Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP has elected Anjan Choudhury, Jacob S. Kreilkamp, Kyle W. Mach, Laura D. Smolowe and Jeffrey Y. Wu to its partnership, effective January 1, 2015.
“We are delighted to welcome these talented lawyers to the partnership. Their diverse perspectives, legal acumen and commitment to legal advocacy will benefit the firm, our clients and the community in the future,” said Munger Tolles Managing Partner Sandra A. Seville-Jones.
Anjan Choudhury (Los Angeles) focuses on civil, administrative and appellate litigation involving the entertainment industry. He has represented entertainment clients in complex administrative proceedings, including the current proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Board to decide statutory royalties that recording artists and record companies receive from webcasting services through the year 2020. He has also advised major television studios and record companies with respect to a wide range of litigation disputes, including matters concerning profit participation, copyright, licensing of digital rights on emerging platforms, exclusivity and applications of California's seven-year rule. Mr. Choudhury maintains an active pro bono practice, having represented human trafficking victims and nonprofit anti-trafficking organizations. After receiving his J.D. from Harvard Law School, Mr. Choudhury clerked for Judge Marsha S. Berzon on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Jacob S. Kreilkamp (Los Angeles) focuses on complex commercial and civil rights pro bono litigation. Most recently, he has represented financial services clients in numerous lawsuits relating to mortgage-backed securities. Mr. Kreilkamp represented a major asset management company in a two-month trial brought by a competitor alleging theft of its trade secrets, and he helped obtain a $67 million jury verdict in his client’s favor. He helped lead a trial team that secured a landmark ruling, upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, that the enforcement of a “gang injunction” against his clients violated their procedural due process rights. Mr. Kreilkamp is a member of the board of directors of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the Somes Pond Center. He earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and clerked for Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Raymond C. Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Kyle W. Mach (San Francisco) concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation. He has extensive experience in antitrust matters, and his practice also includes mass tort litigation, securities, commercial litigation and other areas. Mr. Mach has represented domestic and foreign clients throughout the U.S. and has also assisted clients facing regulatory inquiries in the European Union, Japan and South Korea. In his active pro bono practice, Mr. Mach has successfully represented civil rights plaintiffs in several federal court proceedings. After earning his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Mr. Mach clerked for Judge Ronald M. Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Laura D. Smolowe (Los Angeles) practices complex commercial litigation in federal and state court. She has particular expertise in the area of trade secrets and employee mobility and has written about the unique nature of California’s trade secrets law. Ms. Smolowe served on the trial team that successfully defended DoubleLine Capital in a well-publicized trial against TCW. She is currently defending Air Lease Corporation against allegations of trade secret theft, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary, and unfair competition, and she is representing Fortress Investment Group against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, unfair competition, and breach of contract in a lawsuit filed by a life settlements investment fund. Ms. Smolowe received her J.D. from Yale Law School and clerked for Judge Richard A. Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Dean D. Pregerson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Jeffrey Y. Wu (Los Angeles) practices appellate, antitrust, intellectual property, securities and commercial litigation. He has represented clients at trial and appellate levels in several federal and state courts. Mr. Wu’s experience includes representation of Southern California Edison in a high-stakes commercial dispute in which the arbitrator found for Edison on all claims; Rambus Inc. in multiple actions involving complex patent and antitrust issues; and Brighton Collectibles in antitrust suits that challenged resale price maintenance practices. He has successfully defended clients in securities and shareholder derivative litigation. After earning his J.D. from Yale Law School, Mr. Wu clerked for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
In July 2014, Munger Tolles elected Susan E. Nash to rejoin its partnership. Ms. Nash is a veteran advocate who first joined Munger Tolles in 1985, was elected to the partnership in 1987, and then took a break from law firm practice to raise her two sons while working part-time as a criminal appellate attorney.