Munger Tolles Partner Jeff Bleich to Serve as Special Counsel to President Barack Obama

Munger, Tolles & Olson is pleased to announce that Jeff Bleich, a litigation partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, has been asked to join the Obama Administration as Special Counsel to the President. Mr. Bleich, who previously served as California Co-Chair of the Obama for America Campaign, will join the Administration on an interim basis for three to four months while on leave from the Firm, beginning March 23, 2009.

As Special Counsel, Mr. Bleich will provide legal advice and counsel to the Office of the President. “I'm deeply grateful to be given the chance to serve our Country again in this way,” said Mr. Bleich. In 1999 he was appointed by President Clinton to direct the White House Commission on Youth Violence following the shootings at Columbine High School.

“We're thrilled for Jeff,” said co-managing partner, Sandra Seville-Jones. “We thrive, as lawyers, in handling some of our client’s most difficult challenges. Jeff has proven time and again his ability to counsel clients and lead public institutions. We are proud that President Obama has called upon Jeff to join him in Washington, and that Jeff will be serving our Country during this critical time. We also look forward to his return.”

Mr. Bleich’s practice consists principally of complex business litigation including appellate practice, intellectual property, media law, and employment law. As part of his practice, Mr. Bleich is devoted to providing pro bono assistance to indigent persons. Mr. Bleich is the immediate past President of the State Bar of California.

“Our Nation faces some unprecedented challenges and I'm glad to have a chance to help out during this crucial time,” said Mr. Bleich. “I'm especially grateful to my friends and family, and all of my colleagues at Munger Tolles, for taking on extra burdens to let me add my shoulder to the wheel in D.C.”