Maria Seferian was a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson until November 2014 and is currently serving the firm in a limited of counsel capacity. Her practice encompasses a wide variety of corporate transactions and other business matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, arts and entertainment transactions and intellectual property.
From November 2013 - March 2014, Ms. Seferian served as the Interim Director & CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, where she provided administrative and strategic leadership to the museum and successfully led it through an historic $100 million endowment campaign, international director search, and long-term strategic planning process.
Ms. Seferian serves as counsel in a number of business and legal contexts, including public and private mergers and acquisitions in contested and non-contested contexts, private equity investments, venture capital, strategic transactions, joint ventures, intellectual property licensing and development arrangements, executive employment arrangements, proxy contests and corporate governance for businesses and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Seferian frequently counsels companies at all stages of development in the arts and culture and media and entertainment industries, among many other industries. As part of her media and entertainment practice, Ms. Seferian advises companies in connection with controlling and minority investments in traditional and new media and generally in the entertainment industry. As part of her arts and culture practice, Ms. Seferian advises museums and other non-profit organizations, as well as galleries and artists. Ms. Seferian has also advised clients in high-profile contested and non-contested acquisitions of privately-held and public companies and has experience representing independent directors in election proxy contests. She has also conducted several internal corporate investigations and has represented her clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission and state attorneys general.
Ms. Seferian graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was the executive articles editor of the Harvard Civil Rights and Liberties Law Review. She joined the firm after completing a clerkship for the Honorable James L. Oakes in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
Ms. Seferian is a member of the California and New York bar associations. She also serves as a Vice Chair on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Ms. Seferian is also a member of the Board of Directors of the California Lawyers for the Arts.
She is a member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
She was named a Rising Star by the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine in 2011.