2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Flexibility; no face-time expectations.”
“The culture of the firm is exceptional.”
“Challenging, impactful work.”
“It’s a BigLaw firm, and the pressures are real.”
“The unpredictability of law firm practice generally.”
“The hours are sometimes long.”
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, 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, retail, 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 inaugural Media, Entertainment, & Sports ranking, the firm is known for its work in the entertainment field. The firm’s experience includes financing and investment as they relate to media matters, internet issues, film and television, music, and video games. Among the firm’s clients are Alcon Entertainment, Alibaba Group, Houzz, Lions Gate Entertainment, Miramax Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 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’s project finance team was involved in the largest public financing of infrastructure in the U.S.—at over $11 billion. And its private equity team is known for working with top investors across industries and borders. The firm was the 15th most active global law firm in venture capital deals in 2018 according to the Pitchbook 2018 Annual Global League Tables.
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
O’Melveny is serving as lead counsel for Johnson & Johnson in more than 1,600 opioids lawsuits pending across the country—among the most important and highly publicized litigation in the nation.
The firm is advising the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and numerous individual agencies and instrumentalities in the largest and most complicated municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Marketplace noted that a judge-approved deal to restructure some of Puerto Rico’s massive debt is a “first step toward relief” for Puerto Ricans, and “could pave the way for the island to start emerging from years of loan defaults and fiscal insolvency.”
O’Melveny represented David Tepper, the founder and president of Appaloosa Management L.P., in his winning bid to purchase the National Football League’s Carolina Panthers—the largest team purchase in NFL history. Tepper’s winning bid was widely reported in the press, including an article in The American Lawyer, which noted that some of the “best-known legal dealmakers in the sports world” handled the transaction.
O’Melveny served as lead trial counsel to both AT&T and Time Warner in “the antitrust trial of the century,” defeating an attempt by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division to block the US$85.4 billion merger between the two companies.
- Secured a major victory for all class action defendants when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of client China Agritech, Inc., holding that courts cannot extend statutes of limitations to permit endless follow-on class actions.
- Advised Microsemi Corporation on its US$10.15 billion acquisition by Microchip Technology. The deal was the culmination of a more than 10-year relationship, with O’Melveny handling all of the company’s corporate work.
- Defeated antitrust claims seeking more than US$1 billion in actual damages—US$3 billion in treble damages—in multidistrict litigation alleging client Samsung was part of a conspiracy to fix prices of optical disk drives.
- For the third straight year, The American Lawyer ranked O’Melveny second in the nation for associate satisfaction in its “Annual Midlevel Associates Survey.”
- For the seventh straight year, O’Melveny was named to The American Lawyer’s prestigious “A-List” of the most well-rounded firms.
- Working Mother magazine named O’Melveny one of the “Best Law Firms for Women” for the sixth consecutive year in 2018.
- Law360 honored O’Melveny with three 2018 “Practice Group of the Year” awards (Competition, Sports, and Transportation)
Why Work Here
Although your first contact with O’Melveny is likely to be with one of our recruiting teams, whose never-ending talent search introduces them to thousands of law students every year, our commitment to professional growth continues long after our attorneys have joined us. At every stage of every attorney’s career, we provide training, mentoring, career counseling, performance evaluations, flexible work options, and leadership development. Our comprehensive training program includes both legal and business skills courses, while our mentoring programs teach junior to midlevel attorneys such intangibles as developing the right career path and balancing work and home life. Recent investments in technology have streamlined the firm’s work-coordination system, better ensuring that all attorneys receive the types of assignments that enhance their professional development. Additionally, several US associates and summer associates have been given the opportunity to work in one of our Asia offices, further enriching their understanding of the international market. Through our online alumni network, OMMConnect, we provide ongoing support for every member of the O’Melveny community, whether they remain at the firm or move on to other endeavors.
Phone: (213) 430-6000
Chairman: Bradley J. Butwin
Hiring Partner: Allen Burton
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
750 - 1K
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
Summer Associate Offers:
70 out of 70 (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
75 total (70 2Ls; 5 1Ls)
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 additional departments and specific practice areas and industries.