Munger Tolles Elects Three New Partners

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP has elected Samuel T. Greenberg, Bryan H. Heckenlively and Matthew A. Macdonald to its partnership, effective January 1, 2017.

“Sam, Bryan and Matt possess the high caliber of talent and deep commitment to client service and community that characterize Munger Tolles’ next generation of leadership,” Munger Tolles Co-Managing Partner Brad D. Brian said. “We are delighted to welcome them to our partnership and look forward to their continued success on behalf of our clients.”

Samuel T. Greenberg (Los Angeles) focuses his practice on the taxation of domestic and international transactions. He advises clients on tax issues related to a range of both taxable and tax-free transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings and restructurings. Mr. Greenberg also counsels nonprofit and tax-exempt clients on a broad array of transactional, governance and fiduciary matters, including establishing and maintaining tax exemptions for tax-exempt organizations, as well as structuring transactions between tax-exempt and taxable entities. A member of the executive committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Tax Section, he teaches partnership tax at University of Southern California and income tax timing at Loyola Law School as an adjunct professor. Mr. Greenberg earned his J.D. and LL.M. from Loyola Law School.

Bryan H. Heckenlively (San Francisco) is a litigator with a particular emphasis on privacy and data security issues and class actions. He has obtained significant results for clients before and at trial, most recently as lead counsel to The Regents of the University of California in winning a jury trial involving California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. Mr. Heckenlively also has experience handling a variety of appellate matters in state and federal court. Mr. Heckenlively earned his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, where he currently teaches trial advocacy. Before joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Heckenlively clerked for Judge Lee H. Rosenthal of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Matthew A. Macdonald (Los Angeles) practices high-stakes, complex commercial litigation in both federal and state courts nationwide, with an emphasis on securities litigation and the financial services sector. Mr. Macdonald’s key representations include assisting Bank of America successfully to resolve billion-dollar breach of contract claims arising out of its role as administrative agent for loans financing the construction of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas hotel and casino, and assisting Wells Fargo Bank successfully to resolve nationwide class-action claims arising out of its role as indenture trustee for a factoring company. Mr. Macdonald currently represents a consortium of lenders in litigation against JPMorgan arising out of the General Motors bankruptcy and JPMorgan’s erroneous filing of a UCC termination statement purporting to cancel a lien securing a $1.5 billion dollar credit facility. Mr. Macdonald attended Harvard Law School. Following his graduation, he clerked for Judge Carlos T. Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice Nathan L. Hecht of the Supreme Court of Texas.