Miranda Kane, former Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California, has joined Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP as of counsel, resident in the firm’s San Francisco office. Ms. Kane will bolster the firm’s expanding white collar, trial and investigations practices in San Francisco as well as at the national and global level, and enhance its civil litigation practice.
Ms. Kane comes to Munger Tolles after a distinguished career as a prosecutor, having served most recently as the Criminal Division Chief for the last two and a half years. In that role, she supervised more than 80 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and oversaw all criminal investigations and prosecutions in Northern California, including matters involving, securities and health care fraud, money laundering, trade secret theft, cybercrime, obstruction and violent crimes. Before that, she served in the Securities Fraud Unit and headed up the White Collar Crime Section of the Office. Earlier, Ms. Kane served as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles.
Ms. Kane has extensive trial experience, having tried more than 70 cases in both state and federal court. She was most recently recognized by the Daily Journal as a Top Woman Lawyer in 2012. On the defense side, Ms. Kane co-headed the white collar criminal practice of a San Francisco law firm and was a solo practitioner representing clients primarily in white collar criminal matters. She was also a member of the Northern District of California’s Criminal Justice Act panel, representing indigent criminal defendants in federal cases.
“Miranda Kane is a fabulous advocate and trial lawyer whose wide-ranging experience combined with superior judgment and reputation for integrity will be a great asset to our firm and our clients,” Jerome C. Roth, a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, said. “We are delighted to welcome her to Munger Tolles and we’re confident she will be an impact player, in San Francisco, in California and more widely.”
Ms. Kane is the firm’s second high-profile hire in as many months. In December, the firm welcomed back to the partnership Jeffrey L. Bleich, who recently completed four years of service as U.S. Ambassador to Australia. Mr. Bleich is focused on growing the firm’s international practice with a particular emphasis on Asia.
“Miranda is among the most respected lawyers in the region whose unique insight and perspective about the federal and state systems will be of tremendous value to our clients locally and around the world,” Mr. Bleich said.
Ms. Kane said, “Munger Tolles is one of the most admired and respected litigation practices in the United States. I am thrilled to join such a talented group of lawyers, and I look forward to the opportunity to use my experience and background advising Munger Tolles clients in criminal matters, regulatory enforcement, corporate governance and civil litigation.”
Ms. Kane lectures extensively on subjects including federal criminal procedure, attorney ethics, and civil and criminal parallel proceedings. From 2008-2010, she served as co-chair of the Northern California ABA White Collar Crime Subcommittee. Ms. Kane obtained her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was Associate Editor of California Law Review and President of Berkeley Law Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing students and graduates with opportunities in public interest law during and after law school.