O'Melveny & Myers LLP at a Glance


  • “Great people”
  • “Flexibility in managing work life balance”|
  • “Associates are a huge focus point of the firm”


  • “It's a lot of hours”
  • “Bonuses paid much later than peer firms”
  • “Being on-call at all times for client needs”

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.

Prominent Inside the Beltway

O'Melveny boasts impressive political connections. In 1977, O'Melveny hired William T. Coleman, Jr.-who earlier helped the country move toward desegregation 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 worked out of O'Melveny's Washington, DC office as a senior partner and counselor for more than 38 years. The firm created the William T. Coleman Legal Diversity Fellowship to honor the late Coleman.

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 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; White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations partner Jeremy Maltby, who returned to the firm after serving in the Office of the White House Counsel; and Steve Bunnell, former General Counsel of the US Department of Homeland Security, who recently rejoined O'Melveny.

Litigation Leader

O'Melveny backs up its connections with its skills in front of the bench. The firm is known as a go-to for the toughest cases, often brought in when clients need a change in legal strategy. On any given day, the firm's lawyers are likely to be working on some of the most critical legal matters in the country, including disputes that seek damages in the billions, challenge the business practices of entire industries, or stand to set new legal precedent. The firm's litigation roster runs the gamut-from copyright litigation for SiriusXM Radio and whistleblower lawsuits for Ocwen Financial to class action litigation for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and pivotal antitrust litigation for US Airways, to name just a few.

Transaction Titans

O'Melveny's corporate groups are booming as well. Across the deal landscape, the firm routinely tapped for headline-making transactions like Alaska Airlines' $4 billion acquisition of Virgin America, LaGuardia Gateway Partners in its winning bid to redevelop and operate New York LaGuardia Airport's central terminal building in a groundbreaking public-private partnership, and a $2.8 billion restructuring plan for paper manufacturer Verso. A powerhouse in the entertainment and sports arenas, stalwarts like Warner Bros., Univision, and Top Rank turn to the firm for the deals making waves in the industry.


March 2017
O'Melveny counsel Deanna Rice argued a pro bono case before the Supreme Court, representing a defendant an O'Melveny team has been working with for years to challenge his decades-old murder conviction. The American Lawyer covered Rice's appearance before the Court in its article "Behind an O'Melveny Lawyer's SCOTUS Debut: Two Years, Four Moot Courts and a Plan of Attack."

February 2017
A Literal Global Deal
O'Melveny advised DigitalGlobe, Inc., a leading global provider of high-resolution Earth-imagery products and services, on its agreement to be acquired by global communications and information company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. The deal is valued at approximately US$3.6 billion.

December 2016
The New American Is Arriving
O'Melveny represented US Airways in antitrust litigation brought against airline ticket distributor Sabre, Inc. After three days of deliberation, eight weeks of testimony, and more than five years of litigation, a Manhattan jury returned a verdict in our client's favor (entitling it to treble damages, in addition to attorneys' fees and costs) after finding that Sabre unreasonably restrained trade by forcing anticompetitive contract terms on the airline in violation of the Sherman Act.

Are you Sirius?
In a major victory for Sirius XM in long-running copyright litigation, New York's highest appeals court held that New York law does not provide a "performance right" in pre-1972 recordings, meaning that Sirius XM and other broadcasters are not required to obtain permission from or pay compensation to owners of pre-1972 recordings to play their records. This ruling represented a complete reversal of the decision reached by the federal court in New York, and was the first appellate decision anywhere in the country to resolve this issue. 

October 2016
Outdoorsy O'Melveny
O'Melveny serves as antitrust counsel to outdoor gear and apparel retailer Bass Pro Shops in its US$5.5 billion acquisition of camping and hunting retailer Cabela's, announced in late 2016. The private equity-backed deal would combine two of the largest sporting brands in the US.

April 2016
Like a Virgin
O'Melveny advised Alaska Airlines in its $4 billion acquisition of Virgin America. The acquisition expands the Alaska Airlines' route network with nearly 1,200 daily flights to 118 destinations across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and Cuba, making it the fifth-largest US airline.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Phone: (213) 430-6000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Bradley J. Butwin
  • Hiring Partner: Allen Burton
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 750

  • 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
    92 out of 92 (2Ls) (2016)

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