Chopra, McKeen Featured in Daily Journal’s 2016 Top Women Lawyers

April 20, 2016


New York, N.Y. -- April 21, 2016 -- O’Melveny partners Apalla Chopra and Elizabeth McKeen were named 2016 Top Women Lawyers by the Daily Journal.

The special feature, published April 20, 2016, described Chopra as O’Melveny’s “Title IX expert,” with the background to help colleges in developing compliant policies. Daily Journal singled out her work as independent counsel to the University of Virginia as it handled sexual assault allegations that were reported in a Rolling Stone story, which was later retracted.

“In higher education, the landscape is very different, and you have to appreciate that and incorporate it into your work at every different level,” Chopra, who chairs O’Melveny’s Labor & Employment practice, told Daily Journal. “There are pitfalls if you don’t understand the higher education space.”

The publication called McKeen a “go-to attorney when mortgage lenders, banks, and credit reporting agencies want to understand their legal options.” Daily Journal highlighted her work as lead counsel for Ditech Financial LLC, negotiating the first joint settlement and consent order between a mortgage servicer, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. It also noted her critical win for OneWest Bank N.A. in a lender-placed insurance putative class action.

“A lot of folks in financial services approach negotiation with regulators as a captive situation,” McKeen, who co-chairs O’Melveny’s Financial Services Practice, said in the article. “I want a deal, but my leverage is being willing to litigate.”

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