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O’Melveny’s Donilon Noted in The New York Times for Role in Bin Laden Takedown

October 28, 2015

The New York Times’ October 28, 2015, article, “How Four Federal Lawyers Paved the Way to Kill Osama Bin Laden,” details O’Melveny & Myers vice chair Tom Donilon’s role in the behind-the-scenes plan to find and kill Osama Bin Laden.  Once Bin Laden was located and military action plans were in place, Donilon, then National Security Advisor, allowed two military lawyers to be briefed to help mitigate any legal issues.  In recently disclosed information, the lawyers deemed collateral damage in the attack on Bin Laden would be lawful.  According to Donilon in the article, President Obama’s team reviewed the legal factors with policy concerns before agreeing to any specific military action plan.

Donilon resides in O'Melveny's Washington, DC office.