Martin Bern is a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and class actions. As part of his litigation practice, Mr. Bern counsels clients and litigates and negotiates settlements in the following substantive areas: employment, unfair competition, product liability, contracts, environmental torts and energy law.
- Philip Morris USA in a three-month California consumer class action trial relating to the marketing of “light” cigarettes; plaintiffs recovered nothing on their claims.
- A global engineering company in a two-month arbitration alleging breach of overseas labor contracts.
- Southern California Edison in arbitration against Sacramento Municipal Utility District over contracts to purchase electric power.
- Southern California Edison in arbitration against Duke Energy Trading and Marketing over energy supply contracts.
- Mission Power Engineering (MPE) in a two-week federal jury trial against Continental Insurance Co. over bad faith denial of coverage. Jury verdict for MPE included recovery of punitive damages.
- Daily Journal Corporation in obtaining a defense verdict in a libel action, affirmed on appeal.
Mr. Bern has also provided pro bono representation to impoverished individuals in the San Francisco area in areas of debt collection, landlord tenant disputes, civil rights and immigration.
Mr. Bern received his J.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley where he graduated Order of the Coif, was awarded the J. Edgar Hoover Prize and published an article in the Ecology Law Quarterly on environmental ethics. He received his B.A. degree from Tufts University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned an M.A. degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Following law school, Mr. Bern served as a law clerk to Judge Charles A. Legge of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, and to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.