John B.  Major

John B. Major

John B. Major is a litigator in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

His practice focuses on complex civil ligation, with an emphasis on litigation involving Internet and technology companies. Mr. Major also frequently represents higher education institutions in a range of litigation matters.

Mr. Major also maintains a pro bono practice. He has represented numerous homeless persons in litigation against municipalities that wrongfully confiscated homeless persons’ property without notice. That litigation has resulted in municipalities altering their property confiscation procedures and providing additional support and outreach to their homeless populations.

Mr. Major is also active in the community. He serves on the board of directors of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. He also serves on the University of Southern California Law School’s Board of Councilors Clerkship Committee, which encourages USC Law students to seek judicial clerkships.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Major clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski and Judge Paul J. Watford, both of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Major graduated first in his class from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. During law school, Mr. Major served as executive editor for the Southern California Law Review and as a teaching assistant in the legal writing program. He received his B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Southern California.


Key Representations

  • Airbnb in litigation challenging municipal regulations of Airbnb’s operations and platform under the Communications Decency Act, Stored Communications Act, First and Fourth Amendments and related state-law causes of action.
  • Airbnb in litigation brought by a real estate investment trust company alleging that Airbnb interfered with its lease agreements and aided and abetted trespass.
  • A technology start-up in litigation regarding alleged breaches of contract and a former employee’s claimed entitlement to additional equity.
  • A start-up gaming company regarding claims of copyright infringement.
  • Additional Internet and technology companies on a variety of matters, including Snapchat, Facebook and Lyft.
  • Multiple universities in litigation challenging the outcome of university misconduct proceedings.
  • A university professor and student in litigation alleging claims for malicious prosecution and abuse of process based on allegedly wrongful Title IX proceedings; achieved anti-SLAPP dismissal of complaint.