Thomas M. McCoy
is a partner in O’Melveny’s Washington DC office.
Tom counsels senior executives and boards of directors on the crafting and implementation of sophisticated legal/ business strategies. Drawing upon his over 30 years of experience, including 17 years of experience in private practice and 16 years as chief legal officer of a Fortune 500
multinational technology company, Tom offers a unique ability to help clients navigate difficult and high profile legal and regulatory issues to achieve business objectives in high-stakes and transformative transactional and adversarial situations.
Tom is highly regarded as a litigator in the antitrust and technology fields and as a boardroom-level corporate strategist. He recently re-joined O’Melveny from Advanced Micro Devices, where he served for 16 years as a top five executive, first as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, then as executive vice president, legal affairs, and chief administrative officer, and finally as executive vice president, legal, corporate and public affairs. While at AMD, he led the development and implementation of the audacious AMD v. Intel
strategy that resulted in the historic global settlement by Intel of claims that it had engaged in anticompetitive practices in the microprocessor market. He also led the formation of strategic joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and spin-outs, and was intimately involved in the strategic transformation of AMD which included the acquisition of ATI technologies, a strategic investment in AMD by the Mubadala Development Company, and the formation of a joint venture foundry company, GlobalFoundries, with the Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi.
Prior to AMD, Tom practiced for 17 years with O’Melveny, specializing in antitrust, securities, intellectual property and general business litigation.
Tom has been a leader in the business, policy, and public service communities on both coasts of the United States. He was the co-founder of the California General Counsels Association, serves on the board of directors of the Washington, DC-based Computer and Communications Industry Association, and served for many years on the board of the Western Center on Law and Policy. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of subjects, including the principles and responsibilities of ethical leadership.
Admitted to Practice,
State of California, US Supreme Court; US Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit; US District Courts in California Law Clerk,
Honorable Walter Ely, US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Adjunct Professor,
Civil Trial Advocacy, University of Southern California Law School
California General Counsels Association Co-author,
"General Counsel at the Intersection of Politics and Business," Corporate Counsel
"Growing Pains, Growing Gains," Corporate Counsel
Board of Directors, Computer and Communications Industry Association; American Bar Association; Association of Business Trial Lawyers; Board of Directors, Western Center for Law and Poverty (1991-1997); Board of Directors, Markula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University