Bunzel, Kubota, Smith Named Among Top Women Litigators in California in 2010May 20, 2010
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ─ MAY 20, 2010 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP partners Sharon Bunzel, Carolyn Kubota, and Linda Smith have been named to the Daily Journal 's list of “Top 100 Women Litigators in California” for 2010.
The list identifies female litigators in California who have achieved important victories in the most significant cases over the past year and who have established themselves as leaders both in their practice areas and in the profession at large.
“This is a richly deserved honor for these three exceptional O’Melveny partners,” said Brad Butwin, Chair of O’Melveny’s Litigation Department. "Their superior advocacy skills and mastery of trial strategy have been integral to the numerous successes the Firm's litigation department has achieved for our clients during the past year.”
This year marks Smith's seventh consecutive appearance on the Top Women Litigators List. She is a partner in O’Melveny’s Century City office and a member of the Business Trial and Litigation Practice. Smith's principal area of concentration is major-case litigation, an area in which she has excelled throughout her career. Her most recent and resounding victory, the Daily Journal reports, came after a five-and-a-half-year battle against Intel on behalf of client Advanced Micro Devices in which she played a critical role in "bringing the largest private antitrust case ever litigated." Just before trial was set to begin, Intel agreed to pay AMD US$1.25 billion─one of the largest private settlements ever achieved in antitrust litigation by a single plaintiff. Additionally, the paper writes that she focuses on "defending clients in high-stakes…actions" and has handled litigation in areas including antitrust, securities fraud, RICO, entertainment, and oil spills for "big names such as KPMG, Exxon and Warner Brothers."
Kubota is a three-time winner of the Top Women Litigators honor. She is a partner in the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice in Los Angeles, where she focuses on civil and criminal trials, white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and civil fraud actions. In its profile of Kubota, the Daily Journal notes that, "in a true sign of her moxie, Kubota took on back-to-back trial victories in 2009 and still maintained her undefeated record.” The first was an 11-day bench trial in Los Angeles in which she successfully defended a dental products company, its top executives, and the board of directors against a former board member. As Kubota explained to the paper, as soon as that trial ended, she was on her way to Montana to dive into a three-month criminal trial defending one of several W.R. Grace executives. The defendants were accused of a criminal conspiracy to endanger Grace's mineworkers and nearby residents of Libby, Montana, and to obstruct the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to understand and remedy the danger. Kubota obtained an acquittal for her client, a former Grace vice president.
A newcomer to the Top Women Litigators list, Bunzel is a partner in O’Melveny’s San Francisco office and a member of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Group. Her practice focuses on the representation of corporate and individual targets, defendants, witnesses, and victims in criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions, as well as related civil actions. The Daily Journal's profile of Bunzel includes a quote from eBay's corporate counsel, Michelle Fang, who said: "Sharon is an exceptional lawyer who offers pragmatic advice grounded in deep substantive expertise." Bunzel currently leads an O'Melveny team in representing eBay Inc. in litigation to recover millions of dollars fraudulently obtained from the company in a 'click fraud' scam. Her prominent role in other high-stakes representations, such as O'Melveny's defense of senior executives in stock-option backdating matters, and her busy counseling practice, in which she advises clients on criminal law issues and assists in responding to law enforcement inquiries, also caught the Daily Journal's attention.
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