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O’Melveny’s Chopra, Christofferson, Ku Named Top Women Lawyers by Daily Journal

May 08, 2013

O’Melveny & Myers LLP partners Apalla Chopra, Carla Christofferson, and Portia Ku have been named Top Women Lawyers for 2013 by the Daily Journal.

Chopra’s profile in the May 8, 2013, edition of the publication talks about her work mentoring other lawyers through the firm's Associate and Counsel Advisory Committee, and the Firmwide Women's Advisory Board. O’Melveny partner Fram Virjee calls her “a positive and a welcoming and warm individual, so people want to work for her and want to do well for her. She leads through loyalty - she doesn't ask you to do anything she wouldn't do."  The Los Angeles-based Chopra chairs O'Melveny's Labor and Employment Practice.

Christofferson spoke to the publication about working with an all-female team in representing a large law firm against a claim of attorney malpractice. “We had five women and one man. So that made it very fun and pretty unique,” she said in the article. “It was all men on the other side. And we won.” The article also spoke about her work representing ExxonMobil in a trial related to a settlement surrounding the Exxon Valdez oil spill, as well as for Trader Joe’s in various class actions. Christofferson is the managing partner of O'Melveny's Los Angeles office and is a member of the Firm's Business Trial and Litigation Practice.

Ku, who resides in O'Melveny's Silicon Valley office and is a member of the Capital Markets Practice, spoke about her work helping larger corporations invest in smaller companies in China. The article focused on a recent deal where Ku and her team represented China Kanghui Holdings in its sale to U.S.-based medical device developer Medtronic, Inc. The piece highlighted Ku’s experience in both US and Chinese legal markets as a necessary bridge between companies in different cultures. “When you have different cultures, you sometimes have people saying, ‘Why are they asking this?’” she said in the article. “You have to explain where they are coming from.”