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Truc T. Do, a deputy district attorney who helped secure a murder conviction against music producer Phil Spector earlier this year, has announced plans to join Munger, Tolles & Olson. Do, who worked in the major crimes division of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, plans to join the Los Angeles-based firm on Dec. 1. “I have absolutely loved the 10 years I’ve done here at the D.A.’s office,” said Do, who will join the firm’s litigation department as of counsel. “It’s an area new to me, and I’m hoping to reset my learning and experience curves.” In April, a jury convicted Spector of second-degree murder in the shooting death in his house of actress Lana Clarkson. The trial was the second against Spector in Clarkson’s death. The first, in 2007, ended in a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict. Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. In addition to the Spector trial, Do prosecuted Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt in what the press referred to as the “black widows” case. They were convicted in April 2008 of murdering homeless men to collect on life insurance policies they’d taken out in the victims’ names. They were sentenced to life in prison. Do assisted in prosecuting serial killer Chester Turner, who was convicted of murdering 10 women and sentenced to death in 2007. In her career as a deputy district attorney, Do maintained a 100 percent conviction rate in the 20 murder trials she has handled. Do said that at Munger Tolles she hopes to get involved in civil cases, particularly in the copyright, trademark and patent arena. Brad D. Brian, a litigation partner at Munger Tolles, said that Do will be involved in all kinds of civil and criminal defense cases. “I think we see her as being a formidable part of our trial team,” said Brian, who served as chairman of the American Bar Association’s litigation section in 2005 and 2006. “We have a lot of lawyers here who try a lot of cases, and she’s going to be part of that group.” Do joined the major crimes division of the D.A.’s office in 2007 after serving in the hardcore gang division, where she prosecuted murders and violent crimes. Before joining the D.A.’s office, she was a labor and employment associate at Los Angeles-based Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

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