He is a member of the ADR panel for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and he has mediated disputes in a wide range of cases. These include complex securities enforcement matters, discrimination cases arising under federal statutes, intellectual property disputes, civil rights cases, and many others.
As a litigator, he has specialized in complex disputes involving investment firms or their portfolio companies; trade secrets and employee mobility; media and intellectual property matters; claims against law firms; and matters involving the duties of directors, officers and shareholders.
Mr. Helm has demonstrated his skills in diplomacy in numerous legal capacities outside the courtroom. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Helm served as co-managing partner of Munger, Tolles & Olson and was named in 2008 as one of Lawdragon’s “100 Managing Partners You Need to Know.” More recently, he has served as outside general counsel for a public company.
Likewise, Mr. Helm has distinguished himself in numerous leadership roles in the community. He is the immediate past chair of the board of directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and a member of the board of directors of the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
Mr. Helm served from 2009 to 2012 as co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section’s Committee on Pro Bono and Public Interest. More recently he served as an NGO observer at terrorist Military Commission proceedings in Guantanamo Bay.
Active for many years in efforts to diversify the legal profession, Mr. Helm has served as co-chair of the firm’s diversity committee since stepping down as co-managing partner. He was on the team of lawyers who developed the “Mansfield Rule” for the Stanford Law School Women in Law Hackathon in 2016 and was the team member chosen to present the proposal before that group.
Before joining Munger, Tolles & Olson, Mr. Helm clerked for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the U.S. Supreme Court (1983-1984) and Judge Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1982-1983). Before attending law school, Mr. Helm served for a year as the political speechwriter for Mayor Kevin H. White of Boston.