Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys Ronald L. Olson, Brad D. Brian, Luis Li and Mark H. Kim were named among the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California in a report published Sept. 19, 2018.
Described as “an old school legal counselor who could litigate brilliantly but also solve thorny problems and give astute corporate advice,” Mr. Olson was recognized for his representation of such high-profile clients as former CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Les Moonves in litigation over control of the company and a securities class action. The publication also highlighted Mr. Olson’s representation of the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, its philanthropist founder Ratan Tata and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trusts in legal and corporate governance matters.
Nationally recognized trial lawyer Mr. Brian was featured for his representation of “the country’s biggest companies in challenging lawsuits and investigations.” The newspaper highlighted his work on behalf of major law firms and clients including MGM Resorts International, which he is defending in litigation arising from the mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. He was also recognized for the $15 million capital campaign he co-chaired to fund the Ron Olson Justice Center, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ new headquarters.
The Daily Journal recognized Mr. Li, a leading litigator, for his victory on behalf of the Norton Simon Museum in an art restitution case involving two paintings subject to Nazi-coerced sales during World War II. The publication also highlighted his successful trial representation of Plains All American Pipeline in litigation stemming from the 2015 release of crude oil from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County. The newspaper linked Mr. Li’s tenacity at trial to his personal accomplishments, including climbing Mt. McKinley and participating in an eight-day bike race across Europe.
Mr. Kim, described as “a leading mergers and acquisitions dealmaker” who also advises tech billionaires, was selected for his creative representation of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his philanthropist wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, in the formation of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative as an LLC, as well as the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub. The Daily Journal also showcased Mr. Kim’s representation of “Siggi” Hilmarsson, founder of siggi’s yogurt, in the sale of the company to French dairy giant Lactalis.