Joel M. Purles is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Mr. Purles represents clients in civil commercial litigation, focusing on representing employers in federal and state employment matters and in advising corporations in regard to antitrust investigations, and litigation.
At Munger Tolles, Mr. Purles has represented clients in a variety of complex matters including:
- Universal Music Group in obtaining approval to purchase EMI Music Group following an investigation by the FTC
- Merrill Lynch in obtaining a summary judgment against a former employee based on a novel collateral estoppel argument
- Takeda Pharmaceuticals in a highly contested pharmaceutical drug patent infringement lawsuit involving multiple corporate defendants.
Before rejoining the firm in September 2014, Mr. Purles was a litigation associate in the Salt Lake City, Utah office of Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough PC from February 2013 to August 2014. While at Jones Waldo, he represented clients in a variety of federal and state litigation matters, including multi-district litigation involving claims of bid-rigging in violation of the Sherman Act; employment litigation involving claims of retaliation, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the First Amendment of the Constitution, and similar state laws; and complex breach of contract claims in violation of state contract laws.
In representing his clients, Mr. Purles has appeared in California and Utah state courts, U.S. District Courts in California and Utah, the Ninth Circuit, the Tenth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Purles served as a judicial clerk to Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
In 2008, Mr. Purles obtained his law degree from the USC Gould School of Law, where he received the Law Alumni Award for graduating with the highest GPA in his class and where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. During law school, Mr. Purles served as a senior notes editor for the Southern California Law Review and received the James G. Holbrook Award for outstanding service to the law review. He also served as a legal writing student fellow and assisted to teach first-year law students legal writing skills. Mr. Purles received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Brigham Young University.