Munger, Tolles & Olson is proud to announce that President Barack Obama has selected Vilma Martinez, a litigation partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. After her nomination was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ms. Martinez was sworn in in front of family, friends and Munger Tolles colleagues on August 12, 2009. The Honorable Richard A. Paez, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, administered the oath of office. Ms. Martinez, the first woman nominated to the post, will be replacing Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne in Buenos Aires.
“Vilma has a remarkable list of accomplishments that is a tribute to her exceptional qualities as a lawyer and citizen,” said senior partner Ronald Olson. “She is an inspiration to her community and her colleagues and brings exceptional judgment and a calm presence to every problem,” said Munger Tolles co-managing partner Mark Helm.
Ms. Martinez, a partner at the firm since 1982, specializes in federal and state court litigation and employment counseling. She is a former President and General Counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and staff attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She also served as Chairman of The Board of Regents of The University of California from 1984-1986, and was a Regent from 1976-1990. Ms. Martinez chaired the Pacific Council's Study Group on Mexico and served on the advisory boards of Columbia Law School and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. She was appointed to President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy & Negotiations from 1994-1996.