objectors.

Lifetime Achiever: Vilma Martinez, Munger Tolles & Olson

Susan Hansen : The American Lawyer : September 11, 2015

She built the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund into a potent force.

September Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2015

The American Lawyer's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Our 12th annual awards honor lawyers whose remarkable careers have shaped the legal profession.

2015 Lifetime Achievers, Law Firm Leaders Announced

Am Law Daily Staff : The Am Law Daily : August 19, 2015

The American Lawyer honors eight longtime lawyers with distinctive careers and a commitment to public service. Three others are recognized for extraordinary talents managing their firm.

Atlanta Lawyers at Jones Day Help Flowers' Bread Deal Rise

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : August 14, 2015

Atlanta lawyers at three firms, Jones Day, King & Spalding and Alston & Bird, advised clients on several major deals announced this week.

Deal Watch: Google Shakeup Has Its Lawyers Feeling Lucky

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 13, 2015

Google turns to its longtime M&A counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to create a new holding company for the search giant, plus a rundown of this week's other megadeals and the law firms scrambling to keep them on track.

Warren Buffett to Buy Precision Castparts in $37.2B Deal

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : August 11, 2015

The "Oracle of Omaha" is grabbing headlines again by spending big on a manufacturer of parts for the energy and aerospace industries.

Buffett Ties Keep Paying Off for Munger Tolles

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 10, 2015

Investors would love a crystal ball to tell them what companies will be next on Warren Buffett's M&A shopping list. But anyone can predict which law firm will be there when Berkshire Hathaway goes on the prowl.

How Sports Got Blitzed by the Plaintiffs Bar

Ross Todd : The Recorder : August 06, 2015

With deep pockets and peeved players, leagues are under pressure from a flurry of suits.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : August 01, 2015

Introducing the 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law

The Recorder Staff : The Recorder : July 31, 2015

This year's list of 60 women includes 10 "power players" who are using their positions and achievements to advocate for women.