Firm Profile > O'Melveny & Myers LLP > Newport Beach, United States

O'Melveny & Myers LLP
610 NEWPORT CENTER DRIVE
17TH FLOOR
NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92660
United States

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Daniel Petrocelli - O'Melveny & Myers LLP Based in Los Angeles, Daniel Petrocelli is consistently involved in the most significant and impactful media and entertainment disputes in the market. In one such matter, he secured a victory for AT&T and Time Warner in an action against the DOJ's attempt to block their $85.4bn merger. In addition, Petrocelli is currently acting for plaintiff Twentieth-Century Fox in a claim seeking to prevent Netflix from recruiting Fox executives, the outcome of which is likely to affect the way in which fixed-term employment contracts are interpreted in all fields of employment. Petrocelli has an equally strong presence in the music industry, where he is retained by Kesha to defend against defamation claims brought by her producer, Lukasz Gottwald.

Key clients

AT&T

Time Warner

Twentieth-Century Fox

21st Century Fox

The Walt Disney Company

Kesha

Global Music Rights

Ariana Grande

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 1

The Washington DC-based ERISA litigation practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a highly active defense counsel for 401(k) fiduciary breach claims against financial institutions, such as Brian Boyle, Shannon Barrett and Meaghan VerGow’s successful representation of Morgan Stanley in litigation concerning its proprietary investment strategies. Other recent matters in this field saw Los Angeles-based Catalina Vergara defending claims of retirement fund mismanagement and the usage of mutual funds in 401(k) plan investment choices, while the team also routinely handles excessive fee litigation. Gregory Jacob has a noteworthy practice in health plan disputes, having recently defended the recovery of overpayments to healthcare service providers.

Practice head(s):

Brian Boyle

Testimonials

I have worked the firm close to a dozen firms in the labor, employment and ERISA areas. There is no other firm that comes close to the superior knowledge, advice & counsel that they provide.

O’Melveny & Meyers has a unique ERISA litigation practice with outstanding, bright lawyers.

Gregory Jacob is a superior lawyer. He represented me personally and also gave advice to my company, which is a 100% employee owned ESOP. He provided superior and knowledgeable guidance, counsel and advice.

Brian Boyle, Greg Jacob, and Meaghan VerGow are absolute stand outs.  The three compliment each other so well, with different demeanors, strengths and experiences. They are creative and highly collaborative, both among themselves and with other firms, when asked. They provide excellent client service.

Key clients

American Airlines

Chevron Corporation

Fidelity Management Trust Company

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Morgan Stanley Providence Health & Sciences

Prudential Insurance Company

T. Rowe Price

The Walt Disney Company

UnitedHealth Group

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 1

Experienced trial lawyer Daniel Petrocelli heads the litigation team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, which has the capability to cover a wide range of mandates in the media and entertainment space. Intellectual property litigation is a key area of work for the firm, with recent instructions relating to copyright infringement, image rights, and trademark infringement, including IP-related class action work. The firm is also highly experienced in defending large studios, networks, and production companies against profit participation claims, and Petrocelli recently acted for Fox in a lawsuit brought by individuals involved in the television show Bones, succeeding in overturning an arbitral award of $128m in punitive damages, and settling the case before a further appeal. Molly Lens is also recommended for her expertise in profit participation, copyright, and contract disputes, while Cassandra Seto is highly regarded for copyright disputes in the broadcast space.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Petrocelli

Other key lawyers:

Molly Lens; Cassandra Seto; James Pearl

Key clients

Ariana Grande

AT&T Inc.

Fox Entities (including 20th Century Fox, 21st Century Fox and Fox Sports)

Global Music Rights

HBO

Kesha

Manny Pacquiao

Sirius XM Radio Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

Warner Bros.

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 1

O'Melveny & Myers LLP houses a strong film and television financing practice with a solid track record in co-financing and co-production deals, as well as distribution deals, licensing of existing IPs for filmed adaptations, and rights acquisitions. Practice co-chairs Matthew Erramouspe and Bruce Tobey, both of whom operate out of the LA office, are highly experienced in such deals, with Erramouspe of particular note due to his work with the growing contingent of Chinese investors seeking to operate in the US market. The firm is also active in media sector M&A and corporate work, with Tobey recently handling CBS' acquisition of a stake in PatMa, a multiplatform independent production company aimed at amplifying diverse voices. Other notable figures on the more corporate side of the firm's practice include Sean Monroe, whose recent work has included equity raising, investment and strategic partnerships, and spin-outs, and Silvia Vannini, whose practice covers both corporate and IP transactions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Erramouspe; Bruce Tobey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

All attorneys working on our matters, from newest associate to senior partners, are excellent. They take the time to listen to what I‘m looking for and tailor the work to our needs. They also have taken the time to understand our business and the political/bureaucratic dynamics as well as the legal ones.

Very professional, personable, knowledgeable, and responsible.

Committed and dedicated to the assignment at hand.

Key clients

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

BRON Studios, BRON Creative and BRON Ventures

CBS Corporation

Endeavor

Envy Gaming

Legendary Entertainment

Paramount Pictures

Starz

Square Enix

Univision Communications

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP represents individual executives, executive committees and corporations alike in antitrust investigations run by enforcement agencies in the US and abroad, for instance in Asia and specifically in Korea. Practice heads Ben Bradshaw and Ian Simmons both operate out of Washington DC, with Bradshaw focusing on clients from aviation, pharmaceuticals and semiconductors, and Simmons recently appearing in cases involving biosimilars and cryptocurrency. White collar expert Michael Tubach, who sits in San Francisco, is also active in cartel investigations and related litigation. The New York-based Mark Racanelli is well equipped to handle price-fixing and bid-rigging allegations. Anna Pletcher joined the firm's San Francisco office in August 2019 after running for Marin County District Attorney. She advises on a wide range of antitrust matters including cases overlapping with white-collar and corporate investigations.

Practice head(s):

Ben Bradshaw; Ian Simmons

Other key lawyers:

Michael Tubach; Marc Racanelli; Anna Pletcher

Testimonials

‘O’Melveny’s antitrust team is superb and second to none.’

‘Ian Simmons is a warrior that we can always lean on for the toughest legal problem. His solid antitrust law knowledge, combined with his insights as a seasoned senior practitioner, makes him fearless and unstoppable.’

Key clients

AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc.

Samsung Bioepis

Bitcoin.com

Endo Pharmaceuticals plc

Honeywell International Inc.

Global Music Rights LLC

Leoni AG

Harry’s Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

US Airways Group, Inc.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

From its base on the West Coast, O'Melveny & Myers LLP litigates some of the most complex and high-profile disputes across the country. Alongside its cross-sector capabilities, the firm's expertise in the media and entertainment industries is almost unparalleled. In a major victory for long-standing client 20th Century Fox, star litigator Daniel Petrocelli overturned a $128m arbitration award arising out of a dispute surrounding the hit television drama Bones. The department is also involved in high-stakes nationwide opioid litigation for Johnson & Johnson; the team includes Steve Brody in DC and practice co-head Richard Goetz. A recent development is in cross-border work with China, such as Jonathan Rosenberg and William Pao successfully defending cryptocurrency company Xunlei Limited against a shareholder class action filed in New York federal court. In addition to its recognized strength in IP litigation, the team is developing its practice in the field of data privacy and cybersecurity. Randall Oppenheimer jointly heads the practice alongside Goetz. A key team development was the promotion to partner of trial-experienced class action specialist Hannah Chanoine in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Randall Oppenheimer; Richard Goetz

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Petrocelli; Steve Brody; Matt Kline; Sabrina Strong; Andrew Frackman; Jonathan Rosenberg; Luann Simmons; Darin Snyder; Ryan Yagura; Lisa Monaco; William Pao

Key clients

AT&T

Advanced Micro Devices

Coachella Valley Water District

Exportadora de Sal

20th Century Fox

21st Century Fox

Fox Sports

JHL Biotech

Johnson & Johnson

Kesha

Samsung Electronics

Skechers USA

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has 'a great practice' in securities litigation, according to market sources. The firm continues to defend underwriters, corporations, and directors and officers in Securities Act and Exchange Act class actions, institutional investor suits, proxy challenges, derivative lawsuits, customer disputes and Antiterrorism Act private suits. It has a particularly strong record in defending leading global financial institutions in securities disputes. It has, for example, achieved precedent-setting victories for clients such as Toronto Dominion Bank, Ocwen Financial Corporation and Apollo Global Management. One niche in which it is a leading player is the representation of Chinese companies listed in the US in securities class actions in US courts, and it has a dedicated task force for that work. In New York, practice head Jonathan Rosenberg and former chair of litigation Bradley Butwin are recommended. On the West Coast, Matthew Close, William Pao and seasoned litigator Seth Aronson in Los Angeles are among the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rosenberg

Testimonials

The firm has a great practice in this area‘.

Key clients

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Colony Capital, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Ocwen Financial Corporation

Pactera Technology International

Skechers USA, Inc.

Toronto Dominion Bank

Veeco Instruments Inc.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Xunlei Limited

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP fields a multidisciplinary team that routinely handles complex environmental issues arising from domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. The practice is particularly active in advising on large-scale development projects and remediation efforts, but also supports the transactional teams with pre-development assessments, due diligence examinations, permitting applications, and agency reviews. New York-based Eric Rothenberg leads the environmental and natural resources group, and has broad expertise in financings and reorganizations involving industrial and commercial properties. Kelly McTigue in the Los Angeles office leads domestic and international environmental reviews for several of the firm's major M&A and financing transactions, and John Rousakis in New York advises private equity firms, financial institutions and commercial entities on environmental issues related to their investment activity.

Practice head(s):

Eric Rothenberg

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Airlines

Apollo Global Management

California Resources Corporation

California High Speed Rail Authority

Coachella Valley Water District

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency & Financial Advisory Authority

Renewable Resources Group

Vantage Airport Group

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP focuses on insurance coverage litigation, with particular strengths in major environmental and mass tort coverage actions. In this area Richard Goetz represented Century Indemnity Company in a $15m coverage claim from the Santa Clara Valley Water district over mercury contamination in the Guadalupe River watershed, with assistance from counsel Zoheb Noorani. Both are based in Los Angeles. The team is highly experienced in bankruptcy matters and New York-based practice chair Tancred Schiavoni represented National Union and Lexington in the talc-driven bankruptcy of Imerys as successor to the operations of Cyprus Mines. Other areas of work include property and casualty insurance and life insurance.

Practice head(s):

Tancred Schiavoni

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Among the pre-eminent insurance-side counsel particularly in mass tort and attendant bankruptcy Chapter 11 proceedings’

Key clients

ACE American Insurance Company (now The Chubb Group)

AXIS Insurance Company

Century Indemnity (a Chubb company)

The Chubb Group

Endurance American Specialty Insurance Company (now Sompo Holdings)

The Starr Companies

TIG Insurance Company

Lexington Insurance Company

Brandywine Holdings (a Chubb company)

Resolute Management

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s aviation group is co-chaired by Los Angeles-based Robert Seigel, a prominent labor lawyer with varied experience representing standout players in the US aviation space, such as American Airlines and United Airlines, as well as cargo airlines Atlas Air and Southern Air, in federal litigation and arbitration under the National Labor Relations Act. Another contact for labor-related issues is Adam KohSweeney in San Francisco, who focuses on wage and hour class action litigation.

Practice head(s):

Robert Siegel

Other key lawyers:

Adam KohSweeny

Key clients

Alaska Airline

American Airlines

Atlas Air

Hawaiian Airlines

Republic Airways

Southwest Airlines Co.

Spirit Airlines

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

The team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP is experienced in trade secrets disputes across a number of key industry sectors, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, digital media, often acting in these cases for some of the market's best-known corporates. The trade secrets practice is principally led by David Almeling, Darin Snyder, David Eberhart, and Brett Williamson in the Newport Beach office. The trade secret group is part of the broader intellectual property team, which is led from Los Angeles by Ryan Yagura, and routinely work alongside other of the firm's practice groups, such as white-collar crime. Named lawyers are based in San Francisco unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Yagura

Key clients

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Amgen

Artifex Software

AstraZeneca

Google

Hulu

Micron Technology

Samsung Electronics Co.

The Walt Disney Company

Twentieth Century Fox

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

The team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP is well versed in representing clients, in particular from the aviation, financial services and services sector, in a variety of labor and employment related disputes. It has special expertise in wage-and-hour, and discrimination and harassment lawsuits, for which practice head Apalla Chopra in Los Angeles is a key contact. In Silicon Valley, Eric Amdursky is experienced in all sorts of sexual harassment, retaliation and executive compensation cases. Adam KohSweeney in San Francisco is also active in contract and tort claims. Susannah Howard is another key figure in the San Francisco office, while Jeffrey Kohn and Mark Robertson are highlighted in New York and Adam Karr in Newport Beach.

Practice head(s):

Apalla Chopra

Testimonials

One of the best teams for high-stakes employment litigation, as well as trade secret matters.

The team is extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and efficient, especially Eric Amdursky.’

Key clients

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

Activision Blizzard

American Airlines, Inc.

Atlas Air, Inc.

Formation Group, LP

Oasis West Realty, Inc.

Realogy Holdings Corp.

Tillys

United Airlines, Inc.

University of Southern California Board of Trustees

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is particularly well-equipped to take on antitrust challenges faced by multinationals, especially in South Korea, thanks to the firm's strong Asian outreach. Ben Bradshaw and Ian Simmons in the Washington DC office head the antitrust practice. The former is well versed in the aviation, pharmaceuticals and semiconductors space, whereas the latter takes on novel issues such as pay for delay involving biosimilars or antitrust challenges surrounding cryptocurrency. Katrina Robson is also based in the capital, where she combines her merger work with defense of Fortune 500 companies in litigation alleging price-fixing conspiracies.

Practice head(s):

Ben Bradshaw; Ian Simmons

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc.

Samsung Bioepis

Bitcoin.com

Endo Pharmaceuticals plc

Honeywell International Inc.

Global Music Rights LLC

Leoni AG

Harry’s Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

US Airways Group, Inc.

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

The appellate group at O'Melveny & Myers LLP is led by Jonathan Hacker, who has experience of appeals at all federal Circuits. Among the team's recent highlights, New York-based Anton Metlitsky charted a win at the Eight Circuit for pro bono client MacArthur Justice Center in McAdoo v Martin concerning violations of prisoners’ rights. The group also has significant experience at the US Supreme Court, where special counsel Jeffrey Fisher has presented arguments in three dozen cases, most recently scoring a victory for the petitioners in Jam v Int’l Fin. Corp. — the first case involving interpretation of the International Organizations Immunities Act. In January 2020, the practice group strengthened its SCOTUS capabilities with the appointment of Michael Dreeben, who, in more than two decades as Deputy Solicitor General, has presented 105 oral arguments on behalf of the US before the Court. Former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hacker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Chubb Group

Exportadora de Sal S.A de C.V

Ford Motor Company

Johnson & Johnson

MacArthur Justice Center

The Walt Disney Company

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is noted for its strong presence on the west coast, with active offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, which compliment the firm's New York and Washington DC offering. The group comprises former assistant US attorneys, congressional investigators, and former attorneys in the department of homeland security, SEC and White House, with extensive experience in representing corporations and individuals. Areas of particular expertise include cases involving accounting fraud, AML, consumer fraud, FCA and anti-kickback, as well as FCPA matters and other cross-border investigations. The group is led from Los Angeles by veteran trial lawyer Steven Olson and includes litigator Daniel Bookin in San Francisco, former co-chair of the department based in Washington DC Mary Patrice Brown and New York's Nicole Argentieri, who has developed an active government and internal investigations practice.

Practice head(s):

Steven Olson

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Bookin; Mary Patrice Brown; Lee Blalack; Nicole Argentieri; Howard Heiss

Testimonials

The O’Melveny & Myers team is a great partner in any joint defense.’

They are strong strategic thinkers and have great experience to bring to any legal issue.

Key clients

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Johnson & Johnson

Leoni AG

ExxonMobil

BYD

CTI Biopharma

Anthem

Mattel

DC Council

Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California

Owners of the “Ghost Ship” Warehouse

Trevor LaRocque, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 3

Led by Jeffrey Fowler in Los Angeles, the group at O'Melveny & Myers LLP acts as national coordinating e-discovery counsel for a number of impressive clients, including General Mills and Humana. The team is composed of lawyers and technologists, with experience in bet-the-company commercial litigation, as well as playing an advisory role in relation to document retention. Also in Los Angeles, Jonathan Le is an experienced e-discovery litigator, and Adrian Pollner specializes in e-discovery for healthcare industry investigations. In New York, Jeffrey Kopczynski has a strong track-record in multi-district litigation, regulatory investigations, federal and state court proceedings and international investigations.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Fowler

Key clients

General Mills

Humana

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP handles product liability and consumer claims in mass tort proceedings, class actions and government enforcement actions. The firm is experienced in lead and co-lead national counsel roles in multi-district litigation involving allegedly defective products. Washington DC-based Steven Brody focuses on cases related to pharmaceutical and medical devices, including research and development, regulatory compliance and consumer fraud. He co-leads the practice with Matt Powers in San Francisco, who has experience of class actions both in California and around the country; and Sabrina Strong in Los Angeles, who handles a range of  business litigation, including class actions and mass tort actions in the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Steve Brody; Matt Powers; Sabrina Strong

Other key lawyers:

Richard Goetz

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness and depth of experience and expertise’

‘Availability and client service focus’

Key clients

Advanced Micro Devices

Amylin Pharmaceuticals

Bird Rides

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Exponent

Exxon Mobil

Ford Motor Company

Johnson & Johnson

Kia Motors America

Skechers USA

Finance > Project finance

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a diverse practice, with a strong grounding in major transport and infrastructure PPPs, as well as in renewables. Recently the firm has been involved in several banner airport redevelopment projects, including New York's JFK and LaGuardia Airports, and its advice to the California High Speed Rail Authority is testament to its expertise on the rail side. The transport and infrastructure work is mainly for the developers, sponsors and public owners, and is largely led out the firm's Los Angeles office. Project development and finance co-chairs Eric Richards and Gregory Thorpe lead a strong team that includes active partners such as Denise Raytis and Elizabeth Dubeck. The renewable power work is largely managed out of the New York office, where Junaid Chida has established a strong track record advising banks and funds on solar and wind project financings. The practice is especially strong in tax equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Eric Richards; Gregory Thorpe

Key clients

American Airlines

California High Speed Rail Authority

Citicorp North America

Delta Air Lines

John Laing Group

LaGuardia Gateway Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Protea Waterfront Development

Regional Airports Improvements Corporation

Terminal One Group Association

United Airlines

Vantage Airport Group

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Led out of New York by the 'excellent' Junaid ChidaO'Melveny & Myers LLP's energy group provides a 'very strong service' to equity investors, financiers, sponsors, and hedge providers on their strategic investments, acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures across the spectrum of renewable energy projects. Marshaling a multi-disciplinary team of experts from across the firm's East and West coast offices, the team is noted for its ability to handle 'high-value and complex matters' which frequently require tax, regulatory, finance, real estate and corporate input. The team is, however, perhaps best known for its 'excellent credentials within the tax equity sphere', with Chida handling a slew of work in recent years for numerous financial institutions on their acquisition of preferred equity interests in solar and wind power projects throughout the country.

Practice head(s):

Junaid Chida

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

The excellent Junaid Chida provides a very strong service.

The team has excellent credentials within the tax equity sphere.

 

Key clients

American Airlines

California High Speed Rail Authority

Delta Air Lines

LaGuardia Gateway Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Protea Waterfront Development

Regional Airports Improvements Corporation

Terminal One Group Association

United Airlines

Vantage Airport Group

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to health insurers Tier 3

The healthcare practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP encompasses a full range of contentious work, such as class actions, multi-district litigation, arbitration, mediations, administrative proceedings, trials, and appeals. The team has a strong record in defending companies against kickback and misbranding claims, state Attorneys’ General actions, and alleged False Claims Act violations. Newport Beach-based practice head David Deaton is defending Molina Healthcare against a False Claims act suit alleging $1bn in Medicare fraud. Other areas of work include advice on government investigation and compliance programs. The group also has offices in Los Angeles and Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

David Deaton

Other key lawyers:

K. Lee Blalack; James Bowman; Brian Boylr

Key clients

Anthem

Cambia Health Solutions

Cigna Healthspring

C.R. Bard

Excellus Health Plan

Health Care Service Corporation

Humana

Molina Healthcare

National Vision

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Industry focus > Sport Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP houses a strong transactional practice with experience in M&A transactions involving sports teams,  bidding processes for expansion teams, stadium development, and strategic joint ventures. The firm has solid coverage across a range of sports, with notable recent mandates coming from clients involved in soccer, ice hockey, and baseball, as well as esports, where the firm has seen several recent instructions relating to team sales and equity raises as well as league participation, an area in which Jared Bartie has distinguished himself as a key figure within the firm. Leadership of the practice is concentrated in the New York office, from which M&A specialist Charles Baker, Bartie, and Irwin Raij, whose practice includes M&A, media transactions, and stadium development, co-chair the practice. The team also contains notable litigators such as Century City-based David Marroso. He recently defended professional boxer Manny Pacquiao in a lawsuit brought by a former waiter who claims to be owed a finders fee from CBS, Pacquiao, and boxing trainer Freddie Roach, after allegedly introducing a CBS board member to Roach, who subsequently helped arrange Pacquiao's fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Practice head(s):

Charles Baker; Jared Bartie; Irwin Raij

Other key lawyers:

David Marroso; Amy Siegel

Testimonials

O’Melveny inspires full client confidence, and lawyers provide total availability and a high degree of flexibility.

O’Melveny has a very good understanding of the strategic goals of the company and its business, a huge knowledge of the sports sector applied to legal matters, and can adapt their advice in an ever-changing and challenging environment.

Key clients

City of Miami

Dignitas/Mal Pais/New Meta Entertainment

Echo Fox

Envy Gaming

Kansas City Royals

LaLiga

Manny Pacquiao

Portland Diamond Project

David Tepper/Carolina Panthers

Univision

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has an enviable client roster which includes big names such as Hulu and Google. Daniel Petrocelli is an important name in entertainment litigation, acting for household names such as The Walt Disney Company. Petrocelli achieved a recent success for Disney at the Ninth Circuit, concerning copyright infringement claims brought by Esplanade Productions in relation to one of Disney's feature films. Another key figure in the team is David Eberhart, who is particularly skilled in software-related disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Advanced Micro Devices

Amgen

Artifex Software

AstraZeneca

Google

Hulu

Micron Technology

Samsung Electronics Co.

The Walt Disney Company

Twentieth Century Fox

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has developed a reputable practice in acting for the aviation industry. The team covers the full gamut of labor relations management matters, such as union management, strategies and litigation mandates. Robert Siegel is the go-to labor counsel for clients such as American Airlines and United Airlines and is noted for his broad practice. He and department head Apalla Chopra are both based in Los Angeles. Other noted practitioners are Aparna Joshi in Washington DC, who is well versed in collective bargaining negotiations, and New York's Mark Robertson.

Practice head(s):

Apalla Chopra

Key clients

American Airlines, Inc.

Atlas Air, Inc.

United Airlines, Inc.

Airlines For America

Spirit Airlines

Alaska Airlines

Republic Airways

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a track record in domestic and cross-border M&A, and crisis management, and also advises clients on compliance issues and day-to-day corporate concerns. Silicon Valley-based Warren Lazarow and San Francisco-based Brophy Christensen are jointly chair the corporate department.

Practice head(s):

Warren Lazarow; Brophy Christensen

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

The team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP handles a variety of tax matters, but is noted in particular for its work in M&A and securitizations. The team is led by Jeff Wallbridge in Newport Beach, who handles executive compensation matters, restructurings and M&A. Century City-based Robert Blashek is highly experienced in tax issues relating to corporate reorganizations and financing transactions, acting for private equity firms and entertainment companies, among other corporates clients. Key contacts on the West Coast include Luc Moritz in Los Angeles and Robert Fisher in Silicon Valley, who has twenty years of experience advising on the tax aspects of technology transactions. Alexander Anderson, Arthur Hazlitt and counsel Alexander Roberts are names to note in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Walbridge

Testimonials

‘The O’Melveny tax team is very strong and I reach out to them even on planning matters, even when they are not otherwise engaged by our corporate legal team. They are especially strong with securitizations, M&A and various other types of complex deals.’

‘Rob Blashek is one of the smartest, most able tax lawyers we have ever known. He has a fine complement of highly competent partners as part of an overall outstanding team.’

‘Alex Anderson is a great tax lawyer. He is easy to work with, extremely transparent about costs (e.g., able to remain on budget), and willing to go to the ends of the earth to develop innovative solutions.’

‘Rob Blashek is unfailingly available and willing to pitch in, take on difficult negotiations and support all we’re doing.’

Key clients

American Honda Finance Corporation

Apollo Management

Air Lease Corporation

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Citicorp North America

CoreLogic

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Google

GIC Private

Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation

Norwegian Cruise Line

Oaktree Capital Management

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency & Financial Advisory Authority

US Bancorp

Warner Bros.

Wells Fargo Bank

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP relies on the firm's strong Asian practice, particularly the team in South Korea, to collaborate on antitrust issues arising in the US and in Asia. Both co-department leads Ben Bradshaw and Ian Simmons are based in Washington DC, where all following team members are located. Bradshaw fields sector knowledge of financial services as well as aviation and healthcare. Fortune 500 companies from a wide industry background count on Katrina Robson to defend merger challenges and merger trials. Similarly, Courtney Dyer has experience with defending proposed as well as consummated mergers before US antitrust agencies.

Practice head(s):

Ben Bradshaw; Ian Simmons

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘O’Melveny’s Antitrust Practice in DC is one of the best practices in the US. Most of the attorneys have worked with various government agency. This government experience, the pedigree of the attorneys along with the resources available at O’Melveny produce top-notch legal advice to help corporations navigate issues with antitrust agencies.’ 

‘Courtney Dyer’s innovative approach, her reputation with the FTC and her solid work ethics allow her to resolve some of the most complex M&A issues in a timely manner and with little impact to her client. She should be to go-to attorney for any major transaction that is being scrutinized by a US antitrust agencies.’

Key clients

AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc.

Samsung Bioepis

Bitcoin.com

Endo Pharmaceuticals plc

Honeywell International Inc.

Global Music Rights LLC

Leoni AG

Harry’s Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

US Airways Group, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

Based in New York, California and Washington DC, O'Melveny & Myers LLP's financial services team is particularly well known for its involvement in mortgage lending matters, consumer financial services litigation, and various large-scale regulatory investigations. Washington DC partner Brian Boyle acts for financial services companies in various class actions and mass torts, including ERISA and RICO disputes. Newport Beach-based Elizabeth McKeen has a strong track record in class actions and False Claims Act cases. 'Thoughtful and strategic' partner Pamela Miller, based in New York, is noted for her ability to defend banks and insurance companies against allegations of fraud, including Ponzi schemes, securities fraud, and corporate and accounting fraud. 'Brilliant regulatory strategistDanielle Oakley (also in Newport Beach) acts for banks and other financial institutions in consumer litigation and regulatory enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Brian Boyle; Elizabeth McKeen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team deploys strategies that make class actions and enforcement actions go away. They have pioneered banking preemption defenses in situations not commonly recognized by others. They have also adapted class-action defense strategies that originated in other areas to financial services subject matter with surprising success.’

Key clients

Fannie Mae

Bank of America

Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Bank)

Wells Fargo

Capital One Financial Corporation

JP Morgan Chase

Ocwen Financial Corporation

Nationstar Mortgage

Ditech

Visa

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has gained prominence for its work relating to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, where it provides clients with transactional, regulatory and strategic advice concerning their investments. Department co-head and of counsel Theodore Kassinger regularly takes the lead on CFIUS-related work. In the area of trade controls, the team advises on export licensing issues and economic sanctions, including those administered by OFAC; practice co-lead Greta Lichtenbaum is the key contact in the sanctions realm. Clients have also recognized counsel David Ribner, described as ‘practical in his advice and extremely responsive’.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Kassinger; Greta Lichtenbaum

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I have worked with other firms in the trade area and a number of them are not as practical and focused in advice as O’Melveny.

I work with counsel David Ribner and Greta Lichtenbaum. Both are exceptional in terms of subject-matter expertise in trade control matters. David is practical in his advice, extremely responsive, and has developed a great working knowledge of our company — we consider him an extension of our legal team. David and Greta are also well versed in trade compliance, including FCPA and anti-corruption matters more broadly.

Key clients

HID Global Corporation

International Business Machines Corporation

Lucid Motors

Omers Infrastructure

Revance Therapeutics

Weichai Power

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP represents clients in a range of industries, focusing on product liability and consumer claims in mass tort proceedings, class actions and government enforcement actions. A name to note in this space is Randy Edwards, who is acting for Ford Motor Company in a number of federal court claims. The wider products liability group is jointly led by Washington DC-based Steve BrodyMatt Powers in San Francisco, and Sabrina Strong in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Steve Brody; Matt Powers; Sabrina Strong

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bird Rides, Inc.

Exxon Mobil

Ford Motor Company

Kia Motors America

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP  provides broad-base expertise in product liability and consumer claims, class actions and government enforcement. Active in a variety of industries, the firm specializes in multi-disciplinary matters, including economic loss and consumer fraud cases. Aggregated litigation and investigations expert Steven Brody is based in Washington DC and co-leads the national team alongside San Francisco-based Matt Powers, who focuses on product liability and class action defense; and Sabrina Strong in Los Angeles, who has experience in matters relating to the consumer goods, insurance and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Steve Brody; Matt Powers; Sabrina Strong

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hacker

Key clients

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Amylin Pharmaceuticals

Bird Rides, Inc.

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Exponent Inc.

Exxon Mobil

Ford Motor Company

Johnson & Johnson

Kia Motors America

Skechers USA, Inc.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s national group demonstrates robust capabilities in public and private issuances of debt and convertible notes, medium-term note programs and exchange offers. The team’s diverse sector focus spans a wide range of industries, with recent strong experience in the aviation, automotive and real estate areas. Los Angeles office managing partner John-Paul Motley chairs the group and has an emphasis on issuer-side work. San Francisco’s Brophy Christensen is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

John-Paul Motley

Other key lawyers:

Brophy Christensen; David Johnson

Key clients

American Honda Finance Corporation

Air Lease Corporation

Toyota Motor Credit Corp.

BofA Merrill Lynch

Morgan Stanley

Sportsman’s Warehouse, Inc.

Malibu Boats, Inc.

Guess?, Inc.

Sabra Healthcare REIT, Inc.

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

In recent years, O'Melveny & Myers LLP's restructuring practice has been particularly active in top-of-the-market engagements such as Puerto Rico, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Energy Future Holdings. Chapter 11 proceedings, workouts, and restructurings - both for debtors and creditors - were also at the center of the practice's activity. New-York-based global chair John Rapisardi counts on an expert team chaired by US chair Suzzanne Uhland. Key attorneys include Joseph Zujkowski, who was promoted to partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):

John Rapisardi; Suzzanne Uhland

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)

Kern Cal Oil 7

Merrill Lynch & Co

Rimrock Capital Management

UBS AG

Centrus Energy

Standard Amusements

Franklin Resources

Francesca’s Collections

State of California Governor’s Office and Department of Finance

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's life sciences industry group handles the full range of work for pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics companies, but is particularly well known for its strengths in IP litigation and class actions. The practice is co-led by Los Angeles-based Richard Goetz, who handles mass tort and product liability litigation; New York-based Ross Galin and Lisa Pensabene, who focus on white-collar defense and government investigations, and Hatch-Waxman litigation and trade secret disputes, respectively; and San Francisco-based Scott Elliott, who is recommended for major financing, corporate and securities transactions. Goetz recently acted for Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the Oklahoma opioids litigation, the first opioid case to go to trial.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goetz; Lisa Pensabene; Scott Elliott; Ross Galin

Other key lawyers:

Hassen Sayeed; Daniel O’Boyle; Will Autz; Jonathan Schneller

Key clients

Amgen

AstraZeneca

CTI BioPharma

Endo Pharmaceuticals

JHL Biotech

Johnson & Johnson

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Progenics Pharmaceuticals

Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology Co.

TPG Biotechnology Partners

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP stands out through its focus on high-stakes litigation for major technology clients, including satellite service providers, with subject matter including consumer electronics, telecommunications technology, and computer hardware and software. Additionally, the practice fields a busy Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA caseload. Practice head Ryan Yagura is based in the Los Angeles office. Fellow Angeleno Vincent Zhou made partner in January 2019. The firm's other main US offices are in San Francisco, New York, Newport Beach and Silicon Valley.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Yagura

Other key lawyers:

Darin Snyder; Lisa Pensabene; Luann Simmons; Brett Williamson; David Almeling

Key clients

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)

Amgen Inc.

Artifex Software, Inc.

AstraZeneca

Google

Hulu

Micron Technology, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

The Walt Disney Company

Twentieth Century Fox

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP handles trademark disputes for high-profile clients in the technology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and media sectors, the last of which is a particular strength for the team, acting for clients such as Hulu and Walt Disney. Key figures in the team include Ryan Yagura, a highly experienced trial lawyer who has a core focus on the technology sector, and Drew Breuder another highly experienced trial lawyer with experience in the entertainment and retail sectors. Mark Miller left the firm for an in-house role.

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Yagura; Drew Breuder; Brian Berliner; Matt Kline; David Eberhart

Key clients

Advanced Micro Devices

Amgen

Artifex Software

AstraZeneca

Google

Hulu

Micron Technology

Samsung Electronics Co.

The Walt Disney Company

Twentieth Century Fox

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's employee benefits and executive team recently advised on a number of high-value transactions in the TMT sector alongside an extensive list of middle-market matters in the biopharmaceuticals, entertainment and transport sectors. The full suite of deals, from cross-border mergers and spin-offs to IPOs and private equity investments, are handled by the Newport Beach-based team which includes practice head Jeff Walbridge, Chris Del Rosso and Wayne Jacobson. High-profile individuals, including hedge fund founders, also employ the practice for full-scope benefits advice.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Walbridge

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Air Lease Corporation

Alaska Air Group

Edison International

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Kilroy Realty Corporation

Lions Gate Entertainment

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Verizon

Warner Bros.

Western Digital Corporation

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
 Adam Karr photo Adam Karr Partner
 Elizabeth McKeen photo Elizabeth McKeen Regional Head; Practice Group Leader; Partner
 Danielle Oakley photo Danielle Oakley Partner
 Jeffrey Walbridge  photo Jeffrey Walbridge Pracitce Group Leader; Partner