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O'Melveny & Myers LLP
United States

Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Daniel Petrocelli - O'Melveny & Myers LLP 'One of the best litigators around’, Daniel Petrocelli has a busy national trial practice across areas ranging from intellectual property and unfair competition to high-profile disputes in the entertainment and media sectors. 'The man you call when you need to win', Petrocelli is currently representing 20th Century Fox in a three-year claim against Netflix. Moreover, his reputation has secured him highly publicized trial positions, which have included representing Donald Trump in class actions pertaining to fraud and contractual breaches involving the defunct Trump University.

Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 1

The Century City-based litigation practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP counts Global Music Rights, Lionsgate and Warner Bros among its clients. Practice head Daniel Petrocelli led the defense of AT&T and Time Warner against allegations brought by the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division that the companies' $85.4bn merger would harm competition. In the music industry, the group successfully represented Sirius XM Radio before the Florida Supreme Court, which confirmed that pre-1972 recording owners cannot demand royalties for performance of their recordings during radio broadcast. The team is also acting for The Walt Disney Company in several matters including in copyright litigation relating to The Last Days of Michael Jackson, and a dispute over the accounting of net profits concerning the 1989 movie Turner & Hooch. Another client is Kesha in ongoing defamation claims against her longtime producer Lukasz Gottwald. Other key names to note include Molly Lens — who advised Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation on several intellectual property and employment disputes —, Drew Breuder and recently promoted partner Amy Lucas.

Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 1

The 'sophisticated' practice at O'Melveny & Myers LLP 'adeptly services the overlap between pure media and entertainment, and corporate' and leverages 'a deep bench of industry knowledge' in 'navigating complex and unique issues in that space'. Matthew Erramouspe and Bruce Tobey jointly head the Century City-based team of 'smart, diligent and business-minded lawyers'; Erramouspe advised Alibaba Group in connection with its investment in media and entertainment start-up NewTV, and Tobey acted for Sony Music Entertainment in the negotiation of definitive agreements to indirectly acquire 49% of the 80% stake held by DHX Media in the iconic Peanuts brand, which includes such beloved characters as Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy and Woodstock. In other recent work, the team advised Starz Play in relation to its establishment of a strategic alliance with E-Vision, and assisted Paramount with its agreement with Hasbro to produce and distribute content based on Hasbro brands, as well as original stories. Other key names to note include Silvia Vannini, who led a team which acted for independent film production company Good Universe in its sale to Lionsgate Entertainment, and 'proactive and communicative' M&A partner Sean Monroe.

Cartel Tier 2

Ben Bradshaw and Ian Simmons jointly lead O'Melveny & Myers LLP's antitrust practice from the Washington DC office. The team's stellar client base includes major airlines, energy and natural resources businesses, and technology companies. In recent highlights, Bumble Bee Foods appointed a group led by New York's Mark Racanelli to represent it in a DOJ investigation into a price-fixing conspiracy, and San Francisco's Michael Tubach continues to act for German automotive supplier Eberspächer in two criminal investigations by the DOJ looking at allegations of price fixing for exhaust systems and parking heaters. Also notable are experienced litigator Kenneth O’Rourke and Benjamin Singer, who recently joined the Washington DC office from the DOJ. Richard Parker left the firm to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Ted Hassi moved to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's antitrust team recently welcomed Benjamin Singer from the DOJ. In work highlights, Los Angeles-based Daniel Petrocelli recently secured a landmark victory for AT&T and Time Warner against the DOJ, which had challenged the clients' vertical merger. Ian Simmons and Ben Bradshaw, who jointly head the practice, are currently representing Samsung in multi-district litigation seeking over $1bn in damages on the grounds of an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the optical disk drive market. Also notable is Katrina Robson, who collaborated with Bradshaw and New York's Andrew Frackman to advise American Airlines and the US Airways Group on two separate cases regarding allegations of a domestic conspiracy to inflate air travel fares, the second of which challenged Sabre's practices of unreasonably restrained trade. Edward Moss is another key name in the New York office; Kenneth O’Rourke works with clients such as NextEra Energy and AT&T. Named individual are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated. Richard Parker and Ted Hassi left the team for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP respectively.

ERISA litigation Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP fields a five-partner team with expertise in the full range of ERISA litigation matters. Practice head Brian Boyle and Gregory Jacob represented Fidelity Management Trust Company in a class action suit regarding the management of a multibillion-dollar stable-value fund product, which involved excessive fee allegations. Los Angeles-based Catalina Vergara is acting for Chevron in an industry-leading case claiming 401(k) plan fiduciary breaches, and Shannon Barrett is acting for MIT in a putative class action claiming mismanagement of certain investment funds. Also recommended is Meaghan VerGow, who is representing Providence Health and Services in a class action brought against its 403(b) plan fiduciary sponsors. The team also has experience in acting for clients in audits and investigations forwarded by the DOL. American Airlines, Prudential Insurance Company, The Walt Disney Group and UnitedHealth Group are also among the team's clients. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 2

The 'excellent and internationally strong' insurance and reinsurance group at O'Melveny & Myers LLP is renowned for its 'depth and breadth of dispute resolution knowledge and commitment to the insurance sector'. Based in New York, Washington DC and California, the team focuses on 'matters with big exposure', including bankruptcy, environmental and mass tort coverage actions. Practice chair Tancred Schiavoni and Gary Svirsky in New York represented Century Indemnity and Aetna in separate reinsurance proceedings against Utica Mutual. In another highlight, LA-based co-chair Richard Goetz achieved a motion for summary judgment for client Endurance Specialty Insurance in a coverage dispute initiated by the policyholder regarding their work at a defunct power plant, involving bad faith and punitive damages. Allen Burton, who is also based in New York, regularly advises on disputes set in international arbitral bodies.

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

Led by Apalla Chopra in Los Angeles, the team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP has extensive experience in particular in labor, wage-and-hour, and discrimination and harassment matters. It covers wide range of industry sectors, including aviation and entertainment. Silicon Valley-based Eric Amdursky favorably settled a in a wrongful termination lawsuit for Starz. Robert Siegel in Los Angeles and Adam KohSweeney in San Francisco obtained two summary judgment wins for United Airlines which confirmed that California labor and employment law does not apply to individuals who work primarily outside the state's borders. Jeff Kohn in New York is representing RBC Capital Markets in litigation against a former employee in connection with his alleged entitlement to indemnification for liability and damages after rejecting an offer by a competitor. Mark Robertson, also in New York, and Adam Karr in Newport Beach are further key contacts. San Francisco's Susannah Howard made partner in January 2019 and is also recommended.

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a particularly strong showing in technology and life sciences deals, and recently advised semiconductor solutions provider Microsemi on its $8.4bn sale to Microchip Technology. It also advised Augury, an AI-based machine health solution provider with offices in Israel, and New York, on its acquisition of New York-based data startup Alluvium; Silicon Valley's Einat Meisel led on this matter. Silicon Valley-based corporate co-chair Warren Lazarow has a fine record in tech M&A, and New York’s Tobias Knapp heads the firm’s US M&A and private equity practice. Head of the Silicon Valley office Paul Sieben is active in the growth company segment, often advising tech companies on large M&A transactions.

Securities litigation - defense Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP climbs the ranking this year, having continued to build on its its strong record of defending companies and their officers and directors in industries such as energy, retail, technology, healthcare and life sciences, media and entertainment, and financial services. The practice has more than 50 securities litigators on both coasts of the US and is led by Jonathan Rosenberg from New York. He recently acted for Apollo Global Management in a New York Supreme Court case brought by Harbinger hedge funds seeking $1.9bn in damages and alleging failure to disclose problems with WiFi technology developed by subsidiary SkyTerra. Pamela Miller, who handled several Ponzi scheme cases, and Allen Burton are also recommended in New York. The firm frequently handles cases involving foreign issuers and Los Angeles-based Seth Aronson successfully defended China Agritech in three class actions, twice defeating class certification. Matthew Close in LA, who frequently defends underwriter syndicates, is also recommended.

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's work in this space emanates from its IP and employment practices. IP specialist Brett Williamson acted for Par Pharmaceutical in a trade secret misappropriation case in which its competitor QuVa Pharma allegedly used the client's former employees to develop a similar drug to one of the client's. Also working from the IP team is Darin Snyder, who represented 24/7 Customer in a $100m misappropriation case brought by LivePerson involving customer support software. Meanwhile, employment expert Eric Amdursky defended Oasis West Realty against trade secret misappropriation claims brought by Belvedere, a restaurant at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel. All lawyers are based in California.

Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is instructed by aviation clients on a range of labor and employment disputes. Robert Siegel in Los Angeles, who is co-chair of the aviation group, won a full dismissal on behalf of American Airlines in a putative class action involving a long-running seniority dispute between pilots formerly employed by America West and pilots formerly employed by US Airways prior to the 2005 merger of US Airways and America West. Siegel also represented American Airlines in claims brought by a putative class of nearly 10,000 legacy American pilots alleging a violation of the McCaskill Bond Amendment to the Federal Aviation Act; the case was dismissed and the dismissal was affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Antitrust and competition co-chair, Ben Bradshaw in Washington DC also handles aviation sector matters. Other key figures include counsel Tristan Morales and Aparna Joshi in Washington DC, Adam KohSweeney in San Francisco and Mark Robertson in New York.

Appellate Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s department is headed by Jonathan Hacker, who successfully led the team in serving as co-counsel to defendant in Global Re v Century Indemnity Co., a case in which the Second Circuit and the New York Court of Appeals concluded that ordinary rules of contract interpretation apply to reinsurance contracts. Assisted by Washington DC-based Deanna Rice, Anton Metlitsky in New York was appointed by the US Supreme Court as amicus curiae to brief and argue in support of the DC Circuit’s prior judgment in Lucia v Securities and Exchange Commission, a case concerning the constitutional status of administrative law judges of the SEC. Walter Dellinger is noted. The firm’s appellate capabilities were bolstered through the addition of US Supreme Court practitioner Jeffrey Fisher, who joined as special counsel in April 2018.

Copyright Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's copyright team handles primarily software and motion picture-related copyright disputes. Practice head Darin Snyder represented Artifex Software in its closely watched case against Hancom regarding whether a general public license for open-source software - in this case the client's open-source PDF interpreter Ghostscript - is an enforceable contract. Working on the motion picture side of the practice are Los Angeles-based Matthew Kline and Daniel Petrocelli in Los Angeles and David Eberhart in San Francisco.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP has 'a truly exceptional team', which is praised for its 'singular focus on delivering the best representation for clients'. In Los Angeles, Steven Olson and Apalla Chopra are representing the board of trustees of the University of Southern California in multiple investigations and corporate governance issues, including an internal investigation into the conduct of the university's gynecologist, George Tyndall. Alongside Margaret Carter (Los Angeles), Olson also secured the settlement of a licensing matter for Bird Rides with the City of Santa Monica, which included the dismissal of misdemeanor criminal charges relating to the company's dockless scooter services. Los Angeles' Jim Bowman and David Leviss in Washington DC are noted for their expertise in healthcare matters, including FCA and Anti-Kickback Statute claims. Other recommended names are the 'highly responsiveDavid Deaton in Newport Beach and 'brilliant and experienced lawyerJeremy Maltby in Washington DC.

E-discovery Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's group is led from Los Angeles by Jeffrey Fowler and is commended for providing 'e-discovery advice that is easily translatable to the non-e-discovery regulatory attorney'. It is composed of practicing lawyers, technologists and staff attorneys, enabling it to provide a full service to clients. In a major victory, Fowler led an e-discovery team for Humana in reimbursement litigation with a health provider, successfully proving it had engaged a third-party consultant to destroy data relevant to the litigation. Other key names include counsels Jonathan Le and Adrian Pollner in Los Angeles and Jeffrey Kopczynski, who is based in New York.

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP advises equity investors, financiers, sponsors, and hedge providers on project finance, tax and regulatory matters in relation to solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and biofuel projects. Recent highlights included New York-based practice head Junaid Chida advising John Laing on a $100m investment in the 149MW Rocksprings Wind Project in Texas, and Washington DC-based senior counsel Hugh Hilliard assisting a consortium of renewable energy sponsors with a regulatory petition concerning tax exemptions for certain equity interests transferred between investors. Also of note, Jeff Hoffner, who practices in the firm's Los Angeles office, advised OCI Solar Power on the acquisition, development and eventual sale of a solar facility in Texas.

Environment: transactional Tier 3

The highly regarded O'Melveny & Myers LLP advises a range of clients on the environmental aspects of transactions and infrastructure projects. Recent highlights included acting for the California High Speed Rail Authority in relation to the development of the state’s high-speed intercity rail service; advising LaGuardia Gateway Partners on the redevelopment, financing, and long-term operation of the Central Terminal Building at New York LaGuardia Airport, including environmental diligence reviews and environmental deal documentation; and acting for Vantage Airport Group, RXR, and JetBlue Airways in the redevelopment, financing, and operation of Terminals 6 and 7 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, which involves environmental due diligence reviews, NEPA compliance, environmental deal negotiation and documentation. Apollo Global Management is another key client. The ‘terrificEric Rothenberg chairs the environmental and natural resources practice from New York; Kelly McTigue is the name to note in Los Angeles.

General commercial disputes Tier 3

The highly regarded litigation department at O'Melveny & Myers LLP maintains strong client relationships with many household name companies, which turn to it in complex and high-profile disputes. Its work as lead counsel for AT&T and Time Warner in antitrust litigation brought by the DOJ against the companies' $84.5bn merger is a case in point. In other major engagements, a cross-office team that included practice Los Angeles-based co-head Richard Goetz successfully defended Colgate-Palmolive company Hill's Pet Nutrition when the Sixth Circuit affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss with prejudice a false advertising and unfair competition lawsuit. Randall Oppenheimer co-heads the department from Century City, where well-known litigator Daniel Petrocelli is also based. Dawn Sestito maintains a broad commercial disputes practice from Los Angeles and is also active in pro bono work.

Healthcare: health insurers Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's healthcare scope ranges from M&A, corporate and intellectual property to the implementation of compliance programs and government investigations, class actions and multi-district disputes. A team led by Newport Beach-based practice head David Deaton is currently defending Anthem against a series of DOJ civil investigative demands regarding its Medicare Advantage risk adjustment practices. Other names of note include trial lawyer Lee Blalack and False Claims Act specialist David Leviss in Washington DC, as well as managed care expert Stephen Sullivan in the Los Angeles office. Litigator Kevin Feder, who is also based in Washington DC, was promoted to the partnership in 2018.

Labor-management relations Tier 3

The team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP is active in the full gamut of labor matters, advising employers in union avoidance, elections, strikes, injunctions, and decertifications as well as representing clients in the defense and prosecution of unfair labor practice charges and other issues before and against the NLRB. The group, which is led by Apalla Chopra, has a particularly strong standing in the aviation industry. For example, Robert Siegel is regularly engaged by Atlas Air and American Airlines, and led a team which successfully represented the latter against a proposed class action brought by the airline's pilots following the merger with US Airways. Chopra and Siegel are based in Los Angeles. DC's Aparna Joshi advises Spirit Airlines on a several matters. Counsel Tristan Morales is another name to note from this office. Jeffrey Kohn and Mark Robertson are key contacts in New York.

Merger control Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's merger control offering, which is jointly led by Ben Bradshaw and Ian Simmons in Washington DC, was recently strengthened by the arrival of experienced litigator and antitrust expert Benjamin Singer from the DOJ. Los Angeles-based Daniel Petrocelli, as well as Katrina Robson and Kenneth O’Rourke in Washington DC, acted as lead trial counsel to AT&T and Time Warner, defending their vertical merger against the DOJ. Also notable in DC is Courtney Dyer, who represented longstanding client Microsemi in its $10.4bn acquisition by Microchip Technology. Other key clients include a number of major airlines, ExxonMobil and Humana. Richard Parker and Ted Hassi moved to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP respectively.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense Tier 3

At O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Steve Brody in Washington DC leads the product liability and mass torts practice while San Francisco-based Matt Powers and Sabrina Strong jointly head the consumer class actions practice. The team continues to act for Johnson & Johnson in a number of lawsuits, having recently represented the client in litigation and investigations relating to the deceptive marketing of opioid painkillers, and securing a defense verdict as appellate counsel in the baby powder nationwide putative class action; these matters were led by Los Angeles-based Charles Lifland. In other work, the team acted for Janssen Pharmaceuticals in a California bellwether trial involving the anti-psychotic medication Risperdal. Richard Goetz in New York is also a key member of the practice group.

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP provides ‘the highest integrity’ and ‘a very strong relationship with clients’. The multidisciplinary team draws on the firm’s capabilities in litigation, corporate transactions, finance and capital markets to advise borrowers, creditors and potential buyers of distressed assets. Practice head John Rapisardi is leading in advising the Government of Puerto Rico in its landmark restructuring. He can call on the expertise of the ‘incredibly well-readSteve Warren in Los Angeles, as well as new arrivals in the New York office from Greenberg Traurig, LLPNancy Mitchell, Maria DiConza and counsel Matthew Hinker. Also notable in the team is well-regarded counsel Joseph Zujkowski, and Washington DC-based Peter Friedman, who is representing Apollo Global Management as one of the largest creditors in its investment in the first lien debt of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings, which filed a Chapter 11 with $40bn of debt. In another highlight, the team acted for General Motors in connection with the global insolvency proceedings of Takata and the related sale of certain of its assets and business lines to Key Safety Systems for a purchase price of approximately $1.6bn; the team, lead by Gary Svirsky in New York, played a critical role in US and Japan, including leading Chapter 11 plan negotiations on behalf of the client. George Davis and Andrew Parlen departed for Latham & Watkins LLP.

Sport Tier 3

The 'business-oriented' New York-based sports group at O'Melveny & Myers LLP boasts 'very impressive knowledge of the sports market in the US' and attracts praise for its 'availability and value for money'. With 'deep knowledge of the sports sector' Irwin Raij, who has 'high technical skills in legal aspects and also advises on business and commercial issues', assisted Spanish soccer division LaLiga with its 15-year equal cross-border joint venture with Relevent Sports. In another work highlight Raij and Chuck Baker advised David Tepper on his $2.275m acquisition of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The team also has particular capabilities in eSports; it recently acted for ReKTGlobal in its acquisition of Rogue Sports and Washington Convention and Sports Authority in connection with the negotiation of a tournament hosting and sponsorship agreement with Redbull Conquest and in connection with an integrated sponsorship transaction with eSports team NRG. The practice is jointly led by Raij, Baker and Jared Bartie, who utilises his 'thorough understanding of many facets of the sports and entertainment industry' in delivering 'well-reasoned advice and wise counsel'.

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's ‘very responsive’ tax attorneys are ‘effective communicators and superb negotiators with ‘a great customer-oriented and proactive approach. The tax group is split between California and New York and is best known for its strong client base in the technology, sports and entertainment industries. Robert Fisher in Menlo Park and practice chair Jeff Walbridge in Newport Beach acted for Microsemi Corporation in its $10.2bn acquisition by Microchip Technology. In another major transaction, ‘very knowledgeable, efficient and practical tax attorneys’ Robert Blashek in Century City and Luc Moritz in Los Angeles advised Canadian investor Albert Friedberg on the tax aspects of his acquisition of a minority equity stake in Orlando City Soccer Club. Arthur Hazlitt and counsel Alexander Roberts advised David Tepper on his acquisition of the Carolina Panthers from Jerry Richardson. The team also acted as underwriters counsel for Merrill Lynch International in connection with a registered public offering of €400m in floating rate senior notes by Prologis. Alexander Anderson ‘offers smart, creative and practical solutions’; he recently advised Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of FrontStream. Further, Anderson and Moritz are serving as tax counsel for Primera División (La Liga) in its negotiations regarding media rights in the United States. Warren Fox in San Francisco and counsel Billy Abbott in Silicon Valley are also of note. All advisors are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Capital markets: debt Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s capital markets practice has a broad industry focus, with its recent activity mainly concentrated in the aviation, automotive and real estate sectors. Los Angeles office managing partner John-Paul Motley chairs the group and acts for a diverse stable of corporate issuers; he recently advised Edwards Lifesciences on a $600m notes offering, and also acted for Air Lease in relation to a $500m debt offering. Daniel O’Shea, David Ni and former department head Michael Schiavone left for Sidley Austin LLP.

Financial services litigation Tier 4

Benefiting from the insight of Washington DC-based regulatory insiders, as well as financial services-focused litigators based out of the firm's New York and California offices, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is well positioned to represent a wide range of financial services clients in private litigation and regulatory enforcement actions/investigations. The firm is particularly active defending clients accused of consumer finance-related violations, an area where California-based co-head Elizabeth McKeen is regularly involved. McKeen is defending Fannie Mae in a putative class action alleging that it violated federal FCRA laws as well as the California Consumer Credit Act by improperly reporting short sales of property as foreclosures to potential lenders due to a glitch in its desktop underwriter system. New York-based Pamela Miller and California-based Danielle Oakley are also recommended.

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice co-head Lisa Pensabene in New York specializes in IP litigation and has been assisting Amgen’s company Onyx with filing lawsuits against 11 generic pharmaceutical companies which sought FDA approval to market generic versions of Onyx’s cancer drug Kyprolis prior to the expiration of the client’s nine patents. Other practice co-heads are corporate and transactional expert Scott Elliott in San Francisco, Ross Galin in New York, who focuses on white collar defense and government investigations, and product liability and mass torts litigator Richard Goetz from the Los Angeles office. Patent litigator Hassen Sayeed joined the New York team from Paul Hastings LLP, while IP and technology transactions specialist Geoff Kuziemko is a new arrival in the San Francisco office from Latham & Watkins LLP. Filko Prugo left to Ropes & Gray LLP.

International trade Tier 4

Led on the CFIUS front by the 'superbTed Kassinger, and on economic sanctions and export control matters by Greta Lichtenbaum O'Melveny & Myers LLP 's three-partner Washington DC-based team is a vital resource for institutional firmwide and standalone clients seeking to gain global competitiveness as a result of the team's ability to navigate the myriad national and international trade regulations. Kassinger provided the CFIUS advice to Singapore-based chipmaker Broadcom on its highly scrutinized and politically sensitive $117bn bid to acquire US rival Qualcomm. Lichtenbaum recently represented long-time client BHH Management on OFAC matters related to the $79m sale of its bullet manufacturing business, Sierra Bullets, to Clarus Corporation. Other clients include IBM, DigitalGlobe and Microsemi Corporation.

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

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is noted for its expertise in class action litigation, where it acts for OEMs in cases involving manufacturing and design defects. Steven Brody in Washington DC is the chair of the product liability and mass torts practice, and Los Angeles-based Carlos Lazatin is another name to note in the automotive space.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense Tier 4

Headed by Washington DC-based Steven Brody, the product liability and mass torts department at O'Melveny & Myers LLP specializes in representing clients from the technology and consumer care sectors. In one standout matter, the team recently acted for Johnson & Johnson as appellate counsel in a nationwide putative class action concerning the company’s baby powder. Head of the consumer class actions practice Matt Powers in San Francisco and Richard Goetz in Los Angeles represented Advanced Micro Devices in proposed class actions regarding an alleged security vulnerability affecting the microprocessors inside computers. Further, Los Angeles-based Carlos Lazatin defended Samsung in three class actions alleging misrepresentation of the energy efficiency of Energy Star televisions.

Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP recently successfully represented Twentieth Century Fox in the Ninth Circuit where it was ruled that the client’s use of the word ‘empire’ was protected by the First Amendment; Plaintiff Empire Distribution had brought the suit in relation to the client’s Empire television series on the grounds of trademark infringement and dilution. In another highlight, Mark Miller secured a permanent injunction and consent judgment on behalf of a client in a trade dress infringement case involving a competitor which concerned product imitation. The media, financial services, technology, apparel and sports industries are core strengths, with names such as eBay, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros forming the client roster. Ryan Yagura leads the team and Drew Breuder is recommended. All named attorneys are based in Los Angeles.

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 5

Headed by Jeff Walbridge in Newport Beach, the team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP recently advised long-standing client Microsemi on its $10.2bn acquisition by Microchip Technology Inc. Walbridge also acted for RSI Communities in its sale to publicly listed company William Lyon Homes.

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 5

O'Melveny & Myers LLP specializes in the consumer electronics and pharmaceuticals sectors, but is also experienced in semiconductor and telecoms-related cases. In a recent standout instruction, the team successfully defended Google against patent infringement allegations brought forward by Art+Com InnovationPool, securing an invalidity judgment of image display patents from the district court of Delaware, later confirmed by the Federal Circuit. The group also obtained a successful settlement for Mentor Graphics after PTAB proceedings and multiple Federal Circuit appeals against Synopsys, securing a $65m payment from the opponent. Other work came from Hulu, Samsung Electronics and Niantic. Ryan Yagura in Los Angeles directs the practice. Hassen Sayeed joined in New York from Paul Hastings LLP.

Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 5

From its solid base in California, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is very experienced in assisting tech sector clients with early- to later-stage financings. In 2019, Warren Lazarow, who is based in Silicon Valley, advised Gladly, a customer service technology platform, on its $50m Series D funding, bringing the company's total funding to $118m. The firm also assisted Augury, an AI-based machine health solution provider, with its acquisition of Alluvium, a start-up industrial analytics company. Other key names in the team include Silicon Valley-based Paul Sieben and life sciences expert Scott Elliott in San Francisco.

Project finance

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is regularly involved in project finance mandates in the infrastructure and energy sectors, acting for sponsors and lenders, and is particularly highly regarded for its experience in US PPP projects. The team has handled a raft of airport project mandates; Eric Richards, who leads the project development and finance practice alongside Gregory Thorpe, acted for Regional Airports Improvement Corporation (RAIC), as borrower on behalf of Southwest Airlines, in connection with a credit facility to fund $500m in improvements to Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX); he also advised RAIC on the $800m redevelopment, and related financings, of Terminals 2 and 3 for Delta Air Lines at LAX. In addition, Elizabeth Dubeck advised Delta Air Lines on the $1.4bn financing for the redevelopment of Delta’s Terminals C and D at LaGuardia Airport in New York. In the energy space, New York-based Junaid Chida, who chairs the energy practice, advised John Laing on its investment in the 149MW Rocksprings wind project in Texas. Denise Raytis, Kelly McTigue, Jeff Hoffner, counsel Valerie Smith, who has 'strong public financing experience', and New York-based Arthur Hazlitt are also key figures. Named attorneys are based in Los Angeles except where indicated otherwise.

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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.

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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