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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

  • Designation: Los Angeles
  • Head Count: 738
  • Gross Revenues: $818,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,110,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,060,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

O'Melveny & Myers is a Los Angeles-based law firm. In terms of size, the firm was ranked thirtieth on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of U.S. firms based on size with 884 attorneys. In terms of revenue, O'Melveny & Myers was ranked 29th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 with $782,500,000 gross revenue in 2010. The firm ranked at #33 in the 2011 Global 100 survey in terms of revenue. The firm's practice areas include trade and international law; capital markets and corporate finance; entertainment and media law; labor and employment law; litigation; tax; securities; mergers and acquisitions; restructuring and insolvency; intellectual property and technology; and white-collar defense. In addition to its U.S. offices, O'Melveny & Myers has offices in both Europe and Asia, including London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 31 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 31 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 43 -13 Lawyer head count
The A-List 7 15 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 17 0 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 26 -9 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 27 87 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 30 8 Summer programs

In the News

White House Lawyer Joins O'Melveny & Myers

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 01, 2014

A former White House official praised by President Barack Obama for her "brilliant legal mind" and "mastery of complex policy" has joined O'Melveny & Myers as a litigation partner.

INADMISSIBLE: Kirkland Partner Eyes White House Post

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spoke on background about an administration personnel decision. Plus more in this week's column.

Tech Companies Attack Plaintiff Expert in 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

At a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said she was underwhelmed by experts on both sides of the case, which is set for trial in May.

Tech Companies Attack Plaintiff Expert in 'No Poach' Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

At a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said she was underwhelmed by experts on both sides of the case, which is set for trial in May.

Justice Dept. Names Acting Head for Office of Legal Counsel

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : January 25, 2014

Karl Thompson, counselor to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., was named on Monday as the new acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

To Cut Costs, Gordon & Rees Sends Some Functions Across the Bay

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

A Q&A with Executive Director Mark Stephens on the firm's decision to relocate 130 employees to Oakland.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Fifth Circuit Addresses Enforceability of Prepayment Premiums

John J. Rapisardi and Joseph Zujkowski : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

In their Bankruptcy Practice column, John J. Rapisardi and Joseph Zujkowski of O'Melveny & Myers write that in January, the Fifth Circuit joined other jurisdictions in reflecting a hesitancy on the part of bankruptcy courts to enforce prepayment premiums absent explicit language in prepetition debt instruments mandating payment of such premiums following commencement of a bankruptcy case or acceleration occasioned by another event of default.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Harvey Kauget joins Burr & Forman's intellectual property practice as partner in the Tampa office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Cadwalader Revenues Tick Up While PPP Drops

Julie Triedman and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Attributing the dip to delayed payments and to market volatility, Cadwalader posted a slight decline in profitability last year. But revenues were up for a third straight year.

Ready for Prime Time

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The MPAA hires a veteran GC who knows his way around a courtroom; and other Moves.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Bird & Bird Enters Korea Alliance

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

The U.K. firm has signed a nonexclusive agreement with 95-lawyer Hwang Mok Park.

The Churn: 14-Lawyer Team Joins Lewis Brisbois, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Lewis Brisbois launches a new office near Philadelphia with a team of 14 laterals, including eight partners, from Nelson Levine; Pfizer's assistant general counsel heads to Paul Hastings; and O'Melveny's London office adds a Kirkland M&A partner.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

GENERAL MILLS INC.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

General Mills Inc.'s legal department is a finely tuned operation, processing everything from food law to employment work and regularly appraising the outside firms it relies on to handle its thorniest issues.

The Churn: Milbank, Shearman Land Securities Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A string of New York securities litigators are on the move; Bingham loses two Los Angeles–based lawyers to Winston and a partner in San Francisco to Manatt; and a former U.S. ambassador rejoins Jones Day.

Bingham's White-Collar Co-Chairman Leaves for Sheppard

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Andrea Barach joins Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's business department as partner in the Nashville office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Lateral All-Stars

Hillary Flynn, Tom Brennan, Chris Johnson and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The most high-profile lateral partner moves of 2013.

Is Ro Khanna the Valley's Guy?

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

With Big Tech backers and a Big Law bio, Ro Khanna aims to disrupt the region's congressional race.

Cravath, Cleary Advise as Lenovo Buys IBM Server Unit

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Longtime Cravath, Swaine & Moore client IBM announced Thursday that it has agreed to sell its low-end server unit to Beijing-based Lenovo Group, the world's largest personal computer maker, for $2.3 billion.

Editorials: What Lawyers And Law Firms Can Do

: The Connecticut Law Tribune : January 22, 2014

When an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, gender-based violence became more frequent as women living in tent camps had little physical barriers to protect them. Jayne Fleming, pro bono counsel at the international law firm Reed Smith, had the unique idea that she would try to help these women secure humanitarian parole in the United States. The alternative, to do nothing, was not really an option.

Asia Deal Digest: January 16, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

* Cleary and Sidley lead on $16 billion Suntory-Beam deal* Paul Hastings advising Chinese meat processor Shuanghui on a planned $6 billion IPO* Stephenson Harwood helps budget airline VietJet buy $800 million in jet engines

The 2014 Litigation Power Rankings

: The American Lawyer : January 15, 2014

The 25 firms whose litigators have fared the best in The American Lawyer's biennial Litigation Department of the Year competition since it launched in 2002.

Appeals Court Clears Path for Silicon Valley 'No-Poach' Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Senate Confirms Wilkins to D.C. Circuit

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

The Senate today confirmed Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, marking the final step in an aggressive push from the White House and Senate Democrats to leave a mark on a key federal appeals court.

Dechert Hong Kong Head Leaves for Zhong Lun

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2014

Basil Hwang said he needed a larger China-focused platform and cited restrictions on international firms' practices.

Robert Wilkins' D.C. Circuit Confirmation Vote Set

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

The Senate is expected to confirm U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins to a key Washington federal appeals court Monday afternoon.

Cadwalader Names Woolery Chairman as of 2015

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Woolery, a 44-year-old Kentucky native and former business development chair at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, left his role as co-head of North American M&A at JPMorgan Chase last year to become Cadwalader's first deputy chair.

Former Korn/Ferry Executive Gets One Year in Prison for Computer Hacking

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

Tech Sector Dealmaking a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Data shows that the tech sector was responsible for much of the global dealmaking activity last year and recently racked up nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Sides Clash Over Nosal's Sentence in Korn/Ferry Hacking Case

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Federal prosecutors have asked the judge for 27 months, while defense lawyers are pushing for probation.

The Score: The Lawyers Who Help Make Bowl Season Happen

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

With college bowl season upon us, The Am Law Daily decided to review the tax filings made by the nonprofits that stage the big-ticket events to determine which law firms have a hand in the festivities.

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The American Lawyer's Editor In Chief explains who won the Litigation Department of the Year competition and why.

Late-Year M&A Surge a Boon to Some Am Law 200 Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Data shows that mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. accounted for 43 percent of last year's global deal volume and that the nation's technology industry was responsible for much of the activity. The sector continued its dealmaking run over the past week with a batch of transactions that totaled nearly $3 billion in value and yielded assignments for Am Law 200 stalwarts Fenwick & West, O'Melveny, Weil and Wilson Sonsini.

Finalist, General Litigation Department of the Year: O'Melveny

Mark Obbie : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

If any period might have broken O'Melveny's litigation hot streak—the firm has been a perennial Litigation Department of the Year honoree—this might have been it. Never fear. The streak continues.

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

While the U.S. economy struggled to return to health over the last two years, big-ticket litigation was clearly a countercyclical buffer. And these litigators at The Am Law 200 were front and center.

JPMorgan's Legal Tab Ticks Up as Feds Bust Big Banks

Jenna Greene and Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Federal securities regulators ended 2013 on a losing streak in court, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — finally — has a leader.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 30, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

In Congress, Learning To Love the Sequestration

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2013

GOP lawmakers thwarted progress on key issues, but Senate Democrats used high explosives to break a logjam on nominees.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 27, 2013

Six law firms promoted partners while Allegaert Berger & Vogel added counsel.

Hulu Loses Bid to Short Circuit Privacy Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 26, 2013

Users of video streaming site Hulu do not have to prove they were actually injured by disclosure of their viewing habits to file suit under a 1980s video privacy law.

CIVIL ACTIONS

: The National Law Journal : January 23, 2013

Hulu Loses Bid to Short Circuit Privacy Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 23, 2013

U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler ruled Hulu's alleged disclosure of users' viewing selections is enough to sustain claims under the Video Privacy Protection Act.

Prosecutors: Nosal Should Foot O'Melveny's $1 Million Bill

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 18, 2013

Defense lawyer Dennis Riordan says the request to cover Korn/Ferry's legal expenses distorts the intent of victim restitution.

Name Plaintiff in No-Poach Case Killed by Sheriff's Deputy

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 18, 2013

Prosecutors: Nosal Should Foot O'Melveny's $1 Million Bill

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 18, 2013

Defense lawyer Dennis Riordan says the request to cover Korn/Ferry's legal expenses distorts the intent of victim restitution.

Name Plaintiff in No-Poach Case Killed by Sheriff's Deputy

Max Taves : The Recorder : January 18, 2013

A name plaintiff in the no-poach litigation against some of Silicon Valley's largest companies was killed last week by a Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy, who said he feared for his life.

Am Law 100 Trio Advises on AIG's $5.4 billion Aircraft Deal

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2013

AIG is selling its aircraft leasing subsidiary to Netherlands-based AerCap Holdings for $5.4 billion in cash and stock. Debevoise & Plimpton advised AIG while O'Melveny & Myers represented its subsidiary, International Lease Finance Corporation. Meanwhile, AerCap tapped Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Netherlands firm NautaDutilh for counsel.

Akin Gump Moves On After Millett

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld spent months preparing for the departure of one of the firm's star appellate lawyers, Patricia Millett, who last week was confirmed for a slot on a key federal appeals court in Washington.

Nina Pillard, Georgetown Law Professor, Confirmed to D.C. Circuit

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 12, 2013

The Senate confirmed Georgetown University Law Center professor Cornelia "Nina" Pillard to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit early this morning, amid escalating political bickering over a rules change that allowed for the vote.

Bid-Rigging Convictions Upset on Statute of Limitations

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2013

The Second Circuit majority held that artificially depressed interest payments are not "overt acts" that extend the five-year limitations period in which prosecutors must bring an indictment for rigging the market.

Senate Confirms Akin Gump's Millett to D.C. Circuit

Todd Ruger : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2013

Patricia Millett's confirmation on Tuesday to a key federal appeals court in Washington marked the start of a new streamlined approach to judicial nominations on Capitol Hill. The move also marked the beginning of a period of change at the court—and at the appellate practice at the law firm she will leave behind.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

O'Melveny Helps Kabam Ink Name on Cal Sports Field

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 09, 2013

Senate Appears Ready to Confirm D.C. Circuit Nominee

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

The Senate is poised on Tuesday to confirm Patricia Millett to a key federal appeals court in Washington, making her the first nominee approved under a new streamlined procedure that could deliver a pre-holiday rush of judges to the bench.

$1 Billion Verdict Against Developer Is Validation For Lennar

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 04, 2013

A jury awarded $1 billion in damages after finding Lennar, one of the nation's largest home-builders, was the target of defamation and an extortion conspiracy.

Harmony at Last

Jenna Greene : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

After years of bickering, two agencies join to enforce antitrust laws.

Asia Deal Digest: November 28, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2013

*Skadden acts on U.S. IPO for Chinese classified advertising site 58.com*WongPartnership advises real estate developer Ascendas on new Indian property fund*Rahmat Lim & Partners and Allen & Gledhill advise Sime Darby Motors on Vietnamese acquisition

Three Firms on $2.9 Billion Chinese Take-Private Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2013

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Weil Gotshal & Manges and O'Melveny & Myers have the lead roles on a proposed buyout of Chinese game developer Giant Interactive by a group of minority shareholders.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

The general counsel of American Express is slated to join Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in April; Morrison & Foerster expands in Washington, D.C., with a hire from O'Melveny & Myers; and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn adds an intellectual property partner. .

INADMISSIBLE: Brush Up on the Solicitor General's Style

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

The office of the U.S. solicitor general sometimes takes controversial positions, but most practitioners agree that the quality of its legal briefs is high. Some of the office's style secrets are now available for lawyers to emulate — or, in some instances, avoid. Plus more in this week's column.

Filibuster Vote Spells D.C. Circuit Changes

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 25, 2013

The Senate's historic vote to end minority party filibusters of most judicial nominees means three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will likely win approval.

Five Firms Handle M&A Work for Lloyds, Goldman

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Lloyds Banking Group, the British banking giant created via a financial crisis-driven merger in September 2008, has tapped Hogan Lovells and Herbert Smith Freehills for the $1.1 billion sale of its asset management unit to Aberdeen Asset Management in a deal that will create Europe's largest fund manager. Meanwhile, Weil is advising Goldman Sachs on its $900 million purchase of an events services business.

Asia Deal Digest: November 21, 2013

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster guides Global Logistics Properties on creation of $3 billion fund*Simpson Thacher leads Chinese gaming company Boyaa Interactive's $127 million IPO*Gadens advises PanAust on majority-stake purchase in Papua New Guinea gold and copper mine

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Nerf Gun Inventor Wins $73 million Arbitrated Award

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 18, 2013

A former NASA engineer who invented the wildly popular Nerf dart guns has been awarded $72.8 million in a royalty fight with toy company Hasbro.

Obama to Fight for D.C. Circuit Nominees

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

President Obama does not intend to "just sit idly by" as Republicans continue to thwart his administration's three picks for a key federal appeals court in Washington, senior White House officials said Monday.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Zachary Smith joins Moore & Van Allen's bankruptcy and financial restructuring team as partner in the Charlotte office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Can We Go Back to Role Models?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 11, 2013

Decisions Address FDIC Claims to Defunct Bank Tax Refunds

John J. Rapisardi and Joseph Zujkowski : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2013

In their Bankruptcy Practice column, John J. Rapisardi and Joseph Zujkowski of O'Melveny & Myers write: The FDIC argues that as the statutory successor to certain defunct banks, it, and not the debtor holding companies, is entitled to the substantial tax refunds generated by the shuttered banks' operating losses. The majority of U.S. bankruptcy and district courts to have considered this issue have disagreed, but recently, the Eleventh Circuit ruled in two separate decisions that the tax sharing agreements at issue entitled the FDIC to a direct recovery of the tax refunds in question.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

Am Law Firms Help Construct $2.7 Billion Tri Pointe Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2013

Tri Pointe Homes has agreed to buy Weyerhaeuser Company's homebuilding and real estate subsidiary in a cash and stock deal worth $2.7 billion. Gibson Dunn is acting as lead counsel to Tri Pointe on the deal, while Cravath is advising Weyerhauser.

INADMISSIBLE: D.C. Circuit Nominee Blocked from Bench

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

President Obama's three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit appear to be in trouble, and they may need Democrats to employ the "nuclear option" to ever make it to the bench. Plus more in this week's column.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 04, 2013

A weekly report of lawyer moves and law firm changes. Keep abreast of where movers and shakers are going and what they're doing.

How the Magic Circle Lost the Battle for New York

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Despite decades of effort and millions of dollars spent, the U.K.'s Magic Circle firms still haven't made a dent in the New York market.

The Experts

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The New York Law Journal thanks our legal columnists who have been contributing to the Law Journal from the 1960s to the present day.

After Wavering, Ninth Circuit Snuffs Out 'Broughton-Cruz' Doctrine

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2013

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Loeb & Loeb gains an advertising specialist; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton hires a new pro bono partner; and a longtime Treasury Department lawyer joins Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Orrick, Pillsbury Confirm Merger Talks

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Am Law 100 firms Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman are in merger talks that, if successful, would create one of the world's 20 largest firms in terms of attorney head count.

Pro Bono Switch at Kilpatrick

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 24, 2013

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is getting a new pro bono partner: Tamara Caldas, the deputy director of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

O'Melveny, Latham Chip In on Microsemi Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 22, 2013

Friedland, Owens Fill in the Plot on Ninth Circuit Nominations

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 21, 2013