Sacramento Bee Details O’Melveny’s Role in Two of California’s Biggest Legal Matters

June 11, 2020

O’Melveny has advised the State of California on two of its largest challenges this year, the COVID-19 pandemic and PG&E’s bankruptcy, the Sacramento Bee reported. While staff attorneys within governmental departments or with the California Department of Justice typically represent the state in legal matters, according to the publication, Governor Newsom’s administration has “relied heavily on O’Melveny to do the state’s legal work.”

O’Melveny advised the California Office of Emergency Services on three emergency COVID-19 contracts, which included leasing two COVID-19 field hospitals and negotiating with the Motel 6 chain to provide rooms for the homeless during the pandemic, the publication noted. In the article, Office of Emergency Services spokesman Brian Ferguson noted the firm’s legal services supported the state “in negotiating life-saving housing and hospital surge capacity.”

The firm is also representing the state in PG&E’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. H.D. Palmer, deputy director at the state Department of Finance, indicated in the article that O’Melveny was tapped because of the complexity of the PG&E bankruptcy and firm’s experience in complex Chapter 11 cases.