O'Melveny & Myers LLP at a Glance


  • “Friendliness and approachability of colleagues”
  • “The flexible/remote work policy”
  • “Unique culture among big firms”


  • “High expectations”
  • “Bonuses don't come out until the end of February”
  • “Pitch work doesn't count towards hours”

The Buzz

  • “California Powerhouse”
  • “Great appellate practice”
  • “Oddballs”
  • “Nerdy”

About O'Melveny & Myers LLP

With an extensive history of working big-time cases spread across a diverse array of fields, O'Melveny & Myers boasts expertise in a little bit of everything, with the firm's litigation team leading the way. Long rooted in California-where it maintains a quintet of offices-O'Melveny has branched out in all directions and now handles everything from entertainment law to M&A.  

Growing with L.A.

The O'Melveny story starts way back in 1885 when Henry W. O'Melveny and Jackson Graves founded a partnership in Los Angeles. The fledgling firm gained traction through its work on land litigation surrounding the ownership of California's Spanish haciendas and its handling of the legalities of hydroelectric power, which helped to transform the arid basin of Los Angeles into a sprawling, car-centric metropolis. The firm underwent a total of nine name changes, and after Judge Louis J. Myers was hired as a lateral partner, became O'Melveny & Myers in 1939. During World War II, the firm reeled in several major military contractors-some of whom remain on the client list. Postwar investment drove the growth of OMM's transactional practice, as Henry's son John kept the family business thriving (the firm grew into one of the world's largest by the time he retired in 1974).

The following half-century brought exponential growth as the firm added offices in new cities foreign and domestic, gathering awards and recognition galore along the way. Much of this expansion and rise to prominence has been credited to the late Warren Christopher-who served as firm chairman from 1982 to 1992, following stints in the administrations of Presidents Johnson and Carter and prior to his turn as U.S. Secretary of State under President Clinton. O'Melveny has a presence in seven countries spread over three continents and has counted former cabinet members of two U.S. presidents among its ranks.

Landmark Leader

In 1977, O'Melveny hired William T. Coleman, Jr.-who had helped the country move toward desegregation 23 years prior as a lead strategist for the plaintiffs in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education. In accepting the offer, Coleman became the firm's first African-American partner, as well as its first laterally hired partner in a half-century. A former secretary of transportation under President Ford, Coleman recently retired from the firm after working out of O'Melveny's Washington, DC office as a senior partner and counselor for more than 38 years.

Prominent on the Beltway and in the Courtroom

O'Melveny boasts impressive political connections. The firm's former Chair Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., former White House Counsel to President Ronald Reagan, is often called to assist with the vetting and confirmation processes of DC hopefuls. Partner Danielle Gray, who was former Cabinet Secretary and Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Associate Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel, played a lead role in the successful confirmation processes for Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. Walter Dellinger-Clinton administration acting Solicitor General-and Tom Donilon-former National Security Advisor to the President-are also on the firm's roster. Many of the firm's alums have gone on to serve in illustrious government positions, including former White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations partner Alejandro Mayorkas, who currently serves as the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; former Appellate practice chair Sri Srinivasan, who is currently a Judge on the DC Circuit Court and was considered by President Obama as a potential nominee to the Supreme Court; and White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations partner Jeremy Maltby, who recently returned to the firm after serving in the Office of the White House Counsel. The firm backs up its connections with its skills in front of the bench. Century City partner Daniel Petrocelli is known as the attorney who successfully sued O.J. Simpson for the wrongful death of Ronald Goldman. Petrocelli also represented Jeffrey Skilling in his criminal prosecution arising out of the collapse of the Enron Corporation. Los Angeles partner Carolyn Kubota is undefeated in more than 20 trials, including handing a loss to the SEC in an alleged securities fraud case. O'Melveny's New York-based Chair, Bradley Butwin, is a top securities litigator.

Transaction Titans

O'Melveny's corporate groups are booming as well. They routinely help clients in multiple industries complete billion-dollar deals, including Homeinns Hotel Group's US$1.75 billion going-private deal, BB&T Corporation's US$1.8 billion acquisition of National Penn Bancshares Inc., Microsemi's winning US$2.5 billion bid for PMC-Sierra, Dealertrack's US$4 billion acquisition by Cox Automotive, and the LaGuardia Gateway Partners consortium's winning bid for the US$4 billion La Guardia terminal redevelopment-the world's largest public-private partnership. These are in addition to initial public offerings by SolarEdge, Haohai Biological, and the Bank of Qingdao; financing rounds for stalwarts like American Honda Finance Corp. and up-and-comers like Kabam; and innovative transactions redefining the renewable energy space, including Building Energy's expansion into US wind power and Bloom Energy's setting of a regulatory precedent.


April 2016
Mid-Air Merger

O'Melveny represented Alaska Air Group, Inc. in a definitive merger agreement to acquire Virgin America Inc. for US$57 per share in cash. Including existing Virgin America indebtedness and capitalized aircraft operating leases, the aggregate transaction value is approximately US$4 billion. 

January 2016
Not a Micro Deal

O'Melveny advised Microsemi on its US$389 million acquisition of Vitesse Semiconductor Corp., which included favorably settling litigation arising from the deal, and Microsemi's winning US$2.5 billion cash-and-stock bid to acquire PMC-Sierra Inc. To fund the PMC-Sierra acquisition, O'Melveny helped secure US$2.9 billion in financing from a Morgan Stanley-led group-including a revolving credit facility, a senior secured term loan, and a senior secured Term Loan B. 

December 2015

O'Melveny represented Yahoo! and executive Maria Zhang in a same-gender, quid pro quo sexual harassment and wrongful termination case that ended in a walk away settlement with no money going to the plaintiff or her lawyers-a resolution Yahoo! described as a "total vindication."  

September 2015
Helping Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

Working pro bono, O'Melveny helped the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and State of Illinois achieve a Seventh Circuit victory in a challenge to a state program aimed at helping disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) win bids for state-awarded construction projects. O'Melveny's brief was quoted by the US Court of Appeals in its decision upholding the constitutionality of the program. 

March 2015
A Deep Dive

O'Melveny assisted Houston-based oil and gas infrastructure company Cal Dive International in all aspects of its chapter 11 proceedings pending in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Our successes included securing approval of Cal Dive's first-day motions, including a hotly contested financing motion for a US$120 million debtor-in-possession loan. In addition, O'Melveny led Cal Dive through the marketing and sale of its assets, including the sale of its 14-vessel fleet, and its Australia and Mexico operating subsidiaries.

February 2015
Smart(phone) Settlement

With a very substantial (but confidential) amount of money at stake, publicly reported to be over US$1 billion, O'Melveny represented Samsung in defending-and successfully settling-a high-profile licensing dispute with Microsoft over patents relating to the Android operating system.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

400 South Hope Street
18th floor
Los Angeles, CA, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 430-6000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Bradley J. Butwin
  • Hiring Partner: Allen Burton
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 700

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    63 out of 63 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust and Competition • Appellate • Capital Markets • Consumer Class Actions • Corporate Finance • • Distressed Company and Bankruptcy Litigation • Distressed Mergers and Acquisitions • Electronic Discovery and Document Retention • Emerging Technology • Environment and Natural Resources • Entertainment, Sports and Media • ERISA Litigation • Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits • Financial Services • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act • Health Care • Insurance and Reinsurance • Intellectual Property and Technology • International Trade • International Arbitration • Investment Adviser Regulation and Compliance • Investment Funds • Labor and Employment • Life Sciences • Mergers and Acquisitions • Public Policy and Political Strategy • Product Liability and Mass Torts • Project and Infrastructure Finance and Development • Real Estate • Restructuring • Securities Litigation • Tax • Technology Transactions • Trial Litigation • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA • Century City, CA • Silicon Valley, CA • New York, NY • Newport Beach, CA • San Francisco, CA • Washington, DC • Beijing • Brussels • Hong Kong • London • Seoul • Shanghai • Singapore • Tokyo