Munger, Tolles & Olson litigator Brad D. Brian received the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Judge Learned Hand Award at a dinner held in his honor on December 12, 2013. The event was featured in a December 18 Daily Journal article.
The AJC bestows the award on outstanding leaders in the legal profession who have upheld the rights championed by Judge Learned Hand. Mr. Brian was recognized for his achievements in the legal field and for his contributions to the community as the founder of a training program for Sudanese lawyers fighting injustice in Darfur; President of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA); and the Founding Chair of the Pro Se Panel for the Los Angeles Federal District Court. The award is the organization’s highest honor given to members of the legal profession.
In addition to Mr. Brian’s acceptance speech, Munger Tolles attorney and former U.S. Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey L. Bleich delivered the well-received keynote address, and Munger Tolles name partner Ronald L. Olson introduced Mr. Brian. Munger Tolles lawyer Bart H. Williams described Mr. Brian to the Daily Journal as “one of the best cross-examiners I've ever seen. As far as a model for being an advocate for clients and a persuasive speaker with juries and judges, he is among the very best in the country.”
Morgan Chu, a partner at Irell & Manella, who attended the event, also told the Daily Journal that the award recipients are “outstanding lawyers in every respect … and [in] their involvement in a meaningful, positive fashion in the legal community and our community at large. Brad Brian fits all of that to a T and more.”
Mr. Brian is a national trial lawyer based in the Los Angeles office of Munger Tolles. A complex case civil and criminal litigator, Mr. Brian is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.