Munger, Tolles & Olson announces that the firm has selected Brad D. Brian to serve as Co-Managing Partner, effective immediately. Sandra A. Seville-Jones will continue as Co-Managing Partner.
Mr. Brian, a nationally recognized trial lawyer and leader in the legal community, will focus on growing the firm’s next generation of leadership and expanding client relationships.
“Brad embodies important values of our law firm – a laser-like focus on solving our clients’ toughest problems, a deep commitment to developing younger lawyers and a true passion for serving the community,” Ronald L. Olson, name partner, said. “We are fortunate that he brings his formidable skill set to co-leading the law firm with Sandra. In this time of great change in the legal profession, our firm has continued to thrive under Sandra’s leadership. I have no doubt that she and Brad will make a great team for the future.”
Identified by Chambers USA as one of the top trial lawyers in the country and selected as a Fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Brian has guided numerous Fortune 500 companies through their most challenging, high-profile matters. His recent matters include leading the defense of drilling giant Transocean in civil and criminal litigation arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, defending LG Electronics in antitrust litigation, and winning a $66.7 million jury verdict for bond king Jeffrey Gundlach upon his departure from Trust Co. of the West. Mr. Brian is a recognized leader in the bar, a legal author and a former chair of the ABA Section of Litigation, where he led efforts on gender equality in the law. His community commitments include serving as President of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Chair of RAND’s Institute for Civil Justice, and Vice Chair of the Joffrey Ballet.
Mr. Brian, a 33-year veteran of the firm, is highly regarded as a mentor to up-and-coming attorneys. In taking on the position of Co-Managing Partner, he will play an instrumental role in the professional and practice development of all attorneys.
“Our firm has never had more talent than it does today. I’m honored and humbled that my colleagues have entrusted me to guide us to even greater success in the next generation,” Mr. Brian said. “It’s a privilege to join Sandra in leading the firm.”
Ms. Seville-Jones, who has been a leader of the firm since 2009, is a corporate lawyer. During the last six years, she has worked to foster the firm’s culture of excellence in legal service and participatory nature.
“We continually strive to improve as a firm in order to better serve our clients,” Ms. Seville-Jones said. “Beyond great client service, we are also deeply committed to being good corporate citizens by giving back to the community through pro bono work and civic service.”