Munger Tolles Elects Two to Partnership Ranks

Munger, Tolles & Olson has elected Michelle T. Friedland and Katherine K. Huang partners, effective January 1, 2010.

“Michelle and Kat are highly accomplished attorneys and formidable litigators,” Munger Tolles co-managing partner Sandra Seville-Jones, said. “We are excited about their joining the partnership.”

Ms. Friedland’s practice focuses primarily on complex civil litigation and appellate matters; she is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Her recent representations include successfully defending a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer against several federal antitrust challenges to drug pricing decisions, and defeating, on summary judgment, First Amendment challenges to a university’s admissions policies. She is a recipient of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California’s LGBT Award for her work on the challenge to Proposition 8. Ms. Friedland is the first attorney to make partner at the law firm while working a reduced hours schedule.

Ms. Friedland, 37, joined the firm in 2004 after serving as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and then teaching at Stanford Law School for two years. She obtained her undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford and attended Oxford University on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Katherine K. Huang’s practice focuses on civil litigation matters, primarily in the entertainment, legal services and financial services industries; she is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Arguing before the United States Court of Appeals, Ms. Huang recently obtained affirmance of the dismissal of a RICO suit against a national law firm. She has also represented a government contractor in securing a favorable ruling from the Ninth Circuit on a novel issue of law and in defeating, on summary judgment, all tortious interference claims brought by a competitor.

Ms. Huang, 34, joined the firm in 2002 after serving as a clerk to Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr., then  of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She obtained her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2000 and graduated from Harvard College in 1996 with a degree in chemistry.