Lika C. Miyake

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Lika C. Miyake is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Miyake’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and has included a wide variety of matters, including multimillion-dollar contract and fraud actions, employment discrimination litigation, shareholder derivative lawsuits, attorney malpractice cases and First Amendment work.

Significant matters include:

  • Defending Berkshire Hathaway against whistleblower claims brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. 
  • Successfully settling an industry-wide putative class action employment lawsuit against television network and production companies. 
  • Securing early dismissal of claims against a reinsurer in a derivative shareholder lawsuit alleging conspiracy to implement a fraudulent reinsurance deal. 
  • Successfully settling a high-profile royalty dispute regarding the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.  
  • Representing a journalist asserting First Amendment rights in successfully resisting multiple subpoenas seeking the disclosure of identity of the journalist’s confidential source(s). 
  • Defending a movie studio against a defamation claim arising from a “based on a true story” horror movie.

Ms. Miyake also maintains an active pro bono practice, advocating for LGBT rights, prisoners in Eighth Amendment actions, and victims of human trafficking. Ms. Miyake is part of the Munger Tolles team defending SB 1172, California's ban on the practice, on minors, of "conversion therapy"--therapy intended to change a person's sexual orientation. Ms. Miyake brought to trial the claims of a former federal prisoner seeking remedies for the failure of prison officials to provide medical treatment for an injury he suffered while he was incarcerated. After the 2008 election, Ms. Miyake filed the California Supreme Court petition challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to bar same-sex marriage. 

Ms. Miyake graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College and earned her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was awarded the Francis Wayland Prize for excellence in litigation for her two-and-a-half year representation of a mother fighting a termination of parental rights proceeding. Before joining the firm in 2004, Ms. Miyake was a law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Ms. Miyake was named a Rising Star by the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine in 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2009, Ms. Miyake was awarded the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT Award in recognition of her work on the California Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8.

 

Lika C. Miyake is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Miyake’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and has included a wide variety of matters, including multimillion-dollar contract and fraud actions, employment discrimination litigation, shareholder derivative lawsuits, attorney malpractice cases and First Amendment work.

Significant matters include:

  • Defending Berkshire Hathaway against whistleblower claims brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. 
  • Successfully settling an industry-wide putative class action employment lawsuit against television network and production companies. 
  • Securing early dismissal of claims against a reinsurer in a derivative shareholder lawsuit alleging conspiracy to implement a fraudulent reinsurance deal. 
  • Successfully settling a high-profile royalty dispute regarding the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.  
  • Representing a journalist asserting First Amendment rights in successfully resisting multiple subpoenas seeking the disclosure of identity of the journalist’s confidential source(s). 
  • Defending a movie studio against a defamation claim arising from a “based on a true story” horror movie.

Ms. Miyake also maintains an active pro bono practice, advocating for LGBT rights, prisoners in Eighth Amendment actions, and victims of human trafficking. Ms. Miyake is part of the Munger Tolles team defending SB 1172, California's ban on the practice, on minors, of "conversion therapy"--therapy intended to change a person's sexual orientation. Ms. Miyake brought to trial the claims of a former federal prisoner seeking remedies for the failure of prison officials to provide medical treatment for an injury he suffered while he was incarcerated. After the 2008 election, Ms. Miyake filed the California Supreme Court petition challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to bar same-sex marriage. 

Ms. Miyake graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College and earned her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was awarded the Francis Wayland Prize for excellence in litigation for her two-and-a-half year representation of a mother fighting a termination of parental rights proceeding. Before joining the firm in 2004, Ms. Miyake was a law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Ms. Miyake was named a Rising Star by the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine in 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2009, Ms. Miyake was awarded the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT Award in recognition of her work on the California Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8.