Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP announced on Oct. 10, 2016 that Mark R. Yohalem has joined the firm from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Mr. Yohalem brings more than a decade of experience, including complex civil litigation, en banc criminal appeals and a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship to his practice.
Mr. Yohalem served most recently as the Deputy Chief of Appeals at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where he argued more than 30 appeals, twice before en banc panels. In addition, he tried cases before juries, including a public corruption case involving attempted extortion and the threat of perjured grand jury testimony. During his seven-year tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Yohalem worked on some of the highest profile matters in the office, including the well-publicized dispute between Apple and the FBI regarding the unlocking of the phone belonging to one of the terrorists in the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
“Mark’s extensive experience as a trial and appellate lawyer will be incredibly valuable to our clients,” Munger Tolles Co-Managing Partner Brad D. Brian said. “His return to Munger Tolles enhances and affirms the strength of our next generation of lawyers.”
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2009, Mr. Yohalem worked as an associate at Munger Tolles focused on appellate and other litigation matters.
“I have deep respect and admiration for the attorneys at Munger Tolles, many of whom I have known for nearly a decade,” Mr. Yohalem said. “I am delighted to return, and I look forward to working with them on the types of complex, high-stakes matters that are the hallmark of the firm.”
Mr. Yohalem’s return to Munger Tolles coincides with the firm’s announcement that former Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. is joining to open its Washington, D.C. office. Joining Mr. Verrilli is veteran litigator Michael B. DeSanctis and former Deputy Associate Attorney General Chad Golder.
In addition to his legal career, Mr. Yohalem is a prolific author who has written stories for eight award-winning computer games and has published dozens of short stories. He also penned two episodes of an animated children’s television show.
Mr. Yohalem clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Pamela A. Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received his bachelor of arts in government, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and named a Rufus Choate Scholar. He earned his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as notes editor and Developments in the Law chair of the Harvard Law Review.