Nick Soltman is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice encompasses a variety of areas, including complex civil litigation, appellate litigation and regulatory matters. Mr. Soltman’s significant litigation matters include representing:
A fund, in a fraud suit against a national real estate appraiser, in connection with a now-bankrupt master planned community.
The National Football League, in suits brought by former players arising from alleged neurological damage due to concussions.
James Arthur Ray, a New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker, in the appeal of his conviction for negligent homicide, arising out of three deaths that occurred during a sweat lodge ceremony.
Southern California Edison Company, in a challenge to a decision of the California Public Utilities Commission imposing a charge to support research and development grants issued by the California Energy Commission. SCE’s challenge claims that the charge is beyond the Commission’s jurisdiction, constitutes an unlawful tax and involves an improper delegation of the Commission's authority to another agency.
Mr. Soltman also maintains an active pro bono practice. He was one of three Munger Tolles attorneys who assisted the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence in the nine-month investigation of the Los Angeles County jail system. After interviewing over 150 witnesses and reviewing over 35,000 pages of documentary evidence, the Commission issued a report making over 60 recommendations, the vast majority of which the LA County Sheriff’s Department has accepted.
Most recently, he, along with the Munger Tolles & Olson-affiliated U.S. Supreme Court Clinic at UCLA, filed a cert petition in Schmitz v. People. The case presents the question whether the Fourth Amendment limits the scope of suspicionless vehicle searches based on the parolee status of a passenger to the areas actually used or controlled by the passenger, or extends to areas merely accessible to that passenger. The California Supreme Court divided 4-3 on the issue.
Before joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Soltman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra S. Ikuta on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Mr. Soltman received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as a comment editor on The University of Chicago Law Review, represented the wrongfully convicted as a member of the Exoneration Project, and won the Lord Bissell & Brook Award for Outstanding Appellate Brief Writing and the Joseph Henry Beale Prize for Outstanding Performance in Legal Research and Writing. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College.