Law360 Spotlights O’Melveny’s Almeling, Seto as Rising Stars

July 20, 2017


LOS ANGELES—July 20, 2017—O’Melveny partners David Almeling and Cassandra Seto have been selected for Law360’s 2017 Rising Stars special feature, which highlights “attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.” According to the publication’s July 16, 2017, announcement, the winners were culled from more than 1,200 submissions “based on their career accomplishments in their respective practice areas.”

Almeling earned a spot among Law360’s rising intellectual property lawyers having “established himself as a leading voice on the practice,” according to his July 18, 2017, profile. The publication details his work helping Google Inc. beat a patent infringement case involving damages claims of more than US$100 million based on allegations that its Google Earth application ripped off a patent held by another company. “With that much at stake for Google, for such an important product like Google Earth, and to come away with a complete victory, after only having had a couple of months to get into the case and prepare, was a high point,” Almeling said in the article. When asked what motivates him, he told Law360 that “[b]eing an advocate for someone, especially in the IP space, is a pretty solemn responsibility…keeping that trust and that respect is something that, on a daily basis, compels me to want to do better.”

In naming Seto a Rising Star in media and entertainment, Law360 writes that she has “carved out a name for herself obtaining game-changing wins for high-profile clients.” In her Rising Stars profile, published July 19, 2017, Law360 describes a precedent-setting victory she helped achieve for Sirius XM in December 2016, when the New York Court of Appeals held that pre-1972 recording owners are not entitled under state law to demand permission or compensation for having their songs played by broadcasters. Seto told the publication that the Sirius litigation, which is ongoing, has been “the most challenging but also the most rewarding” case of her career. The profile also includes Seto’s advice for young attorneys on being an effective advocate. “[Y]ou really have to be able to take a creative approach to a problem and can't be afraid to defend it even when the odds are against you," she said.

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