O'Melveny & Myers LLP at a Glance


  • “Social and friendly environment”
  • “Partners who take mentoring seriously”
  • “Pro bono opportunities”


  • “Bonus schedule”
  • “Not the most transparent”
  • “Transactions department is spread fairly thin”

The Buzz

  • “Entertainment law powerhouse”
  • “Good culture”
  • “Litigation-heavy”
  • “More LA-focused”

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-OMM 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 and grew from 100 to 1,000 attorneys, 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. OMM 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, OMM 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 of Topeka, Kansas. 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 OMM's Washington, DC office as a senior partner and counselor for more than 38 years.

Prominent on the Beltway and in the Courtroom

OMM boasts impressive political connections. The firm's former Chairman 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. Culvahouse has been credited with preparing former Supreme Court justice David Souter for his Senate confirmation hearings and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates for his role as CIA director under President George H.W. Bush. He also handled the VP vetting process for Senator John McCain during his ill-fated 2008 presidential campaign. Partner Danielle Gray, who was Former Cabinet Secretary and Senior Advisor to the President 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 has served as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States and is currently a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit; and former White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations partner Jeremy Maltby, who recently served 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, most recently handing a loss to the SEC in an alleged securities fraud case. The Firm's New York-based Chair, Bradley Butwin, is a top securities litigator.

Transaction Titans

OMM's corporate groups are booming as well. For example, in 2014 alone, O'Melveny's M&A team advised clients on more than 400 transactions with an aggregate deal value of approximately US$100 billion-placing the firm among the top five most active firms in numerous domestic and international categories in Mergermarket's year-end league tables. The firm represented long-time studio client Warner Bros on numerous strategic transactions-including its US$273 million cross-border acquisition of the international businesses of Netherlands-based television producer Eyeworks and its investment in wildly popular digital content company Machinima. It also advised on high-profile private equity transactions, from billion-dollar fundraisings for Colony Capital, Helios, and Freeman Spogli to multiple investments for Avenue Capital, Coller Capital, GIC, Goldman Sachs, Macquarie, and MHR.



January 2015

Class Dismissed
O'Melveny defeated class certification on a multibillion-dollar price-fixing claim against Samsung and other defendants. In October 2014, the Northern District of California denied class certification as to both direct purchasers and indirect purchasers in an antitrust MDL in which major manufacturers of Optical Disk Drives (ODD) and products containing ODDs were alleged over a six-year period to have conspired to fix prices and to have engaged in bid rigging. The Ninth Circuit denied the plaintiffs' petition for permission to appeal in January 2015.

December 2014

All About IPOs
O'Melveny served as underwriters' counsel in Lending Club's US$1 billion-plus initial public offering-the second largest IPO by a U.S. technology company in 2014 and one of the 10 biggest tech offerings ever. The IPO is also the first public offering for an alternative lender, and stands at the intersection between the traditional financial services sector and the emerging peer-to-peer technology sector. Lending Club is the world's largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, and its marketplace has facilitated over US$6 billion in loan originations.

November 2014

Great Performers
O'Melveny secured a complete dismissal of a federal class action against the owners, producers, broadcaster, and sponsors of the long-running hit television show "American Idol." The suit was brought by 10 former contestants who alleged they were disqualified from the show due to discrimination toward African-American males. The Southern District of New York granted O'Melveny's motion to dismiss the case in its entirety, agreeing with O'Melveny that nine of the 10 plaintiffs' claims were untimely and that the remaining plaintiff failed to sufficiently allege a claim under 42 U.S.C. §1981.

September 2014

A Patent Force to Reckon With
O'Melveny prevailed in an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit brought by Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co Ltd. in a complex patent infringement lawsuit against O'Melveny's client, Top Victory Electronics Co. Ltd. of Taipei, Taiwan. The underlying technology relates to broadcasting, receiving, adjusting and recording digital television signals. Top Victory prevailed at trial in April 2013 before a jury in the Eastern District of Texas, defeating all of Hitachi's claims and invalidating two of Hitachi's asserted patents. The appellate panel affirmed the trial court judgment in September 2014.

August 2014

Electricity in Bloom
O'Melveny represented Bloom Energy in its equity financing by Exelon Corporation, the largest U.S. producer of nuclear power, of a portfolio of base load fuel cell electricity generators with 21 megawatts of capacity to be located at 75 commercial facilities in the states of California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. This transaction represents a first-of-its-kind, long-term strategic partnership by Bloom Energy with Exelon to install Bloom Energy Servers to meet surging demand for distributed generation by buyers, such as AT&T.

March 2014

We Have A Deal
O'Melveny represented Dealertrack Technologies, Inc. in its US$1 billion cash and stock acquisition of Dealer.com, a leading provider of comprehensive digital marketing solutions and services for the automotive retail industry. Dealertrack and its web-based software solutions and services enhance efficiency and profitability for all major segments of the automotive retail industry, including dealers, lenders, OEMs, third-party retailers, agents, and aftermarket providers.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Bradley J. Butwin
  • Hiring Partner: Allen Burton
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 700

  • Employment Contact
    Tina Metis
    Director of Attorney Recruiting (Firmwide)
    Phone: (212) 728-5741
    Fax: (212) 326-2061
    E-mail: tmetis@omm.com

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000
    Summer associate: $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    56 out of 59 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Alien Tort Statute
    Antitrust and Competition
    Capital Markets
    Consumer Class Actions
    Corporate Finance
    Derivatives and Structured Products
    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
    Products Liability and Mass Torts
    Project and Infrastructure Finance and Development
    Real Estate
    Securities Litigation
    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

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