Munger, Tolles & Olson Attorneys Speak at ABA Section of Litigation Conference

Underscoring Munger, Tolles & Olson’s strong and deep litigation bench, five firm attorneys spoke at the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Annual Conference. The conference, held May 1-4, 2018, is described as “the premier event for litigators and in-house counsel who oversee litigation.”

Our attorneys addressed a range of timely litigation topics, including:

  • Known for his trial victories on behalf of Fortress Investment Group, Transocean and others, renowned litigator Brad D. Brian demonstrated his cross examination skills in a mock trial in the standing-room only “Showdown at the SAC: Cross-Examinations” session which provided practical tips to perfect cross-examinations. Commentators described Brad’s cross as “masterful” and noted his “total control of the witness.”
  • With significant experience leading internal corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense matters, Lisa J. Demsky discussed recent challenges to the attorney-client privilege in cross-border disputes. This topic is particularly important as cross-border disputes become increasingly frequent and not all jurisdictions view attorney-client privilege in the same way as the U.S. The panel discussion included an overview of some of the key differences among jurisdictions, as well as practical tips for minimizing the risks of successful challenges to the privilege. 
  • Melinda Eades LeMoine, who advises clients in complex business litigation with a focus on the entertainment and media industries, moderated a session discussing the best practices for selecting, working with and presenting experts before and during trial. “Feuding Experts” had audience members compete in a “Family Feud”-style game to address the issues and prompt discussion.
  • Litigator Hailyn J. Chen, who successfully shut down a healthcare fraud scheme targeting the University of California, spoke about best practices for obtaining emergency injunction relief in the “Get an Injunction, Now!: Best Practices for Obtaining Emergency Injunction Relief” session. The panel addressed the specific steps needed to secure – or to oppose – a quick injunction, including potential pitfalls. Ms. Chen shared her experiences from her recent successes in obtaining emergency injunctive relief and in opposing, on behalf of Airbnb, a preliminary injunction motion following a hearing that included live witness testimony.
  • With vast experience in complex litigation and appeals as a leading appellate lawyer and former federal prosecutor, Mark R. Yohalem moderated a discussion about oral argument strategies before appellate judges. Two veteran appellate litigators argued a recent U.S. Supreme Court case to a panel of three judges, including Munger Tolles alumnus Judge John Owens of the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Yohalem then led a discussion of the argument and the techniques used to prepare and present it.