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O’Melveny Partner William K. Pao Named a “West Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer

August 2, 2022


LOS ANGELES—August 2, 2022—O'Melveny partner William K. Pao has been named to The American Lawyer's second annual list of West Trailblazers, which identifies “professionals in the West who have moved the needle in the legal industry."

The American Lawyer recognized Pao for his work focusing on emerging legal trends and issues resulting from the growth of the global economy, including digital assets.

“Things are moving faster than ever,” Pao said in his award profile. “There are constantly new players and projects coming from all corners of the planet. So it will be even more important going forward to be able to spot new trends, understand what is driving those trends, and to be in position to help your clients anticipate and subsequently navigate the related legal issues.”

Based in O’Melveny’s Los Angeles office, Pao serves as chair of the firm’s Fintech Group. He is a trusted adviser and creative strategist who specializes in high-exposure commercial, consumer, and securities litigation. Pao works closely with emerging financial and technology companies, advising cryptocurrency and blockchain pioneers on securities, regulatory, and litigation issues.

The O’Melveny Fintech Group—comprising dealmakers, litigators, former policymakers, and state and federal prosecutors—brings an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting various industry segments, such as cryptocurrency, blockchain, payments, marketplace lending, and robo-advising.

Pao’s full profile in The American Lawyer’s West Trailblazer special report can be found here.

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Brandon Jacobsen
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
+1 213 430 8024

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