Truc T. Do

Profile

Truc T. Do is a trial lawyer and partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. With more than 15 years of courtroom experience, Ms. Do has tried more than 75 jury trials to verdict. Ms. Do gained prominence for her trial work as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office in several high-profile murder cases — including the successful murder retrial of famed music producer Phil Spector — and was named one of the Top 100 Women Litigators of 2009 by the Daily Journal. Her practice focuses on trials, complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense and  internal corporate investigations.

Most recently, Ms. Do successfully defended James Arthur Ray, a New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker, against charges of reckless manslaughter for three deaths at a sweat lodge ceremony. After a four-month trial in Arizona, the jury acquitted the client of all charged offenses. Conviction of the lesser offense of negligent homicide is on appeal. The trial was nationally televised and widely covered by the press.

Key Representations

  • LG Display, as trial counsel, in its defense against the nation’s largest class action of indirect purchasers and individual antitrust cases stemming from allegations of price-fixing conspiracy among manufacturers of LCD panels. Certain of the cases have now been successfully resolved on behalf of LG Display and others remain pending for trial.
  • James Arthur Ray against charges of reckless manslaughter arising out of three deaths that occurred during a sweat lodge ceremony. After a four-month trial in Arizona, the jury acquitted the client of all charged offenses. Conviction of the lesser offense of negligent homicide is on appeal. The trial was nationally televised and widely covered by the press.
  • The Regents of the University of California in several white collar criminal matters, including defense of the Regents against criminal charges arising out of a Cal/OSHA investigation of the death of a research assistant in a laboratory fire at UCLA. In July 2012, Ms. Do successfully negotiated a complete dismissal of all charges.
  • A major healthcare company in a criminal investigation by Cal/OSHA and the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office into a confined space death. Successfully avoided filing of criminal charges.
  • A large North American freight railway network in a criminal investigation by Cal/OSHA and the San Bernardino District Attorney's Office into the accidental death of a contractor during a “switching operation” at a San Bernardino rail yard.
  • An executive movie producer in a criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for alleged FCPA violations in connection with the filming of an action-comedy adventure film.
  • KB Home in a class action alleging violations of the RICO Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law arising from the 2006-2007 housing bubble burst. The matter successfully resolved in May 2011.

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

Prior to joining Munger Tolles in December 2009, Ms. Do was a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. During her 10-year career as a prosecutor, Ms. Do tried 75 jury trial trials to verdict, including 58 felonies, 20 murder cases with a 100 percent conviction rate and two death penalty verdicts. She served in the elite Major Crimes Division where she prosecuted Los Angeles County’s most complex and high-profile cases. Prior to Major Crimes, Ms. Do served in the Hardcore Gang Division where she prosecuted Los Angeles County’s most hardened and violent gang members for homicides and violent crimes.

Ms. Do’s notable jury trials as a prosecutor include:

  • Phil Spector. Ms. Do obtained the murder conviction of famed music producer Phil Spector for the February 2003 fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. Ms. Do joined the original prosecution team as co-chair in the successful re-trial of Phil Spector—the first jury hung in September 2007—two months before the commencement of jury selection. After a six-month trial, the jury convicted Mr. Spector of second-degree murder on April 13, 2009 and he was sentenced to a prison term of 19 years to life.
  • “Black Widows” Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt. One month before trial commenced, Ms. Do took over as lead trial lawyer in the prosecution of Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, septuagenarians dubbed by the media as the “black widows.” Ms. Golay and Ms. Rutterschmidt fraudulently insured and murdered homeless men to collect nearly $3 million in life insurance proceeds. The jury convicted the women of two counts of first-degree murder with multiple special circumstances and each was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment without parole.
  • Serial Killer Chester Turner. One month before jury selection, Ms. Do took over as lead trial lawyer in the prosecution of Chester Turner, the city’s most prolific serial killer who sexually assaulted and murdered 10 women over the span of a decade during the 1980s’ crack-cocaine epidemic in South Los Angeles. In April 2007, after a one-month trial, Ms. Do convicted and obtained a death verdict against Mr. Turner.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Ms. Do serves on the UC San Diego Healthy System Advisory Board and the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) Board of Directors.  She also served a term on the Los Angeles County Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee from 2010 to 2013.

Ms. Do is a member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego.

Truc T. Do is a trial lawyer and partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. With more than 15 years of courtroom experience, Ms. Do has tried more than 75 jury trials to verdict. Ms. Do gained prominence for her trial work as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office in several high-profile murder cases — including the successful murder retrial of famed music producer Phil Spector — and was named one of the Top 100 Women Litigators of 2009 by the Daily Journal. Her practice focuses on trials, complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense and  internal corporate investigations.

Most recently, Ms. Do successfully defended James Arthur Ray, a New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker, against charges of reckless manslaughter for three deaths at a sweat lodge ceremony. After a four-month trial in Arizona, the jury acquitted the client of all charged offenses. Conviction of the lesser offense of negligent homicide is on appeal. The trial was nationally televised and widely covered by the press.

Key Representations

  • LG Display, as trial counsel, in its defense against the nation’s largest class action of indirect purchasers and individual antitrust cases stemming from allegations of price-fixing conspiracy among manufacturers of LCD panels. Certain of the cases have now been successfully resolved on behalf of LG Display and others remain pending for trial.
  • James Arthur Ray against charges of reckless manslaughter arising out of three deaths that occurred during a sweat lodge ceremony. After a four-month trial in Arizona, the jury acquitted the client of all charged offenses. Conviction of the lesser offense of negligent homicide is on appeal. The trial was nationally televised and widely covered by the press.
  • The Regents of the University of California in several white collar criminal matters, including defense of the Regents against criminal charges arising out of a Cal/OSHA investigation of the death of a research assistant in a laboratory fire at UCLA. In July 2012, Ms. Do successfully negotiated a complete dismissal of all charges.
  • A major healthcare company in a criminal investigation by Cal/OSHA and the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office into a confined space death. Successfully avoided filing of criminal charges.
  • A large North American freight railway network in a criminal investigation by Cal/OSHA and the San Bernardino District Attorney's Office into the accidental death of a contractor during a “switching operation” at a San Bernardino rail yard.
  • An executive movie producer in a criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for alleged FCPA violations in connection with the filming of an action-comedy adventure film.
  • KB Home in a class action alleging violations of the RICO Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law arising from the 2006-2007 housing bubble burst. The matter successfully resolved in May 2011.

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

Prior to joining Munger Tolles in December 2009, Ms. Do was a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. During her 10-year career as a prosecutor, Ms. Do tried 75 jury trial trials to verdict, including 58 felonies, 20 murder cases with a 100 percent conviction rate and two death penalty verdicts. She served in the elite Major Crimes Division where she prosecuted Los Angeles County’s most complex and high-profile cases. Prior to Major Crimes, Ms. Do served in the Hardcore Gang Division where she prosecuted Los Angeles County’s most hardened and violent gang members for homicides and violent crimes.

Ms. Do’s notable jury trials as a prosecutor include:

  • Phil Spector. Ms. Do obtained the murder conviction of famed music producer Phil Spector for the February 2003 fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. Ms. Do joined the original prosecution team as co-chair in the successful re-trial of Phil Spector—the first jury hung in September 2007—two months before the commencement of jury selection. After a six-month trial, the jury convicted Mr. Spector of second-degree murder on April 13, 2009 and he was sentenced to a prison term of 19 years to life.
  • “Black Widows” Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt. One month before trial commenced, Ms. Do took over as lead trial lawyer in the prosecution of Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, septuagenarians dubbed by the media as the “black widows.” Ms. Golay and Ms. Rutterschmidt fraudulently insured and murdered homeless men to collect nearly $3 million in life insurance proceeds. The jury convicted the women of two counts of first-degree murder with multiple special circumstances and each was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment without parole.
  • Serial Killer Chester Turner. One month before jury selection, Ms. Do took over as lead trial lawyer in the prosecution of Chester Turner, the city’s most prolific serial killer who sexually assaulted and murdered 10 women over the span of a decade during the 1980s’ crack-cocaine epidemic in South Los Angeles. In April 2007, after a one-month trial, Ms. Do convicted and obtained a death verdict against Mr. Turner.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Ms. Do serves on the UC San Diego Healthy System Advisory Board and the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) Board of Directors.  She also served a term on the Los Angeles County Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee from 2010 to 2013.

Ms. Do is a member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego.