Truc T. Do is a trial lawyer and partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. With more than a decade of courtroom experience, Ms. Do has tried more than 75 jury trials to verdict. Ms. Do gained prominence for her trial work as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office in several high-profile murder cases — including the successful murder retrial of famed music producer Phil Spector — and was named one of the Top 100 Women Litigators of 2009 by the Daily Journal. Her practice focuses on trials, complex business litigation and white collar criminal defense.
Most recently, Ms. Do defended James Arthur Ray, a New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker, against charges of reckless manslaughter arising out of three deaths that occurred during a sweat lodge ceremony. After a four-month trial in Yavapai County, the jury acquitted the client of all charged offenses. Conviction of the lesser offense of negligent homicide is on appeal. The trial was nationally televised and featured in reports.
Ms. Do serves on the Los Angeles County Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee and on the board of directors of the California Women’s Law Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring protection and equal access to the legal system for women and children on matters of gender discrimination, health, violence against women and reproductive justice.
Ms. Do teaches at the Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop course.
Trial counsel to LG Display, a manufacturer of TFT-LCD flat panels, in its defense against allegations of price-fixing conspiracy. Ms. Do was set to try one of the nation’s largest class action of indirect purchasers in the Northern District of California in April 2012; the matter successfully resolved. Ms. Do is slated to try a number of opt-out cases by direct action plaintiffs in the Northern District of California in January 2013.
Transocean, a drilling company, in criminal and civil litigation arising from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Regents of the University of California, against criminal charges arising out of the death of a research assistant in a laboratory fire at UCLA. In July 2012, Ms. Do successfully negotiated a complete dismissal of all charges filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
An executive movie producer, in a criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for alleged FCPA violations in connection with the filming of the movie “Sahara.”
KB Home, in a class action alleging violations of the RICO Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law arising from the 2006-2007 housing bubble burst. The matter successfully resolved in May 2011.
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Prior to joining Munger Tolles in December 2009, Ms. Do was a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. During her 10-year career as a prosecutor, Ms. Do tried 75 jury trial trials to verdict, including 58 felonies, 20 murder cases with a 100 percent conviction rate and two death penalty verdicts. She was assigned to the Major Crimes Division where she prosecuted Los Angeles County’s most complex crimes, high profile crimes and/or high profile defendants. Prior to Major Crimes, Ms. Do worked in the Hardcore Gang Division where she prosecuted some of Los Angeles County’s most hardened and violent gang members.
Ms. Do’s notable jury trials as a prosecutor include:
Phil Spector. Ms. Do obtained the murder conviction of famed music producer Phil Spector for the February 2003 fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. Ms. Do joined the original prosecution team as co-chair in the successful re-trial of Phil Spector—the first jury hung in September 2007—two months before the commencement of jury selection. After a six-month trial, the jury convicted Mr. Spector of second-degree murder on April 13, 2009 and he was sentenced to a prison term of 19 years to life.
“Black Widows” Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt. One month before trial commenced, Ms. Do took over as lead trial lawyer in the prosecution of Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, septuagenarians dubbed by the media as the “black widows.” Ms. Golay and Ms. Rutterschmidt fraudulently insured and murdered homeless men to collect nearly $3 million in life insurance proceeds. The jury convicted the women of two counts of first-degree murder with multiple special circumstances and each was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment without parole.
Serial Killer Chester Turner. One month before jury selection, Ms. Do took over as lead trial lawyer in the prosecution of Chester Turner, the city’s then most prolific serial killer who sexually assaulted and murdered 11 women over the span of a decade during the 1980s’ crack-cocaine epidemic in South Los Angeles. In April 2007, after a one-month trial, Ms. Do convicted and obtained a death verdict against Mr. Turner.