O'Melveny & Myers
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|Headquarters||400 South Hope Street|
Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA
|No. of offices||15|
|No. of attorneys||740|
|Major practice areas||Litigation and Transactions|
|Key people||Bradley J. Butwin, Firm Chairman|
|Revenue||$725 million (2016)|
|Founder||Henry O'Melveny and Jackson Graves|
O'Melveny & Myers LLP is an international law firm founded in Los Angeles, California in 1885. The firm employs approximately 740 lawyers and has offices in California, Washington, D.C., New York City, Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.
The firm was founded in 1885 as "Graves & O'Melveny" by Henry O'Melveny and Jackson Graves. The 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 car-centric metropolis. The firm became "O'Melveny & Myers" when Chief Justice of California Louis Wescott Myers joined the firm after retiring from the Supreme Court of California in 1926.
In 1977, O'Melveny hired William T. Coleman, Jr., who had helped the country move toward desegregation 23 years prior as a lead strategist for the plaintiffs in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education.
The former Chair of the firm, Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., who serves at the firm's Washington, D.C. office, was White House Counsel during the Reagan Administration. Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher (1925-2011), who served as the firm's chairman from 1981 to 1991, was a senior partner at the firm's Century City, CA office. Warren Christopher supervised the largest period of growth in the firm's history, expanding to seven countries. Litigation partner Bradley J. Butwin became chair of the firm in 2012; his term extends until 2025.
The firm defended Donald Trump against a lawsuit over Trump University. O'Melveny vetted the president's nominees.[clarification needed] The firm represented the Trump inaugural committee when it was investigated by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. O'Melveny also represented President Trump's commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, over allegations of conflicted investments.
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The firm ranked number one on Vault.com's 2019 list of "Best Firms to Work For," a ranking of the world's law firms based on quality of life for attorneys. It received the highest rankings for "Job Satisfaction", "Associate/Partner Relations", "Best Firm Culture", "Quality of work", "Transparency", "Hours Requirements", "Summer Associate Program", and "Attorney Development." The firm ranked number six for "Best Attorney Compensation." According to Vault, first-year associates at the firm are paid a base salary of $190,000 with bonuses available yearly. Summer associates are paid the same salary, although it is prorated over 10 weeks (amounting to $3,700 per week). Vault ranked O'Melveny as the 4th most selective law firm in the world in 2019. However, a former attorney of the firm, and winner of the Wall Street Journal's "Law Blog's" Lawyer of the Year award in 2007, has criticized the firm's handling of discrimination and sexual abuse matters.
O'Melveny ranked in the Top 10 for the 5th consecutive year on the 2016 "A-List," a measure of the nation's most "well-rounded" firms. The firm has been a winner, finalist, or honorable mention recipient in every year of the biennial Litigation Department of the Year contest since its 2002 inception, one of only two firms to achieve that distinction.
It is one of the highest-paying law firms in the United States.
Notable partners and alumni
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- Former partner Louis Caldera served as United States Secretary of the Army.
- Warren Christopher (1925-2011), former U.S. Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, was a senior partner at the firm's Century City, CA office until his death in 2011.
- William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. (1920-2017), was Secretary of Transportation under President Gerald Ford, and also helped Thurgood Marshall win Brown vs. Board of Education. Coleman was a senior partner and the Senior Counselor in the Washington, DC office.
- Thomas E. Donilon served as National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama, and serves in the Washington, DC office. He is known for being featured in the famous photograph, "The Situation Room."
- Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., former White House Counsel to President Ronald Reagan. He is the former Chair of the firm and works out of the Washington, DC office.
- Walter E. Dellinger III was United States Solicitor General for the 1996-97 Term of the Supreme Court. Currently a partner at the Washington, DC office.
- Danielle C. Gray served as a senior advisor to President Barack Obama and is a partner in the New York office. While serving in the Obama Administration, Newsweek referred to her as "the most powerful White House staffer you've never heard of."
- Former partner Sandra Segal Ikuta is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- Former associate Mike Gatto is California State Assemblyman and chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
- Former associate Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California.
- Former partner Kim McLane Wardlaw is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- Former associate John B. Owens is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- Former associate Stephen Reinhardt was a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- Former partner Michael Zimmerman is a former Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court.
- Sri Srinivasan, now a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was the former chair of the appellate practice.
- Former partner Alejandro Mayorkas is the Deputy Secretary of Department of Homeland Security and the former director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Pamela Harris, now a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
- Richard Riordan, 39th Mayor of Los Angeles (1993-2001).
- Guarnaccia, Matthew (February 28, 2017). "O'Melveny & Myers Caps 2016 With 5% Revenue Growth". Law360.
- Firm history
- "O'Melveny & Myers LLP - Company Profile". Vault.com.
- "O'Melveny Re-Elects Chair Bradley Butwin to Serve Until 2025".
- Rufus Koren, James (October 21, 2016). "Trump attorneys seek to block testimony from Times columnist".
- McGraw, Meredith (July 11, 2016). "What to Know About the Washington Lawyer Vetting Trump's Potential VPs".
- Cook, Nancy (November 23, 2016). "Inside Trump's freewheeling vetting operation".
- Kim, Ellis (February 4, 2019). "O'Melveny & Myers Reps Trump Inaugural Committee Amid New York Investigation".
- Mufson, Steven (August 17, 2018). "Commerce secretary faces scrutiny for investments, not selling certain holdings".
- "O'Melveny & Myers LLP Company Rankings". Vault.com.
- Baxter, Brian (March 30, 2018). "'Loyola 2L,' Once Retired, Returns Amid Call to End Law Firm NDAs". Retrieved June 29, 2018.
- "A Blog About O'Melveny & Myers".
- "O'Melveny Named To American Lawyer's A-List for Fifth Consecutive Year" (Press release). August 1, 2016.
- "Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Appoints Sri Srinivasan as Principal Deputy Solicitor General" (Press release). United States Department of Justice. August 26, 2011.
- Coopster4 (June 4, 2007), O'Melveny & Myers "Sopranos" Reference, YouTube, archived from the original on 2021-12-12