Benjamin J. Maro is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Mr. Maro’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, as well as government investigations and insurance coverage disputes. He has represented clients in various industries, including financial services, entertainment, gaming, government contracts, and technology.
Some of Mr. Maro’s recent representations include:
Universal Music Group in a lawsuit asserting antitrust violations and tortious interference with business relations, arising out of a disputed right to license Bob Marley tracks.
MGM Resorts International in a federal securities class action pending in Nevada.
Two former executives of a direct response television company in a lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duty. Successfully obtained a complete victory at summary judgment, which was subsequently upheld by the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.
An asset management company in a lawsuit pending in the Southern District of New York alleging the asset manager breached contractual and fiduciary duties in managing a client’s account during the financial crisis.
The audit committee of a NASDAQ-listed company in an internal investigation of alleged accounting improprieties.
Various policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes, including issues related to interrelated wrongful act clauses and insured versus insured exclusions.
Mr. Maro also maintains an active pro bono practice. He currently represents five individual farm workers and the United Farm Workers in two lawsuits against Cal/OSHA alleging that Cal/OSHA inadequately enforces the state’s heat-illness prevention rules. The suits seek to ensure access to life-saving water and shade when workers pick fruits and vegetables in extreme heat.
Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Maro served as law clerk to Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He graduated from the University of Chicago with high honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Maro also was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and was awarded the Lord Bissell & Brook Award for Outstanding Appellate Brief Writing and the Joseph Henry Beale Prize for Outstanding Performance in Legal Research and Writing.
In 2005, Mr. Maro graduated from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in political science and legal studies.