Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP announced on Nov. 6, 2017 that Elaine J. Goldenberg joined the firm from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Ms. Goldenberg will focus her practice on complex litigation and appeals.
Ms. Goldenberg has argued 12 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. During her five-year tenure in the Solicitor General’s Office, she briefed 20 Supreme Court cases at the merits stage and more than 100 cases at the certiorari stage, as well as helping to formulate the government’s positions and appellate strategy in the lower courts. She has extensive experience in securities law, foreign-state immunity, constitutional law and extraterritoriality questions.
Ms. Goldenberg has played a critical role in numerous significant matters before the Supreme Court. In the area of securities law, she argued for the government in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission and in Chadbourne and Parke LLP v. Troice, and she wrote the government’s brief in Salman v. United States, an important case about the standard for insider-trading liability. With respect to foreign-state immunity and extraterritoriality, Ms. Goldenberg argued for the government in Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company, which clarified the meaning of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and RJR Nabisco v. The European Community, which explained how to conduct an extraterritoriality analysis. She also argued various other cases involving the interpretation of federal statutes. In recognition of her work, Ms. Goldenberg was awarded the DOJ’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Handling of Appeals.
“Elaine is among the top appellate advocates in the nation,” Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., former Solicitor General and a partner in Munger, Tolles & Olson’s Washington, D.C. office, said. “Our clients will undoubtedly benefit from her experience litigating complex cases before the nation’s highest court in government as well as private practice.”
Prior to her government service, Ms. Goldenberg spent more than a decade in private practice. During that time, she focused on appellate litigation, with a particular emphasis on communications, intellectual property, bankruptcy and government contracts, and she argued cases in a number of federal and state appellate courts.
“I have the highest admiration for the firm and its commitment to excellence in legal service, to diversity, and to public service,” Ms. Goldenberg said. “I am thrilled to be joining such an extraordinary group of lawyers, and I look forward to applying my experience as an advocate in government and private practice to help our clients navigate their most difficult challenges.”
Before entering private practice, Ms. Goldenberg clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge Jed Rakoff in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.