Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke, Kristin Linsley Myles and Mary Ann Todd were named Top Women Lawyers by the Daily Journal on May 8.
Ms. Luedtke was recognized for her work in the fast-paced video gaming industry, including representing Electronic Arts in its claims that Zynga's game "The Ville" copied its own popular title, "The Sims Social." The story also highlights her defense of ABC against allegations that its new reality television show, “The Glass House,” mirrored the CBS reality show “Big Brother.” This case allowed Ms. Luedtke to combine her two main areas of expertise: copyright law and trade secret and employee mobility law.
Whether obtaining early dismissal of a claim through strategic briefing or winning a case on oral argument at the appellate stage, Ms. Myles is regarded for the range and diversity of her litigation practice. She represents Bank of America in a complex set of federal court actions by banks and the FDIC concerning the multi-billion dollar failure of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker. She is representing Facebook in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in a putative class action brought by advertisers who claim they have been overcharged and in a shareholders derivative suit brought in the wake of the company’s IPO. Ms. Myles has also been active in the closely watched Alien Tort Statute litigation addressing whether foreign plaintiffs can seek relief in U.S. courts for alleged human rights violations in their home countries. Based on her experience with critical lower court rulings in this area, Ms. Myles was tapped as amicus counsel in the closely watched Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., which the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on this term in favor of the side that Ms. Myles has been advocating.
Ms. Todd, as the Daily Journal noted, has handled some of the year’s largest corporate transactions in the food and retail space. She represented longtime client Berkshire Hathaway in its deal with partner 3G Capital to acquire H.J. Heinz Co. for $28 billion. She also represented BDT Capital as a minority investor in the acquisitions of Caribou Coffee Company Inc. and Peet's Coffee & Tea, and she represented longtime client 99 Cents Only Stores in a $1.6 billion deal to take the company private. Clients' large-scale transactions, Todd said, "are often their most significant matters, and knowing that they're turning to you and trusting you with putting those together for them is a very rewarding thing."
The Daily Journal newspaper annually selects 100 leading women lawyers in California.