Jeffrey Skilling

O'Melveny obtained a significant victory in the US Supreme Court for former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling in Skilling v. U.S. O'Melveny persuaded the Justices that the "honest services" law on which the government based its case did not apply to Mr. Skilling because he had never been accused of acting for his own private gain. Called the "darling" of federal prosecutors, the honest-services statute had been used to over-criminalize wide ranges of business conduct not previously considered criminal. The honest-services statute has come under significant criticism, and O'Melveny pressed this argument at trial and on appeal, and the Court's unanimous ruling not only vindicates Skilling's position, but is one of the most important legal rulings in criminal law in recent years.