Robyn K. Bacon

Robyn K. Bacon

Robyn Bacon is an experienced trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Ms. Bacon focuses her practice on trials, investigations, and white-collar criminal defense. A seasoned litigator, her experience spans False Claims Act, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, real estate, and high-stakes commercial and criminal litigation, as well as internal and government investigations.

Ms. Bacon rejoined the firm in 2019 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. During her eight years as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Bacon tried 11 federal criminal trials, argued multiple appeals before the Ninth Circuit and prosecuted criminal cases involving cybercrimes, financial frauds, criminal tax violations and money laundering, as well as drug trafficking, firearms and violent crimes. Ms. Bacon was also a deputy chief in the General Crimes Section where, as head of Criminal Complaints, she oversaw the investigation and charging of hundreds of criminal cases.

Prior to her government experience, Ms. Bacon worked as an associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson. During that time, she 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 teaches trial advocacy at Harvard Law School and has taught evidence at the USC Gould School of Law. She has also guest lectured on sentencing at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Ms. Bacon is also a frequent speaker on trial, criminal justice, and cybersecurity issues. 


Key Representations

White Collar and Investigations

  • Board of Trustees of the Thacher School, one of the nation’s elite boarding schools, in an independent internal investigation of alleged sexual abuse at the school.
  • LLNS in securing dismissal of False Claims Act action brought by a former design physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Complex Commercial Litigation Trials

  • Developer of multi-million dollar Southern California real estate development in securing a complete defense verdict in a breach of fiduciary duty bench trial.
  • McDonald’s as the plaintiff in a Delaware Court of Chancery action asserting breach of fiduciary duty and fraudulent inducement claims against its former CEO, resulting in a settlement in which McDonald’s recovered over $105 million.
  • The Los Angeles Clippers in successfully settling litigation brought by Madison Square Garden, which opposed the development of the team’s new arena in Inglewood, California.
  • Plains All-American Pipeline in litigation following the pipeline failure and subsequent oil spill into the Pacific Ocean near Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Is Reasonable Security Achievable in the Corporation?,” University of Texas Essential Cybersecurity Law Conference, July 2020
  • Panelist, “Counseling a Corporation Before a Data Security Incident,” Incident Response Forum West 2020, Los Angeles, California, January 2020