Garth T. Vincent

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Garth T. Vincent is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Mr. Vincent’s practice consists principally of complex business litigation.  He has extensive court and jury trial experience, having tried complex business cases for both corporate defendants and plaintiffs in various federal and state courts throughout the country.  He also has successfully handled a number of major arbitrations for such clients.  In addition, he has argued numerous appeals before the Ninth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Utah Supreme Court and various California appellate courts.

Mr. Vincent concentrates in antitrust and unfair competition, intellectual property and other complex commercial litigation.

Antitrust & Unfair Competition

Mr. Vincent has extensive antitrust and unfair competition experience, having successfully litigated a wide variety of major cases across various industries, including:

  • Representing a major pharmaceutical company in various cases alleging a wide variety of restraint of trade and monopolization allegations;
  • Representing a major wholesaler of entertainment products in litigation involving attempted monopolization and tying claims;
  • Representing a leading contact lens distributor in multi-district litigation against manufacturers and other distributors for conspiring to restrict the supply of contact lenses;
  • Representing a major aluminum manufacturer in a class action lawsuit alleging that domestic manufacturers and their trade associations, with the assistance of certain foreign governments, engaged in price fixing; and
  • Representing 1-800 Contacts in various Lanham Act and unfair competition cases, including successful appeals before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Utah Supreme Court.

Intellectual Property

Mr. Vincent also has successfully handled a wide variety of patent, trademark and trade secret matters for clients such as Abbott Laboratories, Northrop Grumman, TRW Inc., Boeing, Shell Oil, Mobil Oil and Tenneco, including: 

  • Representing Abbott Laboratories in various patent cases involving a range of technologies, including pharmaceutical compositions, diagnostic devices and tests, and packaging technology;
  • Representing Northrop Grumman Corporation in patent litigation relating to high tech components used in cell phones and other wireless devices;
  • Representing TRW, Inc. in international patent litigation involving its patents for mobile satellite communications systems; and
  • Representing a foreign contact lens manufacturer in patent matters relating to contact lens manufacturing and packaging technology.

Other Complex Commercial Litigation

Mr. Vincent also has successfully represented clients in various other complex commercial disputes, including:

  • Obtaining a complete defense verdict for Abbott Laboratories in a dispute involving a medical device agreement;
  • Obtaining a complete defense verdict, following a three week jury trial, for Brighton Collectibles, Inc., a leading manufacturer and retailer of women’s accessories, in a breach of contract and partnership action brought by its former management company;
  • Obtaining a complete defense verdict, as well as a multi-million dollar counterclaim award, for Experian in litigation arising out of a database licensing agreement;
  • Representing Budget Rent-A-Car of Southern California in a high stakes license dispute culminating with a successful appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; and
  • Representing a number of the nation’s premier law firms in the area of professional malpractice.

Mr. Vincent has particular expertise in the eye care industry.  During the past several years, he has served as national litigation counsel for 1-800 CONTACTS, the nation's largest contact lens retailer, handling nearly all of its most significant litigation as well as various regulatory matters before the Federal Trade Commission, the Food & Drug Administration and state regulatory boards throughout the country.  He has also been actively involved in its legislative activities at both the state and federal level.  He also served on its Board of Directors during the time it was a publicly traded company.

Mr. Vincent has had substantial criminal trial experience as well. In addition to representing clients of the firm on a variety of white collar matters, Mr. Vincent served as a Special Deputy City Attorney, where he prosecuted approximately a dozen criminal jury trials involving such charges as burglary, theft, assault, battery, domestic violence and weapon and drug possession.

Mr. Vincent is active in several bar and professional organizations, including the American Bar Association (Antitrust and IP Sections), the California State Bar Association (Antitrust Section) and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He was selected as the “Outstanding Young Lawyer” by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (Los Angeles Chapter), and has served on its board.

Mr. Vincent is also active in the community.  He serves on the board of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA, and has been the lead volunteer for certain of its youth programs.  He also has held numerous leadership and teaching positions in his church.  He also is a former Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Municipal Court.

Mr. Vincent received his B.A. from Harvard University (with honors, magna cum laude) in 1985, where he was a member of the Harvard Tennis Team and a student body officer. He received his J.D. Degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, where he was a member of the California Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Vincent served as a law clerk to United States Solicitor General Charles Fried (1988) and, later, to the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1988-1989).

 

Garth T. Vincent is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Mr. Vincent’s practice consists principally of complex business litigation.  He has extensive court and jury trial experience, having tried complex business cases for both corporate defendants and plaintiffs in various federal and state courts throughout the country.  He also has successfully handled a number of major arbitrations for such clients.  In addition, he has argued numerous appeals before the Ninth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Utah Supreme Court and various California appellate courts.

Mr. Vincent concentrates in antitrust and unfair competition, intellectual property and other complex commercial litigation.

Antitrust & Unfair Competition

Mr. Vincent has extensive antitrust and unfair competition experience, having successfully litigated a wide variety of major cases across various industries, including:

  • Representing a major pharmaceutical company in various cases alleging a wide variety of restraint of trade and monopolization allegations;
  • Representing a major wholesaler of entertainment products in litigation involving attempted monopolization and tying claims;
  • Representing a leading contact lens distributor in multi-district litigation against manufacturers and other distributors for conspiring to restrict the supply of contact lenses;
  • Representing a major aluminum manufacturer in a class action lawsuit alleging that domestic manufacturers and their trade associations, with the assistance of certain foreign governments, engaged in price fixing; and
  • Representing 1-800 Contacts in various Lanham Act and unfair competition cases, including successful appeals before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Utah Supreme Court.

Intellectual Property

Mr. Vincent also has successfully handled a wide variety of patent, trademark and trade secret matters for clients such as Abbott Laboratories, Northrop Grumman, TRW Inc., Boeing, Shell Oil, Mobil Oil and Tenneco, including: 

  • Representing Abbott Laboratories in various patent cases involving a range of technologies, including pharmaceutical compositions, diagnostic devices and tests, and packaging technology;
  • Representing Northrop Grumman Corporation in patent litigation relating to high tech components used in cell phones and other wireless devices;
  • Representing TRW, Inc. in international patent litigation involving its patents for mobile satellite communications systems; and
  • Representing a foreign contact lens manufacturer in patent matters relating to contact lens manufacturing and packaging technology.

Other Complex Commercial Litigation

Mr. Vincent also has successfully represented clients in various other complex commercial disputes, including:

  • Obtaining a complete defense verdict for Abbott Laboratories in a dispute involving a medical device agreement;
  • Obtaining a complete defense verdict, following a three week jury trial, for Brighton Collectibles, Inc., a leading manufacturer and retailer of women’s accessories, in a breach of contract and partnership action brought by its former management company;
  • Obtaining a complete defense verdict, as well as a multi-million dollar counterclaim award, for Experian in litigation arising out of a database licensing agreement;
  • Representing Budget Rent-A-Car of Southern California in a high stakes license dispute culminating with a successful appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; and
  • Representing a number of the nation’s premier law firms in the area of professional malpractice.

Mr. Vincent has particular expertise in the eye care industry.  During the past several years, he has served as national litigation counsel for 1-800 CONTACTS, the nation's largest contact lens retailer, handling nearly all of its most significant litigation as well as various regulatory matters before the Federal Trade Commission, the Food & Drug Administration and state regulatory boards throughout the country.  He has also been actively involved in its legislative activities at both the state and federal level.  He also served on its Board of Directors during the time it was a publicly traded company.

Mr. Vincent has had substantial criminal trial experience as well. In addition to representing clients of the firm on a variety of white collar matters, Mr. Vincent served as a Special Deputy City Attorney, where he prosecuted approximately a dozen criminal jury trials involving such charges as burglary, theft, assault, battery, domestic violence and weapon and drug possession.

Mr. Vincent is active in several bar and professional organizations, including the American Bar Association (Antitrust and IP Sections), the California State Bar Association (Antitrust Section) and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He was selected as the “Outstanding Young Lawyer” by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (Los Angeles Chapter), and has served on its board.

Mr. Vincent is also active in the community.  He serves on the board of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA, and has been the lead volunteer for certain of its youth programs.  He also has held numerous leadership and teaching positions in his church.  He also is a former Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Municipal Court.

Mr. Vincent received his B.A. from Harvard University (with honors, magna cum laude) in 1985, where he was a member of the Harvard Tennis Team and a student body officer. He received his J.D. Degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, where he was a member of the California Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Vincent served as a law clerk to United States Solicitor General Charles Fried (1988) and, later, to the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1988-1989).