Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP attorney Benjamin J. Horwich testified at the nomination hearing of Leondra R. Kruger to the California Supreme Court. At the end of the Dec. 22, 2014 hearing, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Senior Presiding Appellate Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, unanimously endorsed Kruger’s nomination as Associate Justice by Gov. Jerry Brown. She is Governor Brown’s youngest appointee to date.
Mr. Horwich, who previously worked with Justice Kruger at the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice testified: “The work of the Office of the Solicitor General is an excellent test of the legal profession's highest values because it offers unlimited opportunities to
come up short. Leondra never did: her work shows she is among the profession's most careful, sophisticated, and honest legal thinkers and writers.” He said Justice Kruger’s nomination is a reminder that the state of California is enriched by the wisdom of the best in their fields that the state attracts, retains and calls back home.
Mr. Horwich went on to speak about Justice Kruger’s time in both the Office of the Solicitor General and the Office of Legal Counsel where she excelled in the role of exerting and defending the government's prerogatives and interests, while maintaining the public trust by remaining skeptical of and actively questioning the government's own officials. With this experience, Mr. Horwich testified that Justice Kruger will bring to the bench, the “wisdom, fortitude, integrity, and resolve to interpret the law in a fair and just way.”
Based in San Francisco, Mr. Horwich’s practice focuses on complex litigation and appeals. He joined Munger Tolles in 2014 after serving for more than five years as Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice.