Most Influential Women Attorneys: Hailyn Chen, Misty Sanford

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys Hailyn J. Chen and Misty M. Sanford were named “Most Influential Women Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Business Journal in a report published April 16, 2018. The supplement recognizes women lawyers for “exceptional legal skill and achievement, exemplary leadership, and for contributions to the Los Angeles community at large.”

Ms. Chen, who serves on the Board of Trustees of the State Bar via appointment by the Supreme Court of California, was noted for  representing the University of California Board of Regents in its most high-profile matters, including an investigation into allegations of misconduct by the University’s Office of the President.

Ms. Sanford was recognized for her representation of The Broad in developing the area surrounding the contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles as well as Caruso Affiliated Holdings for financing the Palisades Village mixed-use development and a refinancing of The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles.

Ms. Chen’s practice focuses on complex business litigation and internal and government investigations. She frequently represents higher education institutions in a range of litigation matters and investigations. An active member of the legal and civic community, Ms. Chen co-chairs the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Woman Advocate Committee and is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Ms. Sanford’s sophisticated and broad-based real estate and land use transactional practice involves all aspects of real estate. She is a mayoral appointee to the City of Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners and is a founder and former chair of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. A longtime advocate of diversity in the legal profession, Ms. Sanford is a founder and treasurer of For People of Color, Inc. and co-chairs the MTO Fellows Program. Earlier this year, she was named a “Woman of Inspiration” by Ms. JD.