Amelia Sargent is a litigator in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Sargent’s practice focuses on complex commercial and employment litigation, particularly in trade secret and employee mobility claims. She represents clients in a range of industries, including oil and gas, financial services, transportation, and museums and cultural institutions.
- A high-profile nonprofit foundation defending against a legal challenge to an internship program it funds to encourage underrepresented groups to pursue museum careers.
- Air Lease Corporation in resolving allegations of trade secret theft, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary, and unfair competition relating to the formation of the company by Steven Udvar-Hazy after he retired from competitor ILFC, a subsidiary of AIG.
- Bank of America, in obtaining a settlement in a lawsuit brought by TIBCO Software alleging the bank violated copyright law by exceeding the scope of its enterprise business software license.
- Transocean, a drilling company, in civil and criminal litigation arising from the April 20, 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This case was named one of the “most fascinating big business cases of 2014” by American Lawyer.
- Wells Fargo Bank, against allegations brought by the City of Los Angeles that the bank violated the Federal Fair Housing Act.
- Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) and 30 other bar organizations and nonprofits, filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting marriage equality on equal protection grounds in the consolidated cases Obergefell v. Hodges, Tanco v. Haslam, DeBoer v. Snyder and Bourke v. Beshear.
Ms. Sargent has particular expertise in art and cultural property law. She regularly advises and represents museums and cultural institutions in conducting internal investigations, responding to federal and third-party subpoenas, engaging in litigation, and advising on internal ethics and governance matters.
Ms. Sargent has written on interpretations of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act with respect to bringing actions for cultural property against sovereign nations: New Jurisdictional Tools for Displaced Cultural Property in Russia: From 'Twice Saved' to 'Twice Taken,' 10 YEARBOOK OF CULTURAL PROPERTY LAW 167 (2010).
Her passion for the arts and her museum clients stems from her background in academia and continues through her work on the board of California Lawyers for the Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering the creative community through education and legal services.
Ms. Sargent attended Stanford Law School, where she served as co-editor in chief of the Stanford Journal of International Law. She has also completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at U.C. Berkeley. She has studied abroad in Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia and is proficient in French, Russian, and Latin.