Federal Prosecutor Ronald Cheng to Rejoin O’Melveny

March 03, 2015



Colleen B. McGushin
O’Melveny & Myers LLP         
Chris Schob
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
+86 (21) 2307-7080

LOS ANGELES ─ MARCH 3, 2015 ─ Ronald L. Cheng will join O’Melveny & Myers LLP as a partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations Group, residing in the Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices.

Cheng began his career in the early 1990s as an O’Melveny associate and then spent 20 years as a federal prosecutor, serving in a number of roles at the Department of Justice including: chief of the Criminal Appeals Section of the US Attorney’s Office; resident legal advisor to the US Embassy in Beijing; and acting chief and deputy chief of the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office. Most recently Cheng has been a key member of the Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Crimes Section at the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where he has focused on criminal activity arising out of the Asia-Pacific region.

One of the very few Mandarin-speaking attorneys experienced in both US and Chinese criminal law enforcement, Cheng enhances O’Melveny’s anti-corruption and enforcement practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Having argued more than 35 cases before the Ninth Circuit, including two en banc, and serving as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in roughly 20 federal felony jury trials, Cheng also bolsters the firm’s white collar, litigation, and appellate practices in Southern California. Among other notable trials, Cheng participated in the prosecution of United States v. Xu, a racketeering, money laundering, and immigration fraud trial against former Bank of China managers that resulted in convictions on all charges. He also defended appeals to the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed the convictions. Cheng’s work as a seasoned cyber-crime prosecutor handling complex multijurisdictional cases further strengthens O’Melveny’s international data privacy and cybersecurity capabilities, an important and fast-evolving growth area.

“Ron’s return to O’Melveny strengthens our capabilities in three key areas,” said Bradley J. Butwin, Chair of the Firm. “He increases our ability to serve clients in matters involving US-Chinese law enforcement, he adds to our bench of seasoned, versatile Southern California litigators, and he brings additional firepower to our global data privacy and cybersecurity capabilities.”

“Working with the talented lawyers at O’Melveny in LA, Hong Kong, China, and around the globe will be enormously gratifying,” Cheng said. “I look forward to combining what I’ve learned during my years of government service to help clients navigate the investigations and enforcement maze in the US and China as well as handle the international cyber-crime and data security threats they face on a daily basis.”

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