Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP has announced that E. Martin Estrada has joined the firm as of counsel from the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, where he served as the Deputy Chief of the Violent and Organized Crime Section and as the International Organized Crime Coordinator. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office and will focus his practice on complex commercial litigation and appeals.
During his more than seven years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Estrada tried 21 federal criminal trials, all as lead or co-lead counsel, argued 10 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and directed and managed more than a dozen complex-designated, large-scale investigations. Mr. Estrada is returning to Munger Tolles, where he was an associate from 2004-2007.
Mr. Estrada’s criminal prosecutions at the U.S. Attorney’s Office include the nation’s largest-ever RICO organized crime investigation targeting Eurasian organized crime; one of the country’s largest-ever bank fraud and identity theft prosecutions; a major public corruption matter involving the illegal leaking of under-seal and confidential information by a federal court clerk; a multi-defendant prosecution involving the largest PCP seizure in U.S. history; a case involving one of the largest steroid seizures in DEA history; as well as numerous other large-scale cases involving fraud, identity theft, violent crime, child-sexual exploitation, drug-trafficking and firearms offenses. Mr. Estrada has received numerous awards and recognitions for his prosecutorial work, including from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the City of Los Angeles, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Los Angeles Police Department and other federal and local agencies. He also received the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Federal Lawyer Award, awarded to the nation’s top government lawyers. He has also trained other attorneys and law enforcement officials, both domestically and internationally, on trial advocacy.
“Martin’s extensive trial experience on high-profile and complicated cases will be of tremendous value to our clients,” said Bart H. Williams, a senior litigation partner. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to Munger Tolles.”
Mr. Estrada is also active within the bar and the community. In 2015, he will become a member of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) of the State Bar of California, the agency that evaluates all candidates under consideration for a judicial appointment by the governor. Mr. Estrada has previously served as president of the West Coast Region for the National Hispanic Prosecutors Association and on the ABA White-Collar Subcommittee, Young Lawyers Subdivision. Additionally, Mr. Estrada has consistently been involved in public service, including having led for six years a legal enrichment program for fifth-graders at a Boyle Heights elementary school.
“The firm’s remarkably high standards of legal work and client service, coupled with its deep-rooted commitment to community, are exactly what I’m seeking in the practice of law,” Mr. Estrada said. “I’m thrilled to return to a firm that is home to some of the country’s best trial attorneys and litigators, where I started my legal career. I plan to use my trial and major-case experience to offer a broader and deeper skill set to our clients.”
A 2002 graduate of Stanford Law School, Mr. Estrada graduated with distinction, served as executive editor of Stanford Law Review, was active with the East Palo Alto Community Law Project, and taught chess at the Boys and Girls Club. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1998 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Estrada is fluent in both written and spoken Spanish.
After law school, Mr. Estrada clerked for U.S. District Judge Robert J. Timlin in the Central District of California and Ninth Circuit Judge Arthur L. Alarcón.