American Capital Strategies
Capital One Financial Corporation
Ford Motor Company
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Marriott International, Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc.
Thayer Capital Partners
Trust Company of the West
O’Melveny's Washington, DC office is a vibrant synthesis of a Washington practice and a broad-based national practice where client needs converge with legal, public policy, business, financial and government affairs. With almost 100 attorneys, the office is adept at meeting the complex challenges facing its local, national, and multinational clients, whether involving complex litigation, sensitive public policy issues, or critical regulatory constraints. Because such matters are only rarely limited to a single discipline, the office is able to deploy cross-disciplinary teams that ensure all issues are effectively and efficiently addressed. We develop global strategies and solutions for clients with problems in many legal areas.
Our cross-disciplinary approach is exemplified by our regular engagements to provide board room counsel, litigation support, transactional services, labor, and public policy advice to companies in crisis; and by our representation of major financial institutions in matters crossing transactional, litigation, regulatory, and policy boundaries that typically limit the range of the services offered by so many of our competitors.
Pursuing comprehensive approaches serves to enhance our excellence in distinct practice areas. Our class action litigators serve as national coordinating counsel in some of the nation’s most challenging class actions - including products liability, antitrust, securities, and financial services litigation. Our expertise in antitrust and international trade is widely acknowledged. Our transactional and tax lawyers represent many of the nation’s largest corporations as well as investment funds, banking and financial institutions, and governmental entities. Our financial services practices - including securities regulatory, corporation finance, enforcement, investment management, ERISA, and banking - are known for being creative and forward-thinking. The office is home to one of the nation’s preeminent appellate practices. For clients confronting federal, state, or congressional investigations, our lawyers provide a seasoned blend of senior government and private practice experience handling high-profile enforcement actions.
From courtrooms to boardrooms to committee rooms, our lawyers possess the skills and knowledge to provide the right judgment and service for our clients in today’s complex business world.
A Tradition of Public Involvement
O’Melveny takes pride in bringing to our community the same passion and commitment we give to our clients. Our Washington, DC office is populated by nationally prominent lawyers and many of our lawyers have served in government, and in leadership positions, or as counsel to a wide variety of community, educational, and public interest organizations. Many of our attorneys who leave the firm to enter government service return, enriched by their government experience and responsibility.
In addition to the work we do for clients, the office is highly committed to pro bono and community activities. Pro bono work is central to the Firm's values of excellence, leadership, and citizenship and our office pursues a wide variety of pro bono and community work that furthers those values. Our work ranges from assisting low-income individuals within the District of Columbia and litigating on behalf of national organizations before the US Supreme Court to helping create non-profit organizations and assisting international organizations in their efforts around the globe. Our Community Service Action Committee, comprised of attorneys and staff, sponsors “OMM in the cOMMunity” events and regularly invites representatives from local non-profit organizations to speak to our employees about how they can become involved in and support worthy charities in our community.
- Antitrust and Competition
Our antitrust practice is recognized as one of the top-tier antitrust groups in the U.S. It is comprised of accomplished lawyers experienced in a wide range of complex and high-profile regulatory and litigation projects involving every conceivable industry. The antitrust practice group includes former officials from former officials from the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission now represent O’Melveny’s clients before those same agencies, giving our clients the benefit of their experience with the regulators’ inner workings. These skilled practitioners in Washington, DC work seamlessly with lawyers in our international offices. For example, we routinely coordinate the global premerger review of complex international mergers and obtain clearance in challenging situations. If litigation of a high-stakes acquisition becomes necessary, we are among the few firms that have the courtroom experience necessary to prevail. In a rare litigated merger, we defeated the FTC's suit to block Triton Coal’s acquisition by another major coal producer. We also have an active grand jury practice and have obtained complete corporate amnesty for many clients participating in the DOJ’s leniency program. O'Melveny's antitrust lawyers possess unsurpassed trial and litigation skills as denoted by the precedent setting results achieved by the firm in antitrust treble damages litigation. For instance, the firm prevailed in New York's highest court in what the Global Competition Review termed "a landmark ruling" when the unanimous court held that treble damages class actions are not cognizable under New York's Antitrust statute, the Donnelly Act. Our lawyers also recently achieved the dismissal of foreign claims under the rapidly evolving case law of the foreign trade antitrust improvements act. Our lawyers also routinely represent clients in private damages actions in federal and state courts across the country. We serve as national litigation counsel in numerous Multidistrict Litigation Proceedings, defending our clients in an array of nationwide class actions involving treble damages claims. With our substantial expertise in defending class actions, we have secured dismissals in both state and federal courts in connection with price-fixing conspiracy claims.
Our lawyers argue cases before the US Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals throughout the nation, and numerous state appellate courts. We are often consulted by existing and potential clients about the prospects for gaining US Supreme Court review. The lawyers in O’Melveny’s practice have collectively argued more than 50 cases in the US Supreme Court, and have written briefs in hundreds more, both at the merits and certiorari stages. Members of the practice include several veterans of the Office of the Solicitor General, other former DOJ lawyers, and numerous former Supreme Court and federal appellate clerks.
- Class Actions, Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation
O’Melveny was the first major law firm to form a practice group recognizing class action defense as a distinct practice specialty and our experience in defending class actions and other aggregate litigation is virtually unparalleled. Over the past 30 years, we have defended literally hundreds of consumer class actions in 45 states, and have served as lead counsel in many cases that today are cited as leading precedents. We have also served as lead counsel in many precedent-setting cases, including our representation of Ford Motor Company in the Bridgestone and Firestone tire products liability litigation, which was the first time a federal court held that a class certification decision precluded subsequent motions for class certification in state court. We regularly appear before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and have substantial experience coordinating class actions from around the country in a single proceeding, thus facilitating the management of large-scale proceedings. We also serve as national coordinating counsel for clients faced with multiple class actions, including Merck & Co., Inc.
- ERISA Litigation
O’Melveny’s preeminent ERISA Litigation team includes partners with more than 50 years of combined ERISA experience who have argued before federal district and appellate courts throughout the United States. In fact, the head of our practice, Bob Eccles, litigated and tried a number of cases that established basic precedent on ERISA fiduciary duties. In this complicated area of law, we also provide clients with keen insight into what events trigger litigation, how courts interpret fiduciary obligations, and what best practices to employ to minimize liability risk. Our team includes former US Department of Labor attorneys, including partner Bob Eccles, a former Associate Solicitor of Labor for the Plan Benefits Security Division, and partner Gary Tell who served as a trial attorney in the same office. We have an unrivaled track record in successfully resolving these cases for clients through motions, settlements, and an active trial practice.
The financial services industry faces a hostile enforcement climate in which regulators are initiating formal investigations and inquiries at a record pace and intensity. We take an integrated approach to resolving these matters, uniting our in-depth regulatory, adversarial, and transactional experience to provide comprehensive service, from structuring and managing compliance systems to litigating before courts and governmental agencies. We were recognized recently as one of the primary law firms for financial services companies by a BTI Consulting client service survey.
- White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
During the last decade, our lawyers have represented public companies, nonprofit institutions and individuals in some of the most prominent investigations launched by the DOJ, Inspectors General, and congressional investigative committees. These representations include grand jury investigations of public officials, such as the insider trading investigation of former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist; internal investigations on behalf of government contractors, such as Ogilvy & Mather and Humana Military Healthcare Services; and congressional investigations of Ford Motor Company, Imclone Systems, Merck, Harvard University, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, and former Hewlett-Packard general counsel Ann Baskins.
- Health Care
Our health care lawyers understand the critical underlying issues that are an increasingly vital component in a company’s ability to thrive in a changing market environment. These issues include views on clinical trial activity, the impact of Medicare Part D, health care budget cuts, a slowing drug approval process, the increasing globalization of, and merger and acquisition activity within, the health care and life sciences industries, and the ever-growing focus of the plaintiffs’ bar on these industries. Earlier this year, nearly 80 of our lawyers in offices across the United States represented CCMP Capital Advisors and GS Capital Partners in the attempted $6.4 billion acquisition of Triad Hospitals, Inc.
- International Trade
Our attorneys and consultants provide clients with expertise and experience across the spectrum of international trade issues, from U.S. trade remedy investigations to matters arising under the NAFTA, WTO and other international trade agreements. For example, we represented a major Chinese steel manufacturer in a US antidumping investigation of steel beams imported from China. Our client received a "no dumping" determination—the first such determination achieved by a Chinese company in more than 400 antidumping investigations of Chinese products worldwide. In addition, we counsel clients on the risks and opportunities of particular trade developments in order to assist clients to best use available regulatory tools to protect or access markets.
- Public Policy & Political Strategy
We assist individuals, corporations, and industry groups with legislative strategy, regulatory compliance, Congressional investigations, counseling in the political appointment process and government ethics, and more, all drawing upon subject-matter expertise (including trial and appellate litigation, securities regulation, tax, executive compensation and others) from throughout the firm. Our Public Policy & Political Strategy lawyers have represented individuals from both political parties and in each branch of the Federal government.
- Securities Litigation
We represent financial institutions, companies, and individuals in bet-the-company securities and corporate litigation including many of the most notable matters of the past decade. In particular, we have represented defendants in all civil aspects of multidistrict litigation proceedings involving United Healthcare, Fannie Mae, WorldCom, ImClone, Enron, AOL Time Warner, Delphi, Rite Aid, and Waste Management. With regard to the Fannie Mae matter, we recently obtained dismissal of a shareholder derivative action commenced against its current and former officers and directors.
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Washington, DC 20006
United States of America
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Local Date: 3/9/2014