Adam R. Lawton

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Adam Lawton is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice focuses on patent litigation, patent-related antitrust litigation and white collar defense.

Key Representations

  • Google, in a multi-patent case pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada related to numerous Google products and services for mobile phones and tablets.
  • Microsoft, in defending against accusations of patent infringement related to sales of the Microsoft Office software suite, a case in which Munger Tolles’ clients obtained summary judgment of noninfringement and won affirmance by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • A developer and manufacturer of solar energy technology, in its defense against allegations of patent infringement related to the manufacture of solar cells and solar cell modules.

Mr. Lawton has significant experience in the intersection of antitrust and patent law, focusing particularly on antitrust challenges to patent litigation settlements.

  • AbbVie (formerly Abbott Laboratories):
    • before the U.S. Supreme Court at both the certiorari and merits stages in FTC v. Actavis, Inc., in which the Court determined the appropriate level of antitrust scrutiny for so-called “reverse payment” settlements of pharmaceutical patent litigation and rejected the FTC’s proposed presumption of illegality for those settlements.
    • in defending against sham litigation antitrust claims and successfully obtaining summary judgment, before an MDL court.

Mr. Lawton has also represented the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America as amici in appeals involving antitrust challenges to pharmaceutical patent litigation settlements.

Further, Mr. Lawton has experience handling white collar defense and related matters such as SEC enforcement and federal criminal jury trials. His work in the practice includes obtaining a favorable resolution, on the eve of trial, in a federal criminal tax prosecution brought against the owner of an international entertainment business.

Mr. Lawton maintains an active pro bono practice, which focuses primarily on representing clients in the various forums that play a role in the U.S. Immigration system. In recent years, he obtained a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that vacated a final order of removal and ended more than six years of removal proceedings against Munger Tolles’ client. On behalf of another client, an unaccompanied minor, he obtained special immigrant juvenile status from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, followed by lawful permanent residence from Immigration Court.

Before joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Lawton served as a law clerk to the Honorable Debra A. Livingston on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Lawton received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2007. While at Harvard, he served as an executive editor of the Harvard Law Review, was a semifinalist in the Ames Moot Court Competition, was on the winning team in the Williston Competition, received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership and served as executive director of HLCentral.

Mr. Lawton received his B.S. in chemistry in 2001 from Caltech, where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lawton worked in the technology sector, where he managed corporate development, intellectual property licensing and patent portfolio development for a venture-backed software company.

Adam Lawton is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice focuses on patent litigation, patent-related antitrust litigation and white collar defense.

Key Representations

  • Google, in a multi-patent case pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada related to numerous Google products and services for mobile phones and tablets.
  • Microsoft, in defending against accusations of patent infringement related to sales of the Microsoft Office software suite, a case in which Munger Tolles’ clients obtained summary judgment of noninfringement and won affirmance by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • A developer and manufacturer of solar energy technology, in its defense against allegations of patent infringement related to the manufacture of solar cells and solar cell modules.

Mr. Lawton has significant experience in the intersection of antitrust and patent law, focusing particularly on antitrust challenges to patent litigation settlements.

  • AbbVie (formerly Abbott Laboratories):
    • before the U.S. Supreme Court at both the certiorari and merits stages in FTC v. Actavis, Inc., in which the Court determined the appropriate level of antitrust scrutiny for so-called “reverse payment” settlements of pharmaceutical patent litigation and rejected the FTC’s proposed presumption of illegality for those settlements.
    • in defending against sham litigation antitrust claims and successfully obtaining summary judgment, before an MDL court.

Mr. Lawton has also represented the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America as amici in appeals involving antitrust challenges to pharmaceutical patent litigation settlements.

Further, Mr. Lawton has experience handling white collar defense and related matters such as SEC enforcement and federal criminal jury trials. His work in the practice includes obtaining a favorable resolution, on the eve of trial, in a federal criminal tax prosecution brought against the owner of an international entertainment business.

Mr. Lawton maintains an active pro bono practice, which focuses primarily on representing clients in the various forums that play a role in the U.S. Immigration system. In recent years, he obtained a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that vacated a final order of removal and ended more than six years of removal proceedings against Munger Tolles’ client. On behalf of another client, an unaccompanied minor, he obtained special immigrant juvenile status from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, followed by lawful permanent residence from Immigration Court.

Before joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Lawton served as a law clerk to the Honorable Debra A. Livingston on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Lawton received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2007. While at Harvard, he served as an executive editor of the Harvard Law Review, was a semifinalist in the Ames Moot Court Competition, was on the winning team in the Williston Competition, received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership and served as executive director of HLCentral.

Mr. Lawton received his B.S. in chemistry in 2001 from Caltech, where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lawton worked in the technology sector, where he managed corporate development, intellectual property licensing and patent portfolio development for a venture-backed software company.