O’Melveny Named a “Legal Lion” by Law360 for Ninth Circuit Victory in Marriage Equality Case
October 10, 2014
Law360’s October 9, 2014, “Legal Lions & Lambs” column reported that “it was another big week for the legal battle over same-sex marriage, with the leaders of Law360's pride of legal lions roaring with a victory for proponents in the Ninth Circuit.” As reported in the article the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark decision on October 7 overruling the State of Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage. In Sevcik v. Sandoval, the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision of the US District Court for the District of Nevada, holding that a ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as a classification based on sexual orientation that could not meet heightened scrutiny. The Nevada appellants are represented by a team from O'Melveny & Myers led by partner Dawn Sestito, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc., and Snell & Wilmer LLP.