We invite you to explore the Our Values section of O'Melveny's video gallery.



Our Values

O'Melveny is a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship. Our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work, championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession, and fostering a collegial, supportive, and talent development-focused Firm culture, are all examples of our values in action. Our values provide the benchmark for our collective and individual conduct and direction—in short, everything we do. Excellence, leadership, and citizenship are integral to all aspects of Firm life—ranging from Firm governance and management; to recruiting, compensation, evaluation, and advancement decisions; to our approach to client service.


  • Uncompromising integrity and ethics
  • Attracting and retaining superior and diverse talent
  • Delivering the highest quality client service, through the dedicated work of our people, mobilizing firm resources, and devising innovative approaches
  • Providing thorough training and mentoring, candid feedback, and a meaningful career track for everyone in our Firm
  • Conducting the Firm on principles of merit, and rewarding outstanding performance and adherence to our values


  • Enhancing our reputation as a global law firm through excellence in the practice of law, respected scholarship, and the effective use of modern technology
  • Building and maintaining an environment in which creative people thrive
  • Effectively leading our Firm and its practice groups, offices, departments, and initiatives
  • Providing advancement and leadership opportunities for our diverse lawyers and staff
  • Achieving leadership positions outside our Firm that reflect our Firm’s commitment to public service


  • Respecting each other and differing views, and ensuring civility and constructive candor in our relationships
  • Building a single unified Firm, and striving for its steady improvement
  • Communicating in a clear and open manner to achieve a cohesive partnership
  • Fostering trust, camaraderie, and loyalty to each other and to our Firm
  • Providing opportunities for colleagues, sharing challenges and rewards for the common good, and leading by example
  • Fulfilling our responsibility to our communities, including in the performances of pro bono and other volunteer services
  • Nurturing the members of the O'Melveny community to ensure that we all feel we have a stake in our collective enterprise

Each year the Firm recognizes two partners, two counsel or associates, and two staff members who exemplify our values of uncompromising excellence, distinctive leadership, and superior citizenship. Click below to view the 2014 honorees.