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The American Lawyer: Lifetime AchieverAugust 22, 2018
O’Melveny chair emeritus and of counsel AB Culvahouse will be honored as a Lifetime Achiever by The American Lawyer. Conferred to attorneys who “have reached the highest levels of the public and private spheres—and left an indelible mark every step of the way,” the award recognizes those who have had “an extraordinary impact on society and the legal profession.”
AmLaw detailed Culvahouse’s celebrated career spanning more than 40 years in Washington, DC, noting that his public service work “has revolved around presidents in peril, from Watergate to Iran-Contra, and his business card is within reach whenever Republicans need to vet candidates for the nation’s highest offices.”
Former O’Melveny chair Warren Christopher recruited Culvahouse to the firm as it was opening its new office in DC. Returning to the firm following his time in high-level posts such as White House counsel to President Reagan, he went on to serve as O'Melveny's chair from 2000-2012.
Culvahouse’s advice to young lawyers: “Sometimes [government work] makes for long days, long weekends, and interrupted careers, but you become a better lawyer.”