Munger Tolles Receives State Bar Pro Bono Award

A team of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP litigators has been awarded the California State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for a Law Firm Team.

Bram Alden, Michelle Friedland, Lika Miyake, William Temko, Connor Gants and former colleague David Dinielli were recognized for their work on Pickup v. Brown and Welch v. Brown, two cases pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In both cases, Munger Tolles represents Equality California in defending Senate Bill 1172, which prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (“SOCE”) on minor patients.

The award was presented at a ceremony in San Jose on October 11.

Mr. Alden’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation. He co-founded and serves on an LGBT board of the Los Angeles Youth Network, a homeless youth organization.

Ms. Friedland’s practice focuses primarily on antitrust litigation, appellate matters, and constitutional and academic affairs litigation for higher education institutions.

Ms. Miyake’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation in a wide variety of matters. She also maintains an active pro bono practice, including advocating for LGBT rights, prisoners in Eighth Amendment actions and victims of human trafficking.

Mr. Temko focuses on complex litigation in the areas of environmental, securities, business torts, contract and antitrust. He is a member of the Board of Directors of United Friends of the Children and Co-Chair of the California Committee of Human Rights Watch.

Mr. Gants’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation in the areas of contracts,  business torts, and professional negligence. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including advocating for LGBT rights.

Mr. Dinielli left the firm in May 2013 to join the Southern Poverty Law Center and now serves as the Deputy Legal Director overseeing the LGBT Rights Project and Emerging Issues Project.