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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is representing Bumble Bee Foods in a DOJ investigation and related class actions connected with its alleged participation in a price-fixing cartel in the packaged seafood space. In a separate matter, the firm advised Samsung on the Korean Fair Trade Commission’s investigation into Qualcomm’s licensing of mobile phone patents, and successfully opposed Qualcomm’s court application for highly sensitive information to be turned over to the KFTC in response to that investigation. Ian Simmons and Richard Parker jointly head the team, which includes Michael Tubach in San Francisco and Ted Hassi.

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Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 2

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ team includes the ‘thoughtful and preparedMichael Tubach in San Francisco, who leverages his substantial experience of representing clients in cartel investigations to assist with associated class actions. Ben Bradshaw has antitrust litigation experience spanning industries such as aviation, healthcare and financial services. Practice co-chair Ian Simmons is working with Bradshaw to represent Asiana Airlines in an opt-out action brought by Schenker AG, which claims that there was a conspiracy among Asiana and multiple other airlines to inflate surcharges and base rates for air cargo shipping rates. Century City’s Bo Pearl is also recommended. The firm’s merger litigation work is another pillar of the practice; group co-chair Richard Parker, Ted Hassi, Michael Antalics and Katrina Robson acted as litigation counsel to Halliburton in its proposed $28bn acquisition of Baker Hughes, a deal that was eventually abandoned due to the strength of regulatory concerns in the US and EU. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise specified.

Leading lawyers

Richard Parker - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP excels in investigations into high-profile, high-stakes multibillion-dollar deals, with strengths in particularly heavily scrutinized sectors such as airlines and pharmaceuticals. A team including Richard Parker, Ben Bradshaw, Kenneth O’Rourke (Los Angeles) and Courtney Dyer assisted Alaska Airlines with obtaining DOJ approval of its proposed $4bn acquisition of Virgin America. In other highlights, the firm acted as litigation counsel to Halliburton in its proposed $28bn acquisition of Baker Hughes, and acted as co-counsel to Humana in a DOJ lawsuit challenging its proposed $37bn merger with Aetna. Ted Hassi, Michael Antalics and Katrina Robson are recommended. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 4

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 2

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘responsive’ team provides ‘exceptional and unparalleled advice and results’, based on its ‘in-depth knowledge of its clients’ industries and business issues’. ‘Outstanding advocateJonathan Hacker and newly promoted New York lawyer Anton Metlitsky won a Second Circuit appeal against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), persuading the court to apply a stricter interpretation of client CoreLogic’s liability as a ‘relief defendant’. At the First Circuit, a team secured the dismissal of a nationwide ERISA class action in Kelley v Fidelity Management Trust Co, providing guidelines on the limits of the administration of float by 401(k) plan fiduciaries. Hacker obtained a favorable judgment at the Ninth Circuit for Warner Bros and DC Comics, concluding a copyright battle over Superman. Walter Dellinger filed an amicus brief for the Guttmacher Institute and a coalition of social science researchers in the US Supreme Court case of Women’s Health v Cole. Counsel Deanna Rice is a name to note.

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 4

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s clients included Trump University and Donald Trump, which the firm defended in a class action lawsuit alleging violations of civil RICO. The firm also defended the CEO of a trucking company in a fraud investigation, acted for Bumble Bee Foods in a criminal antitrust investigation, and advised a European chemical company on export and economic sanctions compliance. Mary Patrice Brown and Steven Olson head the teams from Washington DC and Los Angeles respectively. Jeremy Maltby rejoined the Washington DC office in November 2015 after serving as special assistant and senior counsel to President Barack Obama.

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Financial services: litigation
Financial services: litigation - ranked: tier 5

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Headed out of Washington DC and Newport Beach by Brian Boyle and Elizabeth McKeen respectively, O’Melveny & Myers LLP is particularly well known for its expertise in mortgage and ERISA litigation. McKeen and Jonathan Rosenberg recently secured a favorable settlement for mortgage servicer Ocwen in a pair of whistleblower-initiated FCA suits accusing it of providing false information to a federal loan program. On the ERISA front, the firm regularly defends major investment managers, including Fidelity, which Boyle and Washington DC-based appellate litigator Jonathan Hacker successfully defended when they persuaded the federal appeals court to uphold a lower court’s dismissal of a nationwide ERISA class action challenging Fidelity’s administration of ‘float’ in accounts used to facilitate participant withdrawals from 401(k) plans.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 4

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Led by Greta Lichtenbaum and Theodore Kassinger, O’Melveny & Myers LLP provides ‘knowledgeable and practical’ advice on export controls and economic sanctions. The ‘smart and practical’ Lichtenbaum ‘benefits from strong contacts with the key agencies’ and helped conduct an internal investigation for a Chinese energy services company looking into potential violations of Iranian sanctions. Kassinger is also noted for his CFIUS expertise and alongside Thomas Donilon advised US biotech company Cytovance Biologics on its acquisition by Chinese-owned Hepalink.

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Leading trial lawyers

Daniel Petrocelli - O’Melveny & Myers LLP The ‘thorough, knowledgeable and practical’ Daniel Petrocelli is ‘one of the best litigators around’ and achieves ‘outstanding quality and results’. Based in Los Angeles, he earned his star reputation acting for the Goldman family in the civil litigation against OJ Simpson and has a solid track record representing Hollywood studios, professional athletes, celebrities and financial institutions in major litigation. He is representing Kesha in an ongoing dispute with her producer Lukasz Gottwald and handles Fox’s claims alleging an unlawful campaign to target and raid its executives by Netflix. The broad geographical scope of Petrocelli’s practice is reflected by his representation of Tesla Motors in licensing proceedings nationwide. Active on cases drawing public attention, Petrocelli served as trial counsel to Donald Trump and Trump University in two class action lawsuits.

Leading trial lawyers

Daniel Petrocelli - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP often defends clients against class actions. In Los Angeles, Carlos Lazatin and of counsel Michael Reynolds obtained dismissal before the Central District of California of plaintiffs’ claims against client Hyundai alleging failure to inform customers of defective sunroofs in certain models. Lazatin, Reynolds and San Francisco-based Randall Edwards successfully obtained a motion to dismiss a consumer class action brought against Ford regarding defective keyless cars. The practice is jointly headed by Richard Goetz and Steve Brody in Los Angeles and Washington DC, respectively. Brian Anderson is now of counsel.

Leading lawyers

Brian Anderson - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 4

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice has experience representing a wide range of clients in class actions, including in false advertising claims. Continuing their representation of Johnson & Johnson, practice co-head Richard Goetz, New Port Beach-based Amy Laurendeau and of counsel Cynthia Merrill and Joe O’Connor won summary judgment and denial of class certification in two Neutrogena sunscreen cases in Florida federal court alleging misleading product labeling. Washington DC-based Steve Brody is the other co-head of the team, which also includes San Francisco-based Randall Edwards. All named attorneys are based in Los Angeles except where otherwise stated. Carla Christofferson is now in-house counsel at Aecom.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Headed by Richard Goetz in Los Angeles and Steve Brody in Washington DC, O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s group often defends clients in class actions and MDLs as well as advising them on government investigations. Goetz and Matt Powers in San Francisco have been defending long-term client Johnson & Johnson in class actions alleging that the use of the company’s talc-based baby powder product causes ovarian cancer; the team obtained dismissal of initial complaints in three federal district courts. In Century City and Newport Beach respectively, Daniel Petrocelli and Jeffrey Barker continue to represent Endo in pelvic mesh litigation. The firm also acts for Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLPscores five out of five for the talent of its lawyers’. New York-based head of securities litigation Jonathan Rosenberg won the dismissal of a qui tam action for ACE/Chubb entities against False Claims Act allegations. Matthew Close (who ‘ranks high for his skill and his customer services’) is also recommended, as is Seth Aronson, who represented former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney in a shareholder derivative action and an SEC investigation; both are based in Los Angeles. Jeffrey Kilduff and Shannon Barrett in Washington DC persuaded the court to dismiss a stock-drop complaint against Evercore Trust Company for alleged imprudent monitoring of the JCPenney 401(k) plan’s stock option. In New York, Allen Burton acted for Fifth Street Finance in 1934 Act class actions and derivative lawsuits, and Bradley Butwin, Andrew Bednark and Bill Sushon are also recommended. Robert Stern joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Kilduff - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘deep knowledge’, ‘experience in complex transactions’ and ‘ability to effectively brief members of the client’s team’ mark the group as a ‘true competitor to the traditional leaders in this area’. San Francisco-based Brophy Christensen is an ‘excellent strategist’ and ‘knows how to keep a transaction moving to its conclusion’; he jointly leads the practice alongside ‘fantastic deal-makerMichael Schiavone in New York. Schiavone recently acted alongside New York’s Daniel O’Shea in advising the underwriters on two separate offerings by Nissan Motor Acceptance including a $1.5bn offering. In Los Angeles, John-Paul Motley acted for American Honda Finance in two separate debt offerings including a $1bn MTN offering. The group also includes newly promoted partners Jaroslaw Hawrylewicz and Shelly Heyduk, who operate out of New York and Newport Beach respectively.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 4

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s team is jointly led by New York-based Michael Schiavone and Brophy Christensen in San Francisco, and it also calls on partners in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Washington DC and Newport Beach. Schiavone and Daniel O’Shea recently advised Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on a $593m share offering, while Peter Healy assisted the underwriters with Sunstone Hotel Investors’ public offering and advised Healthcare Trust of America on a significant public offering. In other work highlights, Los Angeles office managing partner John-Paul Motley acted for Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings, and the selling stockholders, in a $65m secondary offering. Clients also include Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Sabra Health Care REIT.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 5

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s department, which is particularly active in transport infrastructure and renewable energy projects, is led by the Los Angeles-based Gregory Thorpe. Also in the Los Angeles office are Eric Richards, Denise Raytis and Jeff Hoffner; Richards and Raytis assisted LaGuardia Gateway Partners with its successful bid for the $4bn redevelopment and operation of the Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia Airport, and advised the same client on the associated development financing. Thorpe is noted for his expertise in oil and gas and PPP work and advised Protea Waterfront Development on its bid for the $1bn redevelopment of a portion of the Port of San Diego – he also has experience in renewable projects. On the lender and investor side, the team was particularly busy in the renewables space; Hoffner and New York-based partners Junaid Chida and Arthur Hazlitt assisted Forum Equity Partners with its agreement to provide $1bn-worth of funding for wind projects developed by United Wind, and advised Citicorp North America and Berkshire Hathaway Energy on their purchase of a significant stake in SunEdison’s $433m, 300MW South Plains Wind Energy II project. The practice frequently acts for airline companies and airports such as American Airlines and Denver International Airport.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s balanced debtor and creditor practice has strength on both the East and West coasts. On the debtor side, the team has been representing weapons manufacturer Colt Defense, oil and gas infrastructure company Cal Dive International and retailer Hancock Fabrics in their respective Chapter 11 cases. The team also advised Verso and NewPage Corporation in connection with the restructuring of its capital structure, involving over $2.8bn of debt owed to different constituencies with separate liens and security interests. The firm’s creditor-side engagements include representing Apollo Global Management as a first lien lender of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings, advising an ad hoc group of holders of Halcon Resources’ second lien notes, and assisting an ad hoc group of second lien noteholders of LINN Energy. In the LINN Energy matter, the team also took a lead role in spin-off litigation, representing Wilmington Trust NA. In a significant out-of-court restructuring, the team renegotiated more than $1.4bn of indebtedness for the ad hoc group of first lien lenders of Foresight Energy. From New York, George Davis and John Rapisardi co-chair the global restructuring practice and Suzzane Uhland chairs the US restructuring practice. Other key names are Steve Warren and Evan Jones in Los Angeles, Andrew Parlen in New York, Washington DC-based Peter Friedman, who specializes in high-stakes litigation, and Jennifer Taylor in San Francisco.

Leading lawyers

George Davis - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

John Rapisardi - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Parlen - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Particularly strong on equity investments in wind and solar projects, O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice is headed by New York-based Junaid Chida; he is supported by Richard Shutran, Arthur Hazlitt, and, in the Los Angeles office, Jeff Hoffner. Key clients include Forum Equity Partners, Goldman Sachs and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Washington DC-based senior counsel Hugh Hilliard is a key regulatory expert.

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Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP has a fine reputation in arbitration proceedings, insurance-related transactions and government investigations. The team is acting for Humana in a False Claims Act case concerning the client’s alleged failure to adhere to Medicare Advantage risk adjustment data requirements. The practice successfully represented UnitedHealth Group and UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company in a class action lawsuit pertaining to alleged use of American Association of Retired Persons royalty payments as unlawful insurance commissions on Medicare products. Anthem, Molina Healthcare and Planned Parenthood are also clients. Practice head David Deaton is based in Newport Beach; Washington DC-based Lee Blalack, Brian Boyle and David Leviss are also key contacts.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 5

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s strengths lie in its strong patent and product liability litigation practice and its government and internal investigations capabilities. First chair trial lawyer Lisa Pensabene regularly acts in high-stakes patent litigation for leading pharmaceutical companies, and is representing AstraZeneca in the Hatch-Waxman litigation relating to breast cancer drug Faslodex (fulvestrant). In other highlights, the team handled Sinocare’s purchase of Trividia Health from Nipro and its acquisition of PTS Diagnostics. The team expanded its regulatory offering with the hire of senior counsel Seth Ray, who joined from a senior in-house role at the FDA. Scott Elliott, Ross Galin, Richard Goetz and Portia Ku are the key contacts; they are based in New York, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and San Francisco, respectively.

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Insurance: advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 2

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is known for its work in environmental claims and coverage litigation, as well as asbestos cases and property and casualty work; offices in key cities such as New York and Los Angeles highlight its national reach. The New York-based practice leader Tancred Schiavoni is ‘an outstanding presenter’; he continues to represent Century Indemnity Company in the long-running case against Viking Pump, with recent litigation concerning obligation for defense payments. Schiavoni and New York’s Gary Svirsky, who is ‘knowledgeable and a terrific attorney’, acted for Pacific Employers Insurance Company in a coverage dispute regarding allegations of sexual abuse by a doctor at St Francis Hospital in Hartford. Chubb is an important client for the practice, as is Starr Indemnity. The Los Angeles-based Richard Goetz and Washington DC’s Jonathan Hacker are key names.

Leading lawyers

Richard Goetz - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Tancred Schiavoni - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s sports practice was bolstered by the recruitment in early 2017 of DLA Piper LLP (US)’s Chuck Baker, who has a strong track record in transactional and financing mandates. Disputes, particularly relating to boxing, are a core element of the practice, with Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso representing Top Rank in a class action case concerning the Pacquiao-Mayweather superfight, and in a since-settled antitrust dispute with Al Haymon, who promotes Mayweather, concerning his Premier Boxing Champions television series. The bulk of the team is based in Century City, but there is also strength in New York in the form of Baker, Irwin Raij – who recently joined from Foley & Lardner LLP – and former WWE general counsel Jared Bartie, who recently joined from Herrick, Feinstein LLP.

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Transport: aviation and air travel
Transport: aviation and air travel - ranked: tier 1

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP covers aviation litigation and transactional work, and is instructed by nearly every major US airline, including American Airlines and United Airlines. Bob Siegel, Richard Parker, Matthew Close and Newport Beach-based Andor Terner worked for Alaska Airlines as part of a cross-practice team handling the $4bn acquisition of Virgin America; the group also represented Alaska Airlines in antitrust and labor disputes arising from the acquisition. In a further example of the group’s litigation capabilities, Jonathan Hacker and Ben Bradshaw are representing Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association in a suit against the US Department of Agriculture, alleging a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act relating to an increase in inspection fees for agricultural pests and diseases on international commercial flights. The team acts for Air Lease Corporation, and completed several financing transactions for the client in 2016, including an amendment and extension to its $3.13bn credit facility. Named individuals are based in Los Angeles or Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Bob Siegel - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s team is very experienced in copyright matters in the motion picture and music industries. Key client Warner Bros is represented in several matters, including the successful defense against Ryan Brooks, who claimed the movie Trouble with the Curve infringed his screenplay Omaha, and in a dispute with the Estate of JRR Tolkien and HarperCollins regarding merchandising rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The team also continues to represent Sirius XM in several disputes with major record companies involving infringement claims relating to pre-1972 sound recordings. Matthew Kline in Los Angeles and David Eberhart in San Francisco are recommended.

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Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 5

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Headed by ‘brilliant attorney’ Ryan Yagura in Los Angeles, O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘deep bench of talented attorneys’ offers ‘responsive, forward-thinking and comprehensive advice’ at both trial and appellate level, and also has significant experience handling proceedings before the USPTO, including reexaminations and IPRs. San Francisco-based Darin Snyder recently represented Google in a suit brought by ART+COM Innovationpool regarding its Google Earth product, successfully securing a summary judgment of non infringement. Mark Miller splits his time between the New York and San Francisco offices, and recently obtained an appellate victory on behalf of Mentor Graphics in an attempt by Synopsis to invalidate patents owned by the client. The firm also handled various matters on behalf of AstraZeneca, Top Victory Electronics and Samsung.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 2

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice is chaired by Ryan Yagura. Mark Miller led a team defending 24/7 Customer in a dispute that included claims of trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition filed by LivePerson. Eric Amdursky was part of a team pursuing claims against former sales managers of Extreme Reach who had access to confidential data shortly before their resignation; the group secured a temporary restraining order and subsequent preliminary injunction to prevent the defendants using information gathered during their employment. Amdursky also represented Coldwell Banker in pursuing litigation alleging that competitors induced its employees to reveal confidential information about associates, who were then approached to join rival companies; the case subsequently settled. Other highlights included Darin Snyder representing Artifex Software in a copyright case against Bigtincan pertaining to the unlawful possession, use and distribution of source code. David Almeling is also recommended and Melody Drummond-Hansen made partner. Named attorneys are based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Silicon Valley.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at O’Melveny & Myers LLP is noted for handling high-stakes trademark disputes. Highlights included the successful representation of Trader Joe’s before the Ninth Circuit in a dispute with Michael Norman Hallatt, who does business as ‘Pirate Joe’s’ in Canada, setting a precedent on the extraterritorial reach of the Lanham Act, and successfully defending 20th Century Fox against a trademark infringement claim by Empire Distribution regarding the Empire television show. The team also defends eBay against third-party liability claims by Wimo regarding the sale of counterfeit goods on its marketplace. Daniel Petrocelli and Drew Breuder in Los Angeles are recommended.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 5

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP acts for managers on funds-of-funds, buyout funds and real estate funds investing inside and outside the US, and also assists with LP-side mandates. Clients include Colony Capital, CenturyLink and Shamrock Capital Advisors. Kathryn Sanders in Los Angeles and Timothy Clark in New York are names to note.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Brian Boyle leads the practice at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and is representing CVS in a class action suit filed in Rhode Island claiming the stable value fund’s cash equivalent holdings were excessive following the economic crisis, thereby depressing the returns of CVS’s 401(k) investment line-up. Other key contacts include Catalina Vergara in Los Angeles, who is defending Chevron is an excessive fee case; Shannon Barrett, who obtained the dismissal of a stock-drop claim for Evercore on the basis of the Dudenhoeffer standard; and Gregory Jacob, who secured two victories for Boeing in stock-drop and fiduciary breach class actions. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise noted.

Leading lawyers

Brian Boyle - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 2

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Aviation expert O’Melveny & Myers LLP counts American Airlines, Republic Airways and Spirit Airlines as clients, and also acts for Disney, Bank of America and Marriott International. San Francisco-based Adam KohSweeney and Los Angeles’ Robert Siegel defended United Airlines in a class action brought by pilots alleging a violation of the CLC by issuing inaccurate wage statements; the court found that state law was not applicable if individuals work primarily outside of the state’s borders. The practice also handled sexual harassment, independent contractor misclassification, unfair competition and other claims. Los Angeles-based practice head Apalla Chopra and Silicon Valley’s Eric Amdursky are well respected and Newport Beach-based Adam Karr is a rising star. Jeffrey Kohn and Mark Robertson are the main contacts in New York. New clients include Redfin and Brigham Young University.

Leading individual

Apalla Chopra - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP has a first-rate client list, which includes Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, Gate Gourmet and other leading aviation sector companies. Robert Siegel defended American Airlines in arbitration proceedings filed by a pilots union concerning the implementation of contractual scheduling provisions for pilots following the merger between the company and US Airways. Jeffrey Kohn acts for Mylan in labor negotiations, discharge arbitrations and contract interpretation cases deriving from its Morgantown facility. Practice head Apalla Chopra, Mark Robertson and Aparna Joshi are the primary contacts with RLA gurus Michael McGuinness and Chris Hollinger, who focuses on representing airlines under the RLA. Named attorneys are based in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 6

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP has an impressive record in technology deals, particularly West Coast-originated transactions, as well as cross-border deals involving Asia. Media, life sciences, industrials and energy are also key sectors. Deal highlights included advising Alaska Air Group on its $4bn acquisition of Virgin America, creating the fifth-largest airline in the US, and assisting Dealertrack Technologies with its $4bn sale to Cox Automotive; the firm advised Dealertrack on more than a dozen M&A deals over the preceding three years. In another major deal, it advised BB&T Corporation on its $1.8bn acquisition of National Penn Bancshares. Silicon Valley-based Warren Lazarow is chairman of the firm’s global transactions department and Paul Sieben is known for technology transactions. New York-based Tobias Knapp is also recommended. In February 2017, former global head of M&A Paul Scrivano moved to Ropes & Gray LLP.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Northern California emerging technology practice is led by Warren Lazarow and Paul Sieben. The pair focus on early-stage growth companies and their investors and have handled over 75 successful exits in the past three years. Mobile telecoms and cleantech are areas of particular focus, and clients include high-profile start-ups such as Coursera, Ele.me, Houzz, Kabam, Lookout Mobile Security and Palantir. Silicon Valley-based Portia Ku has expertise in advising public and private companies from the technology, life sciences, healthcare and financial services sectors. Eric Zabinski, who splits his time between Beijing and Century City, is another key contact and focuses on China-related transactions.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Century City-based department fields ‘exceptional’ transactional and litigation teams, which cover a wide range of issues for clients including Miramax, Warner Bros Entertainment and FremantleMedia. The highly regarded Daniel Petrocelli leads the department’s contentious expertise and recently acted for Fox Broadcasting Company in a trademark infringement dispute relating to the hit television show Empire. Other highlights for Petrocelli included representing Sirius XM in multiple copyright lawsuits relating to performance rights for pre-1972 sound recordings and acting for pop star Kesha in a contract dispute with producer Lukasz Gottwald. The transactional team is led by Matthew Erramouspe, Stephen Scharf and Bruce Tobey, and has notable cross-border expertise, particularly in China; Erramouspe recently advised Alibaba on a co-production and finance deal with Amblin Partners, and Scharf assisted IMAX with the creation of an IMAX China Film Fund. Other mandates included assisting The Void with the creation of a Ghostbusters-themed virtual reality (VR) experience at Madame Tussauds New York and advising Revolution Studios on its acquisition of Tango Film’s movie library, which includes World War Z and Hugo. Litigator Molly Lens is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Petrocelli - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Matthew Erramouspe - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Next generation lawyers

Molly Lens - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

International corporations, financial institutions and private equity funds regularly instruct O’Melveny & Myers LLP on an array of transactions, from corporate formations to complex M&A, particularly where those transactions are considered tax-sensitive or involve emerging tax issues. Highlights included advising LaGuardia Gateway Partnership on the complex tax structure connected to its successful bid to reconstruct La Guardia airport in New York and assisting Alaska Air Group with its $4bn acquisition of Virgin America. California-based partners Robert Blashek, Robert Fisher and Luc Moritz are recommended, as is Arthur Hazlitt in New York.

Leading lawyers

Luc Moritz - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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