Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP attorneys Brad D. Brian, Ronald L. Olson, Glenn D. Pomerantz and Gregory P. Stone have been recognized among the “Top 100 Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal. The Sept. 10, 2014 report describes honorees as “lawyers who have impact…they get results by the sheer force of their intellect and skill and sometimes just by sheer force.”
Mr. Brian, a national trial lawyer who specializes in complex civil and criminal litigation, was noted for his defense of Transocean Ltd., which recently received a favorable verdict in litigation stemming from the April 20, 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Described as a “seasoned litigator,” he was also cited as lead trial counsel representing Bank of America and LG Display in two high-stakes trials.
Mr. Olson, a name partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, was acknowledged for several high-profile matters, including his representation of Tokyo Electric Power Co., (TEPCO) in litigation involving the Fukushima nuclear disaster. He was also recognized for his involvement in the NCAA’s high-stakes class action involving payment of student-athletes for the use of their names and likenesses and the NFL’s $765 million settlement with players who had suffered brain injuries.
Mr. Pomerantz, a respected litigator who has handled many disputes and matters involving the entertainment and media industries, led the trial team on behalf of the NCAA in the above-mentioned class action. The Daily Journal also recognized him for his representation of Universal Music Publishing Group before the U.S. Department of Justice advocating for changes to consent decrees issued by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and Broadcast Music, Inc. Mr. Pomerantz described the proposed changes as aiming to ensure that music publishers, songwriters and digital streaming services – among others – can benefit from “reasonable market prices.”
Mr. Stone, a renowned trial attorney, was recognized for his 2013 win on behalf of the firm’s long-time client Philip Morris USA in an unfair competition class action. The article detailed his novel approach to winning the litigation, which the Daily Journal described as “raging since 1997” with Mr. Stone “along for the whole ride.”