Bradley J. Butwin Named Chair-Elect of O’Melveny & Myers

July 27, 2011



Sonja Steptoe                        Piper Hall
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LOS ANGELES, CA ─ July 27, 2011 ─
O’Melveny & Myers LLP has announced that it has named Bradley J. Butwin as Chair-Elect.  Butwin, 51, has chaired O’Melveny’s award-winning Litigation Department for the past two-and-a-half years.  As the next Chair of O’Melveny, he will draw on his wealth of experience and strategic insights to chart a course for O'Melveny's future success that capitalizes on the Firm's core strengths.  Butwin's practice encompasses a broad spectrum of complex commercial matters, including securities litigation, and his clients include some of the world's top financial institutions. Widely considered a leading securities litigator, Butwin is highly regarded for his ability to deftly manage the most complex matters.

“We implemented a Chair selection process that drew from best practices in leadership succession and we benefited greatly from this inclusive and objective approach. Our process created a great deal of unity throughout the Firm and helped lead us to an excellent outcome.  I look forward to working closely with Brad to ensure a smooth transition,” said Chair Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr.  “In addition, we had the privilege of working with two other great leaders, Tom McCoy and Randy Oppenheimer, throughout this process and we are fortunate to have the benefit of their deep commitment to the Firm and our future.”

“I am very excited and optimistic about our future at O’Melveny. We are on track for an excellent year, and we have one of the country's top litigation departments, one of the strongest Asia practices of any US-based firm, and excellent transactions capabilities in every region where we practice,” said Chair-Elect Butwin. “Among my first priorities will be to work closely with our transactions partners across the Firm to continue and accelerate the good work they have done so far to add depth and scope to our transactions practices.  I’ve learned much throughout this process from my partners Tom McCoy and Randy Oppenheimer, who have demonstrated great friendship and leadership, and I plan to turn to them and many other partners for their guidance and creativity going forward. Our Firm is full of extremely talented lawyers and professionals who enable us to succeed on behalf of our clients time and time again, and I look forward to working with them to write the next chapter in our Firm's wonderful history.”

“Our succession planning process was strategic, uplifting, and unifying, and Brad has my warmest congratulations and support.  We demonstrated why our resolute commitment to values and unsurpassed professional excellence in everything we do differentiates us in the eyes of our clients,” said McCoy.

“Brad's energy, vision, and experience make him a terrific choice for Chair.  We've been close friends and working colleagues for years, and I'm excited about the prospect of supporting him for years to come in his newest role as we continue to find the best ways to deliver top notch legal services to our clients worldwide,” said Oppenheimer.

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