Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP attorneys Ronald L. Olson, Brad D. Brian, Glenn D. Pomerantz and Bart H. Williams have been recognized among the “Top 100” lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. The Sept. 9, 2015 report highlighted some of each attorney’s most significant matters from the past year.
Mr. Olson was recognized for his work on behalf of thousands of disabled veterans in Los Angeles. He won a major settlement in 2015 in a suit involving some 387 acres of land in West LA originally intended to be a center for veterans’ services and housing, but that had instead been leased out to multiple private businesses. The settlement will correct that: the property will be converted to a rehabilitation campus for disabled veterans in addition to providing services beyond housing, including medical and employment services and recreation areas.
Mr. Brian, who was elected as the firm’s co-managing partner in May, maintains a full trial schedule. The Daily Journal profile highlighted his successful representation of Transocean Ltd., the offshore oil rig company that faced litigation following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Brian was lead trial counsel for Transocean in a two-month trial in New Orleans, where the judge upheld BP’s obligation to indemnify Transocean and rejected claims for punitive damages against Transocean.
Mr. Pomerantz was noted for his representation as lead trial counsel of the NCAA in an ongoing matter involving whether college athletes can be compensated. “In short, Pomerantz is at the center of a potential revolution in college sports,” wrote the Daily Journal. The publication also highlighted his representation of SoundExchange in In re Determination of Royalty Rates, which will determine royalty rates for webcasters in the era of streaming audio.
Mr. Williams is a trial lawyer who is representing Wells Fargo in several high-profile cases. In one case brought by the Los Angeles city attorney accusing the bank of discriminatory lending and illegal sales practices, Mr. Williams obtained summary judgment. In another, Mr. Williams was hired by the State Bar of California to conduct an internal investigation of alleged whistleblower claims that its CEO had breached his duties to the Bar’s Board of Trustees. Following the preparation of the report, the CEO was terminated.