Munger, Tolles & Olsen Ranked No. 1 Law Firm, Largely Due To Pro Bono Commitment

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Los Angeles law firm, Munger, Tolles & Olsen was judged by American Lawyer Magazine to be the number one law firm in the nation. Unseating New York firm Debevoise & Plimpton, which held the position for the last four years running, American Lawyer cited Munger, Tolles dedication and commitment to pro bono service. American Lawyer said of the firm “In tough times, firms with a strong identity, loyal clients and happy lawyers usually continue to succeed. Munger has all of those in abundance.” A story of the firm’s commitment is reprinted here. Be sure to follow the link to the LA Times story found below for the full story.

In her first year at Munger, Tolles & Olson, attorney Susan Boyd represented a client who’d been arrested and accused of being a terrorist after 9/11. His only crime, she said, was being of Egyptian descent.

She worked on the case pro bono — without compensation — for two years, eventually helping the man obtain a green card. The experience reinforced her desire to represent clients who couldn’t afford legal help.

“What stands out for me in working on a pro bono case is the impact you can have on someone else’s life,” said Boyd, an associate who now co-chairs the Los Angeles firm’s pro bono committee.

Boyd said Munger, Tolles & Olson’s commitment to pro bono work was one of the factors that clinched her decision to join the firm. That same commitment helped propel it to the top of American Lawyer magazine’s sixth annual A-List of the country’s elite law firms.

Read the entire article here: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lawfirm8-2008jul08,0,1341716.story

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