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O’Melveny Counsel Heather Welles Named to Daily Journal’s 2022 “Top Forty Under 40” List

August 3, 2022


LOS ANGELES—August 3, 2022—O’Melveny counsel Heather Welles has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the forty top lawyers under the age of 40 in California.

The Daily Journal lauded Welles for being part of a small group of lawyers in the country with a deep expertise in water law. "Water is at the nexus of human life and it involves fascinating science, too. Water law combines old English doctrines developed as common law with layers of complex contemporary regulations,” Welles said.

In her award profile, the publication highlighted her role on the O’Melveny team that is representing landowners in a “first-of-its-kind multi-stage adjudication” regarding California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. "We're gearing up for trial in September," Welles said. "I'm doing the briefing and expert work. The case involves more than 200 parties, and we're figuring out the witness list."

The Daily Journal also recognized her recent work in the U.S. Supreme Court First Amendment case City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising of Texas Inc. The justices ruled in favor of the City of Austin, handing the O’Melveny team a win.

Daily Journal subscribers can view the full special report here.

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Brandon Jacobsen
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
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