Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys Kevin S. Masuda and Glenn D. Pomerantz have been named to Variety’s 2014 Legal Impact Report. The list honors the year’s top professionals in the Hollywood legal community.
Mr. Masuda, a transactional lawyer, is recognized for his involvement in major deals, including deals for Beats Electronics and Universal Music Publishing Group. “I approach my clients’ issues wearing both a legal and business hat,” he told Variety. “This dual focus builds strong client relationships and gets the deal done.”
Mr. Pomerantz is a litigator who was included in the report for the second year in a row. Variety highlighted his successful work for ABC by defending its reality series “The Glass House” in a copyright and trade secret action brought by CBS. Mr. Pomerantz is also defending the NCAA in a nationwide class action by current and former Division I college football and men’s basketball players asserting antitrust and intellectual property claims relating to NCAA rules that allegedly preclude student-athletes from being paid for the alleged use of their name, image and likeness. Mr. Pomerantz’s other major successes include rulings in favor of Universal Music Group’s acquisition of EMI and Fox’s cable channel “bundling.” Additionally, he supported Warner Bros. in a dispute involving Weinstein Co.’s film “The Butler.” He said “(I want to) totally own the client’s problem and use our firm to resolve the problem favorably.”
Mr. Masuda’s practice focuses on various types of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, public and private securities offerings and other business financings.
Mr. Pomerantz is a complex commercial litigator who frequently handles high-profile antitrust, copyright and contract disputes.