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Crain’s New York Business’ 40 Under 40 Features O’Melveny’s Danielle Gray

March 28, 2016

O’Melveny partner Danielle Gray is featured in the 2016 edition of Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40, an annual list recognizing those who have achieved professional success before turning 40.

“I tell young lawyers that issue-spotting gets you a lot of points in law school, but our job is to think three steps ahead,” Gray told Crain’s, reflecting on what makes a great lawyer. “That’s where your earn credibility.”

Crain’s March 28, 2016, profile of Gray noted her work in President Barack Obama’s Office of White House Counsel, where she worked on the nominations of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The piece also touched on her work at the Department of Justice, observing she “was instrumental in defending the Affordable Care Act.” Crain’s also reported that Gray was recently mentioned as a possible Supreme Court nominee to replace Antonin Scalia, and that she clerked for President Obama’s eventual choice, Merrick Garland.

The article also quoted O’Melveny chairman Bradley Butwin on Gray, who joined the firm in 2014.

“Danielle is a brilliant strategist and one of the finest legal minds of her generation,” he said. “She walks into a room and immediately commands it. She’s a star at any age, but when you reminded me that she’s under 40, it just makes the rest of us feel inadequate.”