Munger, Tolles & Olson Chair and renowned trial attorney Brad D. Brian was interviewed by The Am Law Litigation Daily for its “Litigation Leaders” series published on August 23, 2021.
In the interview, Brad talks about how his experiences on the baseball field and with the Joffrey Ballet shaped his philosophy on being a lawyer and leader at MTO. Brad discussed the firm’s differentiated business model, which dates back to 1962, when our seven founders – including Charlie Munger – set out to create a nonhierarchical, democratic law firm that hires the brightest legal minds and provides a shorter partnership track.
“These principles have fostered an unparalleled density of legal talent and culture in which lawyers take ownership in solving their clients’ problems from the moment they join the firm,” explained Brad. “This has also resulted in a low leverage environment – what we call our one-to-one partner-to-associate ratio – which means we do not over-staff cases.”
Brad credits the firm’s unwavering commitment to being community impact with providing a “sense of normalcy” during the pandemic. He shared that in 2020, MTO lawyers “devoted over 50,000 attorney hours in support of social justice and human rights matters, donated over $1.3 million to organizations in support of social justice and human rights matters, and launched a task force focused on combatting racial injustice.”
Click here to read the full interview published in the The AmLaw Litigation Daily.
Brad is a globally recognized trial lawyer and Chair of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Since joining the firm four decades ago, Brad helped build the talent pipeline at the firm – something that appealed to Brad as early as his first lunch with Ron Olson who successfully convinced him to join the firm back in 1981. Brad has represented numerous Fortune 500 corporations in their most challenging, high-profile lawsuits and government investigations. He is one of only three individuals in California to receive the designation of “Star Individual” by Chambers in the category of General Commercial Litigation and is a Band 1-ranked trial lawyer in both Chambers USA and Chambers Global. Brad was named one of 18 Lawyers of the Decade in California by the Daily Journal (2021).
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