O'Melveny & Myers LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Firm Profile

O'Melveny & Myers LLP
1999 AVENUE OF THE STARS, 7TH FLOOR
LOS ANGELES CA 90067
United States

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 1

The team at O’Melveny & Myers LLP handles a variety of high-stakes insurance litigation, ranging from sexual abuse bankruptcy cases to complex reinsurance disputes. Of note is the practice’s role in successfully defending major insurers against plaintiff’s efforts to centralize Covid19-related actions in an MDL  led by co-practice head Richard Goetz in Los Angeles. Also heading up the practice is Tancred Schiavoni‚ ‘a great strategic thinker‘ whose practice includes matters at the interface of bankruptcy and insurance-this is also an area of expertise for Gary Svirsky. Schiavoni and Svirsky are based in New York together with Allen Burton, a litigator with an ‘impressive‘ breadth of practice. The firm’s up-and-coming junior team includes counsel Zoheb Noorani in Los Angeles and associate Janine Panchok-Berry in New York, and was strengthened in October 2021 with a new hire in Philadelphia-based counsel Daryn Rush from White and Williams, who contributes experience in insurance arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘This is an extremely talented group of attorneys who are dedicated to the insurance space. They are our go-to firm for many of our most significant trials and matters, including COVID business interruption class action litigation. They have an extremely strong presence in LA, as well as in DC and NYC. They work seamless from different offices with great collaboration and mutual respect.’

‘Allen Burton heads up the NY office and has done a great job for us over the past year, taking two arbitrations to final hearing (one int’l in Switzerland, and another involving reinsurance of molestation billings). His breadth of practice is impressive, as is his ability to work with other law firms collaboratively. Zoheb Noorani is an up-and-coming attorney in the LA office who has a lot of trial experience and is a great writer and strategic thinker. He works closely with Rich Goetz, one of the strongest partners for OMM in the LA office. Rich has handled a ton of class actions, including pharma claims… Daryn Rush is a new addition (from White & Williams) who brings decades of reinsurance experience and fills out the insurance practice group very nicely. ‘

Key clients

The Chubb Group

Endurance Specialty Insurance (now known as Sompo International)

Lexington Insurance Company

AXIS Insurance Company

The Starr Companies

TIG Insurance Company

AIG

Westchester Fire Insurance Co.

Century Indemnity Co. (a Chubb company)

Arrowpoint Capital Corporation

Lexington Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Century Indemnity in the Boy Scouts of America’s Chapter 11 filing, which followed well-publicized claims of sexual abuse and led the effort on behalf of insurers to develop a resolution to this case.
  • Representing 33 insurers in proceedings before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, arguing that a single nationwide proceeding for different claims under different policies against different insurers based on different theories of coverage in response to different government orders issued by different authorities would be a “nightmare.” The JPML agreed and on August 12, 2020 not only denied industry-wide centralization but also rejected the creation of an insurer-specific MDL for Chubb.
  • Represented Chubb Limited, the Swiss parent of the Chubb family of companies, in numerous coverage actions filed in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Indiana, Florida, and other states.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 1

Start-ups and world-leading companies alike turn to O'Melveny & Myers LLP for the depth of its expertise in trade secrets law and litigious proceedings. Helmed by Ryan Yagura from Los Angeles, the team enjoys a stellar reputation in the market on account of its cross-departmental approach and deep bench of partner talent, who regularly appear before the state and federal courts in highly technical cases. In San Francisco, Darin Snyder and David Almeling are widely regarded for the depth of their trade secrets knowledge, litigating cases across a number of IP-intensive sectors. The Silicon Valley-based Eric Amdursky routinely both brings and defends against non-compete and misappropriation cases, most recently in the luxury hotel and telecoms arenas. In San Francisco, David Eberhart is praised by technology companies for the creativity and strength of his representation, while counsel James Rothstein is recommended for his wide-ranging experience in the tech, hospitality, and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Yagura

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I’ve used the team for some extremely complex and sensitive matters. I find the team to be very very intelligent, effective and problem solving oriented. They work very well together and they’ve navigated complex matters where multiple parties with multiple counsel are on the same side to extremely successful outcomes. They staff teams well and are of course diverse in terms of teams.’

‘The partner that most stands out is David Eberhart, although I’ve worked with a wide variety of others at the firm that I think are excellent. Responsiveness and thoughtfulness, creativity and efficiency and strong advocacy are what stand out.’

Key clients

Agilent Technologies

Artifex Software, Inc.

CareCentrix, Inc.

Elasticsearch Inc.

Endo International, plc

JHL Biotech, Inc.

Oasis West Realty LLC

Par Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Semtech Corporation

Zum Services, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Par Pharmaceutical in trade secrets litigation involving Vasostrict® — the “crown jewel” of Par’s pharmaceutical portfolio.
  • Representing Semtech in a trade secrets matter for involving three former employees.
  • Representing players in the Beverly Hills luxury hotel space in a trade secrets case.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 1

O’Melveny & Myers LLP fields a sizeable team of litigators and represents clients in high-stakes ERISA litigation. The team is a regular counsel to corporations, financial institutions and plan sponsors on legal developments related to ERISA and other regulatory requirements involving the management of retirement plans. The firm developed its own set of software to optimize the efficiency of the litigation process, and its editorial team also works collectively to contribute to the writing of legal arguments. The litigation team is led by Washington DC-based partner Meaghan VerGow and Gregory Jacob, who brings public sector experience working in government departments, and is supported by Brian Boyle, who works with financial services providers, and Shannon Barrett, with a focus on fiduciary duties. The Los Angeles office includes Catalina Vergara, who works on fiduciary breach litigation.

Practice head(s):

Meaghan VerGow; Greg Jacob

Other key lawyers:

Brian Boyle; Shannon Barrett; Catalina Vergara; Stuart Sarnoff; Deanna Rice; William Pollak

Testimonials

‘We’ve retained O’Melveny for class action ERISA litigation in several cases. We’ve seen every aspect of how the team handles cases, including trials. The team is as knowledgeable about ERISA, and the strategic choices involved in defending this type of litigation, as any firm in the country.’

‘Brian Boyle handles witnesses efficiently and intelligently at trial. We’ve also seen partners Shannon Barrett and Stuart Sarnoff in action, as well as associates Deanna Rice and William Pollak.’

Key clients

Aetna/CVS

American Airlines

Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting

BlackRock

Fidelity Management Trust Company

Humana

Morgan Stanley

Transamerica

Franklin Resources

T. Rowe Price

UnitedHealth Group

Work highlights

  • Represented American Airlines (formerly US Airways Group) in an ERISA-related complaint filed in the Northern District of Texas.
  • Represented BlackRock in the certification of a massive class consisting of the participants in all retirement plans whose fiduciaries elected to invest in funds managed by the client.
  • Represented T. Rowe Price in a class action lawsuit filed in the District of Maryland, in which the plaintiffs alleged that defendants breached ERISA fiduciary duties.

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

The Century City-based team at O’Melveny & Myers LLP represents large multimedia companies like The Walt Disney Company, high-profile recording artists such as Kesha and interactive entertainment company Activision Blizzard in antitrust, class actions, contract disputes, First Amendment, IP and employment matters. Daniel Petrocelli is a distinguished trial lawyer who leads the team in its high-stakes cases such as the defense of Google in three antitrust cases pertaining to its app store. Highly active in the team, Molly Lens is a specialist in sensitive matters such as allegations of misconduct and discrimination. Drew Breuder has a strong practice in the IP aspects of media and entertainment and in a recent highlight worked alongside Petrocelli to represent The Walt Disney Company in a copyright infringement claim concerning the motion picture ‘Zootopia’. Further recommended comes Leah Godesky, who advocates in trial courts, arbitrations, and regulatory proceedings and has been involved in highly-publicized matters last year for clients such as Kesha and Twentieth Century Fox.  

Practice head(s):

Daniel Petrocelli

Other key lawyers:

Drew Breuder; Leah Godesky; Matt Kline; Molly Lens; Amy Lucas; David Marroso; Cassandra Seto; Vision Winter

Key clients

Activision Blizzard

DIRECTV

Google

Global Music Rights

HBO

Kesha

NBCUniversal

Twentieth Century Fox

Walt Disney Company

Warner Bros.

Work highlights

  • Represented Twentieth Century Fox in a copyright lawsuit over the show ‘Empire’ before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented The Walt Disney Company in a lawsuit filed by actress Scarlett Johansson regarding the distribution of the motion picture Black Widow. Disney disputed the allegation that the contract required an exclusive theatrical release and sought to enforce the parties’ contract requiring arbitration of all disputes. The case was resolved in October 2021.
  • Represented NBCUniversal in a profit participation dispute involving the iconic Columbo television series, convincing a judge to reverse his own prior decision in the case.

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

O’Melveny & Myers LLP splits its practice between Los Angeles and New York, but has a global reach thanks to its expertise in cross-border and international transactions. Century City-based Amy Siegel is the practice head and a specialist in commercial licensing arrangements and exploitation of IP. She recently led the team in advising CJ ENM in its acquisition of Endeavor Content. Bruce Tobey‘s practice covers motion picture and television series from production through distribution. The Century City-based expert in digital media represented Library Pictures International in a co-financing del with Next Entertainment World. A specialist in corporate matters, Silvia Vannini handles M&A and securities in Los Angeles. Distinguished among the firm’s up-and-coming, counsel Evie Whiting in Century City maintains a variety of clients from the motion picture, television, and music sides of the media and entertainment industry, advising them on financing transactions. Lindsay Conner  joined the Los Angeles office from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP in October 2021, bolstering the team’s corporate expertise. Sean Monroe has departed the firm.

Practice head(s):

Amy Siegel

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Tobey; Silvia Vannini; Eric Zabinksi; Terrence L. Dugan; Chris Owens; Lindsay Conner; Evie Whiting; Eric Geffner

Testimonials

‘Terrence Dugan is a true leader in the entertainment and media lending space, with unparalleled experience in a huge range of transactions. Throughout a recent complex transaction involving numerous parties, Terrence not only supported us expertly but was a much-needed voice of calm during often contentious negotiations.’

Key clients

CAA

Library Pictures International

Lionsgate

Looped

Paramount Pictures

Spyglass Media Group

STARZ

ViacomCBS

CIT Bank

CJ ENM

ViacomCBS Networks International

fuboTV

Red Arrow Studios

Work highlights

  • Represented ViacomCBS Networks International acquisition of a majority stake in Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico.
  • Represented CIT Bank as in a syndicated senior debt facility for Castle Rock Entertainment in connection with relaunching its feature division and a $175m film fund.
  • Advised Lionsgate in its sale of its controlling interest in Pantaya to Hemisphere Media Group.

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

O’Melveny & Myers LLP attracts praise for its ability to ‘collaborate and partner with clients to reach the best outcomes‘. A strong performer nationally, over the past year the group notched up appearances in the US Supreme Court and Federal Circuit as well as various state courts, including Kentucky and California. Department chair Jonathan Hacker secures praise from all quarters for his brief writing and is also highlighted by a longstanding client as ‘the best oral advocate I have seen‘. Hacker recently obtained a successful result for Allied World Assurance before the Kentucky Court of Appeals in an insurance liability case. Michael Dreeben, who serves as co-chair of the white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice, has broad appellate expertise; he recently represented the City of Austin as petitioner before the US Supreme Court in City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising of Texas Inc.Rising star partnerAnton Metlitsky, based in New York, is establishing himself as a ‘go-to appellate lawyer for high-risk appeals‘. Metlitsky successfully defended American Airlines before the Fifth Circuit in an ERISA suit. Other names to note include special counsel Jeffrey Fisher, who handles a mix of civil and criminal matters, and seasoned appellate specialist Walter Dellinger. All attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

This is the smartest group of attorneys with whom I have worked, and an equally humble group as well. They collaborate and partner with clients to reach the best outcomes. They also have done a lot of appellate work for us and have developed a deep understanding of the (re)insurance industry.’

The number of former US Supreme Court law clerks is impressive. When you work with the associates, they are on a different plane (or level) than other associates at other firms. The group’s moot court sessions ahead of arguments put the lead advocates in the best position to succeed.

‘All of the team has stellar resumes, including clerkship experience, and several we’ve worked with have gone on to high-ranking government legal jobs. In addition, the firm is willing to work with us on attractive alternative fee agreements, including with success components, that incentivize everyone to get the best possible outcome.’

Jonathan Hacker is amazing, the best oral advocate I have seen and an amazing writer. He is also great at editing his briefs to address client issues, and is a great person.’

Anton Metlitsky is a rising star partner who has clerked for two Supreme Court justices and is an amazing thinker and writer.’

‘This team, particularly Anton Metlitsky, is top notch and our company’s go-to appellate lawyer for high-risk appeals. They put all necessary resources into an appeal, from a nimble one partner-one associate team doing the drafting, to mock arguments with the rest of their skilled team, to excellent presentation before the appellate judges.’

‘Anton Metlitsky stands above the rest. He has a brilliant legal mind, is a tremendous (yet extremely efficient) writer, is a persuasive advocate in oral argument, and is a terrific guy to work with. If he was exceptional in any of these areas, he would be a valued member of a team. The fact he’s excellent in all of them makes him our go-to advocate.’

Key clients

Airlines for America

Allied World Assurance

American Airlines

Atlas Air, Inc.

Bank of America

Century Indemnity Co.

City of Austin, Texas

Ethicon

Fidelity Investments

Google

Harvard University

Johnson & Johnson

Keddrick Kennon

Little Rock Family Planning Services

Niantic, Inc.

Refugio Palomar-Santiago

Samsung and LG Electronics

Sirius XM Radio

The Cato Institute

Work highlights

  • Represented Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries in defending over 3,000 opioid cases, including winning a victory in Oklahoma when the state Supreme Court reversed a ruling requiring the company to pay $465m for nuisance abatement.
  • Successfully defended American Airlines before the Fifth Circuit in a breach of fiduciary duty suit alleging its 401(k) plan offered an investment option that benefited the company more than its employees.
  • Scored a win for SiriusXM before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a high-profile copyright case.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 2

Daniel Petrocelli – O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Working from the firm’s Los Angeles office, Daniel Petrocelli is highly regarded for media and entertainment disputes, though he is also regularly instructed in areas such as employment, IP and sports litigation. A significant matter in his career includes being instructed by Johnson & Johnson as lead trial counsel in a case regarding its alleged role in the US opioid crisis. Petrocelli is chair of O’Melveny’s trial practice and a vice chair of the firm.

Work highlights

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

 O’Melveny & Myers LLP has established a ‘very strong reputation‘ in the market by dint of its ability to effectively guide high-profile companies through large-scale, resource intensive mass tort/class actions, involving personal injury and economic loss claims. The ‘superbSteve Brody in Washington DC regularly leads on the firm’s most significant pharmaceutical product liability mandates, including for longstanding client Johnson & Johnson in both the opioid and the pelvic mesh consumer fraud litigation. Brody is one of many within the team that has former governmental experience, which is of great value to clients in light of the government investigations which frequently flow as a corollary of mass tort claims. Another strength is the firm’s ability at an appellate level, as was underscored by its victory for Johnson & Johnson before the Oklahoma Supreme Court which reversed a trial court’s 2019 ruling requiring the company to pay $465m for nuisance abatement in the nationwide opioid litigation. Los Angeles-based partner Sabrina Strong  co-chairs the product liability and mass tort team alongside Brody; she is heavily involved in much of the work on behalf of Johnson & Johnson.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team has a very strong reputation.’

Steve Brody is superb.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca and Amylin Pharmaceuticals

Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Advanced Micro Devices

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Johnson & Johnson in opioids-related lawsuits.
  • Representing Amylin, an AstraZeneca subsidiary, against claims by more than 1,000 plaintiffs in a federal Multi-District Litigation and California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding.
  • Representing Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon subsidiary in the massive pelvic mesh product liability litigation—one of the largest mass torts in US history.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

The 'very well prepared and very smart' practice at O’Melveny & Myers LLP has a particularly strong track record in defending the major financial institutions in securities litigation matters, among them Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo Bank. Jonathan Rosenberg in New York and Matthew Close in Newport Beach lead the practice. Both play key roles in representing underwriter syndicates in federal and state courts in matter concerning IPOs and secondary offerings. A prime example is their work for a Goldman Sachs-led underwriting syndicate in actions arising from the the IPO of Dropbox, Inc. Seth Aronson in Los Angeles recently secured the dismissal of a securities fraud action for ArcSoft, Inc. Amy Park in Silicon Valley, who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in 2021, is a boost to the firm’s West Coast practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rosenberg; Matthew Close

Other key lawyers:

Seth Aronson; Amy Park; Patrick McKegney

Testimonials

‘O’Melveny is at the top of the list as far as I am concerned. They get excellent results.’

‘Very well prepared and very smart. They really dive deeply into the facts and the case.’

‘The OMM team was very focused on bringing multiple subject matter experts to bear on the case, providing a view into the facts, technical, and emotional elements involved. The discussions we had along the way about different options and potential off ramps always kept us on the same page with next steps.’

‘There were a large number of issues thrown at us by the plaintiff, and the team kept track of them and ensured that the mediator understood the case at its core and did not let the swirl and narrative presented by the other side confuse the facts of the situation. Showing the facts as told by the plaintiff’s own words (gleaned from a mountain of discovery) was a very effective approach to simplify the mediator’s decision.’

‘Amy Park was thorough and always prepared, defining a strategy that moved the case from court into arbitration early on in the process. Amy kept keeping me informed and asking for input throughout the process.’

‘At key decision points, we had discussions with the core team on pros/cons and risks of different approaches. Patrick McKegney and Amy Park ensured discovery, interviews, and prep were thorough and organized, keeping the storyline clear even as the amount of information in the case and the issues involved expanded. And the collective team brought a passion for the case and a passion for our business and values which came through in the defense.’

Key clients

ArcSoft Corporation Ltd.

BrightSpire Capital (f/k/a Colony Credit Real Estate)

Canaan Inc.

Former directors of WageWorks, Inc.

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley-led Underwriter Syndicates

Maxar Technologies, Inc.

Oakland Roots Soccer Club

Sonim Technologies, Inc.

Sportsman’s Warehouse, Inc.

Vecco Instruments, Inc.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Ziff Davis, Inc. (f/k/a J2 Global, Inc.)

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 2

O’Melveny & Myers LLP possesses ‘market-leading experience‘ in the restructuring of both governmental and municipal debt. Its expertise is recognized by many, with clients such as City of Long Beach and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico entrusting the practice with the handling of matters. Its representation of City of Long Beach concerns the resolution of $500m in debt; global chair John Rapisardi leads the matter and also oversees the development of long-term budget projects and restructuring plans. He also leads the representation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico pertaining to the restructuring of $23bn of debt, whilst achieving over $10bn in savings for the public of Puerto Rico. Mohammad Saleh Yassin joined the practice, strengthening the team with his experience as the former Director of the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority. Nancy Mitchell departed in April 2021. Lawyers mentioned are in New York.

Practice head(s):

John Rapisardi

Other key lawyers:

Maria DiConza; Peter Friedman; Joe Zujkowski

Key clients

City of Long Beach, New York

Belk, Inc.

Globus Energy

Osprey Point LLC

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (“AAFAF”)

24 Hour Fitness

Bruin Energy

Brandywine (a Chubb company)

Morgan Stanley

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Francesca’s Holdings Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented Puerto Rico governmental entities in need of financial restructuring under both Title III and Title VI of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act.
  • Represented the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico in the restructuring of its debts, covering $5bn of Puerto Rico’s total $72bn debt and represented the first restructuring accomplished in Puerto Rico’s 10-year fiscal crisis.
  • Represented the City of Long Beach, New York in resolving nearly $500m in debt and other obligations.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

The renewable energy practice at O’Melveny & Myers LLP comprises energy-focused practitioners with significant experience in project development, energy transactions, and regulatory matters at the federal and state level. Led from Los Angeles and New York by Michael Hamilton and Junaid Chida respectively, the practice is frequently engaged by banks and financial institutions, tax equity investors and developers. Co-head Chida is regarded for his work in the structuring and management of M&A and financing transactions in the renewable energy sector. Project finance and energy M&A lawyer Jeff Hoffner is a noteworthy practitioner in LA, who is seen with great regularity in matters pertaining to the construction and financing of renewable projects. The group expanded with the addition of four attorneys from Thompson & Knight in June 2021, including energy specialists Katie Coleman and Phillip Oldham in Austin, and subsequent opening of an office in Texas.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hamilton; Junaid Chida

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Citicorp

Goldman Sachs & Company

John Laing Group plc

Kemper Corporation

Monitor Power

Morgan Stanley & Co.

OCI Solar

Wells Fargo Bank, B.A.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in its purchase of ownership interests in a holding company that owns and operates three wind power projects in Texas.
  • Advised Monitor Power Systems AS in connection with the development and project financing of an 80 MW solar power facility that will service a desalination plant being constructed to provide potable water to the New Administrative Capital in Egypt.
  • Assisted Kemper Corporation with its tax equity investment of up to $100m in a portfolio of residential solar projects under development by Sunrun Inc.

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP‘s multidisciplinary environmental and natural resources practice assists numerous corporations, investors, financial institutions, and private funds with the environmental considerations of major US-based and international corporate transactions, real estate investments and projects. Besides providing environmental due diligence examinations, the team is also sought after for its proficiency in pre-development assessments, environmental compliance reviews, permitting applications and agency approvals. The group is managed by Eric Rothenberg in New York, whose experience covers environmental diligence of M&A, financings and restructurings involving industrial and commercial properties. Environmental lawyer John Rousakis, who also sits in the New York office, acts for clients in the mining, oil and gas, chemicals and manufacturing industries. Kelly McTigue is a name to note in Los Angeles for transactional and regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Eric Rothenberg

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

City of Miami (FL)

LaGuardia Gateway Partners

Terminal One Group Association

Work highlights

  • Provided environmental and regulatory diligence and documentation for Apollo Global Management Infrastructure and Natural Resources funds in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in sustainable wood fuel company A.S. Graanul.
  • Provided environmental and ESG diligence and documentation on Apollo Global Management’s (AGM) $2.25bn purchase of the operating assets of The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and Sands Expo and Convention Center.
  • Provided environmental, health and safety diligence and documentation on Apollo Hybrid Value Fund’s $591m investment in Sazka Group, a European gaming and lottery company.

Industry focus > Healthcare: health insurers Tier 2

The team at O’Melveny & Myers LLP is praised by clients as ‘exceptional in every way’, with the team offering particular strength on contentious matters. It is experienced in both civil and criminal cases, offering expertise on false claims act cases, state and federal government inquiries and class action cases. Notably, it has acted for a consolidated group of Kaiser Permanente plans on 6 False Claims act cases worth over $1bn. The team is led by David Deaton, who is based in Newport Beach and offers regulatory support. Lee Blalack heads the Washington DC-based litigation practice and is known for representing Anthem, Humana and OptumRx. San Francisco-based Caitlin Bair is also recommended for representing managed care organizations.

Practice head(s):

David Deaton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The OMM team is exceptional in every way. They are handling a very complicated matter for us, and have been strategically and practically amazing to work with. The team provides high-quality legal advice in a very user-friendly way irrespective of whether they are dealing with lawyers, the C-Suite or our frontline staff. ‘

‘David Deaton has led the team for years. His advice and customer services are top-notch, but more importantly, he runs a very large team that consistently performs well top to bottom.’

‘I uniformly am impressed by each member of the team, who all perform exceptionally at their level, and often well above their level.’

Key clients

Anthem, Inc.

Cambia Health Solutions

Clover Health

Health Care Service Corporation

Humana Inc.

Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Molina Healthcare

UnitedHealth Group and UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Kaiser Foundation Health Plan companies in six consolidated False Claims Act qui tam actions and a DOJ intervention complaint.
  • Representing Anthem, Inc in civil investigative demands into Anthem’s Medicare Advantage risk adjustment practices
  • Representing UnitedHealth Group in Gozdenovich v. AARP, a putative class action brought against the client.

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

Praised for the ‘great partnership between its general litigators and the employment experts‘, O’Melveny & Myers LLP is active in a broad range of sectors, including the media and entertainment, transportation, financial services and education. The group handles a busy caseload spanning discrimination lawsuits, non-competition litigation, wage and hour claims and investigations into workplace misconduct. Los Angeles-based Apalla Chopra is especially sought after to conduct internal investigations into allegations of workplace harassment and sexual misconduct. She leads the practice together with Eric Amdursky in Silicon Valley, who focuses on compensation disputes, non-competition and non-solicitation covenants and breach of fiduciary duty. Discrimination and wage and hour disputes expert Susannah Howard in San Francisco is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Eric Amdursky; Apalla Chopra

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great partnership between OMM’s general litigators and their employment experts makes this firm a powerhouse. They are also deep industry experts in Hollywood-style entertainment disputes.’

‘Eric Amdursky knows employment law backwards, forwards, and inside out. He delivers fantastic client service.’

‘This team stands out for its intelligence, insight into our business, ability to provide practical advice, written work product, and ability to litigate a case in court. Many other firms purporting to handle employment litigation are weak in one or more of these areas. For me, the stand-out partners in the employment area are Apalla Chopra and Susannah Howard.’

‘Creative problem-solvers. They get great results. I trust them with my most important matters.’

‘Eric Amdursky is my go-to outside counsel for the most difficult issues. Always responsive and a great problem solver.’

‘The team headed by Apalla Chopra, which includes Susannah Howard, is exceptionally talented and practical. Their advice always considers both, short- and long-term ramifications of a case, and they are careful to identify strategies that can protect their clients from unfounded liabilities and damages. If you have an employment claim that may create a risk of significant monetary or reputational harm, this group should be on your speed dial.’

Key clients

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

American Airlines, Inc.

Envoy Air Inc.

Fox Group

Royal Bank of Canada

Oasis West Realty LLC and Beny Alagem

RBC Capital Markets Corporation

Realogy Corporation

Spirit Airlines

Syracuse University

Trail Blazers, Inc.

TuneCore

Zum Services, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Royal Bank of CanadaCapital MarkeTS Corporation in a wage and hour class and collective action.
  • Represented Oasis West Realty, Inc. and its CEO  in a trade secret case involving players in the Beverly Hill luxury hotel space.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP represents clients in civil and criminal cartel proceedings, including high-profile litigation, as well as handling government and regulatory investigations and internal compliance matters. Clients include corporates and executives involved in notable cartel investigations, such as the chicken broiler sector proceedings as well as those into technology and auto parts. The team is led by the Washington DC-based duo Ian Simmons, a successful cartel litigator with involvement in major multi-district and federal cases, alongside Ben Bradshaw. San Francisco’s Michael Tubach specializes in criminal cartel litigation, as well as representing clients in government investigations, while Anna Pletcher, also in San Francisco, is a former federal prosecutor with expertise in a broad range of cartel cases. DC-based counsel Scott Schaeffer has played a key role in several of the firm’s high-profile cartel defense proceedings, and has successfully resolved cartel claims against clients in a broad range of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ian Simmons; Ben Bradshaw

Work highlights

  • Representing a third party in the DOJ and state AG investigations into potentially anticompetitive monopolization by Google of online search, digital advertising or related products and services.
  • Representing an online real estate marketplace company in proceedings alleging a horizontal conspiracy to foreclose a discount real estate brokerage.
  • Representing a speaker company in litigation and multiple trans-Atlantic antitrust investigations into alleged anticompetitive conduct by both Google and Amazon related to smart speakers.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP focuses its antitrust practice on litigating complex matters including class actions, cartels, and unfair competition. In Washington DC, Ben Bradshaw leads the department together with Ian Simmons, whose expertise spans cartels and cases at the intersection of antitrust with intellectual property. Another name to note in DC is Katrina Robson with experience in the technology, transport, and telecom sectors, among others. New York-based antitrust litigation specialist Andrew Frackman and Stephen McIntyre, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, represent clients in antitrust matters from the firm’s New York and Los Angeles hubs, respectively. In February 2021, Julia Schiller returned to the DC group after having spent three years as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division.

Practice head(s):

Ian Simmons; Ben Bradshaw

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Andy Frackman has significant expertise and experience in the antitrust space. He is a great advocate who incorporates practicality into legal advice.

Key clients

AT&T

Bitcoin.com

Capital One Financial

C.R. Bard, Inc.

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Exxon Mobile

Ford Motor Corp.

Global Music Rights

Google

Novartis

Par Pharmaceuticals

Penguin Random House

Realogy Corp.

Royal Bank of Canada

Samsung Bioepis

Samsung Electronics

US Airways, Inc.

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory of first impression for Bitcoin.com in the Southern District of Florida, where plaintiff had alleged that defendants conspired to “hijack” a cryptocurrency fork that allegedly caused a $4 billion capitalization meltdown and significantly diminished the company’s Bitcoin holdings value.
  • Represented DIRECTV in class action claims against DIRECTV, all 32 NFL teams, and the league, alleging that a distribution deal between DIRECTV and the NFL violated the Sherman Act.
  • Defending Google in four multi-party antitrust cases, against opponents ranging from game and app developers to consumers and state attorneys general – all of which have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of California.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 3

More than willing to go the extra mile to ensure the optimal result’, O’Melveny & Myers LLP has developed a strong reputation in defending large corporates in consumer class actions and product liability disputes. In the automotive sector, the team has perhaps gained most visibility as a result of its role as national class action counsel for Ford Motor Company. Acting for Ford, Washington DC-based Steve Brody recently successfully secured a favorable settlement for the client in relation to three Attorney General actions brought against it relating to its use of the defective Takata airbags. Carlos Lazatin in Los Angeles also regularly handles class actions and product liability litigation for automotive clients and is well-versed in cutting-edge matters associated with autonomous vehicles. Brody co-chairs the product liability and mass tort team alongside Los Angeles-based Sabrina Strong. Based out of San Francisco, Matt Powers  chairs the firm’s consumer class actions practice.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They are more than willing to go the extra mile to ensure the optimal result.’

Key clients

Ford Motor Co.

Kia Motors America, Inc. & Kia Motors Corporation

Hyundai Motor America

XPO Logistics, Inc.

FedEx Ground

LaserShip

Work highlights

  • Representing Ford in litigation related to Ford’s use of airbags produced by Takata Corporation.
  • Represented Kia Motors America, Inc. and Kia MotorsCorporation in a putative class action alleging defects in the panoramic sun roof glass of numerous Kia models.
  • Representing FedEx Ground in both employment and tort cases involving its independent contractor (now ISP) model.

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

Drawing upon substantial resources from both coasts, O’Melveny & Myers LLP is a popular choice among manufacturers of a range of consumer products to represent them in often brand reputation threatening litigation. Regularly integrating appellate lawyers into the team from an early stage and also well-placed to handle Attorney General investigations, thanks to its bench of lawyers with former governmental experience, the firm is appreciated for its ability to provide a ‘very comprehensive service‘ from cradle-to-grave. Washington DC-based Steve Brody combines his previous in-house experience at the DOJ to good effect with his private practice trial lawyering skills for life sciences clients and emerging tech companies. Matt Powers in San Francisco spearheads the firm’s consumer class actions offering and as part of his varied caseload has recently had numerous successes for education institutions in class actions brought by students and parents seeking reimbursements following the Covid-19-precipitated transition to remote learning. Sabrina Strong in Los Angeles, an accomplished trial lawyer and appellate advocate, co-chairs the product liability and mass torts group alongside Brody.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team provides a very comprehensive service.’

Key clients

TeamViewer US, Inc.

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Harvard University

Occidental College

Ford Motor Co.

Kia Motors America, Inc. & Kia Motors Corporation

Skechers USA, Inc.

Amylin Pharmaceuticals

GTs Living Foods, LLC

Sempra Energy and its subsidiary Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)

AstraZeneca and Amylin Pharmaceuticals

Chubb Group

ExxonMobil

Work highlights

  • Represented Johnson & Johnson in opioids-related lawsuits.
  • Represented Harvard University in securing the rejection of a proposed class action by students seeking tuition refunds for classes forced online by Covid-19.
  • Represented Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive Co., in approximately 41 class actions arising from a nationwide recall of dozens of varieties of canned dog foods following a supplier error.

Finance > Project finance

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is instructed by a wide array of lending banks and non-bank lenders, and assists with financing issues across the energy and infrastructure space. The sponsor practice handles a range of energy and infrastructure projects. though is particularly appreciated by clients for being ‘particularly knowledgeable of airport development and investments‘. Evidence of this specialism can be found in the group’s recent work representing Terminal One Group Association in connection with plans to develop a new complex at JFK Airport to replace terminals 1 and 2. Eric Richards led the team on the project, and also serves as practice head alongside fellow Los Angeles partner Michael Hamilton. Also in LA, Elizabeth Dubeck has established a strong reputation in complex P3 projects, usually representing the private sponsors in relation to airport and rail developments.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hamilton; Eric Richards

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Dubeck; Denise Raytis

Testimonials

‘The team of lawyers at OMM that I work with is particularly knowledgeable of airport development and investments. They have a lot of experience in that sector – probably one of the top practices in the country. In every project, they staff the team very appropriately to control the client’s costs. In addition, the firm has diversity of race and gender in every project.’

‘I work primarily with Eric Richards and Elizabeth Dubeck. Their work goes beyond the advice on legal matters, as they also contribute to general business matters as it relates to the structure of the project. In addition, given their large experience in airport-related work, they are comfortable advising on innovative financing and contractual structures in that sector.’

Key clients

Monitor Power Systems AS

Terminal One Group Association

Vantage Airport Group, RXR, American Triple I, and JetBlue Airways

California High Speed Rail Authority

LaGuardia Gateway Partner

State of Hawaii

Avports LLC

American Airlines

Port of Oakland

United Airlines, Inc.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Securities

Morgan Stanley & Co.

Monitor Power Systems AS

Terminal One Group Association

Vantage Airport Group, RXR, American Triple I, and JetBlue Airways

California High Speed Rail Authority

LaGuardia Gateway Partner

State of Hawaii

Avports LLC

American Airlines

Port of Oakland

United Airlines, Inc.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Securities

Morgan Stanley & Co.

Work highlights

  • Representing the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on its multi-billion-dollar project to develop a high-speed passenger rail system in California.
  • Representing a consortium consisting of Vantage Airport Group, RXR, American Triple I Partners and JetBlue Airways on their plans to redevelop, finance, and operate Terminal 6 and Terminal 7 at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • Represented J.P. Morgan Securities as lead underwriter in a public-private development of student housing for the University of California, Davis.

Industry focus > Sport Tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is noted for its transactional work, with a solid track record in M&A involving sports teams, franchises and stadium development projects. Leadership of the practice is divided between Charles Baker  and Irwin Raij, with combined expertise in investigations, stadium developments, media rights, and transactions. In addition, Bartie stands out as an expert in the area of esports and sports tech, acting for a number of organizations in the space. In California, Amy Siegel’s practice focuses on complex commercial licensing arrangements. Changes to the team include the arrival of counsel Eric Andalman in Washington DC, who joined from CAA ICON in September 2021, and Lindsay Conner in California, joining from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP in October 2021. The practice particularly benefits from Andalman’s experience in the development and financing of sports venues, derived from his previous in-house role. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Charles Baker; Irwin Raij

Other key lawyers:

Eric Andalman; Lindsay Conner; Amy Siegel; Tobias Knapp; Zach Greenberg

Testimonials

‘O’Melveny has great subject matter expertise in the sports industry and has been incredibly helpful as we navigate various regulatory issues as well as M&A and strategic investments.’

‘They were a key partner as we negotiated our deals.’

‘They’re always available, very user friendly, and flexible on fees when they need to be.’

‘I’d highly recommend Charles Baker, Amy Siegel, Tobias Knapp, and Zach Greenberg, in particular.’

‘The individuals are very good at coming up with creative solutions to complex problems.’

‘Amy Siegel in particular was an incredible advocate/partner as we negotiated our agreements.’

‘Tobias Knapp and Zach Greenberg were amazing from start to finish and helped navigate some complex shareholder issues after the deal was closed. Chuck Baker led the team and provided some very helpful advice along the way on all three transactions.’

Key clients

Aspiration

Empire State Development

Genius Sports

NWSL KC, LLC

Palmer Square Capital Management LLC

SportsTek Acquisitions Corp

Todd Boehly

Angel City Football Club

Arctos Partners

Athletes Unlimited

Carolina Panthers

LaLiga

Fubo TV

game1

Overtime

Pac-12 Conference

Queensboro FC

ShotTracker

Portland Trailblazers

Syracuse University

Work highlights

  • Advised Todd Boehly, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Eldridge holding company, in connection with his acquisition of a minority interest in the Los Angeles Lakers NBA franchise.
  • Advised Portland Trail Blazers on an internal review after the team was notified of concerns around workplace environment by non-player personnel at practice facility.
  • Advised Empire State Development Corporation in connection with plans for a new stadium for the NFL Buffalo Bills.

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘very deep bench of attorneys‘ are praised for their experience in litigation disputes. Representative matters for the ‘extremely responsive‘ practice cover labor and employment issues, antitrust claims, The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, consumer class actions, and personal injury. Airline labor law specialist Robert Seigel in Los Angeles is outside labor counsel for a substantial number of passenger and cargo airlines. New York-based Mark Robertson regularly acts for some of the world’s largest airlines, including American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Atlas Air and Spirit Airlines.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

OMM has a very deep bench of attorneys who are very familiar with the unique labor and employment issues faced by airlines.

They are extremely responsive and have a uniquely high level of understanding of our industry.

Key clients

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Atlas Air

Hawaiian Airlines

Republic Airways

Southwest Airlines Co

Spirit Airlines

US Airways Group

United Airlines

FedEx

Work highlights

  • Represented Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air in a nationwide USERRA class action.
  • Representing US Airways (now American Airlines) in a retrial, following the Second Circuit’s reversal and remand of a 2016 jury verdict in US Airways’ favor, which held trip-booking giant Sabre liable under the Sherman Act (Section 1).
  • Assisted United Airlines with the issues surrounding its business response to COVID-19 vaccinations, including the legality of its mandatory vaccination requirement and grievances raised by unions.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

With offices across the US, Europe and Asia, O'Melveny & Myers LLP  represents entertainment household names including 20th Century Studios, Disney, and Warner Bros in copyright litigation at the trial court level and on appeal, leveraging its global reach to act on major international matters. The group, whose client portfolio spans the e-commerce, pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics sectors, also specializes in copyright tech matters involving computer software, microcode and databases. Experienced tech litigator Ryan Yagura in Los Angeles leads the team. David Eberhart handles infringement claims for software developers in San Francisco, where Daniel Petrocelli also  co-ordinates with Molly Lens at the Century City office to handle high-profile matters on behalf of major film studios.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘O’Melveny is our go to firm on major litigation. They offer the best representation available.’

‘Dan Petrocelli is the best advocate that I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

20th Century Fox

Artifex Software, Inc.

Elasticsearch Inc.

Global Music Rights, LLC

Marvel Characters

Searchlight Pictures

Sirius XM Radio

The Walt Disney Company

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented SiriusXM Radio and won a Ninth Circuit appeal, which held in favor of the client.
  • Represented 20th Century Fox in affirming the dismissal of copyright claims against the client relating to its hit television show “Empire.”
  • Represented Disney in securing a summary judgment in a case seeking a portion of the profits involving one of Disney’s animated hit films, which grossed more than $1bn worldwide.

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

O’Melveny & Myers LLP predominantly works in the aviation sector, dealing with labor issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, as well as handling labor disputes and employee-employer issues.  The practice is led by Silicon Valley-based partner Eric Amdursky, and Los Angeles-based Apalla Chopra. Los Angeles-based Robert Siegel is outside labor counsel for a number of major US airlines and has advised on many airline mergers during his career. New York's Mark Robertson has achieved victories for airlines in working disputes with unions.

Practice head(s):

Eric Amdursky; Apalla Chopra

Other key lawyers:

Robert Siegel; Mark Robertson; Kelly Wood; Adam Koh-Sweeney; Rachel Janger; Charles Mahoney

Testimonials

‘OMM is very knowledgeable about the airline industry and the unique labor and employment issues we face – particularly in California.’

‘Mark Robertson, Kelly Wood and Adam Koh-Sweeney each provide excellent legal service. They are responsive, creative, practical and team-oriented. I know I can count on each of them to provide straight-forward legal advice on very complicated matters, and to keep me apprised of all important developments with respect to our employment litigation as well as the state and local laws that impact our industry.’

‘OMM’s labor aviation team is led by one of the most experienced and knowledgeable labor lawyers in the industry (Bob Siegel) and has a really strong team supporting him. They guided us through a contentious and litigious negotiation process with much success. They know the relevant case law and precedent and provided us with sound advice on strategy throughout.’

‘The OMM labor aviation team is unique in that they only represent airlines with labor issues and therefore are really the industry experts with the most relevant experience and knowledge. They always make themselves available whenever we need their advice regardless of the time. Bob Siegel, Rachel Janger and Charles Mahoney in particular.’

Key clients

Airlines for America

Alaska Airlines, Inc.

American Airlines

Atlas Air, Inc.

Remington Arms

United Airlines

Work highlights

  • Represented Atlas Air in ending several years of labor negotiations and litigation, and providing for a five-year collective bargaining agreement at competitive market rates.
  • Represented American Airlines in Bryan v. Allied Pilots Association, where the First Circuit affirmed the District Court’s grant of American Airlines’ motion to dismiss.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Leveraging both its bicoastal presence and depth of expertise within California, O’Melveny & Myers LLP handles a diverse cross-section of work for an equally varied clientele. Led from Newport by executive compensation and benefits specialist Jeffrey Walbridge , the team is routinely engaged by blue-chip entities from the worlds of tech, consumer goods, retail, and financial services. In the Century City office, Robert Blashek is equally fluent in middle-market private equity and entertainment matters, advising some of the biggest names in the industry on acquisitions, financings, and restructurings. The Los Angeles-based Luc Moritz is highly regarded for his capabilities in cross-border investments and financings, especially those related to inbound investments from Asia. Silicon Valley-based Robert Fisher works with public and private tech companies at every stage, ranging from venture capital financings to big-ticket cross-border deals. In New York, Alexander Roberts works with a broad spectrum of clients on structuring and financing matters in the energy sector, including wind, solar, and other clean energy projects and assets. Also in New York, Alexander Anderson is a key port of call for various banks, investment funds, and high-profile corporations, while Arthur Hazlitt is recommended for his capabilities in energy transaction tax structuring.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Walbridge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very strong tax practice with broad scope. Very good partnership and transactional work in particular.’

‘Alex Anderson is my key contact at OMM and does absolutely top notch work. He is intelligent, highly responsive and practical. I value his advice highly.’

Key clients

Air Lease Corporation

American Honda Finance Corporation

Apollo Management, L.P.

Citicorp North America

Coso Geothermal Power Holdings, LLC

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

First State Investments

Franklin Advisers

Glaukos Corporation

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc.

Kayne Partners

Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation

Monitor Power Systems AS

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency & Financial Advisory Authority

TTM Technologies, Inc.

Warner Bros.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented a major mobile phone company in the $5bn conversion of preferred shares of Corning, Inc.
  • Advised a London-based sports company on its $200m acquisition of Second Spectrum.
  • Represented the ad hoc group of term lenders in the Chapter 11 case of Belk, Inc. in a deal supported by all major lender groups to consensually restructure through a one-day prepackaged Chapter 11 filing—pursuant to which holders of Belk’s existing $1bn term loan will receive new debt and equity from the reorganized company and the ability to participate in a new $225m capital raise pursuant to the prepackaged plan.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

O’Melveny & Myers LLP represents clients in merger filings and complex regulatory investigations, acting as both HSR counsel to corporate clients and as a destination practice for high-profile merger investigations by the DOJ and FTC. The team has particularly strength in handling FTC Second Requests, and is also representing Penguin Random House in the high-profile DOJ challenge to its $2.18bn acquisition of Simon & Schuster from ViacomCBS. The team is led by Courtney Dyer, who has a successful record in defending mergers against government challenge, including proceedings for clients in the technology, healthcare, and life sciences sectors. Katrina Robson is also a standout figure for merger litigation, having defended a number of high-profile, business critical combinations before federal courts. Former DOJ official Julia Schiller rejoined the firm in February 2021, and has extensive experience in merger review proceedings and investigations. All lawyers mentioned are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Katrina Robson; Courtney Dyer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Tractor Supply Co.

Asiana Airlines

Sportsman’s Warehouse

Seidler Equity Partners

Penguin Random House

Charles Schwab

DL Chemical

Genius Sports

Quest Diagnostics

Norsk Hydro

Work highlights

  • Representing leading outdoor sporting goods retailer Sportsman’s Warehouse in its acquisition by the Great American Outdoors Group- the FTC is conducting a Second Request review.
  • Representing Penguin Random House in the U.S. Department of Justice challenge of its proposed acquisition of Simon & Schuster.
  • Representing Tractor Supply Company in the FTC’s Second Request review of the company’s proposed $297 million acquisition of Orscheln Farm and Home.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

O’Melveny & Myers LLP fields a team which includes numerous former government attorneys, former congressional investigators and attorneys from the Department of Homeland Security, SEC and the White House. It is well versed in government and criminal investigations and acts for both large international companies and high-profile individuals. The practice, which is headed by the Los Angeles-based Steven Olson and Michael Dreeben in Washington DC, has considerable experience in anti-money laundering, antitrust and price-fixing, consumer fraud, cross-border investigations, and FCA and FCPA matters. In April 2021, Lisa Monaco left to become the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, and in May of the same year, Margaret Carter left for the office of county counsel, Los Angeles county; and Jeremy Maltby left for the DOJ. David Harbach joined in Washington DC from the Kosovo specialist prosecutor’s office in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Steven Olson; Michael Dreeben

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Bookin; Lee Blalack; Nicole Argentieri; Howard Heiss; Jeff Gordon; Laurel Loomis Rimon; David Harbach

Testimonials

‘Andrew Geist is excellent.’

‘Very strong team. Extremely professional, efficient and business oriented.’

Key clients

Anthem Inc.

DC Council

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Syracuse University

Johnson & Johnson

Sonim Technologies

Work highlights

  • Continuing to represent Anthem, Inc. in United States of America v. Anthem, Inc., Case No. 1:20-CV-02593 (S.D.N.Y.) and related Department of Justice (DOJ) civil investigative demands into Anthem’s Medicare Advantage risk adjustment practices that preceded this lawsuit.
  • Litigated against the New York State Attorney General and New York Department of Financial Services on behalf of Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals regarding the sales and marketing of opioid products.
  • Representing Jayson Penn, the former Chief Executive Officer of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, the second largest chicken producer in the United States, in a criminal antitrust case filed in the District of Colorado.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

With offices on both coasts, O’Melveny & Myers has a broad consumer finance litigation practice capable of representing established lenders and fintech startups in disputes involving both state and federal legislation. In Newport Beach, Elizabeth McKeen handles litigation alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act related to the CARES Act, as well as a number of claims made involving the FHA-Home Affordable Modification Program. McKeen is also active in discrimination claims, representing lenders accused of race and age discrimination. Elsewhere, New York-based Pamela Miller represents banks accused of fraud and breach of contract. In addition to acting in class actions, the practice is also engaged by clients to represent them in regulatory investigations and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth McKeen; Pamela Miller

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Oakley

Key clients

Fannie Mae

Toronto Dominion Bank (T.D. Bank)

TransUnion

Wells Fargo

J.P. Morgan Chase

CIT Bank

Capital One Financial Corporation

Ocwen Financial Corporation

Visa

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Washington DC-based trade practice is best-known for its work in the economic sanctions, trade controls and CFIUS spheres, where it routinely provides regulatory, transactional and enforcement advice. Greta Lichtenbaum chairs the national security group and is widely hailed as a leader for export controls and economic sanctions matters. Lichtenbaum is also highly capable in CFIUS and anti-corruption issues; she recently secured CFIUS clearance for Hyundai Motor Group in connection with its $1.1bn acquisition of a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank. Of counsel Theodore Kassinger is a seasoned specialist with an impressive track record in CFIUS reviews, export controls, economic sanctions and trade remedies. Counsel David Ribner is 'extremely bright and practical' and has a focus on trade matters relating to the technology and energy industries.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Greta Lichtenbaum and David Ribner are both superb lawyers. They have a depth of expertise, range of industry experience, and practicality to their practice that I rely on and value over other firms with whom I have worked. What is unique about them is they “do their own work” rather than rely on a team of associates.’

David Ribner is by far one of the most talented attorneys with whom I have worked. He is extremely bright and practical in his approach to legal issues, weighing risk in a very informed way. He is always extremely responsive and figures out a way to make himself available even when traveling and in very different time zones!

‘A broad practice, possesses the relevant experience and takes a responsive, client-oriented approach, particularly Theodore Kassinger and David Ribner.’

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Group

Yunfeng

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

ASSA ABLOY

HID Global

Work highlights

  • Secured CFIUS clearance for Hyundai Motor Group in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank.
  • Secured CFIUS clearance for a buyer consortium (led by Yunfeng Capital, TF Capital and Tony (Bizuo) Liu) in connection with a take-private transaction involving US biopharmaceutical company, Cellular Biomedicine Group.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is entrusted by many clients with complex restructurings; it represented the ad hoc group of Belk Inc. in its Chapter 11 case, recognized for its rapid completion. Joseph Zujkowski led the representation and facilitated a prepacked plan seeking for unsecured claims to be completely recovered. John Rapisardi is the chair of the practice and is based in New York. Scott Drake, Greg Wilkes and Louis Strubeck have joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2021, and are based in Dallas. Nancy Mitchell departed in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

John Rapisardi

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Zujkowski; Louis Strubeck; Greg Wilkes; Peter Friedman; Maria DiConza; Jennifer Taylor; Steve Warren

Testimonials

‘The OMM bankruptcy team is both knowledgeable about the theory of law, and the practical reality of law. Their insight allows for both exceptional advice, as well as efficient implementation once a decision has been made. Ultimately, their team has been able to put themselves in our (the client’s) shoes – resulting in a fantastic experience.’

‘Greg Wilkes and his bankruptcy team have gone above-and-beyond over the last 12 months, both in terms of attention, advice, and implementation. Mr. Wilkes consistently provides insight and advice, as well as listens to feedback to best understand the situation, together yielding optimized strategies to deliver expedient, cost-efficient results. Mr. Wilkes and team have built and earned enormous amounts of trust with my team. Further, their communication speed and style are fantastic. It greatly helps when working through stressful and difficult situations.’

Key clients

City of Long Beach, New York

Belk, Inc.

Bank of America

Osprey Point LLC

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

Elk Petroleum Inc.

24 Hour Fitness

Bruin Energy

Brandywine (a Chubb company)

Morgan Stanley

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Francesca’s Holdings Corp.

JPMorgan Chase

Adeptus Health, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.—the largest and oldest electric transmission cooperative in Texas—as debtor in its multi-billion chapter 11 case.
  • Represented the ad hoc group of Belk Inc. first lien lenders in one of the most high profile retail restructurings of 2021, and the fastest chapter 11 case in US history.
  • Represented women’s fashion boutique Francesca’s Collections through its bankruptcy; in December 2020, Francesca’s and three affiliates sought chapter 11 protection, with over $290m in debt, citing pandemic-weakened sales.

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is known for its broad portfolio of work, advising pharmaceutical companies on core transactions and representing them in litigations, alongside supplementing M&A with a focus on venture capital clients, with a presence in multiple pharmaceutical development markets. The contentious arm advises on product liability, antitrust and trade secrets cases. Most notably, the team is lead counsel for Johnson & Johnson in its Opioid-related cases. New York-based Lisa Pensabene and Ross Galin are key litigators focusing on IP. Scott Elliott leads transactions from San Francisco and Steve Brody leads the compliance and product liability teams from Washington DC. New York-based patent and medical tech litigator Hassen Sayeed is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Steve Brody; Lisa Pensabene; Ross Galin; Scott Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amgen, Inc.

AstraZeneca

AbbVie

Endo Pharmaceuticals

JHL Biotech Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Samsung Bioepis

ViiV Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advising for Johnson & Johnson on a myriad of national opioid cases.
  • Represented Onyx Therapeutics in product liability litigation regarding its cancer drug Kyprolis.
  • Represented Endo Pharmaceutical in a national antitrust monopolization case.

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

O’Melveny & Myers LLP‘s practice maintains a strong foothold in the main US patent litigation venues, with a focus on hardware to software, augmented reality to streaming video, e-commerce and digital technology to pharmaceuticals, acting on the defense and offense side alike. The group also handles an active Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA caseload. In 2021 the firm expanded its footprint into Texas, opening two new offices in Austin and in Dallas, and added two new partners to its ranks, Tim Durst from Baker Botts L.L.P., and Tim Fink from the USPTO, who leads the PTAB practice. Practice head Ryan Yagura is based in Los Angeles. His team includes San Francisco trio Darin Snyder, Luann Simmons and David Almeling; and New York’s Lisa Pensabene, who heads the life sciences litigation practice. Counsel Mark Liang, also in Los Angeles, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

AbbVie

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Amgen Inc.

Uber

LG Electronics

Google, LLC

Clear Channel Outdoor

Hulu LLC

Hyundai Motor America and KIA Motors America, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory for Google in a patent infringement case relating to digital picture frame technology.
  • Representing Onyx Therapeutics (an Amgen company) in Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving the multiple myeloma cancer drug Kyprolis®.
  • Represented Hulu against patent infringement claims involving video-on-demand technology.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

With offices across the US, Europe and Asia, the intellectual property and technology group at O’Melveny & Myers LLP employs the strength of its global network to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes trademark litigation to safeguard the brands of household name clients. Experienced tech litigator Ryan Yagura, at the LA office, leads the team. David Eberhart in San Francisco handles infringement, dilution, and unfair competition claims for software developers and consumer electronics companies. Also in LA, Drew Breuder acts for clients in the media and entertainment industries.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Artifex Software, Inc.

Casperlabs, LLC

Elasticsearch Inc.

Fashion Nova, Inc.

Fox Group

Skechers U.S.A., Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

ThreeSixty Brands Group, LLC

Universal Navigation Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Represented footwear company Skechers U.S.A., Inc. against Easy Spirit.
  • Represented ThreeSixty Brands Group in proceedings for breach of contract, securing payment to the client instead on trademark infringement breach of contract counter-claims.
  • Represented CasperLabs in defeating a motion for a temporary restraining order.

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

O’Melveny & Myers LLP advises both public and private companies across the technology, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors on executive compensation and employee benefits issues relating to M&A and financing matters. Key clients include Edwards Lifesciences, Alaska Air Group and Warner Bros, among others. The Newport Beach-based team is led by Jeff Walbridge, who handles equity and non-equity based incentive plans, as well as deferred employment compensation mandates, while Chris Del Rosso focuses on the tax and employee benefits aspects of M&A deals.

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

Synaptics Incorporated

Warner Bros.

Western Digital Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented an ad hoc group of lenders in the chapter 11 bankruptcy and reorganisation of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc.
  • Advised a financial corporation in the $450m sale of a majority interest in the company to Walgreens Boot Alliance.
  • Advised Synaptics Incorporated in its $305m acquisition of DisplayLink Corp.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power

O'Melveny & Myers LLP opened its Austin office in June 2021 – it is led by Katie Coleman and Philip Oldman (both previously at Thompson & Knight); the group has expertise in the Texas electricity market and assists a wide range of businesses in developing new industrial facilities, buying and selling energy assets, structuring energy supply agreements, and managing costs.

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
Robert Blashek photo Robert Blashek Partner
Drew Breuder photo Drew Breuder Partner
Matt Kline  photo Matt Kline Partner
Amy Lucas photo Amy Lucas Partner
M. Randall Oppenheimer  photo M. Randall Oppenheimer Litigation Department Co-Chair; Practice Group Leader; Partner
Daniel Petrocelli photo Daniel Petrocelli Partner