“Munger Tolles lawyers have earned a national reputation for intellectual brilliance and strategic problem-solving.” − Chambers USA 2014
Munger, Tolles & Olson is one of the nation’s premier law firms. From Hollywood to Wall Street, our lawyers are tackling the highest profile cases, across a range of industries, and shaping the corporate landscape. We maintain a one-to-one partner-to-associate ratio, affording our newest attorneys the opportunity to make an impact from the start. Our clients include Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Fox Entertainment, LinkedIn, LG Display, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, Universal Music Group and Verizon.
Munger Tolles has been consistently ranked on The American Lawyer’s A-List since its inception in 2004, including four years in the top spot.
We look for the brightest attorneys with the best credentials. Almost 70 percent of our lawyers clerked for federal judges, 15 are former Supreme Court clerks and 11 are former federal prosecutors. Credentials aside, we care about hiring attorneys who are interested in promoting our firm and becoming owners of it.
You Own Your Career
“Munger Tolles is atypical in that it promotes an ‘ownership mentality’ among its ranks.” − Vault 2013
A lot of firms talk about early responsibility. At Munger Tolles, we live it. Our one-to-one partner-to-associate ratio means that all of our attorneys are expected to play a critical role on their matters. From direct interaction with clients to taking and defending depositions to closing transactions, our newest attorneys can expect to perform substantive work from the start.
We take a build-your-own workload approach, allowing our attorneys to fit their time and interests to the firm’s active matters. Our approach to career development is equally individualized. We emphasize learning by real-world experience, supplemented by formal and informal training opportunities.
Our partnership is a real one. Every partner is an equity partner. And our partnership track is considerably shorter than that of our peers.
This ownership mentality extends to firm governance. From your first day as a Munger Tolles attorney, you are treated like an owner of the business. For example, our lawyers receive monthly financial statements, vote on every lawyer invited to practice at the law firm and participate in all our major decisions. Consensus is a cornerstone of our culture.
For a better understanding of what it is like to work at Munger Tolles, please view our most recent Chambers Associate profile.
Culture of Collegiality
“Hierarchy at Munger Tolles is as flat as a dollar bill.” − Vault 2013
Our firm’s founders believed that a law practice of the highest quality could operate in a democratic and stimulating environment. The practice and business of law has changed dramatically during the last 50 years, but our attorneys remain committed to this ideal.
Put simply, we enjoy practicing law. We have lunch together three times a week, host a happy hour every Friday, and enjoy annual retreats. Our lunches feature outside speakers; recent guests include the Los Angeles police chief, a Hollywood screenwriter, a former California governor and several of the Los Angeles mayoral candidates.
Commitment to Community
“It is hard to imagine the firm having a greater commitment to pro bono work. Hours worked are treated exactly like billed hours, all firm resources are at our disposal, and victories are just as celebrated.” − Vault 2013
We seek out high-impact pro bono cases that effect change. And we see these cases through, taking them to trial and, even to the U.S. Supreme Court. Recently, we successfully defended a California state law to prohibit state-licensed therapists from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (“SOCE”) on minor patients, obtained due process protections for alleged street gang members, and continue to represent four servicewomen seeking the right to serve in combat-related positions.
Our lawyers are also actively involved with non-profit boards and civic work, including the RAND Corporation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the California Fair Political Practices Commission. We encourage our newer attorneys to find ways to become involved in the community.
“75% of the 2013 partner class was women, and more than half of the associates promoted to partner in the past five years have been women.” – Yale Law Women 2014
Since our founding in 1962, Munger Tolles has been at the forefront of diversifying our profession. Consider today’s facts:
- Twenty-two percent of our lawyers are minorities, far above the national average of 13.6 percent.
- More than half of our lawyers promoted to partner in the past five years are women or minorities. Our two most recent partnership classes were 80 percent women.
- The State Bar of California awarded the firm its 2014 Diversity Award for a law firm.
- The American Lawyer ranks us fifth in diversity among U.S. law firms.
- Yale Law Women ranked us among the nation’s top 10 family-friendly firms in 2014.
- Four percent of law firms are led by women. Ours is one of them.
If the unique firm we have described here is one that appeals to you, we encourage you to contact us about career opportunities at Munger Tolles. As we have long believed that good work will come to good lawyers, we extend offers of employment each year to individuals who excite and engage us, without any pre-set number of “slots” to fill. For more information, please contact Mr. Manuel F. Cachán or Ms. Katherine H. Ku, co-chairs of our recruiting committee, or Ms. Kevinn Villard, director of legal recruiting. Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, religious creed, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, marital or domestic partner status, family care status, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition, genetic characteristic, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
For more information, please visit www.mto.com/careers.