Jonathan E. Altman is a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Since joining the firm in 1993, Mr. Altman has specialized in high-profile, complex business and legal malpractice litigation.
Mr. Altman’s extensive experience includes acting as one of the lead counsel for a “top-ten” American law firm involved in multiple malpractice and fraud actions in various states across the country. Mr. Altman’s work in those matters involved managing individual malpractice cases to conclusion in San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Orlando and Texas.
In 2012, Mr. Altman represented a major television network in defeating an effort by CBS to enjoin the reality show “The Glass House” based on, among other things, allegations that the producers of “The Glass House” violated CBS’s copyright in its show “Big Brother.”
Mr. Altman also served as lead trial counsel for plaintiff independent channel in a carriage dispute with a defendant service provider. The matter was tried before a JAMS arbitrator, who found for plaintiff independent channel on all issues.
Mr. Altman has represented a major technology company in a series of anti-trust matters, and has extensive experience working with anti-trust impact and damages econometric experts.
In 2011, Mr. Altman served as one of two lead trial counsel for a Southern California public utility accused of fraud and breach of contract. After a four-week arbitration of the matter, which concerned claims in excess of $150 million, the arbitrator found for the utility on all counts. In 2009, Mr. Altman was one of three lead trial counsel representing a major aerospace manufacturer in a three-month, high-stakes fraud and breach of contract trial involving claims of well over a billion dollars.
In the past, Mr. Altman has served as one of a team of lawyers representing a Los Angeles subway contractor in False Claims Act litigation arising from the formation of a highly publicized “sinkhole” near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine. Mr. Altman also represented a Hollywood movie studio accused of plagiarizing the script for one of its mega-blockbusters and has represented a major music company in a class action claiming a failure to pay proper pension contributions under ERISA. Mr. Altman is active in the firm’s pro bono practice and recently represented a class of homeless persons suing the city of Santa Monica for denial of services.