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O’Melveny & Myers LLP
O’Melveny & Myers
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
No. of Offices 14
No. of Attorneys approx. 1,200 (2007)
Major Practice Areas General practice
Key People Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., Firm chairman
Revenue $908 million, 2008 (down 3% from 2007)
Date Founded 1885
Founder Henry O’Melveny and Jackson Graves
Company Type Limited liability partnership

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is an international law firm founded in Los Angeles, California. The firm is the 19th largest law firm in the world and lauded by Vault as one of America’s top twenty most prestigious law firms.[1]

It employs around twelve hundred attorneys in fourteen[2] offices worldwide. The firm has represented a host of notable clients, such as Apple, Exxon, Enron, Fannie Mae, Goldman Sachs, the District of Columbia, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and other law firms. They represented former Enron Corporation chief executive Jeffrey K. Skilling during his four-month fraud and conspiracy trial.[3]

The firm was founded in 1885 as "Graves & O'Melveny" by Henry O’Melveny and Jackson Graves.[4] The current chair of the firm, Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., who serves at the firm's Washington, D.C. office, is the former White House Counsel during the Reagan Administration. Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher is a partner at the firm's Century City, CA office.

O’Melveny & Myers attorneys represent clients in many areas, including antitrust and competitiveness issues, appellate work, aviation law, capital markets, class-action defense, corporate law, entertainment and media law, finance and restructuring, "global enforcement" and criminal defense, healthcare law, insurance and mass torts, intellectual property and technology, labor and employment law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, project development and real estate, SEC, securities litigation, strategic counseling, tax law, and trial and litigation work.


Notable partners and alumni

Notable cases

In January 2008, the Interim Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Peter Nickles, selected O’Melveny & Myers partner Walter E. Dellinger III to defend the constitutionality of the District's handgun ban before the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller.[6] In March 2008, Dellinger argued that the city's ban on the possession of handguns and its trigger lock requirement is not implicated by the Second Amendment.[7] However, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, held that the Second Amendment protects an individual's "right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home."[8]

In February 2008, Dellinger argued before the Supreme Court in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, on behalf of Exxon regarding the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision (Justice Alito had recused himself), reduced the $2.5 billion punitive damages award against Exxon to $507.5 million, holding that in maritime cases there should be a 1:1 ratio between punitive and compensatory (actual) damages.[9]

The firm represented the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in the lawsuits over the Belmont Learning Center in Los Angeles in the 1990s. LAUSD later sued the firm for alleged malpractice due, in part, to the involvement of its attorneys on all sides of the negotiations.[10] The lawsuit eventually settled, with the law firm paying $3 million towards completion of Belmont.[11]

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