December 7, 2020

Munger, Tolles & Olson Announces New Partner Class

Munger, Tolles & Olson announced today the promotion of four lawyers to partner. The firm has promoted lawyers in its Los Angeles and San Francisco offices with a variety of focuses from antitrust and real estate to mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property.

The group has diverse legal backgrounds and includes a former legal analyst and lawyers who clerked for judges in state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, before joining the firm.

“Our new partnership class is a testament to our tradition of hiring and promoting attorneys to partner who provide the absolute highest quality of services for our clients,” firm Chair Brad Brian says. “These attorneys have a history of exceptional academic performance as well as varied and respectable working experience including clerkships all over the country. We couldn’t be prouder of the new class, the incredible work they have already done for the firm and what their future careers hold.”

These new partners have worked on complex, high stakes matters, ranging from defense of claims by the Federal Trade Commission and a nationwide class action asserting antitrust challenges to patent settlements to advising Intel Corporation in its agreement to sell its NAND flash memory solid state drive to SK Hynix for $9 billion USD and defending Hollywood’s biggest studios in cases alleging copyright and patent infringement relating to the use of facial motion capture in feature films. On top of this, each new partner has dedicated their time to meaningful pro bono work for the communities in which they serve.

Read more about our new partners below:

Emily Curran-Huberty, based in San Francisco, practices commercial litigation, with a focus on antitrust. Ms. Curran-Huberty has represented clients at all stages of the litigation process, including internal investigations, pre-suit investigation and counseling, mediation and settlement, discovery, dispositive motions, trial and appeal. She represents clients in a range of industries, including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, and technology.

Karen Lorang, based in Los Angeles, joins the firm’s real estate practice and has a background in general corporate work and experience in commercial litigation. Ms. Lorang’s real estate and land use transactional practice includes purchase and sale, finance, leasing, land use and environmental issues. Her practice emphasizes advising clients in connection with large-scale, complex development projects. Her corporate experience includes a wide range of transactions and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Matthew Schonholz, based in Los Angeles, focuses on counseling public and private companies, investment funds, boards of directors, founders and C-suite executives in the tax structuring and documentation of public and private mergers, equity and asset acquisitions and dispositions, compensation and employment arrangements, and transactions involving S corporations, partnerships, LLCs and disregarded entities. Mr. Schonholz also advises corporations, investment managers of hedge funds and private equity funds, and operating partnerships on structuring and tax issues of formation, choice of entity, and operating and joint-venture agreements.

John Schwab, based in Los Angeles, is a litigator who focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes and the entertainment industry. Mr. Schwab has significant litigation and trial experience, having argued dispositive motions, examined and cross examined witnesses, taken and defended depositions, prepared experts for deposition and trial and drafted dispositive motions. He has argued in the California Court of Appeal including, most recently, advocating for citizen taxpayers’ standing to challenge allegedly unconstitutional activities by Orange County law enforcement and counseling ITV in obtaining an appellate victory against the founders of Gurney Productions over control of the company.

Congratulations to our new partners! Read more about the history of the firm and what new partners can expect here.