Munger, Tolles & Olson announced the addition of Robyn Kali Bacon, a former assistant U.S. attorney, as a partner in its Los Angeles office. Ms. Bacon, who started her legal career at the firm before spending eight years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined the firm on Oct.1, 2019.
“Robyn started her legal career here and we are thrilled that she has decided to return, bringing with her the extraordinary knowledge and experience she acquired while working in the U.S. Attorney’s Los Angeles office,” firm chair and senior litigator Brad D. Brian said. “Our firm boasts a number of former prosecutors who excel at leading major civil and criminal cases through trials, and we look forward to her putting her skills to work on behalf of our clients.”
Ms. Bacon’s practice will focus on complex commercial litigation, trials and investigations.
While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Bacon investigated and prosecuted cases involving hacking, fraud, money laundering, cyberstalking, child sexual exploitation, drug trafficking, firearms offenses, and violent crimes. She tried 11 major federal cases to verdict, including two multi-defendant money laundering and drug conspiracy trials against an international organized crime syndicate. She also briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
“It has been an honor to serve the public for the past eight years by investigating and prosecuting individuals who sought to bring harm and unrest to our communities,” Ms. Bacon said. “I now look forward to taking what I have learned back to the firm where I started my legal career. Munger, Tolles & Olson lawyers are among the most talented and dedicated in the field, and I am excited to rejoin my former colleagues.”
Appointed an assistant U.S. attorney in 2011, Ms. Bacon held roles in the General Crimes, Violent & Organized Crime, and Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes sections. As head of the Criminal Complaints Section, she supervised a team of assistant U.S. attorneys and oversaw criminal intake, investigations, and indictments in federal drug, firearm, identity and mail theft, bank robbery, and prison assault cases.
Ms. Bacon’s arrival comes on the heels of John W. Berry joining the firm from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Los Angeles office, where he served as associate regional director. Together they add significant depth to the firm’s white collar and investigations group in Los Angeles.
Ms. Bacon previously worked as an associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson from 2007 to 2010. During that time, she successfully defended clients in white collar criminal investigations involving the SEC and grand juries, led an internal piracy investigation at a major movie studio and advised a public utility in proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission.
Ms. Bacon earned her B.A. and J.D. from Harvard, magna cum laude and cum laude, respectively. She also holds a M.F.A. in film production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.