Wilson Sonsini takes on Munger team of 5 partners, betting on courtroom work



  • Firm amid strategic push to add litigators
  • New LA team includes white collar, sales and appeal specialists

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(Reuters) – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has enlisted a team of five lawyers from Munger, Tolles & Olson, in the Silicon Valley firm’s latest move to strengthen its litigation practice in the United States.

Luis Li, Matthew Macdonald, Fred Rowley and Mark Yohalem officially joined Wilson Sonsini as partners in Los Angeles on November 8. Eric Tuttle will join them later this month.

The firm now has more than 200 litigators, including at least three other new partners it has added in the past three months. The growth is part of what Palo Alto-based Wilson Sonsini on Monday called a “strategic initiative” to develop its national litigation practice.

Li is a white-collar defense attorney who is currently representing Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobe Bryant, in a privacy and civil rights lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Macdonald deals with high stakes business and crisis litigation. He represented Pacific Gas and Electric Co in wildfire litigation and MGM Resorts International in claims related to the 2017 mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

Rowley is an appeals lawyer who has argued over 50 appeals and appeared before the United States Supreme Court.

Yohalem also handles appellate cases and recently won the dismissal of two $ 2 billion lawsuits arising from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in 2011.

Tuttle is a patent litigator who counts Google LLC and Ericsson among his clients. He has also represented clients in matters relating to the ownership of works of art of cultural significance.

Munger Tolles chairman Brad Brian said in an email Monday that the Los Angeles-based company wished the outgoing partners good luck.

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