Adam B. Weiss

Adam B. Weiss

Adam is a complex commercial litigation partner who is co-chair of the firm’s financial services practice.

Adam specializes in representing companies and individuals in their most sensitive, high-stakes matters at all stages of litigation. He has extensive experience litigating clients’ most important matters in federal and state courts from coast to coast.

Most recently, by way of example, Adam has represented FIGS, a medical apparel company, and its co-founders against Lanham Act false advertising and state law intentional interference and unfair competition claims brought by the main industry incumbent, resulting in a full and complete defense verdict following a three-week federal jury trial in the Central District of California, which achieved American Lawyer Litigator of the Week Runner-Up recognition and designation by the Daily Journal as a Top Defense Verdict of 2022; has successfully represented Wall Street banks in courts across the country against multibillion-dollar claims arising out of the purchase and sale of complex financial products; has represented a leading private university against putative class action claims alleging false advertising and unfair competition in the marketing of certain degree programs; and has represented a global business services and solutions company against fraud and breach of contract claims arising out of the sale of a portion of its business to a privately held investment firm.

In addition to his client work, Adam is actively involved in the community. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Teach Democracy and Public Counsel’s Leadership Council, and is involved with a number of other community organizations. He serves as a leader of the Los Angeles Working Group for the American Bar Association’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, and previously served (2019-2022) as co-chair of the Federal Practice Task Force of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Within the firm, he served from 2019-2023 as one of the chairs of Munger Tolles’ recruiting committee.

Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Adam was a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms in New York.

Adam received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and executive articles editor of the Columbia Law Review. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Debra Ann Livingston of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

He is admitted to practice in both California and New York.

Experience

Some representative matters recently handled by Adam include: *

  • Representing FIGS, a medical apparel company, and its co-founders against Lanham Act false advertising, intentional interference, and unfair competition claims brought by the industry incumbent, resulting in a full and complete defense verdict following a three-week federal jury trial.
  • Representing a leading private university against putative class action claims alleging false advertising and unfair competition in the marketing of certain degree programs.
  • Representing a global business services and solutions company in litigation arising out of the sale of part of its business to a privately held investment firm.
  • Representing Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, First Franklin Financial Corporation, Wells Fargo and other entities in numerous cases brought by securitization trustees, bond insurers, and others seeking billions of dollars on claims arising out of the purchase and sale of mortgage-backed securities.
  • Representing Bank of America in a $10 billion lawsuit brought by American International Group (AIG) alleging fraud in connection with AIG’s investments in residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • Representing and advising multiple financial institutions in connection with favorable settlements with private parties and government regulators of threatened claims related to the issuance of complex financial products.
  • Representing a hedge fund manager in connection with a number of disputes, including arbitration, with his partners, resulting in a client-favorable settlement.
  • Representing a national bank in connection with shareholder litigation arising out of its acquisition of a competing national bank.
  • Advising a global food and beverage conglomerate on risk, strategy, and litigation-avoidance issues arising out of the marketing of its products.
  • Representing an Am Law 100 law firm in connection with the favorable resolution of breach of contract, fraud, and securities law claims relating to the alleged misconduct of one of its partners.

*Includes representations prior to Mr. Weiss’s affiliation with Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Experience

Some representative matters recently handled by Adam include: *

  • Representing FIGS, a medical apparel company, and its co-founders against Lanham Act false advertising, intentional interference, and unfair competition claims brought by the industry incumbent, resulting in a full and complete defense verdict following a three-week federal jury trial.
  • Representing a leading private university against putative class action claims alleging false advertising and unfair competition in the marketing of certain degree programs.
  • Representing a global business services and solutions company in litigation arising out of the sale of part of its business to a privately held investment firm.
  • Representing Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, First Franklin Financial Corporation, Wells Fargo and other entities in numerous cases brought by securitization trustees, bond insurers, and others seeking billions of dollars on claims arising out of the purchase and sale of mortgage-backed securities.
  • Representing Bank of America in a $10 billion lawsuit brought by American International Group (AIG) alleging fraud in connection with AIG’s investments in residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • Representing and advising multiple financial institutions in connection with favorable settlements with private parties and government regulators of threatened claims related to the issuance of complex financial products.
  • Representing a hedge fund manager in connection with a number of disputes, including arbitration, with his partners, resulting in a client-favorable settlement.
  • Representing a national bank in connection with shareholder litigation arising out of its acquisition of a competing national bank.
  • Advising a global food and beverage conglomerate on risk, strategy, and litigation-avoidance issues arising out of the marketing of its products.
  • Representing an Am Law 100 law firm in connection with the favorable resolution of breach of contract, fraud, and securities law claims relating to the alleged misconduct of one of its partners.

*Includes representations prior to Mr. Weiss’s affiliation with Munger, Tolles & Olson.