Fred A. Rowley, Jr. is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. He specializes in complex litigation and appeals, and is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Mr. Rowley has presented argument in more than 30 appeals and served as lead counsel in more than 50 appeals. He has appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Delaware Supreme Court, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, and the California Courts of Appeal. His appellate representations cover a wide range of subjects and issues, including securities law, bankruptcy, insurance, utilities and regulatory matters, federalism and foreign affairs, antitrust, RICO, state unfair competition law, patent law, and labor law. He has represented a diverse group of clients in these matters, including Fortune 100 companies (in the banking, telecommunications, high technology, and energy industries), museums, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations.
- Serving as lead counsel for a major defense contractor in a False Claims Act appeal in the Ninth Circuit.
- Successfully representing a national bank in a contract appeal in the New York state appellate courts arising out of mortgage-backed securities litigation.
- Successfully representing a major electronics manufacturer in a California state appeal involving class certification issues.
- Successfully representing investors in an appeal in the Second Circuit arising out of the In re Madoff bankruptcy proceedings.
- Serving as lead counsel for a national bank in a jurisdictional appeal in the Second Circuit arising out of mortgage-backed securities litigation.
Mr. Rowley has an active practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, including serving as lead counsel in numerous cases at the certiorari stage. He is the co-chair, along with Professor Stuart Banner, of the MTO/UCLA Law School Supreme Court Clinic, which represents indigent criminal defendants in filing certiorari petitions. You can access the clinic’s current and past petitions here.
In addition to his appellate practice, Mr. Rowley handles complex litigation in the federal and state trial courts. He has represented a major museum and its affiliated trust in art litigation in federal and state courts. He was a member of the team that handled patent and antitrust litigation on behalf of a major technology company in multiple matters pending before trial courts in California and Delaware, as well as the California Court of Appeal and the Federal Circuit.
Between 2002 and 2006, Mr. Rowley served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California, where he worked in the Criminal Appeals Section. In this role, he argued numerous cases in the Ninth Circuit, filed dozens of briefs in that court, and supervised the preparation of many other appellate briefs. He also successfully tried to jury verdict cases involving bank and wire fraud, and theft of government property.
Mr. Rowley has been recognized by his peers for his appellate work. He has been elected to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and has been named a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” in the appellate practice field by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Mr. Rowley is active in civic affairs, legal academia, and bar organizations. In 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed him to the California Commission on Uniform State Laws, which represents the State of California at a national conference on uniform laws issues. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, teaching a clinical course in connection with the MTO/UCLA Law School Supreme Court Clinic, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He also serves as co-chair of the Central District of California Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. In that capacity, he helps plan and oversee the Central District’s annual Judicial Conference, and represents the District at the Ninth Circuit’s annual Judicial Conference. He is a board member and past president of the Federal Bar Association of Los Angeles, and previously served as a member of the California State Bar’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts. He is also president of the Cutthroat Lawyers Bar Association, a group dedicated to the twin arts of lawyering and fly fishing.
In addition to his work with legal organizations, Mr. Rowley serves on the boards of directors of Foothill Family Service, a non-profit that provides counseling and educational services to needy families in the Los Angeles area, the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment, a non-profit that promotes Asian-Americans in politics, and the Pasadena Southwest Little League. He is a past fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
He lives with his wife Sarah, a federal prosecutor, and their three children in South Pasadena, Calif.