O’Melveny Announces 2016 Partner Class

December 14, 2015



Julie Fei
O'Melveny & Myers LLP             
Colleen B. McGushin
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

 LOS ANGELES ─ December 14, 2015 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP is pleased to announce that 11 new partners will be admitted to the firm, effective January 1, 2016.  Earning a place in O’Melveny’s 2016 partner class are: Nima Amini (Hong Kong), Melody Drummond Hansen (San Francisco), Jaroslaw Hawrylewicz (New York), Shelly Heyduk (Newport Beach), Don Melamed (Los Angeles), Anton Metlitsky (New York), Danielle Oakley (Newport Beach), Bimal Patel (Washington, DC), Cassandra Seto (Century City), Scott Sugino (Tokyo), and Silvia Vannini (Century City).

“O’Melveny’s 2016 partner class is a standout for its leadership and exceptional lawyering,” said Bradley J. Butwin, Chair of O’Melveny.  “These talented lawyers have demonstrated their skill and commitment to helping our clients achieve their most important goals.  They are true partners to our firm and to our clients.”

O’Melveny & Myers’ 2016 Partner Class
Nima Amini is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity practices in Hong Kong. He focuses on inbound and outbound cross-border deals, including mergers, consolidations, tender and general offers, PIPEs, equity and equity-linked financings, leveraged buyouts, “going-private” transactions, proxy contests, and other contested control transactions, reorganizations, spin-offs, and joint ventures. Amini also advises clients on US and Hong Kong securities laws, particularly in the context of acquisitions and divestitures of strategic targets and portfolio companies. He has advised numerous Asia-based investment teams on forming private equity funds and has represented institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and high-net-worth individuals in their sponsorships of, anchor investments in, and/or co-investments with various international and Pan Asia private equity and hedge funds. He joined O’Melveny in 2006. Amini earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2005, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from University of California, Berkeley, in 2001.

Melody Drummond Hansen is a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice in San Francisco. Drummond Hansen represents clients in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, computer fraud, data security breach, and unfair-competition matters. She has trial experience in federal and state courts and the US International Trade Commission, and she counsels clients in parallel proceedings in the US Patent and Trademark Office. Drummond Hansen has litigated cases in diverse industries including Internet content delivery networks, semiconductors, mobile telecommunications, interactive television, consumer electronics, financial services, and consumer products. Her pro bono practice includes a recent secondment to the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, where she handled two suppression hearings and tried two full jury trials on her own. She joined O’Melveny in 2011. Drummond Hansen earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005, cum laude and Order of the Coif; an M.Sc. from Oxford University in 2002, with distinction; and a B.A. from Georgetown University in 2000, summa cum laude.

Jaroslaw Hawrylewicz resides in the New York office, where he is a member of the Capital Markets Practice. His practice focuses on issues and transactions related to equity and other derivatives, derivatives financing, equities sales and trading, and relevant regulatory, legislative, and industry initiatives. Hawrylewicz structures, negotiates, and markets transactions including: convertible bond issuances; call-spread overlays and stock borrow facilities related to equity-linked capital markets transactions; ESO, RSU, and PIPE hedging transactions; and swaps, CFDs, delta-one issuer forwards, and other delta-one transactions. He also advises corporations, broker-dealers, and buy-side clients on legal, regulatory, compliance, entity, cross-border, and risk allocation issues related to derivatives transactions and their corresponding hedging activities. Hawrylewicz, who joined the firm in 2013, earned his LL.B. from York University Osgoode Hall Law School in 1999, where he received the Dean’s Letter; his M.B.A. from York University Schulich School of Business in 1999, where he was on the Dean’s List; and his B.Sc. in biochemistry and human biology with distinction from the University of Toronto in 1995. He is a CFA charterholder and a Certified Financial Risk Manager.

Shelly Heyduk, a member of the Capital Markets Practice in the Newport Beach office, advises public companies on a wide range of securities law and corporate governance matters, including SEC reporting and disclosure under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, shareholder meetings and compliance with the proxy rules, compliance with NYSE and NASDAQ corporate governance requirements, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and related regulations. Heyduk also has significant experience advising companies with respect to securities offerings under the Securities Act of 1933. She initially joined O’Melveny in 1999 and then rejoined in 2007 after spending four years in-house at Western Digital Corporation, where she gained a unique understanding of the challenges facing in-house legal teams and their expectations for best-in-class service from outside counsel. Heyduk received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law in 1999, where she was Comments Editor for the UCLA Law Review, and her B.S., magna cum laude, from University of California, San Diego, in 1996.

Don Melamed is a member of the Investment Funds Practice in Los Angeles. Melamed advises asset managers and institutional investors in fund- and investment management-related matters with an emphasis on forming buy-out, mezzanine, distressed debt, real estate, and venture capital funds and on advising investment firms on the formation and operation of their asset management business, including incentive arrangements, co-investment transactions, and spin-outs. He also focuses on representing institutional investors and family offices in connection with both primary and secondary investments in a variety of vehicles and asset classes. Melamed’s extensive experience in the investment management space also underpins his work advising executive management teams, operators, and money partners on structuring joint ventures and operating businesses that have an investment or fundraising component. Melamed joined O’Melveny in 2006 after graduating from Loyola Law School. He earned his B.A. from University of California, Irvine, in 2003.

Anton Metlitsky resides in the New York office and is a member of the Appellate Practice. He has drafted numerous briefs in the US Supreme Court, state and federal courts of appeals, and trial courts in addition to presenting oral arguments in the US Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Sixth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Metlitsky’s practice spans both civil and criminal matters, and includes federal constitutional law, federal criminal law, federal jurisdiction and procedure, securities law, bankruptcy law, administrative law, international and foreign affairs law, ERISA, insurance, antitrust, trademark, and federal preemption. Metlitsky, who clerked for US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and DC Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, joined O’Melveny in 2008. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2005 and his B.A. and B.S., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999.

Danielle Oakley, resident in the Newport Beach office, is a member of the Financial Services Practice. She focuses on providing regulatory compliance counseling to banks and non-bank providers of consumer financial services products relating to, for example, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices statutes. She also defends financial services providers in consumer class actions and regulatory enforcement actions. Oakley, who joined the firm in 2006, earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law where she was valedictorian in 2006 and served as Symposium Editor for the Nevada Law Journal. She received her B.S. from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 2003.

Bimal Patel heads the firm’s Financial Advisory and Regulation Practice from the Washington, DC, and New York offices, and specializes in matters related to financial services, public policy, and political strategy. Patel represents major financial institutions and their counterparties, including sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, and private equity funds in complex transactions, litigation, and matters before the federal banking agencies and the Department of the Treasury. He also served as Senior Advisor to FDIC Director Jeremiah O. Norton, which allows him to provide financial sector clients with unique and valuable insight into the evolving cross-border regulatory issues that impact their business operations and investment decisions. In addition to his practice, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Stanford University. Originally joining the firm in 2007, Patel earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University in 2008, and a B.A. from Stanford University in 2004.

Cassandra Seto, a member of the Litigation Practice in the Century City office, represents entertainment and media clients in complex litigation. She has extensive experience in copyright and intellectual property issues, complex contract and profit-participation disputes, and business torts. Seto has worked on some of the most high-profile cases in the entertainment industry, including litigation concerning copyrights in the iconic Superman character, cases involving copyright and trademark rights in Winnie the Pooh, and a series of landmark lawsuits concerning the scope of copyrights in pre-1972 sound recordings. Seto also maintains an active pro bono practice, serving as outside counsel to UCLA’s student newspaper, teaching at UCLA Law School, and representing pro bono clients in a variety of matters. She joined O’Melveny in 2006 after getting her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review. Seto received her B.A., summa cum laude, from University of California, Berkeley, in 2002.

Scott Sugino is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice in the Tokyo office and represents international companies and investment funds in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, and joint ventures and strategic alliances. Sugino specializes in guiding clients through cross-border investments between the US, Japan, and greater Asia in the technology, health care, and renewable energy sectors. Sugino is described as “hands down the best outside counsel for a US company to work with in Japan” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He first joined the firm as a summer associate in 2001 and earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2003, with honors, where he was part of the Law Review. He received his M.A. from Hitotsubashi University in 2001 and his B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University in 1996.

Silvia Vannini, resident in our Century City office, focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate matters both in and out of the entertainment industry, as part of the Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice. Having worked in Hong Kong and the US, she represents private equity funds and domestic and international companies on a wide range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, and dispositions. Vannini recently negotiated an international joint venture for the creation of an entertainment platform and represented a major studio in the acquisition of a movie library. She also advises public and private companies on corporate governance issues. Vannini joined O’Melveny in 2012 and received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2007 where she was Notes Editor for the Michigan Law Review, a Ph.D. with highest distinction from the University of Bologna in 2008, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Bologna in 2004.

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