Munger Tolles’ co-managing partners Hailyn J. Chen and Malcolm A. Heinicke spoke with The American Lawyer about the factors contributing to the firm’s success as a part of a series highlighting how law firms fared in 2021 in anticipation of the AM Law 100 and 200 report.
The article focused on the high demand Munger Tolles experienced for its services, as well as important matters the firm handled over the last year such as a first of its kind antitrust victory on behalf of Steves & Sons, the representation of Intel in a NAND flash business deal worth $9 billion and platform liability work for Snap Inc., Airbnb Inc., Facebook and Lyft Inc. including a number of platform liability appeals involving arbitration agreements and drivers.
“These cases are of huge importance to clients like Lyft, and because of our reputation in the space, other tech companies continue to reach out to us [regarding] employment claims,” Ms. Chen told The American Lawyer.
Also featured was the firm’s growth in Washington, D.C. along with Munger Tolles’ tradition of hiring talented associates and growing the firm from within.
“We continue to hire an amazingly talented associate class, and continue our tradition of growing from within,”Ms. Chen said, noting both she and Heinicke started at Munger Tolles as summer associates at the firm. “We are proud of the hiring we do, which makes a big impact.”
The article references The American Lawyer Lauren Bell, who joined Munger Tolles as a partner in Washington, D.C., last week. Bell joined from another law firm but prior to that, she spent five years at the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked closely with fellow Munger Tolles partner Jonathan Kravis.
“At the end of the day, we’re most proud of our talent and our clients, which really highlights the overall health of the firm,” Mr. Heinicke said in the interview. “The future is bright. We plan to double down on our culture, recruit the best talent, give early responsibility and provide clients with the best legal service.”
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