Sean Eskovitz is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. He has successfully tried numerous civil and criminal cases to judges, juries and arbitrators across the country. A former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Eskovitz also represents companies and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions.
Mr. Eskovitz’s broad practice has included representation of plaintiffs and defendants in, among other industries, high technology, entertainment, insurance, transportation, pharmaceuticals, gaming, real estate and finance. Mr. Eskovitz’s notable matters in private practice include the following:
Successful defense of Philip Morris USA in three-month California consumer class action trial relating to the marketing of “light” cigarettes; plaintiffs recovered nothing on their claims.
Successful defense of prominent law firm in malpractice action concerning counsel’s representation at trial of retired professional football players; case settled after plaintiffs’ claims had been dismissed in their entirety.
Successful federal trial defense of Rambus in two-month jury trial of antitrust and fraud claims arising out of patentee’s involvement in a standard-setting organization; plaintiffs’ claims rejected in their entirety.
Successful federal jury trial defense of Lloyd’s of London in the insurance coverage dispute over the destruction of the World Trade Center; plaintiff recovered nothing on its claims.
Successful federal jury trial defense of Riggs Bank against stock option claims brought by former executive; plaintiff recovered nothing on his claims.
Successful representation of American Express in the prosecution of its antitrust suit against Visa, MasterCard, and their member banks; settlement of Amex’s claims totaled more than $4 billion.
In February 2011, Mr. Eskovitz was appointed by the governor to serve on the Fair Political Practices Commission, the five-member non-partisan body charged with regulating and enforcing fair elections in California. In addition, Mr. Eskovitz serves on the Board of Directors and the Governance Committee of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). Mr. Eskovitz has also chaired Munger Tolles’s Recruiting Committee and taught pre-trial and trial skills at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the USC Gould School of Law.
Assistant United States Attorney
From 1999-2003, Mr. Eskovitz served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In that capacity, he prosecuted complex criminal cases involving racketeering, financial and bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, violent crimes and narcotics offenses.
Mr. Eskovitz first-chaired many trials and argued several cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award/Northeast Region Case of the Year from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces and the International Award of Honor from the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association. Two of his cases received Justice Department Director’s Awards.