O'Melveny Profiled in Law360 as Pro Bono Firm of the Year for Sixth Consecutive YearOctober 12, 2015
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O’Melveny & Myers LLP
| Emily Lattal
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
LOS ANGELES -- October 12, 2015 -- O’Melveny & Myers LLP has been named one of Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of the Year for 2015, recognized among a select group of firms for showing “the same passion for taking on hard cases and scoring victories in pro bono matters as they displayed for corporate clients.” O’Melveny is one of only three firms to have been included on the list of pro bono standouts every year since its inauguration. The firm also earned a spot on Law360’s list of Pro Bono All Stars for its “exceptionally stalwart commitment to pro bono work year after year, dedicating substantial resources over the past half-decade.”
In a September 15, 2015, profile, Law360 details O’Melveny’s historical commitment to pro bono work and highlights some of the high-profile victories that O’Melveny lawyers achieved over the past year. The publication spoke with several O’Melveny lawyers for the profile, including managing counsel for public interest and pro bono services David Lash and pro bono counsel Jerri Shick. Of the Firm’s commitment to pro bono, Lash observed “it's part of our DNA.” Shick told the publication that close relationships with clients are the “number-one thing" she gleans from her work, adding “they have unbelievable stories of survival.”
Partner Adam KohSweeney was interviewed for the profile regarding his work with MALDEF on a Tenth Circuit victory protecting the voting rights of low-income and minority citizens. O’Melveny counsel Anton Metlitsky also spoke with Law360 about his work with the Center for Reproductive Rights to successfully challenge a 2011 North Carolina law stipulating a mandatory delay for women seeking abortions and scripted counseling. Additionally, the piece highlights O’Melveny’s important work in support of same sex marriage rights, most recently securing a Ninth Circuit ruling that Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as a classification based on sexual orientation that could not meet heightened scrutiny.
Over the past year, O’Melveny devoted nearly 63,000 hours of legal representation to pro bono matters. For more than 100 years, O’Melveny lawyers have been actively involved in their communities, engaging in the legal profession’s highest calling—ensuring access to justice through pro bono representation of the poor and disenfranchised.
About O’Melveny & Myers LLP
With approximately 700 lawyers in 15 offices worldwide, O’Melveny & Myers LLP helps industry leaders across a broad array of sectors manage the complex challenges of succeeding in the global economy. We are a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship. Our commitment to these values is reflected in our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work and championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession. For more information, please visit www.omm.com.