Tamerlin Godley is a litigation partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson. She excels at handling complex business litigation disputes and specializes in entertainment litigation and advising. She serves as counsel to the major studios, networks, recording companies and music publishers, including Turner Broadcasting, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and Warner Music Group, along with many other entertainment related entities. Ms. Godley has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA. In 2012, she received a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award for her representation of Warner Bros. in its highly publicized dispute with Charlie Sheen.
Ms. Godley’s litigation experience extends to other complicated business disputes, including serving on the trial team for Transocean in the second phase of the BP oil spill litigation; playing a significant role in overturning for Citigroup the largest FINRA award ever issued; representing Sidley Austin in its tax shelter litigation; and representing Occidental Petroleum in a dispute with Chevron, garnering an across the board win for Occidental and a full award of the client’s attorneys’ fees.
Ms. Godley is passionately committed to giving back to the community. She leads the pro bono team that obtained a preliminary injunction in January 2016 blocking implementation of Nevada’s sweeping voucher law, which risked diversion from the public schools of over $200 million. In July 2016, Ms. Godley argued before the Nevada Supreme Court to keep the law from going into effect. She serves on the Leadership Council of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Counsel for Justice, as vice president of the Pasadena Educational Foundation, and as immediate past president of the Armory Center for the Arts. Ms. Godley recently finished serving two terms on the Pasadena Human Relations Commission. She previously served as an elected official on the South Pasadena School Board; on the Rampart Independent Review Panel, which investigated and analyzed the Los Angeles Police Department’s discipline and oversight practices; and as deputy general counsel for the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence.
Ms. Godley graduated from UCLA with a double major in English and political science, obtained a master's degree in English from Cal State Northridge and taught in South Central Los Angeles before going to law school. She received her J.D., Order of the Coif, in 1996 from the USC Gould School of Law. Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Ms. Godley clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Harry L. Hupp of the Central District of California.