Randall G. Sommer is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Mr. Sommer has broad-ranging experience litigating and trying complex commercial cases, including class actions and contractual disputes, in the financial services, energy, retail, entertainment and aerospace industries.
Mr. Sommer has also provided pro bono legal services in the areas of prisoner rights, immigration and campaign finance law, including the successful defense of the constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also served as a special prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, for which he has first-chaired several jury trials.
Prior to attending law school, he spent several years as a theater director and assistant director on and off-Broadway in New York, and in theaters in Chicago and Los Angeles. Mr. Sommer draws on his directing experience in his trial work, including in his work with witnesses and in presentation of the visual elements of storytelling at trial.
Mr. Sommer received his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a Book Review Editor of the Columbia Law Review. At Columbia, he also received the James A. Elkins Prize in Constitutional Law and the Paul R. Hays Prize in Civil Procedure.
After law school, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Sweet in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Sommer received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he graduated with college honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Sommer is a member of the California and New York bars, the American Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
- Columbia Law School (J.D., 1999); James Kent Scholar (1996-1997; 1997-1998) Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (1998-1999); book review editor, Columbia Law Review
- UC Santa Cruz (B.A., 1988) Phi Beta Kappa
- Judge Robert Sweet, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1999-2000
- New York
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