Cyberspace Scholar Lawrence Lessig Joins Munger, Tolles & Olson

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

    LOS ANGELES and SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most
 sought after legal scholars of technology-related law, Lawrence Lessig, has
 joined Los Angeles-based Munger, Tolles & Olson.
     "Larry's joining the firm of counsel was the result of a process we
 initiated over a year ago to identify an intellectual leader, respected in the
 high technology community, and who had credibility in the area of emerging
 issues in intellectual property," Ruth Fisher, Munger, Tolles & Olson's
 co-managing partner said.  "Larry has a rare combination of skills: he
 combines the impeccable academic rigor of a scholar with the keen practical
 insights of a litigator."
     Bob Johnson, the firm's other managing partner agreed.  "We are delighted
 to have Larry join us as a colleague.  He is one of the nation's most
 respected thinkers in two of our firm's most important practice areas:
 intellectual property and constitutional law.  Larry's leadership in those
 areas will mesh perfectly with the firm's cutting-edge practice.  When clients
 come to us with the 'bet-the-company' case, they want to know they will have
 the best minds working to bring creative solutions to their unique problems."
     Munger Tolles is the first law firm Lessig has agreed to join.  The firm
 was able to recruit Lessig after he moved to California to become a law
 professor at Stanford University where he teaches constitutional law and
 Internet law studies.  Lessig also serves as director of Stanford Law School's
 Center for Internet and Society, which the firm plans to support and hopes to
 assist in Center projects.  Lessig previously taught at Harvard Law School
 from 1997 to 2000 and the University of Chicago Law School from 1991 to 1997.
 Lessig will act as of counsel at the firm while retaining his position as
 professor of law at Stanford University.
     A 1989 graduate of Yale Law School, Lessig began his legal career as a
 clerk for Judge Richard Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
 (1989-90), followed by a clerkship for Justice Antonin Scalia on the United
 States Supreme Court (1990-91).
     Lessig rose to prominence when he was appointed special master on the
 Microsoft antitrust case by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson.
 He also authored an amicus brief in the Napster litigation case.  National Law
 Journal named Lessig as one of the 100 most influential lawyers of 2000.
 Business Week named him one of the top 25 eBiz leaders in 2000.
     "I am eager to work with my colleagues at Munger Tolles on a wide range of
 issues affecting innovation in high-tech industries," Lessig said.  "I have
 long admired the firm's extraordinary pool of talent and look forward to
 contributing to its efforts."
     Lessig wrote "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace" (Basic Books, 1999), his
 first book on Internet law, and will publish a second book this fall entitled
 "Innovation and its Enemies" (Random House, 2001).  In addition, he has
 published more than a dozen law review articles on Internet law and related
 constitutional issues, and he is a monthly columnist for The Industry
 Standard, an Internet commerce magazine.
     "Larry Lessig is the leading light in the field of Internet law and
 intellectual property on the Internet," Mark Helm, an intellectual property
 attorney in the firm's Los Angeles office, said.  "He has grappled at the
 highest levels with issues raised by new media, the application of
 intellectual property law to the Internet and technology in the IP world.  His
 forward-thinking mind will help clients look ahead and anticipate future
 problems in this fast changing field.  Our technology clients as well as
 clients with major intellectual property problems will greatly benefit from
 his expertise."
     Jeff Bleich, a constitutional law and intellectual property litigator in
 the firm's San Francisco office, agreed.  "What's great about Larry is that
 not only is he extremely sophisticated on the legal issues, but he can put
 engineers to shame talking about technology.  One of his great traits is his
 versatility.  He can simultaneously engage in a discussion with engineers on
 complex issues on the highest level and turn around in the next instant and
 explain it to someone who knows nothing about computers."  Bleich met Lessig a
 decade ago when both clerked on the United States Supreme Court.
     Lessig is the eighteenth former United States Supreme Court clerk at
 Munger Tolles, which also has one former Canadian Supreme Court clerk and an
 additional 86 lawyers that have clerked for judges.
     Munger Tolles now has 153 attorneys, including Lessig, with offices in Los
 Angeles and San Francisco.  Lessig plans to focus on matters within the firm's
 venture, technology and intellectual property practice and will work primarily
 in the firm's San Francisco office.
     The firm's venture and technology clients include Abbott Laboratories,
 Apple Computer, Applied Materials, Brillstein-Grey, Creative Labs, Global
 Crossing, GoTo.com, Green Hills Software, Homestore.com, OneWorldLive.com,
 Rustic Canyon Partners, TMCT Ventures, Universal Music Group, Verizon, Virgin
 Entertainment and The Yucaipa Companies.
 
     MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP
     355 South Grand Avenue, Thirty-Fifth Floor
     Los Angeles, California 90071-1560
     Telephone (213) 683-9100
     Facsimile: (213) 687-3702
     www.MTO.com
 
     For further information please contact Robert K. Johnson, Esq.,
 213-683-9109, or Jeff L. Bleich, Esq., 415-512-4007, both of Munger, Tolles &
 Olson LLP.
 
 

SOURCE Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
    LOS ANGELES and SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most
 sought after legal scholars of technology-related law, Lawrence Lessig, has
 joined Los Angeles-based Munger, Tolles & Olson.
     "Larry's joining the firm of counsel was the result of a process we
 initiated over a year ago to identify an intellectual leader, respected in the
 high technology community, and who had credibility in the area of emerging
 issues in intellectual property," Ruth Fisher, Munger, Tolles & Olson's
 co-managing partner said.  "Larry has a rare combination of skills: he
 combines the impeccable academic rigor of a scholar with the keen practical
 insights of a litigator."
     Bob Johnson, the firm's other managing partner agreed.  "We are delighted
 to have Larry join us as a colleague.  He is one of the nation's most
 respected thinkers in two of our firm's most important practice areas:
 intellectual property and constitutional law.  Larry's leadership in those
 areas will mesh perfectly with the firm's cutting-edge practice.  When clients
 come to us with the 'bet-the-company' case, they want to know they will have
 the best minds working to bring creative solutions to their unique problems."
     Munger Tolles is the first law firm Lessig has agreed to join.  The firm
 was able to recruit Lessig after he moved to California to become a law
 professor at Stanford University where he teaches constitutional law and
 Internet law studies.  Lessig also serves as director of Stanford Law School's
 Center for Internet and Society, which the firm plans to support and hopes to
 assist in Center projects.  Lessig previously taught at Harvard Law School
 from 1997 to 2000 and the University of Chicago Law School from 1991 to 1997.
 Lessig will act as of counsel at the firm while retaining his position as
 professor of law at Stanford University.
     A 1989 graduate of Yale Law School, Lessig began his legal career as a
 clerk for Judge Richard Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
 (1989-90), followed by a clerkship for Justice Antonin Scalia on the United
 States Supreme Court (1990-91).
     Lessig rose to prominence when he was appointed special master on the
 Microsoft antitrust case by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson.
 He also authored an amicus brief in the Napster litigation case.  National Law
 Journal named Lessig as one of the 100 most influential lawyers of 2000.
 Business Week named him one of the top 25 eBiz leaders in 2000.
     "I am eager to work with my colleagues at Munger Tolles on a wide range of
 issues affecting innovation in high-tech industries," Lessig said.  "I have
 long admired the firm's extraordinary pool of talent and look forward to
 contributing to its efforts."
     Lessig wrote "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace" (Basic Books, 1999), his
 first book on Internet law, and will publish a second book this fall entitled
 "Innovation and its Enemies" (Random House, 2001).  In addition, he has
 published more than a dozen law review articles on Internet law and related
 constitutional issues, and he is a monthly columnist for The Industry
 Standard, an Internet commerce magazine.
     "Larry Lessig is the leading light in the field of Internet law and
 intellectual property on the Internet," Mark Helm, an intellectual property
 attorney in the firm's Los Angeles office, said.  "He has grappled at the
 highest levels with issues raised by new media, the application of
 intellectual property law to the Internet and technology in the IP world.  His
 forward-thinking mind will help clients look ahead and anticipate future
 problems in this fast changing field.  Our technology clients as well as
 clients with major intellectual property problems will greatly benefit from
 his expertise."
     Jeff Bleich, a constitutional law and intellectual property litigator in
 the firm's San Francisco office, agreed.  "What's great about Larry is that
 not only is he extremely sophisticated on the legal issues, but he can put
 engineers to shame talking about technology.  One of his great traits is his
 versatility.  He can simultaneously engage in a discussion with engineers on
 complex issues on the highest level and turn around in the next instant and
 explain it to someone who knows nothing about computers."  Bleich met Lessig a
 decade ago when both clerked on the United States Supreme Court.
     Lessig is the eighteenth former United States Supreme Court clerk at
 Munger Tolles, which also has one former Canadian Supreme Court clerk and an
 additional 86 lawyers that have clerked for judges.
     Munger Tolles now has 153 attorneys, including Lessig, with offices in Los
 Angeles and San Francisco.  Lessig plans to focus on matters within the firm's
 venture, technology and intellectual property practice and will work primarily
 in the firm's San Francisco office.
     The firm's venture and technology clients include Abbott Laboratories,
 Apple Computer, Applied Materials, Brillstein-Grey, Creative Labs, Global
 Crossing, GoTo.com, Green Hills Software, Homestore.com, OneWorldLive.com,
 Rustic Canyon Partners, TMCT Ventures, Universal Music Group, Verizon, Virgin
 Entertainment and The Yucaipa Companies.
 
     MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP
     355 South Grand Avenue, Thirty-Fifth Floor
     Los Angeles, California 90071-1560
     Telephone (213) 683-9100
     Facsimile: (213) 687-3702
     www.MTO.com
 
     For further information please contact Robert K. Johnson, Esq.,
 213-683-9109, or Jeff L. Bleich, Esq., 415-512-4007, both of Munger, Tolles &
 Olson LLP.
 
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