O'Melveny & Myers LLP at a Glance


  • “Flexibility”
  • “Ability to work on leanly staffed teams”
  • “Open-door atmosphere”


  • “Bureaucracy”
  • “Sink or swim atmosphere”
  • “The lack of partnership opportunities, particularly on the transactional side”

The Buzz

  • “Great entertainment and sports practice”
  • “Very collegial despite working crazy hours”
  • “Gunners”
  • “California-based”

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 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. 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 works out of OMM's Washington, DC office as a senior partner and counselor.

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 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 is 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. Century City partner Marvin Putnam defended AEG in the wrongful death trial involving Michael Jackson. And 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.


April 2014

School of Rock
O'Melveny represented national musical education non-profit Little Kids Rock on a pro bono basis in connection with its joint venture with Berklee College of Music to benefit over 60,000 New York City public school students by providing an innovative music program in cooperation with New York City Department of Education. The program will make music education more accessible to youth in NYC public schools, and will serve as a model for later national expansion.

March 2014

Gamer Giant
O'Melveny advised U.S.-listed Chinese game developer Giant Interactive Group Inc. in connection with its entry into a definitive merger agreement valued at approximately US$3 billion.

December 2013

Yahoo! Notes A'Plenty
O'Melveny represented Yahoo! Inc. in connection with its Rule 144A offering of US$1.44 billion aggregate principal amount of 0.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2018 and related convertible note hedge and warrant transactions. This offering was Yahoo! Inc.'s first securities offering in a decade, one of the largest convertible note offerings in 2013, and one of the most successful convertible note offerings of all time with respect to pricing terms achieved for an issuer.

November 2013

High Flying
O'Melveny represented US Airways in connection with its merger with American Airlines, both in structuring a complex set of labor agreements to secure union support for the deal, and as lead trial counsel in the Department of Justice's attempt to enjoin the merger on antitrust grounds. Anti-competitive concerns led many analysts to pronounce the merger dead on arrival. Through focused and intense litigation, O'Melveny put tremendous pressure on the government, which ultimately agreed to a settlement favorable enough to the airlines that "consumer advocates decried the government's surrender," according to The American Lawyer.

October 2013

Celebrity Courtroom Drama
O'Melveny successfully defended AEG Live in one of the most talked about trials of 2013-the courtroom showdown with Michael Jackson's family over who is responsible for the King of Pop's untimely death. The Jackson family sought nearly US$2 billion in damages based on Jackson's earning potential. The trial lasted five months and involved dozens of witnesses and hundreds of exhibits. Closing arguments were "live streamed" on cnn.com, abc.com, and other national and international news websites. After deliberating for three days, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in AEG's favor, awarding the plaintiffs zero dollars.

June 2013

Marriage Equality Warriors
O'Melveny played an important role in two landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings regarding same-sex marriage. In Windsor, the Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act because it violates the guarantee of equal protection, as applied to the federal government through the Fifth Amendment. The Court's opinion echoed numerous points raised in our amicus brief. In Perry, the Court affirmed the district court's order holding Prop 8 unconstitutional, and as a result, same sex marriages were able to resume in California. SCOTUSblog noted the brief's influence on the Court's opinion, which expressly relied on, and even quoted from, our filing.

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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: Marvin Putnam
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 780

  • 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
    81 out of 85 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Alien Tort Statute
    Antitrust and Competition
    Broker-Dealer Regulation and Compliance
    Business Tax
    Business Trial and Litigation
    Capital Markets
    Class Actions, Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation
    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
    Integrated Legal Strategies
    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
    Tax Controversy
    Technology Transactions
    White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA • Century City, CA • Menlo Park, 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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