Munger Tolles Elects Four New Partners

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP has elected Erin J. Cox, E. Martin Estrada, Benjamin J. Horwich and Heather E. Takahashi to its partnership, effective January 1, 2016.

“Our new partner class represents the top-tier talent and diversity that are cornerstones of Munger Tolles’ culture,” Munger Tolles Co-Managing Partner Brad D. Brian said. “The range of perspectives and professional experience they offer will benefit our clients and the legal profession tremendously.”

Erin J. Cox (Los Angeles) focuses on complex civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on securities and finance-related litigation, as well as intellectual property and commercial contract disputes. She has represented major banks in securities litigation in federal and state courts arising from the issuance of mortgage-backed securities and alleged unlawful sales practices. Ms. Cox was a member of the trial team that obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of Wells Fargo in a case alleging mismanagement of investments in its securities lending program. She is currently representing NBCUniversal and KNBC-TV in an age bias and wrongful termination trial brought by former reporter Frank W. Snepp. Ms. Cox earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law and clerked for Judge George H. King of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

E. Martin Estrada (Los Angeles) is a litigator whose practice is focused on trials, complex litigation, internal investigations and appeals. He represents major corporations before both federal and state courts in a variety of areas, including antitrust, environmental regulation, securities, banking and competition law. Mr. Estrada is a former federal prosecutor who has tried more than 20 federal trials, all as lead or co-lead counsel, and argued 12 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. During his time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Violent and Organized Crime Section and as the International Organized Crime Coordinator. Following his graduation from Stanford Law School, Mr. Estrada served as a law clerk for Judge Robert J. Timlin of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and Judge Arthur L. Alarcón of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Benjamin J. Horwich (San Francisco) concentrates his practice on complex litigation and appeals. He is a former Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice, during which time he argued 10 cases in the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Horwich’s industry experience ranges from pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and food production and marketing, to banking, surface and air transportation, semiconductors, and energy. He has expertise in competition law, class actions and federal preemption under numerous regulatory schemes. Mr. Horwich earned his law degree from Stanford Law School and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel A. Alito and Sandra Day O’Connor, as well as now-retired Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the late Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Heather E. Takahashi (Los Angeles) is a litigator whose practice is focused on intellectual property, primarily patent litigation. She has represented major corporations, including pharmaceutical, aerospace, social gaming and telecommunications companies, in a range of intellectual property and technology litigation. Among her representations of pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation, Ms. Takahashi successfully obtained judgments of patent infringement and validity against three companies seeking to market generic versions of Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ drug Dexilant®. After receiving her J.D. from Columbia Law School, Ms. Takahashi served as a law clerk for Judge Richard J. Holwell of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.