2021 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#2
At a Glance
“People are down to earth, willing to help, and just pleasant to be around.”
“The challenging work.”
“Flexible work schedule.”
“The hours can be demanding.”
“Adjusting to the billable-hour lifestyle.”
About O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Long rooted in California—where it maintains a quintet of offices—O’Melveny & Myers has branched out in all directions with offices in seven countries on three continents. The firm is known for its work in antitrust, appellate litigation, entertainment law, labor and employment, patent litigation, products liability, project finance, securities litigation, venture capital, and more.
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.
Shooting for the Stars
O’Melveny is known as a go-to for the toughest cases. The firm works in a range of industries, including banking and financial services, consumer products, energy and natural resources, entertainment and media, health care, hospitality, industrials and manufacturing, life sciences, real estate, sports, technology, and transportation.
Coming in at No. 2 in Vault’s Media, Entertainment, & Sports ranking, the firm is known for its work in the entertainment field. The firm’s experience includes complex media and entertainment transactions, high-profile entertainment and media disputes, billion-dollar acquisitions and dispositions of professional sports teams, stadium development, and naming rights and sponsorships. Among the firm’s clients are Alibaba Group, CBSViacom, Disney, LaLiga, Kansas City Royals, NBCUniversal, Univision, and Warner Bros.
The firm’s litigators work on disputes that seek damages in the billions, challenge the business practices of entire industries, and stand to set new legal precedent. O’Melveny’s litigation roster runs the gamut—from appellate and commercial litigation to environmental law and ERISA to insurance and product liability to securities and white collar—and then some.
Across the deal landscape, O’Melveny’s corporate groups are routinely tapped for headline-making transactions, serving as sounding boards, creative problem solvers, and thought partners for industry leaders. The firm routinely advises on billion-dollar financing deals, global M&A transactions, and infrastructure projects. “Unicorns”—private companies valued at greater than US$1 billion—and venture-backed companies looking to sell or go public turn to the firm’s cross-disciplinary emerging companies group.
William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship
O’Melveny’s William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship honors the late William T. Coleman, a former partner at the firm, who—among other things—who worked on the groundbreaking Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education. The fellowship is open to law students who have completed their 1L year. Fellows join the firm as summer associates during their 1L summer, and in addition to summer associate compensation, they may receive an additional $10k toward tuition and law school expenses.
News & Awards
By the conclusion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2019-2020 Term, O’Melveny’s Supreme Court & Appellate group had handled seven SCOTUS cases in total and claimed victories in five. The team’s work spanned some of the Court’s most closely watched cases and issues, including gun control and reproductive rights. Among the O’Melveny lawyers who appeared at the lectern was counsel Kendall Turner, who conducted her first argument before the Court and won a unanimous decision in favor of her client.
In response to recent acts of police brutality that have galvanized the nation, O’Melveny launched a new effort to promote racial justice and address—head-on—systemic racism that pulses through the institutions, policies, and practices of our country. The Racial Justice Committee drives action on issues of racial justice and equality—internally and externally. Ongoing initiatives include collaborative pro bono engagements and volunteer opportunities with outside organizations, pipeline programs, and anti-bias awareness and training.
O’Melveny represented the State of California in two complex transactions to quickly expand the State’s capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. California entered into the agreements with a non-profit hospital operator that was in bankruptcy proceedings, allowing the State to add more than 500 desperately needed hospital beds to its capacity.
O’Melveny advised the Crypto Rating Council, an association of leading crypto companies, in the development of a pioneering evaluation and rating system for cryptocurrencies. The new ratings system aims to provide the crypto industry with a more standardized framework to assess whether a digital asset is more or less likely to be viewed as an investment contract under U.S. federal securities laws.
- As Johnson & Johnson’s national litigation counsel, O’Melveny took the first opioid case to trial, limiting the State of Oklahoma to 2.6 percent of the $17.7 billion it had sought—one of more than 2,750 opioid suits the firm is defending.
- Prevailed in the “antitrust trial of the century,” defeating two attempts by the U.S. government to block the merger between AT&T and Time Warner.
- Guiding Puerto Rico’s government through restructuring of billions in public-sector debt and pension obligations—the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
- Represented the buyer of the Carolina Panthers in the largest team purchase in NFL history.
- No. 1 in Midlevel Associates Survey, 2020—The American Lawyer
- California Litigation Department of the Year, 2020—The American Lawyer
- National Litigation Department of the Year Runner-Up, 2020—The American Lawyer
- Pro Bono Hot List, 2020—The National Law Journal
- Dealmakers of the Year, 2019—The American Lawyer
Why Work Here
At O’Melveny, we perform transformative legal work for industry-leading companies. And we believe that how we do things is as important as what we do. Culture, collaboration, and community are integral to the O’Melveny experience, for our lawyers and clients alike. Our collaborative approach embraces diverse thought, encourages innovation, and supports professional growth. Our work within our communities makes us better lawyers and better people. Our cohesive and caring culture sets us apart. It all adds up to results that earn accolades, client relationships that stand the test of time, and an environment where individuals thrive.
Phone: (213) 430-6000
Chairman: Bradley J. Butwin
Hiring Partner: Jeeho Lee
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer associate: $3,700/week
Director of Attorney Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 7
No. of International Offices: 8
Los Angeles, CA (Century City)
Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)
New York, NY
Newport Beach, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC I Beijing
Antitrust and Competition
Consumer Class Actions
Entertainment, Sports and Media
Intellectual Property and Technology
Labor and Employment
Mergers and Acquisitions
Product Liability and Mass Torts
Project Development and Real Estate
White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.