Munger, Tolles & Olson was named one of California’s top-three litigation departments for 2015 by The Recorder. The publication selected Munger Tolles as a finalist in its overall “California Litigation Department of the Year” competition.
The California-based legal publication pointed to Munger Tolles’ work in three particular cases as highlights of the firm’s achievements during this time period, including successfully defending:
- Transocean in a three-month bench trial involving claims arising from the April 20, 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Wells Fargo in a seven-week jury trial in St. Paul, Minnesota against claims that the bank mismanaged pension investments.
- Philip Morris USA in a class action bringing false advertising claims that spanned 16 years of litigation and culminated in a bench trial in San Diego, California.
“Defendants in these complex cases were facing crippling damages and stinging headlines. But in each case, clients represented by Munger, Tolles & Olson came out on top,” The Recorder reported.
Munger Tolles’ partner Brad Brian told The Recorder that these cases establish that Munger Tolles has “a number of people now who have demonstrated the ability to try major high-stakes trials.”
Litigation results were evaluated by degree of difficulty, use of innovative litigation strategies, value to the client and the depth and breadth of the practice. The Recorder selected the winning firms based on “standout results” achieved for clients between July 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014.
The Recorder also honored LinkedIn in its “Top In-House Impact” section. Represented by Munger Tolles, LinkedIn had argued before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) alongside Facebook, Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft for the right to disclose FISC’s information about national security orders that were previously considered top-secret. The companies’ goal was to dispel the public perception that they were giving the government access to more consumer information than they actually were. In January 2014, the government settled with the technology companies, marking a significant first step in the fight for more transparency regarding government surveillance of online activities.