Laura K. Lin

Laura K. Lin

Laura K. Lin is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Ms. Lin's practice encompasses a range of complex litigation matters. She has a breadth of experience in professional liability including legal malpractice, conflicts of interests and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as contract disputes and insurance coverage litigation. 

Ms. Lin is a Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Ethics & Professionalism Committee and serves on the board of directors of the National Center for Youth Law. She was also a Co-Chair of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s 2021 “Food From the Bar” Campaign, a fundraising and volunteer effort that provided funding for over one million meals to Bay Area households. Ms. Lin also volunteers with various other community outreach programs focused on increasing access to educational and professional opportunities.

Experience

Professional Liability

  • An Am Law 100 law firm in defending legal malpractice, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty allegations.
  • A major national law firm in a lawsuit alleging violations of the California False Claims Act.
  • Multiple partners of an Am Law 200 law firm in defending RICO allegations. Representation secured an agreement to dismiss all claims against the law firm partners prior to motion practice after sending a Rule 11 letter.
  • A law firm in a legal malpractice claim in an arbitration arising out of the representation of a real estate developer. The developer claimed that the lawyers did not catch an addition to the development agreement that gave it less profit participation than it understood was agreed.

Insurance Coverage

  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in a complex-designated trial against insurance carriers for failure to cover an underlying securities settlement.
  • Various clients in pre-litigation insurance-related issues to ensure that coverage is maximized and preserved.

Securities and Internal Investigations

Ms. Lin has significant experience in internal investigations, representing the company itself in some instances or the independent, special and/or audit committee in others. These investigations have covered a wide range of issues, including alleged financial misconduct, alleged employee impropriety and alleged False Claims Act violations. Ms. Lin’s representative investigations include:

  • A leading technology company in responding to a criminal investigation regarding alleged false statements made to investors.
  • Members of a special committee of a start-up technology company regarding whistleblower complaints and allegations of fraud and misconduct.
  • A Fortune 100 company in conducting an internal investigation in connection with allegations of potential fraud, regulatory violations and False Claims Act violations.

Commercial Civil Litigation

  • LinkedIn in action against a website scraping LinkedIn data and reposting the data on its site. Representation led to a consent judgment in LinkedIn’s favor that permanently bars the defendant from scraping LinkedIn and orders it to destroy all the data it obtained.
  • LG Electronics in multi-district antitrust litigation based on an allegation that manufacturers of cathode ray tubes conspired to fix prices. Ms. Lin briefed and argued a successful summary judgment motion securing the dismissal of more than $55.3 million in claimed damages.
  • GE Capital in defending actions by 16 competitors involving allegations of antitrust and RICO claims in the Northern District of California relating to equipment leases.
  • Disney and Lucasfilm in a variety of copyright and trademark counseling matters. Ms. Lin represented these clients as plaintiffs in successfully securing a consent judgment requiring an online retailer to cease displaying and selling infringing products.

 

Publications

Co-Author, “Safeguards Against Legal Malpractice Liability As Claims Rise,” Law360, August 14, 2020

Co-Author, “Northrop Ruling Highlights Insurability Of Settlements,” Law360, September 28, 2020

Quoted, “Legal Malpractice Claims Will Rise in 2020, Warn Experts,” Daily Journal, November 16, 2020