Munger, Tolles & Olson has selected Jonathan H. Blavin and Grant A. Davis-Denny to join its partnership, effective January 1, 2012.
"We are proud to welcome these two exceptional lawyers to our partnership,” Munger Tolles Managing Partner Sandra A. Seville-Jones said.
Mr. Blavin is a San Francisco-based litigator who frequently handles high-technology disputes brought under the Copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Acts, consumer class actions in the wireless and telecommunications areas and federal antitrust actions. Earlier this year, he was part of the team representing the Motion Picture Association of America in securing a preliminary injunction against the operators of Zediva, an unlicensed video-on-demand service that transmits performances of copyrighted motion pictures to its customers through the Internet. He frequently writes and speaks on legal issues related to the Internet, social media and emerging technologies. Mr. Blavin is vice chair of the San Francisco Barristers Intellectual Property and Internet Law Section and is a member of the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association and the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. Mr. Blavin is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School where he served as Primary Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He clerked for 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard R. Clifton before joining Munger Tolles in 2004.
Mr. Davis-Denny is based in Los Angeles where his litigation practice focuses on legal malpractice defense, intellectual property litigation and antitrust litigation. This year he was part of the team handling a three-month trial in a major antitrust case and he successfully represented a law firm and two of its attorneys in a legal malpractice arbitration that resulted in an award for his clients and a dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims. In a significant pro bono matter, Mr. Davis-Denny defended the constitutionality of Arizona’s Clean Elections Act in a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this spring. Along with serving as co-chair of the firm’s pro bono committee, Mr. Davis-Denny is on the board of directors of California Common Cause. He is a 2003 graduate of UCLA School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the UCLA Law Review. He then clerked for 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Paez.
In 2011, Munger Tolles welcomed Truc T. Do, Seth Goldman and Melinda Eades LeMoine to the partnership. The previous year, Michelle T. Friedland and Katherine K. Huang were named partners.