Hunt is what’s known in the O’Melveny community as a “boomerang”: a lawyer who leaves the firm to pursue other endeavors and eventually returns. After spending his 1L summer at O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office as an SEO Law Fellow, Hunt came back first as a summer associate, then again as a first-year. Although he intended to remain at O’Melveny indefinitely, a move to Dallas—where the firm did not yet have an office—threw a wrench in his plans.
Hunt joined another firm’s Dallas office, developing his litigation practice while keeping in touch with his old O’Melveny colleagues. Five years later, in 2021, he got the call: O’Melveny was entering the Dallas market. “The decision to help open the Dallas office was easy,” he said. “I knew O’Melveny was where I really belonged.”
The excitement of Hunt’s return to the firm, now as counsel, was amplified by the prospect of charting new territory. He was among the first dozen lawyers hired, which lent the office a unique character. “It was the best of both worlds. The atmosphere was nimble and entrepreneurial, much like a startup, but we also had access to all the resources of a top international law firm.”
By then an experienced lawyer with nearly a decade of practice under his belt, Hunt occupied a novel position of his own: role model. He took his cues from his time at O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office, which is known for its collegial, collaborative culture. “In DC, we had this amazing balance of smart, successful lawyers who are incredibly personable,” he said. “That’s the energy I wanted to mirror as a leader and a mentor in Dallas.”
The Dallas office has since quadrupled in size—and remains poised to continue its swift growth trajectory. Hunt has been hard at work organizing regular events to strengthen office relationships, such as a monthly happy hour, fantasy football tournament, and Halloween trick or treat for families. He is also spearheading the development of employee networks for diverse members of the office. “The more I can do to bring us all together, the happier I’ll be,” he said. “I want my colleagues to be as enthusiastic as I am about going to work every day