Laura Wirth is a litigator in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in federal and state court, where she has argued motions, examined witnesses at trial, taken and defended depositions, written briefs, and led discovery efforts.
For over two years, Ms. Wirth represented an international drilling contractor concerning the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which included multiple civil and criminal government investigations. She served on the trial team representing the client during an eight-week bench trial in the multi-district proceedings arising from the oil spill.
This year, Ms. Wirth was a member of a trial team that successfully defended a major pharmaceutical company in a two-week AAA arbitration where plaintiff sought more than $100 million for an alleged breach of a “co-promotion” agreement for a highly successful drug. Ms. Wirth’s contributions at trial included taking the direct testimony from one of her client’s principal fact witnesses and preparing key witnesses for trial. She also represented the company in a contractual dispute involving hundreds of millions of dollars in payment under a clinical trial agreement.
Ms. Wirth’s significant litigation matters include representing:
- Transocean, an international drilling company, in civil litigation, criminal investigation and multi-district trial proceedings arising from the April 20, 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Electronic Arts in copyright litigation against Zynga in which EA alleged that Zynga's online social game "The Ville" infringes EA's copyrighted game "Sims Social."
- A national advertising company in litigation involving statutory and due process claims.
- Leading biotechnology company in $100 million breach of contract claim brought by Fortune 50 pharmaceutical company.
Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Ms. Wirth served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Christina A. Snyder of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Ms. Wirth obtained her law degree from UCLA School of Law, where she was elected Order of the Coif. While there, she served as a managing editor of the UCLA Law Review and staff member of the Journal of Environmental Law.
She received her B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.