Kristin Linsley Myles, Mary Ann Todd Named Top Women Lawyers 

Kristin Linsley Myles and Mary Ann Todd were named Top Women Lawyers by the Daily Journal on May 11.

Kristin Myles was recognized for her work as the U.S. Supreme Court’s first female Special Master in a dispute between South Carolina and North Carolina over the waters of the Catawba River. The San Francisco-based partner presided over the case for three years and issued a number of interim rulings until the States agreed in January 2011 to resolve their dispute out of court. 

The newspaper also profiled Ms. Myles role in a case that produced a major international law development. Agreeing with Ms. Myles’s position, U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson in Los Angeles became the first to find that the Alien Tort Statute does not extend liability to corporations.

Mary Ann Todd was recognized for her representation of Berkshire Hathaway in its most significant acquisitions. Most recently, she advised Berkshire when it agreed to acquire chemical maker Lubrizol Corp.

“I think she would make the list of top women lawyers in the United States,” Berkshire Chief Financial Officer Marc Hamburg told the newspaper. “ Munger, Tolles & Olson will bend over backward to accommodate our timing needs. She’s always there when you need her.”

Ms. Myles is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger Tolles. Her practice has focused upon complex business litigation in a wide spectrum of matters affecting the firm’s corporate clients.

Ms. Todd is a corporate partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances.