Existing as the 29th largest law firm in the world, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is an international law firm founded in Los Angeles, California. It has been praised by Vault as among the 25 most prestigious law firms in the United States.
Employing more than 800 lawyers in 15 offices worldwide, the firm has been proud to represent a host of notable clients in the past such as Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, Apple, Goldman Sachs, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and various others. O'Melveny also represented the former Enron Corporation Chief Executive Jeffrey K. Skilling during the period of his trial.
O'Melveny attorneys practice in many areas such as antitrust and competitiveness issues, appellate work, aviation law, corporate law, entertainment and media law, capital markets, finance and restructuring, criminal defense, healthcare law, private tax, strategic counseling, and litigation work.
Initially founded in 1885 as "Graves and Melveny" by Henry O'Melveny and Jackson Graves, the firm became O'Melveny and Myers upon the joining of Wescott Myers, when he joined the firm after retiring from the Supreme Court as Chief Justice of California. This was only after the firm underwent nine name changes before becoming O'Melveny and Myers in 1939.
In the initial years, the firm played a key role in major land litigation and probate proceedings, which involved the transfer of Spanish Ranchos. It also played an important role in the development of a hydroelectric power plant that was crucial to the growth of Los Angeles. During the World War era II, O'Melveny acquired several important military contractor clients such as Lockheed, Northrop, Cal Tech and Bechtel-McCone. Some of these clients are still with O'Melveny to this day.
From 1965 to 1990, O'Melveny expanded from 100 to more than 500 lawyers. The year 1997 saw the joining of the former Secretary of Transportation William T. Coleman as the firm's first African-American partner. The firm has been on a growth path since then. In 2002, O'Melveny shook hands and combined with O'Sullivan LLP, which is a prestigious private equity firm in New York. It was the first US law firm that opened offices in Beijing and Tokyo, and today has offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong.
The firm also opened a Singapore office in 2008, and in 2011, the firm associated with the leading Indonesian law firm Tumbuan and Partners. Today, the firm has offices in the leading cities of the world such as Los Angeles, Century City, Washington, D.C., Newport Beach, New York, London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Silicon Valley , Beijing, Brussels, and Singapore.
Areas of practice
Alien Tort Statute
Antitrust and Competition
Business Trial and Litigation
Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation
Distressed Company and Bankruptcy Litigation
Electronic Discovery and Document Retention
Natural Resources and Environment
Entertainment and Media Litigation
Insurance and Reinsurance
Integrated Legal Strategies
Intellectual Property and Technology
Labor and Employment
Products Liability and Mass Torts
White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Funds
Regulatory and Government Affairs
Broker-Dealer Regulation and Compliance
Natural Resources and Environment
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Investment Adviser Regulation and Compliance
Public Policy & Political Strategy
Broker-Dealer Regulation and Compliance
Derivatives and Structured Products
Distressed Mergers and Acquisitions
Natural Resources and Environment
Sports and Media
Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
Insurance and Reinsurance
Investment Adviser Regulation and Compliance
Mergers and Acquisitions
Project Development and Infrastructure
O'Melveny currently represents Bank of America in several multibillion-dollar cases, wherein the Bank was named as an alleged "successor-in-interest" to Countrywide Financial Corporation. The claims in the suit attack the merger of Countrywide and the Bank's efforts to allow Countrywide as a distinct and separate corporate identity.
O'Melveny is currently continuing its defense of Lennar Corporation, which is one of the country's largest homebuilders. This case is a high-stakes litigation matter. In the spot are Lennar's partners Nicholas Marsch III, and Barry Minkow, who is a self-styled sleuth and convicted scam artist. Lennar was not only cleared in the case, however, Marsch was ordered to pay Lennar more than US$55 million in damages. However, Marsch was not contended and used bankruptcy to file charges against Lennar. He also utilized the services of Minkow to publicly malign Lennar. O'Melveny sued Minkow for libel and extortion, and he was forced to plead that he had manipulated Lennar's stock. This case is prominently featured in a January 2012 issue of Fortune Magazine.
In 2011, O'Melveny prevailed in a seven-and-a-half year court battle that was brought by Rambus Inc, against their client SK hynix, which is the world's second largest maker of computer memory chips. Rambus claimed that the rivals and their co-defendant Micron Technology had conspired along with engaging in criminal conduct to prevent the RDRAM proprietary memory technology of Rambus to become the standard computer memory technology countrywide. This case was widely called as the defense verdict of the year in 2011.
O'Melveny has successfully prevented the last minute effort of the Airline Pilots association (ALPA), which is the Union representing the pilots at United, to derail an important phase of United Airline's revision to flight operations. This is in connected with United's Merger with Continental Airlines. ALPA had sued United just a few days before the implementation of the new flight operations policies. It had sought a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) along with a preliminary injunction to postpone the implementation. They had alleged that the computer-based training on the procedures was inadequate. However, in light of the TRO victory in favor of United, the union has agreed to dismiss the entire case.
Awards and recognitions
O'Melveny has consistently ranked as amongst the topmost law firms in the United States. It has won worldwide accolades for being a top notch law firm providing distinguished law services to its clientele across the globe in a wide range of practice areas. Though it has won several awards in various categories, some of the notable awards are mentioned below:
In August 2012, O'Melveny was listed as one of the top 150 largest law offices in the Metro Area in the National Law Journal's "LT 150" Survey.
In February 2012, Global Competition Review "GCR 100" highly ranked O'Melveny's Global Antitrust and Competition Practice in their "GCR 100" 2012 edition.
The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) 2011 Beacon of Justice Award was presented to O'Melveny & Myers LLP in December 2011. This award honors law firms that have "innovative public-private partnerships that protect equal justice for all through appellate litigation." The firm was one of the 14 recipients of the award.
The 2011 edition of the Legal 500: United States, which is an annual guide to the US legal market, recognizes O'Melveny and Myers LLP in 26 practice areas. It also recommends 55 of the Firm's lawyers in addition to seven partners receiving the additional distinction of "Leading Lawyer."
Aspirants will be glad to know that O'Melveny is a values-driven law firm that is committed to a high degree of excellence and brilliance in the field of law and its practice. It is further dedicated to providing a value based and distinguishing leadership to the legal profession. The firm is proud of its long standing commitment to enhancing the diversity and promoting equal opportunities for its staff while enhancing the credibility of the communities in which they work and live.
O'Melveny thoroughly abides by its core values of excellence, leadership, as well as citizenship to guide them in every regard, besides dedicating their professionalism and excellence in nurturing a new breed of thorough professionals that will outshine in the legal field in all respects. O'Melveny is proud of the legal talent that it possesses, and invites fresh talent to join them.
The firm is open to seeking candidates who wish to work with them on some of the most challenging and cutting-edge assignments with the finest legal brains in the country. Those interested in joining the firm should be capable of demonstrating a high level of excellence, distinguished leadership as well as a thorough commitment to local communities.
The firm is well recognized for its ability nationally and internationally to transform companies, influence marketplaces, and even change laws. O'Melveny conducts campus interviews at a number of law schools across the country and also participates in a wide variety of job fairs to select the most capable and distinguished candidates. Some of the schools where it conducts campus interviews are listed out below:
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Brigham Young University Law School
Brooklyn Law School
Chapman University School of Law
Columbia University Law School
Duke University School of Law
Emory University School of Law
Fordham University School of Law
George Washington University Law School
Georgetown University Law Center
Harvard Law School
Hofstra University School of Law
Howard University School of Law
Loyola Law School - Los Angeles
New York Law School
New York University School of Law
Northwestern University School of Law
Rutgers University School of Law - Newark
Santa Clara University School of Law
Southwestern University School of Law
Stanford Law School
UCLA School of Law
University of California - Irvine School of Law
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
University of California, Davis
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
University of Chicago Law School
University of Florida Levin College of Law
University of Michigan Law School
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
Yale Law School
O'Melveny also participates in a number of job fairs to seek candidates that have the aptitude and capability suitable for their talent pool. This includes talent fairs such as the BASF Job Fair, Cook County Job Fair, Lavender Law Job Fair, Penn Northern California Job Fair and others.
As a premier law firm in the United States, O'Melveny has a long standing commitment towards diversity and seeks to promote equal opportunities for its lawyers as well as support staff. The dedication of the firm is truly reflected by its values statement. It therefore pledges to attract and retain superior as well as diverse talent that is reflected in their standing "Statement on Commitment to Diversity."
The firm aggressively pursues a diversity strategic plan that has been developed through a thorough assessment of the company's policies as well as a thorough input from a broad section of the firm's employees. The firm has also incorporated the diversity plan firm wide and has codified itself as one of the firm's strategic objectives.
The firm therefore recruits at a number of law schools that include a large minority enrolment. It also includes recruitment from Howard University School of Law, which is a traditionally black college. As described earlier, O'Melveny also recruits from law school diversity career fairs and outreach events that include the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. The firm also recruits from a number of job fairs that includes the Minority Law Student Job Fair, the National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Career Fair, and the Cook County Bar Association. The firm also participates in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Corporate Law Program, which is a premier law firm summer internship program for talented 1L law students of color.
O'Melveny firmly believes in its non-discrimination policy whereby all employees and applicants are evaluated equally without regard to their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religious belief, national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, or medical condition.
Summer associate program
O'Melveny is proud to have one of the most innovative talent development programs in the United States for summer associates. The firm is committed to providing summer associates with a truly realistic experience of practice at a law firm.
Each office at the firm sponsors a range of social events to create the necessary bonding and bonhomie for their summer associates. Such events also give summer associates to get to know other lawyers in a social setting. The firm also organizes a variety of events wherein summer associates can participate as well.
The 2011 summer associates also participated in a variety of games such as baseball, golf outings, wine tasting seminars, cooking classes, concerts, dinners, and museum trips, among others. Other events included a private tour of the US Supreme Court, rock climbing, river rafting, and a base ball game at the Yankee Stadium.
Salary & benefits
As one of the premier international law firms in the world, O'Melveny aims to provide a generous package to it lawyers. With approximately 800 lawyers and 15 offices worldwide, it strongly believes in values such as excellence, leadership and citizenship. O'Melveny & Myers's starting salary is $160,000. The firm pays this starting salary in each of its U.S. offices. Additionally, the 2012 compensation for its summer associates was $ 3,100 per week.
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Business Casual Dress Code
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Long-term Care Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Short-term Disability Insurance
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Benefits Package: Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, including domestic partner benefits; maternity and disability leave; parental leave including adoption; 401(k) plan, three weeks vacation for associates (four weeks for all counsel and associates in NY and Asia); paid parking in Southern California and Washington,DC; wireless e-mail devices and laptop options for all attorneys.
Working for the O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
Lawyers choosing to work for O'Melveny will surely find the firm a truly dynamic and capable firm that values excellence, leadership, and citizenship. The firm offers aspirant a rewarding career, top-of the-rung work, and a supportive, caring, and dynamic team of accomplished and talented professionals.
With its global reach; O'Melveny's attorneys have an impeccable reputation and a brilliant commitment to public service. The company provides opportunities for the best as well as brightest lawyers for the most sophisticated work available. Dealing in work such private equity transactions, antitrust litigation, high technology matters, and constitutional litigation across several countries in the world, the firms practice is indeed global. At the same time, O'Melveny spares ample time for working for the local communities.
The company is looking for bright and personal individuals that do not shy away from offering creative ideas and a strong desire to learn and excel in their field. Opportunities exist for summer associates, lawyers and judicial clerks, and support staff.
O'Melveny takes pride in channeling the creativity as well as the passion of its lawyers towards pro bono efforts. It takes great interest in working for the poor as well as defenseless individuals in the local communities and societies in the United States.
The pro bono program focuses on contemporary issues and other matters that cause a direct or indirect impact on the functioning of a community or its constituents. Some of the immediate matters of immediate concern that arouses the firm's passionate as well as zealous intentions to represent the community for the betterment of society are matters such as immigration, housing, disaster relief, civil rights, community building amongst others.
O'Melveny does not differentiate between pro bono representation and the representation of a long-term corporate or business client. In the eyes of the firm, all clients deserve fairness and justice and the best efforts that the firm's lawyers can provide them. The firm's lawyers are encouraged to pick up pro bono opportunities in a creative as well an entrepreneurial spirit. They can either pick up pro bono cases picked up by the managing counsel for pro bono cases or by other attorneys in the organization, through other attorneys in the firm who have ties with local referring organizations. Associates in the firm can also decide the type of pro bono matters they prefer, the various types of issues they want to tackle and what kinds of professional development opportunities they can obtain out of such activity.
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