• Luann Simmons, Office Head
    • Phone: +1-415-984-8896
  • David R. Eberhart, Hiring Partner
    • Phone: +1-415-984-8808

  • Bechtel Corp.
    Cell Therapeutics
    DealerTrack Holdings
    Electronics for Imaging
    General Mills
    Lennar Corp.
    SK hynix Inc.

San Francisco

Since the California Gold Rush, the Bay Area has been synonymous with America’s entrepreneurial spirit.  From the pioneers of the 19th Century to the visionaries of today, the region’s leaders and companies have ensured its place as one of the world’s top economic centers.  In that spirit, O’Melveny’s San Francisco office represents dynamic companies from around the world that continue to break uncharted ground.

From complex litigation, such as intellectual property work for IDT, to complicated financial transactions, such as the acquisition of one of China’s largest medical device companies, companies call on O’Melveny’s San Francisco team for solutions that overcome obstacles to their success.  Our breadth of practice allows our lawyers to gather insight across traditional practice boundaries, with transactional lawyers offering advice in business disputes and litigators spotting risks in proposed transactions.  The office thrives on its ability to provide clients with a true interdisciplinary approach to their business challenges.

The San Francisco office recognizes that part of its strength is its diversity.  We are a signatory to the San Francisco Bar Association’s Goals and Timetables and Recommendations for Minority Hiring and Advancement and No Glass Ceiling Initiative.  In addition, our office has four very active Affinity Groups: a Women's Affinity Group, an LGBT Affinity Group, a Parenting Affinity Group, and a Racial & Ethnic Diversity Affinity Group, all of which provide a forum where people can unite and discuss similar issues.  The office also provides a college scholarship every year to a student attending San Francisco’s Balboa High School.

Our lawyers participate in an aggressive pro bono initiative. Members of our office are active in many legal organizations that work to protect civil rights, including Lambda Legal, BALiF, the Asian Law Caucus, the San Francisco Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society.

Key Facts

  • Our green office space was awarded Gold certification under the US Green Building Council’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™. The LEED Green Building rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. With this distinction, O’Melveny has become the first law firm to receive Gold certification—the next-to-highest rating possible in the LEED scale—for renovated space in an existing building. Using sustainable techniques and materials for office renovations and build-outs is a goal of our firmwide Green Office Initiative.
  • Our San Francisco lawyers have been recognized for excellence by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.
  • We are active in the community, serving on the boards of regional organizations and charities such as Huckleberry Youth Programs and the Legal Community Against Violence.

Related Services

  • Antitrust and Competition
    • Our antitrust and competition experience includes governmental merger and conduct investigations, criminal investigations, criminal litigation, and civil litigation. Our lawyers provide litigation support and counseling on regulatory issues and merger analysis, advice related to joint venture activities, as well as counseling on distribution practices and intellectual property licensing strategies, particularly those overseas. Our lawyers represent clients in both state and federal litigation. We regularly handle criminal cartel investigations, as well as non-criminal, non-merger civil antitrust litigation.
  • Business Tax
    • Our business tax lawyers advise on a wide variety of domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, structured finance transactions, investments funds, REITs, as well as on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. We offer an integrated approach, with a focus on maximizing efficiency and developing tax structures that are consistent with our clients’ business goals.
  • Capital Markets
    • Multinational and US companies, investment banks, hedge funds and private equity funds turn to O’Melveny for advice on complex securities offerings and other transactions. Our work ranges from the private placement of common stock to the quasi-public offering of perpetual preferred stock, to the public offering of more complex equity securities, such as forward securities, Dutch auction rate transferable securities, money-market preferred stock, trust preferred securities, depositary shares, medium-term notes, high-yield securities, and various types of remarketed and convertible preferred securities. We have been involved in numerous complex domestic and international transactions in Asia and Europe, including the first public offering of non-investment grade securities by a German company made simultaneously in the United States and abroad, and the first dual-listed public company in the United States and Italy. Our lawyers handle corporate restructurings and recapitalizations, and counsel boards and special committees in corporate governance and strategic matters. Clients also rely on us for ongoing advice on SEC compliance and disclosure, exchange listing requirements, and corporate governance.
  • Class Actions, Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation
    • Lawyers in our San Francisco office handle a wide range of various aggregated litigation matters in both the private and public sector. We represent clients in all phases of national class actions, mass torts and aggregated litigation in federal and state courts, and in cases involving consumer protection, employment, antitrust securities, product liability, environmental and other issues. Although we most frequently defeat certification in pretrial motion practice, we have also tried consumer class cases in bench and jury trials.  We recently represented Ford in a three-month consumer fraud and economic loss class action trial.  The case shifted to a settlement track the night before closing arguments.
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
    • Our San Francisco lawyers represent a diverse array of clients such as Advanced Micro Devices, NDS Group PLC, Broadcom Corp., and Magma Design Automation in civil and criminal matters involving patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, and trade dress issues. We helped our client Magma Design Automation prevail in two contentious disputes over the inventorship of patents relating to software for creating computer chip layouts. Two San Francisco partners led the firmwide team that led NDS to a victory in the widely watched EchoStar Corp v. NDS case. And our lawyers represent Broadcom Corp. in a series of trade secret misappropriation matters involving technologies related to computer chips used in various types of communications.
  • International Arbitration
    • We handle disputes arising from cross-border transactions in a wide range of industries before international arbitral tribunals in major commercial centers around the world. Many of our arbitrations involve foreign governments and their commercial entities, as well as multi-jurisdictional disputes with related criminal, civil, and regulatory proceedings.
  • Labor and Employment
    • Our lawyers develop innovative legal solutions to solve employers’ most difficult problems, including the growing trend of labor unions mounting corporate campaigns. We also handle disputes involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, wage and hour, ERISA, and employee benefits. Our lawyers also offer advice to employers engaged in mergers or acquisitions or those facing regulatory investigations.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • We represent private equity funds, investment banks, and public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate partnering and joint venture transactions, and related corporate governance matters in all industries including technology, life sciences, and emerging growth. We also advise on proxy fights, unsolicited transactions, and defensive countermeasures. Our private equity fund clients include Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity fund with approximately US$5 billion of capital under management, Vector Capital, an equity capital fund, and Symphony Technology Group, a US$1.2 billion strategic holding company focused on the enterprise software and services market. Our corporate clients have included Western Digital, SanDisk, Sirna Therapeutics, Vicuron Pharmaceuticals, Agile Software, and other major technology companies such as Sun Microsystems, Sybase, Broadcom, Intuit, and Nokia Siemens Networks in a variety of acquisitions. Investment banking clients include Goldman, Sachs & Co., Deutsche Bank Securities, Credit Suisse Securities, and UBS Securities.
  • Restructuring
    • We are experienced in all areas of commercial restructurings, representing private equity and hedge funds, debtors, and traditional commercial banks and financial institutions. Our lawyers also handle traditional Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court workouts. More recently, our practice has evolved to represent private equity funds and alternative investment companies in the disposition of distressed assets and the acquisition of distressed companies and their assets. We recently represented Cerberus Capital Management in its acquisition of the largest chain of Burger King franchises. Our restructuring team negotiated, structured, and performed due diligence on this complex transaction. We also advised Tower Records in negotiating and effecting a true prepackaged bankruptcy, involving a write-down of two-thirds of its bond debt and the closure of underperforming locations without disruption to Tower’s core business.
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
    • Our White Collar practice includes three former Assistant United States Attorneys and we regularly handle bet-the-company global enforcement and criminal defense cases for high-profile clients. Our team is composed of accomplished trial lawyers who offer strategic advice, represent clients in governmental investigations and enforcement actions, and conduct internal investigations. We represent clients in internal, grand jury, SEC, and administrative investigations and criminal and civil suits relating to, among other things, securities fraud, antitrust violations, trade secret misappropriations, tax offenses, healthcare fraud, money-laundering, violations of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, government procurement fraud, political corruption, and environmental crimes. Our San Francisco office won consolidated appeals for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc. in their suit against SHAC, an animal rights group accused of conspiring with protesters who bombed the company's headquarters, harassed employees, and vandalized their homes.

Two Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States of America
Phone +1-415-984-8700
Fax +1-415-984-8701

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