Former Solicitor General to launch Munger, Tolles & Olson’s Washington Office
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Summary: Donald B. Verrilli Jr. has been hired by Munger, Tolles & Olson to open a Washington, DC office.

Former Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. will join law firm, Munger, Tolles & Olson. He will be responsible for opening a Washington, DC branch for the Los Angeles-based law firm. He left the solicitor general’s office in June.


“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to start this new chapter with Munger, Tolles & Olson,” Verrilli said. “The firm has an unparalleled reputation for solving national and international clients’ toughest problems with lean teams of the most talented lawyers in the country. That is exactly the kind of firm I want to join. It’s an honor to open their Washington, D.C. office.”

Verrilli, 59, defended the Obama administration in legal issues such as marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act. As the solicitor general, he argued 37 cases before the Supreme Court, according to the New York Times.

Prior to his position as solicitor general, Verrilli served as an associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department and deputy White House counsel.

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In private practice, Verrilli previously worked at Jenner & Block. He stated that at Munger, Tolles & Olson he hoped to build upon his previous experience in defense contracting and media, content, and intellectual property law.

According to the New York Times, Verilli stated that the challenges in building a Washington office are different than those from ten years ago. He was referring to corporate clients who are now more cautious to how they spend their legal budgets. He said that his strategy to build the firm was to hire “the very best young lawyers in the country.”

This is the first new office the firm has opened in 25 years, Co-Managing Partner Brad D. Brian said.

“Opening an office in Washington, D.C. with a lawyer like Don Verrilli is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Both in private practice and government service, no one has successfully handled more high-stakes cases of nationwide significance during the past decade,” Brian said.

Ronald L. Olson, a name partner, said that Verrilli may use his solicitor general experience to advocate for his clients in front of The Supreme Court.

Source: The New York Times

Photo courtesy of The New York Times


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