Nefi Acosta is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. He has experience litigating in federal and state court, including writing dispositive motions, taking depositions and managing all aspects of discovery. He also has experience advising public and private companies on compliance with data privacy and security regulations. Mr. Acosta is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), as well as a Certified Information Privacy Professional in both U.S. and European regulations (CIPP/US & CIPP/E). His practice focuses on complex civil litigation and data privacy and security.
- Bank of America and Merrill Lynch in defense of claims arising out of the purchase and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.
- Lyft, Inc. in defense of Telephone Consumer Protection Act allegations.
- An online healthcare startup in advising on compliance with COPPA, HIPAA, and state privacy regulations.
- A financial services company in advising on compliance with federal and state telemarketing regulations.
- A multinational pharmaceutical company in achieving a successful outcome in international arbitration.
- A Salvadoran refugee fleeing gang violence in seeking asylum before the Asylum Office and the Immigration Court.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other public interest organizations in Public Records Act litigation against the City of Los Angeles.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Acosta clerked for Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and was an extern for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Acosta earned his law degree from UC Irvine School of Law, where he completed more than 200 hours of pro bono work and served as a lead article editor of the UC Irvine Law Review. During law school, he interned for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and Kia Motors America, Inc.
Mr. Acosta continues to give back to his community through maintaining an active pro bono practice and serving on the board of directors for the Community Legal Aid SoCal and board of trustees for the Mexican American Bar Foundation.
Mr. Acosta is fluent in Spanish, was first in his family to graduate from college, and received his undergraduate degree in political science with a minor in automotive technology from Utah Valley University.
In his spare time, Mr. Acosta enjoys salsa dancing, fixing cars and woodworking.