LOS ANGELES, CA—Buchalter is pleased to announce that Mary-Christine “M.C.” Sungaila has joined the Firm as Chair of its Appellate practice. She will work out of the Orange County office. Sungaila was previously a Partner at Haynes & Boone.
As a widely regarded appellate attorney who has briefed and argued appeals raising cutting-edge and fundamental business issues nationally and internationally, Sungaila has helped shape undeveloped areas of the law including, employment, franchisor liability, product liability, class actions and probate to immigration, Holocaust art recovery, and human rights.
Among her numerous accolades, Chambers USA has repeatedly named her a “Notable Appellate Practitioner” (2013-2020). She has also continually been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of California’s 100 Leading Women Lawyers (2005, 2010-2019), and in 2015 as one of the state’s Top Labor & Employment Lawyers. she argued before the California Supreme Court, Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza.
Sungaila is also frequently recognized for her sustained commitment to community service and pro bono work. In 2017, she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, whose recipients include seven U.S. Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, athletes, leaders of industry, artists and others whose work has made a lasting impact on humanity, for her combined professional achievements and humanitarian and pro bono work. She has also been recognized by the California Women Lawyers, Alpha Phi International Fraternity, Orange County Women Lawyers, the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and Coastline Community College Foundation.