Luis Li is a trial lawyer with Munger, Tolles & Olson whose practice includes complex business litigation, corporate crisis management, internal corporate investigations, art law, international enforcement matters and white collar criminal defense.
Among Mr. Li’s numerous accolades, he has been named a “Top 100” lawyer in California by the Daily Journal, “Top Litigators in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal, and received two California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Awards in two years for his successful defense of Norton Simon Museum in a closely watched ownership challenge and for his role defending Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon, in litigation stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Li has led and played an instrumental role in numerous high-stakes trials for a range of clients. As a federal prosecutor, he tried nearly 20 cases to verdict.
Mr. Li’s white collar practice includes federal criminal jury trials, numerous internal corporate investigations, SEC proceedings, civil and administrative investigations, state attorney general matters and international criminal and civil matters.
Before rejoining the firm as a partner in 2005, Mr. Li served three years as chief of the criminal branch of the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, where he directed one of the largest prosecutorial agencies in California.
Under Mr. Li’s supervision, the criminal branch’s 270 prosecutors achieved the highest conviction rate in more than a decade. Mr. Li also implemented and directed the largest neighborhood-based prosecution program in the nation, as well as numerous other programs aimed at improving public safety in Los Angeles.
From 1995-2002, Mr. Li served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, where he concentrated on complex, large-scale racketeering and organized crime matters. From 2000-2002, Mr. Li was deputy chief of the major crimes section, responsible for overseeing the investigation and prosecution of organized crime and terrorism, including the successful prosecution of numerous violent, international criminal organizations.
As a federal prosecutor, convictions obtained by Mr. Li at trial include, among others: 24 members of the largest racketeering organization in Southern California, a professional football player who plotted to murder a federal district judge and members of a white supremacist prison gang.
Mr. Li also argued frequently before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and received several special commendations, including the Director’s Award from the Department of Justice for Superior Performance.
Mr. Li was appointed to the board of the Norton Simon Foundation. He previously served as a board member of the following organizations: Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the John Thomas Dye School, Bet Tzedek and the Getty Conservation Institute.
Mr. Li has taught trial advocacy and criminal procedure as an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law. He has also lectured at the UCLA School of Law. In 1997, Mr. Li reached the summit of Denali (also known as Mount McKinley). He lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife Jenny, also an attorney, and his daughter Sofia.
- UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 1991); associate editor, California Law Review
- Yale University (B.A., cum laude, 1987) distinction in major
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