Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP announced on Dec. 12, 2018 that the firm has elected Zachary M. Briers, Jennifer M. Broder, Rose Leda Ehler, Jeremy A. Lawrence, Laura K. Lin, Kuruvilla J. Olasa, Achyut J. Phadke and Justin P. Raphael to its partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The 2019 partner class is more than 60 percent women and people of color.
“The new partner class illustrates the diversity and professional excellence that distinguishes our firm,” Munger, Tolles & Olson Co-Managing Partner Sandra A. Seville-Jones said. “They are incredibly talented legal practitioners who are deeply committed to serving clients while also playing significant leadership roles in the legal profession and local community. Our future has never been brighter.”
Zachary M. Briers (Los Angeles) has a broad litigation practice, with a focus on intellectual property and technology-related disputes. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in patent and trademark litigation spanning a variety of industries and he represents technology companies in consumer class actions. He also counsels clients regarding intellectual property transactions and compliance with Internet-based regulations. Mr. Briers is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he teaches Internet Law.
Jennifer M. Broder (Los Angeles) is a member of the firm’s corporate department. Ms. Broder’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, general company representation and securities law compliance. She represents public and private clients in acquisitions and dispositions, investments and other corporate transactions, as well as advising boards, founders and other key stakeholders on corporate governance and strategic matters. Ms. Broder previously clerked for Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr. (Delaware) while he was Chancellor on the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Rose Leda Ehler (Los Angeles) maintains a diverse litigation practice, with an emphasis on legal problems faced by the entertainment and technology industries. She has litigated high-stakes copyright, consumer, and contract disputes and appeared on behalf of clients in federal, state, agency, and arbitration proceedings. She also counsels companies on best practices for terms of service, privacy policies and copyright matters. Ms. Ehler previously clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Jeremy A. Lawrence (San Francisco) is a litigator whose representations have included disputes regarding coverage under insurance policies and indemnity contracts, securities and shareholder derivative suits, and matters involving administrative agencies at the federal and state level. He has substantial experience representing policyholders in coverage disputes and bad faith claims involving a wide variety of first- and third-party insurance policies, including general liability policies, D&O policies, representation and warranty policies, and professional liability/E&O policies. He also has litigated and advised on industry-specific policies written for the construction, energy, entertainment and media, technology, telecommunications and transportation industries. Mr. Lawrence previously clerked for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Laura K. Lin (San Francisco) maintains a practice encompassing a range of business litigation matters, including contractual disputes and insurance coverage litigation. She also has a breadth of experience in intellectual property disputes, including claims brought under Copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Acts and trade secret laws. Ms. Lin previously clerked for Judge Richard C. Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge J. Michael Seabright of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.
Kuruvilla J. Olasa (Los Angeles) represents clients in a broad range of complex civil litigation with a focus on antitrust and technology-related disputes, and he counsels clients in the entertainment and media industries on antitrust issues. Mr. Olasa previously clerked for Judge Sandra Ikuta of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge A. Howard Matz of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Achyut J. Phadke (San Francisco) is a litigator focusing on securities and technology-related disputes. He represents publicly traded companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder litigation and government and internal investigations, and he has represented leading financial institutions in securities litigation relating to mortgage-backed securities. He also represents and advises technology companies in complex business disputes. Mr. Phadke previously clerked for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Justin P. Raphael (San Francisco) focuses his practice on antitrust litigation, including antitrust claims related to intellectual property, as well as complex civil litigation. He has represented clients in antitrust enforcement actions at both trial and in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as in several nationwide class action lawsuits asserting antitrust claims. Mr. Raphael previously served as a law clerk to Judge Richard J. Holwell of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.