Firm Profile > O'Melveny & Myers LLP > Washington DC, United States

O'Melveny & Myers LLP
1625 EYE STREET, N.W.
SUITE 500 WEST
WASHINGTON DC 20006
United States

ERISA litigation Tier 1

Led from Washington DC by Brian Boyle, O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s ERISA litigation practice is one of the most active firms for defending globally recognised entities in the entertainment, financial services, education, aerospace and investment management industries in ERISA class actions. The deep bench includes Shannon Barrett, Catalina Vergara and Meaghan VerGow, who routinely handle 401(k) fiduciary breach litigation involving multibillion-dollar plans. As well as handling a slew of disputes involving excessive fee and underperforming investment options, the team is defending clients in high-stakes disputes concerning exclusive proprietary investment strategies and prohibited self-dealing transactions. Noted health plan litigation expert Gregory Jacob recently left the firm to serve as Counsel to the US Vice President, however Boyle and VerGow also have extensive knowledge in the space, and are currently representing world-leading healthcare company UnitedHealth Group in a putative class action alleging improperly denied facility fee payments.

Practice head(s):

Brian Boyle

Other key lawyers:

Shannon Barrett; Catalina Vergara; Meaghan VerGow

Key clients

American Airlines

Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting

BlackRock

Fidelity Management Trust Company

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Morgan Stanley

Providence Health & Sciences

T. Rowe Price

Trader Joe’s Company

UnitedHealth Group

Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 1

O'Melveny & Myers LLP focuses on insurance coverage litigation and represents well-known international clients in the insurance space. The team has been highly involved in Covid-19 litigation, with Los Angeles-based Richard Goetz being a key name in this area, representing The Chubb Group in multiple US class actions and individual cases. In New York, Tancred Schiavoni heads the practice and is strong in the area of bankruptcy and insurance, representing Chubb companies in connection with the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy filing, alongside Gary Svrisky and Allen Burton. In addition, the firm has a strong pool of emerging talent, with Zoheb Noorani in Los Angeles and Janine Panchok-Berry in New York as ones to watch.

Practice head(s):

Tancred Schiavoni

Other key lawyers:

Richard Goetz; Gary Svrisky; Allen Burton; Zoheb Noorani; Janine Panchok-Berry

Testimonials

‘Gary Svirsky and Tanc Schiavoni represent an experienced coverage team with trial and presentation experience. Both are great on their feet in court, as well as good strategists.’ 

‘OMM recruits the best legal talent, and many other firms that do insurance do not attract the same quality of talent. Thus, you are getting very smart and talented people at all levels. Unlike many other white-shoe firms that do not do insurance, OMM is committed to the industry and has a very high level of experience and expertise.’

‘Tanc Schiavoni is extremely experienced and works on both bankruptcies and insurance, which is very helpful to insurance companies when their policyholder is in bankruptcy (e.g. Boy Scouts). He is a great trial lawyer as well as written advocate. Allen Burton is someone who has spent the past two decades working on insurance matters, including reinsurance. He is great at preparing witnesses to testify, written and oral advocacy.’

‘I found partner Gary Svirsky and associate Janine Panchok-Berry to not only be extremely intelligent and talented but to genuinely care about their clients.’

Key clients

ACE American Insurance Company (Chubb)

Century Indemnity Co.

The Chubb Group

Lexington Insurance Company

Brandywine Holdings

GWG Holdings, Inc.

American International Group, Inc.

National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors

Resolute Management, Inc.

Rainforest Alliance

Endurance Speciality Insurance

AXIS Insurance Company

The Starr Companies

TIG Insurance Company

Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Daniel Petrocelli - O'Melveny & Myers LLP Los Angeles-based Daniel Petrocelli has a phenomenal reputation in media and entertainment disputes, though he is also regularly instructed in IP, unfair competition and securities litigation. Recently, Petrocelli secured a complete victory for HBO, Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao in a $500m dispute arising from Pacquiao's headline grabbing match against Floyd Mayweather in 2015. In an ongoing matter, he is retained by Johnson & Johnson as its lead trial counsel in multi-district litigation concerning its alleged role in the nation's opioid crisis.

Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 1

O'Melveny & Myers LLP represents entertainment giants such as Warner Bros, Walt Disney Company and HBO, with a diverse range of skills covering antitrust, contractual breaches, First Amendment rights, IP and misconduct investigations. The firm’s Century City office is home to several key team members, including practice head Daniel Petrocelli, a generalist litigator in the entertainment industry; Drew Breuder, who focuses primarily on IP-related disputes; and Matthew Kline, another generalist attorney. Also recommended in the team are Molly Lens and Amy Lucas, both of whom have expertise in IP and commercial contracts. Recent high-stakes disputes from the team included representing Twentieth Century Fox in a lawsuit against Netflix concerning the latter’s alleged poaching of the client’s employees. The team also acted for NBC in a profit sharing dispute with the creators of the TV series Colombo.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Petrocelli

Other key lawyers:

Drew Breuder; Matthew Kline; Molly Lens; Amy Lucas

Testimonials

‘Go to litigation team for any media or technology dispute. O’Melveny has deep experience in the entertainment and media sector and a highly effective litigation team.’

Key clients

Global Music Rights

HBO

Kesha

NBCUniversal

Searchlight Pictures

Walt Disney Company

Warner Bros.

Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 1

O'Melveny & Myers LLP fields a sizable and experienced team in Los Angeles, and maintains a market presence that sees it involved in all segments of the entertainment industry, acting for major clients such as Paramount, Warner Bros and Viacom. The team has also worked on cross-border matters involving Europe and Asia, most notably assisting Library Pictures International with financing the Oscar-winning Korean movie Parasite. Bruce Tobey leads the team and is well versed in the financing, distribution and licensing of motion pictures, in part owing to his former role as COO of CBS Films. Sean Monroe has a broader focus across sport and entertainment, with expertise in M&A, financings, joint ventures and private equity deals. Silvia Vannini is also noted for her broad expertise within the entertainment industry, acting for clients such as Twentieth Century Fox. Amy Siegel is another key name and has been very active in new media, most recently advising on digital events and meet and greets for music artists. Counsel Evie Whiting is a name to note on the more junior level. Former co-chair Matthew Erramouspe has  moved in-house to Legendary Entertainment.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Tobey

Other key lawyers:

Sean Monroe; Silvia Vannini; Amy Siegel; Matthew Erramouspe

Testimonials

‘My #1 law firm for all media/entertainment work. They have the best lawyers and what makes them the best is not just that they are bright and experienced, its that they understand the business, are practical and work to getting a deal done.’

Key clients

127 Wall Productions

BRON Studios

CAA

Legendary Entertainment

Looped

Paramount Pictures

ViacomCBS

Warner Bros.

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Led from New York by Junaid Chida and also aided by a sizeable cohort of lawyers on the West Coast, O'Melveny & Myers LLP's multi-disciplinary nine-partner energy team provides a 'very strong service' to stakeholders on their strategic investments, acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures across a range of renewables projects, including solar, wind, hydroelectric and biomass. The firm is, however, best known for its project financing credentials and is regularly instructed by key banks in the sector, including Citicorp and Wells Fargo, on debt financings or in their capacity as equity investors. Recent highlights include Chida's work for Goldman Sachs on a preferred equity investment in, and project financing of, a 75MW portfolio of solar installations in various states being developed by Duke Energy Renewables. New York-based tax partner Arthur Hazlitt regularly provides valuable input on financing mandates, including on the aforementioned deal, and is noted for his tax equity financing prowess.

Practice head(s):

Junaid Chida

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Hoffner; Arthur Hazlitt; Maria von Schack; Alexander Roberts

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a very strong service.’

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Bloom Energy Corporation

Citicorp

Goldman Sachs & Company

First State Investments

John Laing Group Plc

Kemper Corporation

Morgan Stanley

OCI Solar

Wells Fargo Bank

Environment: transactional Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's environmental and natural resources practice combines expertise in environmental issues arising in high-value transactions with extensive experience in litigation and regulatory proceedings. The transactional service offering not only covers due diligence assessments but also includes permitting applications, agency approvals and environmental compliance reviews. The team boasts a strong following in the private equity sector, but is best known for its involvement in large-scale development projects and M&A deals. Based in New York, practice head Eric Rothenberg leverages his experience as a trained environmental engineer to advise on environmental transactional and adversarial matters. Also in New York, John Rousakis is called upon to assist with transactions involving the chemicals, mining, oil and gas and manufacturing industries. Kelly McTigue is a key contact in Los Angeles whose areas of focus include climate change, reporting obligations and permitting issues.

Practice head(s):

Eric Rothenberg

Other key lawyers:

Kelly McTigue; John Rousakis

Key clients

American Airlines

Apollo Global Management

Bank of America

California High Speed Rail Authority

Exxon Mobil Corporation

First State Investments

JetBlue Airways Corporation

Kern Cal Oil 7

Terminal One Group Association

Vantage Airport Group

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is praised for its 'deep understanding' of the airline industry in particular; the team also represents clients from the financial services, transportation and consumer products sectors as well as universities. Led by the experienced Apalla Chopra in Los Angeles, the group covers wage and hour class actions, Title IX-related litigation and sexual misconduct allegations. Silicon Valley-based Eric Amdursky is 'knowledgeable' and 'practical', litigation specialist Jeffrey Kohn and aviation expert Mark Robertson are based in New York, and San Francisco's Susannah Howard and Adam KohSweeney as well as Adam Karr in Newport Beach are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Apalla Chopra

Other key lawyers:

Eric Amdursky; Adam KohSweeney; Susannah Howard; Jeffrey Kohn; Mark Robertson; Adam Karr

Testimonials

‘OMM has a deep understanding of our industry as they have represented airlines for many years. Their employment group is extremely responsive, and they come up with creative airline-specific defenses that firms who do not have as deep an understanding of the airline industry might miss.’

‘They are extremely responsive and work collaboratively with our in-house counsel team, as well as their own employment team, to come up with practical solutions to our employment issues.’

‘They are absolutely top-notch. I trust them with my most important and difficult matters.’

‘Eric Amdursky in the Silicon Valley office is my go-to outside counsel whenever I have a difficult issue. He is knowledgeable, practical, and I trust his judgment.’

Key clients

The Board of Trustees of the California State University

TuneCore

Broadcom

Oasis West Realty

Atlas Air

American Airlines

Realogy

Alaska Airlines, Inc

FedEx Corporation

Remington

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

The team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP stands out with its strong appellate practice, which informs defence strategy from the outset, and with its expertise in defending litigation and investigations brought by state attorneys general. The team defends clients in class actions, mass tort and MDL proceedings while integrating a comprehensive media strategy. Steve Brody in Washington DC and Matt Powers in San Francisco lead the practice together with Sabrina Strong in Los Angeles. Jonathan Schneller in Los Angeles was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Steve Brody; Matt Powers; Sabrina Strong

Other key lawyers:

Richard Goetz

Testimonials

‘The team has deep expertise in the subject matter. They take the time to intimately learn the business. They are easy to deal with and sensitive with respect to fees.’

‘Experienced, responsive and easy to get along with.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Amylin Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Advanced Micro Devices

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 2

Over the course of 2020, the restructuring group at O'Melveny & Myers LLP played a key role in a number of high-profile municipal restructurings; the firm's ongoing lead role in the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s debt obligations is of particular note. The team was also involved in the development, negotiation and drafting of landmark legislation to reform California’s wildfire liability framework, and provided advice to California Governor Gavin Newsom in the wake of the PG&E cases. Global practice chair John Rapisardi in New York and bankruptcy litigation expert Peter Friedman in Washington DC are key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

John Rapisardi; Peter Friedman

Key clients

Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority

State of California Governor’s Office and Department of Finance

Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP acts as trusted counsel to financial institutions, often in their role as underwriters, as well as to corporate issuers in securities class actions, institutional investor suits and derivative cases across the US. Jonathan Rosenberg in New York and Matthew Close in Los Angeles are co-chairs of securities litigation. Close recently defeated a proposed class action against real estate and investment management company Colony Capital, following its reduction in projected dividends in 2018. The firm has a deep bench of experienced litigators including LA-based Seth Aronson who secured the dismissal with prejudice of a securities fraud class action against Skechers. Amy Park in Silicon Valley is 'a sharpshooter securities litigator who quickly understands the complex issues at hand'. Firm chair Bradley Butwin in New York is also a prominent litigator for major financial firms and has a successful track record defending clients in complex commercial matters, including securities litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rosenberg; Matthew Close

Other key lawyers:

Seth Aronson; Bradley Butwin; Daniel Petrocelli; Amy Park

Testimonials

‘They are really good. Dan Petrocelli is world-class, and the team is exceptionally deep.’

‘Dan Petrocelli is superior in all respects. He is extremely bright and has great judgment and experience. Matt Close is great on securities matters. They have a very deep team.’

‘Amy Park is a sharpshooter securities litigator. We loved the availability of the counsel to work in a global time zone situation and quickly understand the complex issues at hand. The response was timely, factual, to-the-point, technically sound, and most importantly super upfront.’

‘Their ability to work around the clock and with the remote collaboration technology in a legally sound manner in order to support difficult disputes is remarkably innovative and different from others.’

‘Amy Park is the best at what she does. Amy knows technical and tactical details of securities disputes in depth. Her inclusion in our legal team brought us a calmness of understanding knowing the dynamics of the legal processes. Amy navigated the matter in a predictable manner to a reasonable and expected outcome without unnecessarily stretching it.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Colony Capital

Former Directors of WageWorks, Inc.

Underwriter Syndicates

JP Morgan

Skechers

Veeco Instruments

Shanda Games

Sonim Technologies, Inc.

J2 Global, Inc.

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

Noted for its experience across a broad range of industries, O'Melveny & Myers LLP has particular skill in the hardware, software, film, e-commerce, digital technology and luxury hotels sectors. The multidisciplinary team brings expertise in employment, IP, white-collar and criminal law to its trade secrets litigation, as well as strengths in patent, trademark and copyright matters. The firm also stands out for its use of innovative tools, an example being OMMLit, a proprietary tool that divides the litigation process into 400 of the most commonly performed tasks and pairs tasks with the recommended staff. Los Angeles-based Ryan Yagura leads the team, which includes Darin Snyder in San Francisco, who acts in litigation involving IP and technology-intensive business sectors. Other key names includes labor and employment specialist Eric Amdursky in Silicon Valley and San Francisco-based David Eberhart, who focuses on advising technology companies in IP litigation arising from trade secret, copyright and trademark issues.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Yagura

Other key lawyers:

Darin Snyder; Eric Amdursky; David Eberhart; Brett Williamson; David Almeling

Key clients

24/7 Customer, Inc.

Agilent Technologies

Artifex Software, Inc.

Elasticsearch Inc.

Endo International, plc

Fox Group

Global Rights Music LLC

JHL Biotech, Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Cartel Tier 3

Jointly headed up out of Washington by Ben Bradshaw and Ian Simmons, O'Melveny & Myers LLP represents an array of individual executives, executive committees and corporations. The team focuses on antitrust investigations, whether conducted by the DOJ and the FTC or by enforcement agencies in the US and overseas. Bradshaw, in particular, regularly represents multinational companies in international cartel investigations, namely those concerning price-fixing, monopolization, and unfair and deceptive trade issues. Located in the New York office, Mark Racanelli has expertise in price-fixing and bid-rigging allegations.

Practice head(s):

Ben Bradshaw; Ian Simmons

Other key lawyers:

Michael Tubach; Marc Racanelli; Andrew Frackman

Key clients

Asiana Airlines

Bitcoin

Novartis

Jayson Penn

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

US Airways

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Qualcomm

Global Music Rights

Honeywell

Wells Fargo

Rohm, Ltd.

US Airways, Inc.

C.R. Bard, Inc.

Royal Bank of Canada

Capital One Financial

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

Working closely with the firm’s white-collar defense and securities litigation teams, O'Melveny & Myers LLP fields attorneys with considerable experience in complex antitrust litigation, particularly class actions, monopolization claims, international cartel cases, and unfair competition actions. Jointly headed from Washington DC by Ben Bradshaw and Ian Simmons, the group has been especially active in cases related to pharmaceuticals, semiconductors and biosimilars. Other practitioners to note are DC-based Katrina Robson, whose practice revolves around single-firm conduct and restraint of trade cases, and Andrew Frackman, a well-rounded litigator who is skilled at handling antitrust actions relating to the aviation and financial services industries.

Practice head(s):

Ben Bradshaw; Ian Simmons

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Frackman; Katrina Robson

Key clients

Asiana Airlines

Bitcoin

Novartis

Jayson Penn

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

US Airways

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Qualcomm

Global Music Rights

Honeywell

Wells Fargo

Rohm, Ltd.

US Airways, Inc

C.R. Bard, Inc.

Royal Bank of Canada

Capital One Financial

Copyright Tier 3

Acting for an impressive roster of clients in the art, music, and film industries, the team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a long history of successful copyright litigation. Moreover, the group is noted for its experience advising Silicon Valley companies on copyright law relating to software, database technology, and microcode. The team is lead by Ryan Yagura in Los Angeles, an experienced litigator and chair of the IP and technology practice. Other names to note include David Eberhart in San Francisco, who focuses on copyright matters in the tech industry. In Century City, litigator Matthew Kline has been involved in copyright claims for movie studios, video game developers, and major clothing designers; and Daniel Petrocelli is active in copyright litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Yagura

Other key lawyers:

David Eberhart; Matthew Kline; Daniel Petrocelli

Testimonials

‘I know OMM’s intellectual property litigation practice, and especially the work of Dan Petrocelli and Drew Breuder. They are outstanding lawyers. Very strategic and thoughtful. I highly recommend both of them.’

Key clients

24/7 Customer, Inc.

Artifex Software, Inc.

Elasticsearch Inc.

Fox Group

Global Rights Music LLC

The Walt Disney Company

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

General commercial disputes Tier 3

Based in Los Angeles, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is particularly well known for its strength in high-stakes media and entertainment litigation. Daniel Petrocelli is a key figure in the team, as is Washington DC-based Steve Brody, who has represented clients in mass torts, product liability claims, class actions, government investigations, and appeals. Richard Goetz, who co-heads the practice alongside Randall Oppenheimer, stands out for his broad trial practice, covering false advertising, medical negligence and product liability cases. All attorneys are based in Los Angeles unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goetz; Randall Oppenheimer

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Petrocelli; Steve Brody

Healthcare: health insurers Tier 3

Specializing in False Claims Act defense and other litigation, O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a very experienced team and an enviable client base including Anthem, Humana, KaiserPermanente and UnitedHealthcare. Most notably in the review period, the team represented Health Care Service Corporation in an unpaid risk corridor case, and has also continued its representation of UnitedHealth Group in an ERISA class action case, both with significant estimated valuations. Key figures in the team are experienced attorneys Lee Blalack, who specializes in litigation; Brian Boyle, a name to note for ERISA class actions; and David Deaton, who leads the practice group from Newport Beach. The team has also invested heavily in its internal technological infrastructure, including data science and AI-based information systems, in order to improve team efficiency.

Practice head(s):

David Deaton

Other key lawyers:

Jim Bowman; Lee Blalack; Brian Boyle

Testimonials

‘The infrastructure of the firm is very strong allowing them to be nimble and have access to all resources needed for superior legal representation.’

Key clients

Anthem, Inc.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Clover Health

Excellus Health Plan, Inc.

Health Care Services Corporation

Humana Inc.

Kaiser Permanente

Molina Healthcare

UnitedHealth Group and UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company

Labor-management relations Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has notable experience in matters relating to the Railway Labor Act; the group's client portfolio encompasses various passenger and cargo airlines. The practice regularly handles collective bargaining negotiations, the RLA aspects of M&A transactions, litigation and arbitration proceedings. Robert Siegel in Los Angeles is a dedicated airline labor specialist, and Mark Robertson in New York is well versed in representing clients in contentious matters. Washington DC's Aparna Joshi is another key individual. The practice group is led by Apalla Chopra in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Apalla Chopra

Other key lawyers:

Robert Siegel; Mark Robertson; Aparna Joshi; Chris Hollinger

Key clients

American Airlines, Inc.

Atlas Air, Inc.

United Airlines, Inc.

Airlines For America

Spirit Airlines

Alaska Airlines

Republic Airways

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP advises corporate clients and investors on M&A and related transactions, including carve-outs, joint ventures and hostile or contested situations. Eric Zabinski in Century City chairs the M&A practice group.

Practice head(s):

Eric Zabinski

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP defends clients against product liability and consumer claims in mass tort proceedings, class actions, and government enforcement actions, integrating its strong appellate practice from the outset. The team has experience in multi-district litigation as well as litigation and investigations brought by state attorneys general. The client list in the consumer products space ranges from the food and beverage industry to leading technological companies. Recognized trial lawyer Steve Brody in Washington DC co-heads the practice together with Matt Powers in San Francisco, who handles complex, multiparty commercial litigation and Sabrina Strong in Los Angeles, an accomplished trial lawyer and appellate advocate. Jonathan Schneller was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Steve Brody; Matt Powers; Sabrina Strong

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Chanoine

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Advanced Micro Devices

Sport Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is recognized in this space for its transactional work, boasting a solid track record in M&A involving sports teams, stadium development, player contract negotiations, naming rights, sponsorships, and endorsements. Practice leadership is divided between Jared BartieCharles Baker, Irwin Raij, all of whom have expertise in stadium development, M&A, and media rights. Bartie in particular is a leading figure in the area of e-sports, where he represents numerous top e-sports organizations. Furthermore, the team has strengthened its position by the arrival of sports litigator Jeffrey Gordon from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in September 2020. Gordon focuses on complex business and criminal litigation and has been involved in sensitive investigations for professional sports leagues and teams. All lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Charles Baker; Jared Bartie; Irwin Raij

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Gordon; Dan Petrocelli; David Marroso

Testimonials

‘The O’Melveny team offers unparalleled legal guidance as outside litigation counsel. They understand the nuances of our business and are able to take a big-picture approach to any disputes that they are assisting on. The team is always available and is able to dig into legal issues quickly and effectively as needed. The degree of communication and the wide-angled view of any dispute sets O’Melveny apart in terms of the service they provide.’

‘Dan Petrocelli and David Marroso are brilliant litigators, I would trust them on absolutely any dispute and can confidently say that I don’t believe there is any better litigation team out there. David is attentive to matters both small and large and does an excellent job of presenting the potential positive and negative consequences of any action. The relationship with O’Melveny feels far more like a partnership than a work-for-hire endeavor and much of that begins with Dan and David.’

Key clients

Angel City Football Club

Athletes Unlimited

David Tepper

Envy Gaming, Inc.

The Friedkin Group

Game1

Kansas City Royals

Kevin Durant

LaLiga

Top Rank

Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s aviation group has deep regulatory knowledge and broad litigation experience, and is recognized in particular for its nationally esteemed Railway Labor Act practice. Other areas of expertise include antitrust, ERISA litigation, consumer class actions and personal injury. The practice is co-chaired by Los Angeles-based Robert Seigel, a highly rated airline labor lawyer who is outside labor counsel for most of the US' passenger airlines.

Practice head(s):

Eric Richards; Robert Siegel

Key clients

Alaska Airlines, Inc.

American Airlines, Inc.

Atlas Air, Inc.

Hawaiian Airlines

Republic Airways Inc.

Southwest Airlines Co.

Spirit Airlines, Inc.

US Airways Group, Inc.

United Airlines, Inc.

FedEx

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is active on both US coasts, though it has an especially strong presence in California, where it handles tax mandates in the areas of tech and venture capital, media, entertainment and film financing. In addition, renewable energy is an increasing source of work for the team, which is increasingly involved in transaction structuring and tax equity financings for renewables projects. Newport Beach-based Jeff Walbridge heads up the practice group. Other key California contacts include film industry expert Robert Blashek in Century City, and Robert Fisher and Billy Abbott, both of whom handle a range of transactional and structuring matters from the Silicon Valley office. Names to note in New York include Alexander Anderson, Arthur Hazlitt, and counsel Alexander Roberts.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Walbridge

Other key lawyers:

Robert Blashek; Billy Abbott; Alexander Anderson; Arthur Hazlitt; Alexander Roberts

Testimonials

‘Alex Anderson is top notch, He has helped solve many complicated deal driven and structural issues. He is also super-attentive and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Apollo Management

American Honda Finance Corporation

Air Lease Corporation

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

First State Investment

Kayne Partners

Lions Gate Entertainment

Oaktree Capital Management

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Warner Bros.

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a well-balanced practice between issuer and underwriter engagements. The firm represents many of the tier one underwriters and is close to major issuers including aviation and life sciences businesses, and REITs. Los Angeles partner John-Paul Motley is the firm's most prolific advisor on high-value and high-profile debt offerings.

Practice head(s):

John-Paul Motley

Key clients

Air Lease Corporation

Glaukos Corporation

Alaska Air Group

Bank of America

Toyota Motor Credit Corp

American Honda Finance Corp.

Edwards Lifesciences

Sabra Health Care REIT

Caretrust REIT

Yeti Holdings

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Newport Beach-based employee benefits and executive practice is headed up by Jeff Walbridge. The team has been kept busy advising entertainment, biopharmaceutical and technology sector clients on high-value M&A transactions. Chris Del Rosso is another contact for M&A in this space, while counsel Rebecca Cottrell advises on tax considerations under the 280G and 409A codes.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Walbridge

Other key lawyers:

Chris Del Rosso; Rebecca Cottrell

Key clients

Air Lease Corporation

Edison International

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Kilroy Realty Corporation

Lions Gate Entertainment

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Synaptics Incorporated

Warner Bros.

Western Digital Corporation

Financial services litigation Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is known for representing financial institutions facing consumer financial services litigation. In the firm's Newport Beach office, Elizabeth McKeen has a focus on housing loan-related lawsuits, recent examples of which included defending JP Morgan and CIT Group in lawsuits related to the Home Affordable Modification Program, and defending Fannie Mae in Fair Housing Act litigation. Danielle Oakley is also based in Newport Beach, and handles a range of work including matters related to the CARES Act. Washington DC-based Brian Boyle is noted for his experience in ERISA litigation.

Practice head(s):

Brian Boyle; Elizabeth McKeen

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Oakley; Pamela Miller

Testimonials

‘The financial services litigation team is consistently strong and deep. I have the utmost confidence in their ability to handle complex regulatory actions, litigation and disputes. The former head of the practice subsequently served as the head of the OCC, which says a lot about the quality at O & M in this area.’

‘The partner I work with really goes the extra mile to understand our business, products and services and people. She manages the relationship proactively and is a pleasure to interact with.’

Key clients

Fannie Mae

Bank of America

Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Bank)

Wells Fargo

Capital One Financial Corporation

JPMorgan Chase

Visa

CIT Group

Nationstar Mortgage

Ocwen Financial Corporation

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's life sciences department has strong ties to pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics companies, and also maintains a strong portfolio of venture capital firms. IP litigation and class actions are a key area of focus; contacts in this regard include Lisa Pensabene in New York and Richard Goetz in Los Angeles, who specialize in business-critical patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and mass torts, respectively. On the transactional side, San Francisco-based Scott Elliott advises on a range of corporate issues, from incorporation to venture funding, to eventual sale or IPO. Also recommended is patent and med-tech litigator Hassen Sayeed, who has experience in cases arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Pensabene; Ross Galin; Scott Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Hassen Sayeed

Key clients

Amgen, Inc.

AstraZeneca

AbbVie

Endo Pharmaceuticals

JHL Biotech Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Samsung Bioepis

ViiV Healthcare

International trade Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is an attractive choice for US and foreign clients seeking assistance with their compliance with economic sanctions regimes, customs and export controls; department co-lead Greta Lichtenbaum has wide-ranging compliance counseling and management experience. The team is also highly skilled in handling investment regulatory issues; its recent CFIUS counseling experience stands out in the technology, aerospace, private equity, and oil and gas sectors. Of counsel and practice co-head Theodore Kassinger ‘deftly combines legal knowledge, political insight and business reality’; he draws on his wealth of regulatory experience spanning over four decades.

Practice head(s):

Greta Lichtenbaum; Theodore Kassinger

Other key lawyers:

David Ribner; Mary Pat Dwyer

Testimonials

‘Ted Kassinger deftly combines legal knowledge, political insight and business reality into his counsel to our Fortune 500 company. He thinks not only about the matter at hand but also indirect matters that we should consider. Ted brings in associates when reasonable and beneficial, but not unnecessarily enlarging the legal team. He has been humble and responsive in his interactions with our company over the last fifteen years.’

Key clients

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Assa Abloy

Hid Global

Merger control Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a litigation-focused team with a successful record in defending high-profile mergers in litigation against the DOJ, FTC, and state-level antitrust authorities. The practice operates independently of its corporate team, securing antitrust mandates on a case-by-case basis. Regulatory reviews and second request proceedings are also areas of strength. Experienced litigators Ben Bradshaw and Ian Simmons head up the team. Katrina Robson is recognized for her success in high-profile litigation involving the DOJ and FTC, as well as for her strong capabilities in merger filings and clearance proceedings. Courtney Dyer is also accomplished in merger defense litigation against government agencies.

Practice head(s):

Ben Bradshaw; Ian Simmons

Other key lawyers:

Katrina Robson; Courney Dyer

Key clients

Harry’s Inc.

Synaptics Incorporated

SMART Global Holdings

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's mainstays are the consumer electronics, computer software and hardware, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors, with the latter generating a steady stream of Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA litigation for the team. The group primarily acts for established international players, but also takes on litigation for start-ups and emerging companies, acting for defendants and plaintiffs alike. Experienced in competitor litigation and disputes involving non-practicing entities, the team of Los Angeles-based practice head Ryan Yagura is very versatile. The practice offers a number of technological tools to prepare and conduct litigation efficiently, for example innovation platform OMMNIscient, a tool to facilitate the staffing of matters with the best practitioners. Other key offices are in San Francisco, New York, Newport Beach and Washington DC. In January 2020, Brian Berliner, Mark Miller and David Murphy retired.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Yagura

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Pensabene; Hassen Sayeed; Darin Snyder; Luann Simmons; Brett Williamson

Key clients

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Amgen Inc.

Google, LLC

Hulu LLC

Hyundai Motor America and KIA Motors America, Inc.

Niantic, Inc.

Resideo (formerly part of Honeywell)

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Top Victory Electronics

Viiv Healthcare

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is experienced in defending clients against product liability and consumer claims in class actions, mass torts and government enforcement actions. In the automotive space it has represented clients in several class actions involving allegations of defects. In a recent high-profile matter the firm has been retained as settlement counsel by Ford Motor Company in a nationwide class action involving Takata airbags. Steve Brody in Washington DC, Matt Powers in San Francisco and Sabrina Strong in Los Angeles lead the product liability & mass tort group. San Francisco-based Randall Edwards is a key lawyer in the automotive space and has represented Ford Motor Company in significant cases for over 20 years.

Practice head(s):

Steve Brody; Matt Powers; Sabrina Strong

Other key lawyers:

Randall Edwards; Carlos Lazatin

Testimonials

 

Key clients

Kia Motors

Ford Motor Company

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP fields a team of experienced bankruptcy practitioners split between both US coasts, handling debtor and creditor work across a wide range of industries both in and out-of-court. Contacts in the New York office include global chair John Rapisardi and noted lawyer Joseph Zujkowski. Washington DC-based Peter Friedman leads the firm's bankruptcy litigation and has successfully represented clients in bankruptcy and district courts, as well as in various courts of appeals and the US Supreme Court. Suzzanne Uhland departed for Latham & Watkins LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

John Rapisardi; Peter Friedman

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Zujkowski

Testimonials

‘Firm goes above and beyond to make sure the deal gets done.’

‘Joseph Zujkowski is an excellent partner that is able to steer you to the right person for any question/issue and personally sees that your deal/matter is handled.’

Key clients

Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority

State of California Governor’s Office and Department of Finance

Franklin Resources, Inc.

Remington Outdoor Company, Inc.

Silver Point Capital

Morgan Stanley

Palladium Equity Partners

Sculptor Capital Management

Lennar Corporation

Kern Cal Oil 7, LLC

Alaska Airlines, Inc.

Apollo Global Management

Verso Corporation

Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

The California-based team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP handles IP litigation for clients based on the West Coast, with deep experience in core industry sectors such as technology, e-commerce, and hospitality. The team's clients range from Silicon Valley start-ups to multinational corporations, including the Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros Entertainment. In Los Angeles, practice head Ryan Yagura deals with complex IP infringement cases, while in San Fransisco, David Eberhart is recommended for trademark litigation on behalf of technology companies. Also recommended is Century City-based Drew Breuder, who represents clients in the area of entertainment and media.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Yagura

Other key lawyers:

David Eberhart; Drew Breuder

Key clients

24/7 Customer, Inc.

Agilent Technologies

Artifex Software, Inc.

Elasticsearch Inc.

Endo International, plc

Fox Group

Global Rights Music LLC

JHL Biotech, Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

The recent caseload of O'Melveny & Myers LLP reveals its appetite for high-profile work at the US Supreme Court, with multiple oral arguments and briefings in seven cases during the past year. In this space, the ‘extremely skilled and experienced’ group certainly benefits from the notable credentials of former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger as well as former Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben. Special counsel Jeffrey Fisher argued on behalf of two nonprofit groups as respondents in one of the most closely watched SCOTUS cases during the 2020 term – Fulton v City of Philadelphia, a pending non-discrimination case involving religious rights and foster parent certification of same-sex couples. Jonathan Hacker (‘an amazing strategic thinker, writer and oral advocate’) sits at the helm of department, which is also well placed to handle cases in multiple federal and state courts of appeal. Clients single out New York-based Anton Metlitsky; his recent practice stands out in the Third Circuit, where his arguments presented on behalf of American Airlines convinced the Court to strike down a class certification order in favor of American airport employees.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hacker

Other key lawyers:

Walter Dellinger; Michael Dreeben; Jeffrey Fisher; Anton Metlitsky

Testimonials

‘Jon Hacker is incredible. He leads the group, provides great client service, is an amazing strategic thinker, writer and oral advocate. Appellate advocacy is an art, and he is the best.’

‘An up-and-coming partner, Anton Metlitsky, is a great person, great advocate.’ 

‘The bench is deep, with a great group of associates supporting the senior leaders.’

‘Anton Metlitsky is simply the best – a tremendous writer, quick on his feet and persuasive in oral argument, and just a pleasure to work with.  He doesn’t boast of his own accomplishments, but they speak for themselves, and we look to hire him on any significant appeal.’

‘O’Melveny has a tremendous appellate department. Anton Metlitsky is our go-to appellate lawyer, but we’ve worked with others on the team, and it’s just a highly talented group.’

‘This is an extremely skilled and experienced group.  They have a number of former SCOTUS law clerks, and the work product is always top-notch.’

Key clients

Chubb Group

American Airlines, Inc.

Ocwen Loan Servicing Company

The Center for Reproductive Rights

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd.

Bank of America

Endo International

Kesha

Fox Group

NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

O'Melveny & Myers LLP was recently strengthened by the arrival of Michael Dreeben, who joined from the DOJ, and now jointly leads the team alongside Los Angeles-based Steven Olson. The team is made up of a number of former government attorneys, including those with experience in the Department of Homeland Security, the SEC and the White House. Areas of focus include government and internal investigations, with particular strengths in financial crime, healthcare fraud, cross-border matters, and FCA and FCPA issues. Jeff Gordon joined the team from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in September 2020, and Laurel Loomis Rimon was promoted to partner in January 2020. Steve Bunnell left for an in-house role at the Libra Association in August 2020. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Steven Olson

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Bookin; Mary Patrice Brown; Lee Blalack; Nicole Argentieri; Howard Heiss; Jeff Gordon; Laurel Loomis Rimon

Key clients

Anthem Inc.

DC Council

Johnson & Johnson

JHL Biotech

Mattel Inc. Board of Directors

Novartis

UCLA Board of Regents

Project finance

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is regularly involved in some of the most complex P3 projects in the US. The group is particularly active in the transport sector and advises both public authorities and private sponsors on developments relating to rail networks, airports and toll roads. Team co-lead Eric Richards advises on many of the country's largest airport developments, including the project to redevelop Terminal 6 and Terminal 7 at JFK International Airport in New York. Joint practice head Gregory Thorpe represents developers, construction companies and investors in a variety of projects, including renewable energy facilities such as solar and wind farms. Also recommended are Elizabeth Dubeck and Denise Raytis. All named lawyers are based in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Eric Richards; Gregory Thorpe

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Dubeck; Denise Raytis

Testimonials

This team has a unique understanding of all issues relating to airport project development and financing, which is the core of our company’s business in the U.S.’

Eric Richards and Elizabeth Dubeck are both very experienced in project development and financing in the airport industry. They are familiar with innovative methods of project delivery and are able to work with us on structures that are not the standard in the U.S. market. When working with them, we feel confident that we are getting the best legal advice for an airport development project.’

Key clients

American Airlines

California High Speed Rail Authority

Delta Air Lines

LaGuardia Gateway Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Protea Waterfront Development LLC

Regional Airports Improvements Corporation

Terminal One Group Association

United Airlines

Vantage Airport Group

It’s more than what you do: it’s how you do it. Across sectors and borders, in boardrooms and courtrooms, O’Melveny measures its success by its clients’. And in their interactions, the firm’s lawyers commit to making clients’ O’Melveny experience as satisfying as the outcomes they help them achieve. The firm’s greatest accomplishment is ensuring that clients never have to choose between premier lawyering and exceptional service. Whether O’Melveny is connecting clients to new business opportunities, collaborating on strategies to push through their obstacles, or trading ideas for maximizing value, the clients’ business objectives are what sets the agenda.

With approximately 800 lawyers on three continents, and strong cultural ties to all its locations, O’Melveny is both local and global an international law firm experienced in everything from the fine print of a municipal zoning law to the intricacies of an international infrastructure deal. Collaboration thrives among the firm’s 15 offices. Whether a cross-border merger requires US, UK, and Chinese tax advice, or a multijurisdictional dispute involves tracking down witnesses and documents in different countries and languages, O’Melveny’s worldwide reach ensures that nothing gets lost in translation.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust: O’Melveny’s antitrust litigation abilities range from extricating clients early and efficiently to achieving groundbreaking results in high-exposure cases.

Bank finance: O’Melveny’s clients regularly achieve a wide range of bank finance transactions, including asset-based financings, bridge loans, credit facilities, mezzanine debt financings, subordination and intercreditor arrangements, and workouts and refinancings.

Capital markets and investment funds: O’Melveny’s capital markets team has substantial experience running the most complicated high-profile deals from launch through pricing and closing. Its investment funds team advises clients on all the legal issues that impact funds, including regulatory, tax and corporate/partnership matters.

Consumer class actions: O’Melveny has unparalleled experience helping a wide range of businesses facing class actions and other aggregated litigation advance their goals and protect their interests.

Data security and privacy: O’Melveny has one of the premier cybersecurity practices in the country, with a unique mix of former senior officials from DHS, DOJ, US Attorney’s Offices and the White House.

Energy and environmental: for more than a century, O’Melveny has advised the energy and utility industry on a full range of goals and challenges, from financings, acquisitions and new ventures to regulatory proceedings, litigation and restructurings.

Entertainment, sport and media: O’Melveny has been synonymous with entertainment law since Hollywood’s golden age in the 1930s. For decades, the firm has helped major players in film, television, production and distribution, sports, music, finance and investment.

Executive compensation and employee benefits: O’Melveny’s executive compensation and benefits team helps companies, boards of directors, and executives navigate the full range of matters relating to interconnected tax, securities, law, corporate governance and ERISA issues.

Intellectual property and technology: O’Melveny counsels on the acquisition, exploitation, enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights worldwide.

Labor and employment: O’Melveny’s team helps clients confront the full range of issues they encounter as employers, whether it’s non-compete and negative covenant litigation, wage and hour class actions, discrimination and wrongful discharge claims, or traditional labor and union issues.

Litigation/appellate: O’Melveny’s powerhouse commercial litigation team is known for being relentless when it comes to finding the best solution for its clients, backed by a thorough understanding of their business objectives.

M&A: O’Melveny works with corporate and investor clients to design and execute M&A programs that achieve strategic growth and critical financial objectives.

Project finance and development: bringing deep experience in industry and government, O’Melveny works closely with clients on a full range of complex and often high-profile matters.

Restructuring: with some of the world’s leading insolvency lawyers, O’Melveny helps clients face virtually any aspect of a restructuring matter.

Securities litigation: with clients at greater risk for securities litigation than ever, O’Melveny is a critical source of innovative solutions and trusted counsel.

Department Name Email Telephone
Firm chair Bradley J Butwin
Firm vice-chair Mark Samuels
Firmwide litigation department co-chairs Richard Goetz
Firmwide litigation department co-chairs M Randall Oppenheimer
Firmwide transactions department co-chairs C Brophy Christensen
Firmwide transactions department co-chairs Warren T Lazarow
Photo Name Position Profile
 Eric Amdursky photo Eric Amdursky Partner
 Lee Blalack photo Lee Blalack Regional Head: Partner
 Ben Bradshaw photo Ben Bradshaw Practice Group Leader; Partner
 Steven Brody photo Steven Brody Practice Group Leader; Partner
 David Deaton photo David Deaton Practice Group Leader; Partner
 Walter Dellinger photo Walter Dellinger Partner
 Courtney Dyer photo Courtney Dyer Partner
 David Eberhart photo David Eberhart Partner
 Kevin Feder photo Kevin Feder Partner
 Jeffrey Fisher photo Jeffrey Fisher Special Counsel
 Jonathan Hacker photo Jonathan Hacker Practice Group Leader; Partner
 Aparna Joshi photo Aparna Joshi Partner
 Theodore Kassinger  photo Theodore Kassinger Of Counsel
 David Leviss photo David Leviss Partner
 Greta Lichtenbaum photo Greta Lichtenbaum Partner
 Jeremy Maltby photo Jeremy Maltby Office Head; Partner
 Anton Metlitsky photo Anton Metlitsky Partner
 Tristan Morales photo Tristan Morales Counsel
 Zoheb Noorani photo Zoheb Noorani Counsel
 Steven Olson photo Steven Olson Practice Group Leader; Partner
 Deanna Rice photo Deanna Rice Counsel
 Katrina Robson photo Katrina Robson Partner
 Ian Simmons photo Ian Simmons Practice Group Leader; Partner
 Benjamin Singer photo Benjamin Singer Partner
 Darin Snyder photo Darin Snyder Partner
 Stephen Sullivan photo Stephen Sullivan
 Brett Williamson photo Brett Williamson Partner