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Michael Mugmon (born August 24, 1977) is an American attorney specializing in internal investigations, enforcement defense, and complex commercial litigation. He practices with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Palo Alto, California.
In 1999, Mugmon graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in history. At Penn, he served as Executive Editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian, the school's independent student newspaper. During his tenure, the newspaper won the prestigious National Pacemaker Award as one of the nation's best collegiate newspapers. Mugmon was also at the helm when the fabrication scandal surrounding former Executive Editor Stephen Glass became national news. He was responsible for reviewing Glass’ work to determine if any of his student stories were fabrications, as some of Glass' work for The New Republic and other publications proved to have been.
Mugmon joined WilmerHale's Washington, D.C. office in 2003, and moved to the firm's Palo Alto office in 2007 as a founding member of its Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice. In 2011, he won the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Writing for his column "Seeing Green" in The Deal magazine. From 2011 through 2017, he has been named a "Rising Star" by Northern California Super Lawyers. And in 2013, the Daily Journal recognized Mugmon as one of the top 20 lawyers under 40 in California.
He lives in San Francisco, California.
"Court Ruling Preserves Emerging Technology Collaboration," Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal (March 7, 2008).
"Allocation of the Burden of Proof in IDEA Due Process Challenges," 29 Vt. L. Rev. 951 (2005) (with Christopher Thomas Leahy).
"Broadsheet Bullies?: Designated public forum and established newspapers' efforts to rid Philadelphia's public transit system of a government-sponsored competitor," 150 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1969 (2002).
- "Court Ruling Preserves Emerging Technology Collaboration," Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal (March 7, 2008)
- Michael Mugmon: My year atop the masthead - Opinion
- DCist Labs: Michael Mugmon's Profile: Posts