O’Melveny Alumni Tapped to Run High-Profile Task Force and Government Agency

October 31, 2014

The appointments of two former O’Melveny & Myers partners, Ronald Klain to the post of Ebola czar; and Brian Brooks to executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Fannie Mae, received widespread press coverage.

Klain’s selection to the post of Ebola czar by President Obama received coverage in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications.  O’Melveny partner Brian Boyle is quoted in The Los Angeles Times coverage, noting “[Klain] has a very good personal relationship with [Vice President Joe] Biden and with the president, and that close personal relationship will give him the influence he needs and the credibility he needs."  Partner Tom Donilon is also quoted regarding Klain’s appointment in coverage from The New York Times.  “Ron will hit the ground running,” Donilon said in the article. “[H]e has deep relationships, he can master huge amounts of information quickly, pull together a staff quite quickly and well, and he will be able to operate at the cabinet level,” he added.

Multiple publications, including The National Law Journal and Executive Appointments Monitor Worldwide, noted in coverage of Brooks’ Fannie Mae appointment that he previously served as O’Melveny’s Washington office managing partner where he “led an office of more than 150 attorneys and played a lead role in crafting the banking industry's response to the 2010-2011 foreclosure crisis."  O’Melveny chair Bradley Butwin observed to The National Law Journal, that Brooks is “really smart” and “good on policy,” adding, “I can see him being excited about helping Fannie Mae build a strong housing finance system.”