Hailyn Chen is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, particularly in the areas of antitrust and intellectual property, as well as white collar criminal defense and government investigations. She has represented corporations and non-profit foundations in various sectors, including financial services, entertainment, technology and arts and education.
Some of Ms. Chen’s recent representations include:
- Currently representing LG Display, a manufacturer of TFT-LCD flat panels, in one of the nation’s largest antitrust class actions of indirect purchasers. The case is pending in the Northern District of California.
- In New York federal court, Ms. Chen represented four major record companies in copyright action against LimeWire, the largest peer-to-peer music sharing service. After two weeks of trial, the Munger Tolles team obtained an injunction shutting down the service and a $105 million settlement.
- Represented Universal Music Group in an lawsuit asserting antitrust violations and tortious interference with business relations, arising out of disputed right to license Bob Marley tracks. The case was successfully resolved on summary judgment.
- Successfully defended a cattle ranch charged with five felony counts related to a fire that started on that ranch in 2007. The fire, known as the Zaca Fire, burned a quarter million acres and was the second largest wildland fire in California history. The Santa Barbara County district attorney charged the ranch and two ranch workers with five counts of recklessly starting a fire that resulted in great bodily injury. Ms. Chen also represented the cattle ranch in the U.S. attorney’s office’s and California attorney general’s investigations of the Zaca Fire. The federal and state governments sought recovery of roughly $150 million in fire suppression costs. The matter was settled for pennies on the dollar.
- Represented the special committee of the board of trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust in an internal investigation related to expenditures of Getty Trust funds and other corporate governance issues. The investigation also looked into the provenance of objects in its antiquities collection. The representation resulted in the successful settlement of claims with the governments of Italy and Greece. A parallel investigation by the California attorney general was resolved to the client’s satisfaction as well.
- Represented the officers of a Chinese company related to a special committee investigation arising out of the company’s de-listing from NASDAQ.
- Represented KB Home in class action lawsuits alleging violations of the RICO Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law arising from the 2006-2007 housing bubble burst. The matters were resolved out of court to the client’s satisfaction.
Ms. Chen’s pro bono practice is focused on parole decisions, prisoner’s rights and women’s issues. Ms. Chen is co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative and is actively involved in the firm’s efforts to enhance the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and minority attorneys. She is also co-author of "Sexual Misconduct and Due Process," Daily Journal, Oct. 28, 2014.
Ms. Chen is a member of the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, which serves more than 45,000 girls in the greater L.A. area and chairs the Board’s Fund Development Committee.
In 2007, Ms. Chen served as a special prosecutor for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, where she prosecuted misdemeanor jury trials.
Ms. Chen joined Munger Tolles in 2005 after completing a clerkship for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Ms. Chen graduated second in her class at UCLA School of Law. She was articles editor for the UCLA Law Review and the recipient of numerous merit scholarships and awards, including the Arthur Greenberg Award for academic excellence and the Lawrence Irell Prize for the highest academic standing after the first year of law school.
Before attending law school, Ms. Chen graduated from Yale University with a degree in sociology. At Yale, Ms. Chen was awarded the Most Valuable Player award and was one of the first female coxswains to lead the Yale varsity men’s crew. After college, she worked as a political campaign coordinator for the Tramutola Company of Oakland.
Ms. Chen lives in Pasadena with her husband and two daughters.