Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP announced July 21, 2014 that Benjamin J. Horwich has joined the firm as of counsel from the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He is based in the firm’s San Francisco office and will focus his practice on complex litigation and appeals.
Mr. Horwich has briefed and argued cases before all levels of the federal courts, including arguing 10 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. During his five-year tenure as Assistant to the Solicitor General, Mr. Horwich filed nearly 200 briefs in the Supreme Court and provided strategic advice to the Solicitor General in approximately 200 matters pending in lower courts.
Between private practice and government service, Mr. Horwich has deep experience with many of the defining legal issues for industries including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food production and marketing, banking, surface and air transportation, semiconductors, and power generation.
“Ben joins the firm with an extraordinary track record as a litigation strategist, both as an advocate appearing before the nation’s highest court and as an advisor to the government on matters of critical importance,” said Jerome C. Roth, a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. “We are confident that his experience will prove invaluable to our clients in a range of matters and circumstances.”
Mr. Horwich has particular expertise in antitrust litigation, and he has had significant responsibility for nearly every competition law matter involving the Solicitor General since 2009. He has worked closely with the Food and Drug Administration on matters implicating patent law, competition law, regulatory practice, tort law, and federal preemption, and spanning nearly every category of product regulated by that agency. He has also argued, briefed and supervised key Supreme Court and lower court cases in the rapidly evolving areas of class action practice and personal jurisdiction law.
“I am thrilled to be joining Munger Tolles and coming home to San Francisco where I started my career,” Mr. Horwich said. “The firm offers its clients the same uncompromising quality and honest judgment that I tried to provide my client agencies while in federal service.”
Prior to joining the Office of the Solicitor General in 2009, Mr. Horwich was a litigator at Latham & Watkins LLP. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel A. Alito and Sandra Day O’Connor; now-retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the Northern District of California; and the late U.S. Circuit Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit.
Mr. Horwich received his bachelor of arts in chemistry magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his juris doctor from Stanford Law School, where he was elected Order of the Coif and served as president of the Stanford Law Review and co-president of the Kirkwood Moot Court Board.