Melinda Eades LeMoine

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Melinda Eades LeMoine is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Since joining the firm, she has handled a wide variety of complex business litigation — including civil and criminal matters.

Several of Ms. LeMoine’s most significant representations have been for clients in the entertainment and media industries. Recent matters include:

  • Trying for Universal Music Group a case brought by former music producers for the recording artist Eminem, alleging that permanent downloads are subject to “license” royalty rates under artist recording agreements.
  • Representing Universal Music Group against allegations of the infringement of musical composition copyrights in connection with sales of permanent downloads through the iTunes Store.
  • Representing a major record company in a breach of contract action brought by members of the Allman Brothers Band relating to royalties for sales of records in the form of permanent downloads.
  • Representing a major record company in an action alleging a knowing material misrepresentation under DMCA Section 512(f) in connection with a notice to YouTube.
  • Representing a major motion picture studio in a large-scale investigation into the theft of intellectual property.
  • Representing a major motion picture studio in a federal court action brought by a video on demand company, including both antitrust and copyright law violations.

Ms. LeMoine has also had substantial experience representing clients facing purported class actions relating to consumer law issues. Significant representations include:

  • Representing a telecommunications carrier in the successful opposition of class certification against a purported consumer class action alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for alleged disclosure issues.
  • Representing a large home builder in the successful defense against a purported consumer class action alleging violations of the Real Estate Settlement Practices Act.

From her earliest days at the firm, Ms. LeMoine has been actively involved in the criminal defense and crisis management practice, including the representation of individuals facing charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She has conducted internal corporate investigations and seen clients through any necessary disclosure, resolution and attendant civil litigation. 

Ms. LeMoine has devoted much of her practice to pro bono work. Ms. LeMoine spent four years as the primary attorney on the Munger Tolles team representing a state prisoner on Nevada’s death row. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Action Committee for Women in Prison, a non-profit organization. 

Before joining the firm, Ms. LeMoine served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Susan P. Graber on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. She graduated first in her class from Brooklyn Law School after spending her first year in the law school’s evening program while working full time. She was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, an executive notes and comments editor for the Brooklyn Law Review and a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships.

Before law school, Ms. LeMoine worked as a private investigator specializing in cases dealing with intellectual property. She also worked in a sports celebrity department of a major talent agency, representing star athletes in connection with commercials and other entertainment opportunities. Immediately after graduating from Columbia University’s Barnard College with a degree in theater and American History, Ms. LeMoine spent several years as a professional actress based in New York.  She now lives in Altadena with her husband Robert, also a lawyer, and their two children.

Melinda Eades LeMoine is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Since joining the firm, she has handled a wide variety of complex business litigation — including civil and criminal matters.

Several of Ms. LeMoine’s most significant representations have been for clients in the entertainment and media industries. Recent matters include:

  • Trying for Universal Music Group a case brought by former music producers for the recording artist Eminem, alleging that permanent downloads are subject to “license” royalty rates under artist recording agreements.
  • Representing Universal Music Group against allegations of the infringement of musical composition copyrights in connection with sales of permanent downloads through the iTunes Store.
  • Representing a major record company in a breach of contract action brought by members of the Allman Brothers Band relating to royalties for sales of records in the form of permanent downloads.
  • Representing a major record company in an action alleging a knowing material misrepresentation under DMCA Section 512(f) in connection with a notice to YouTube.
  • Representing a major motion picture studio in a large-scale investigation into the theft of intellectual property.
  • Representing a major motion picture studio in a federal court action brought by a video on demand company, including both antitrust and copyright law violations.

Ms. LeMoine has also had substantial experience representing clients facing purported class actions relating to consumer law issues. Significant representations include:

  • Representing a telecommunications carrier in the successful opposition of class certification against a purported consumer class action alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for alleged disclosure issues.
  • Representing a large home builder in the successful defense against a purported consumer class action alleging violations of the Real Estate Settlement Practices Act.

From her earliest days at the firm, Ms. LeMoine has been actively involved in the criminal defense and crisis management practice, including the representation of individuals facing charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She has conducted internal corporate investigations and seen clients through any necessary disclosure, resolution and attendant civil litigation. 

Ms. LeMoine has devoted much of her practice to pro bono work. Ms. LeMoine spent four years as the primary attorney on the Munger Tolles team representing a state prisoner on Nevada’s death row. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Action Committee for Women in Prison, a non-profit organization. 

Before joining the firm, Ms. LeMoine served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Susan P. Graber on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. She graduated first in her class from Brooklyn Law School after spending her first year in the law school’s evening program while working full time. She was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, an executive notes and comments editor for the Brooklyn Law Review and a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships.

Before law school, Ms. LeMoine worked as a private investigator specializing in cases dealing with intellectual property. She also worked in a sports celebrity department of a major talent agency, representing star athletes in connection with commercials and other entertainment opportunities. Immediately after graduating from Columbia University’s Barnard College with a degree in theater and American History, Ms. LeMoine spent several years as a professional actress based in New York.  She now lives in Altadena with her husband Robert, also a lawyer, and their two children.