O'Melveny Lawyers and Practices Highly Ranked in Chambers USA 2013

May 29, 2013



Julie Fei                                             

O’Melveny & Myers LLP                           


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LOS ANGELES ─ MAY 29, 2013─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP  made a strong showing in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, with 66 lawyers and 31 practice areas recognized. Three O’Melveny practices are ranked in the top tier of leading practices in the guide; among those, one is ranked in the top tier nationally. The guide also ranks 14 O’Melveny lawyers in the top tier of leading lawyers, with four ranked in the top tier nationally.


Published by Chambers and Partners, a noted authority and independent source for the legal industry, Chambers USA is unique in that entry into the guide is based solely on market recommendation by clients and lawyers across the US.


The three O’Melveny practice areas ranked in the top tier in the guide are: ERISA Litigation (Nationwide); Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded (New York); and Media & Entertainment: Transactional (California). O’Melveny also is included in the spotlight table for Antitrust: Cartel (Nationwide).

The 14 O’Melveny lawyers the guide ranks in the top tier for their respective practice areas are Seth Aronson, Robert Blashek, Daniel Bookin, Christopher Brearton, Joseph Calabrese, Howard Chao, Martin Dunn, Theodore Kassinger, Greta Lichtenbaum, Ben Logan, Richard Parker, Daniel Petrocelli, Stephen Scharf, and Richard Shutran. Walter Dellinger and Bob Eccles were each named a “Senior Statesman” in the Nationwide Appellate Law and ERISA Litigation categories, respectively.  This ranking is given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field. Rob Plesnarski was recognized by Chambers USA as “Up and Coming” in the category of Securities: Regulation; Advisory. Brian Boyle, Jeffrey Fowler, and Carolyn Kubota, who were ranked in Band 3 in their practice areas, made their debut appearance in this year’s guide.  

Sixteen O’Melveny lawyers moved up in their ranking or were included in a new category in 2013:  Robert Blashek, Christopher Brearton, Brad Butwin, Joseph Calabrese, Apalla Chopra, Bob Eccles, Andrew Frackman, Jonathan Hacker, Howard Heiss, Warren Lazarow, Kenneth O’Rourke, Daniel Petrocelli, Jonathan Rosenberg, Eric Rothenberg, Stephen Scharf, and Sam Zucker.

The complete list of recognitions are:

Leading Practice Rankings

Antitrust ‒ California (Band 2)
Antitrust ‒ District of Columbia (Band 3)
Antitrust ‒ Nationwide (Band 3)
Antitrust:  Cartel ‒ Nationwide (Spotlight Table)
Appellate Law ‒ Nationwide (Band 3)
Bankruptcy/Restructuring ‒ California (Band 2)
Capital Markets:  Debt & Equity ‒ California (Band 3)
Corporate/M&A:  Northern California ‒ California (Band 5)
Corporate/M&A:  Southern California ‒ California (Band 4)
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation ‒ California (Band 2)
Environment:  Mainly Transactional ‒ New York (Band 3)
ERISA Litigation ‒ Nationwide (Band 1)
Insurance:  Dispute Resolution: Insurer ‒ Nationwide (Band 3)
Insurance:  Insurer ‒ California (Band 3)
Intellectual Property ‒ California (Band 4)
International Trade ‒ Nationwide (Band 4)
Labor & Employment ‒ California (Band 3)
Life Sciences ‒ Nationwide (Band 4)
Litigation ‒ District of Columbia (Band 3)
Litigation:  General Commercial ‒ California (Band 2)
Litigation:  General Commercial: Highly Regarded ‒ New York (Band 1)
Litigation:  White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations ‒ California (Band 2)
Media & Entertainment:  Litigation ‒ California (Band 2)
Media & Entertainment:  Transactional ‒ California (Band 1)
Product Liability & Mass Torts ‒ Nationwide (Band 4)
Securities:  Litigation - Nationwide (Band 3)
Securities:  Regulation ‒ California (Band 2)
Securities:  Regulation ‒ New York (Band 4)
Securities:  Regulation ‒ Nationwide (Band 4)
Sports Law ‒ Nationwide (Band 2)
Tax ‒ California (Band 3)

Leading Lawyer Rankings


Michael Antalics ‒ District of Columbia (Band 3)

Chuck Diamond ‒ California (Band 3)
Ken O’Rourke ‒ California (Band 3)

Richard G. Parker ‒ District of Columbia (Band 1)
Michael Tubach ‒ California (Band 2)

Appellate Law

Walter Dellinger ‒ Nationwide (Senior Statesmen)
Jonathan Hacker ‒ Nationwide (Band 4)

Banking & Finance

Tom Baxter ‒ California (Band 3)
Eric R. Reimer ‒ California (Band 4)


George A. Davis ‒ New York (Band 2); Nationwide (Band 3)
Peter Friedman‒ District of Columbia (Band 2)
Evan M. Jones ‒ California (Band 3)
Ben H. Logan III ‒ California (Band 1); Nationwide (Band 4)
John Rapisardi ‒ New York (Band 2); Nationwide (Band 3)
Suzzanne Uhland ‒ California (Band 3)
Steve Warren ‒ California (Band 3)

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity

Peter Healy ‒ California (Band 3); Nationwide (Band 3)
Michael J. Schiavone ‒ Nationwide (Band 2)

Corporate/M&A:  Deals in Asia

Howard Chao ‒ California (Band 1)

Corporate/M&A:  Northern California

Steven Tonsfeldt ‒ California (Band 3)

Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital

Warren T. Lazarow ‒ California (Band 4)

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Wayne Jacobsen ‒ California (Band 2)
Jeffrey Walbridge ‒ California (Band 3)

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)

Hugh Hilliard ‒ Nationwide (Band 5)


Martin McTigue ‒ California (Band 2)
Eric Rothenberg ‒ New York (Band 3)

Environment:  Mainly Transactional

Eric Rothenberg ‒ New York (Band 2)

ERISA Litigation

Brian Boyle ‒ Nationwide (Band 3)

Bob Eccles ‒ Nationwide (Senior Statesman)

Insurance:  Dispute Resolution:  Insurer

Richard Goetz ‒ Nationwide (Band 3)
Tancred Schiavoni ‒ New York (Band 3); Nationwide (Band 3)

Insurance:  Insurer

Martin S. Checov ‒ California (Band 3)
Richard Goetz ‒ California (Band 2)
Mark Wood ‒ California (Band 3)

Intellectual Property:  Patent

Mark A. Samuels ‒ California (Band 3)

International Trade:  CFIUS Experts

Theodore Kassinger ‒ Nationwide (Band 1)

International Trade:  Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

Greta Lichtenbaum ‒ Nationwide (Band 1)

International Trade:  FCPA Experts

Richard Grime ‒ Nationwide (Band 2)

Labor & Employment

Apalla Chopra ‒ California (Band 3)
Jeffrey Kohn ‒ New York (Band 2)
Robert Siegel ‒ California (Band 3)
Framroze Virjee ‒ California (Band 2)

Life Sciences:  Corporate/Commercial

Sam Zucker ‒ California (Band 3); Nationwide (Band 3)

Litigation:  E-Discovery

Jeff Fowler ‒ Nationwide (Band 3)

Litigation:  General Commercial

Seth Aronson ‒ California (Band 2)
Bradley Butwin ‒ New York (Band 2)
Andrew Frackman ‒ New York (Band 3)
Daniel Petrocelli ‒ California (Band 1)

Litigation:  Securities

Seth Aronson ‒ California (Band 1); Nationwide (Band 2)
Bradley Butwin‒ New York (Band 4)
Andrew Frackman‒ New York (Band 4)
Jeffrey Kilduff ‒ District of Columbia (Band 2); Nationwide (Band 3)
Jonathan Rosenberg ‒ New York (Band3)

Litigation:  White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Daniel Bookin ‒ California (Band 1)
Steven E. Bunnell ‒ District of Columbia (Band 3)
Howard E. Heiss ‒ New York (Band 2)
Carolyn Kubota ‒ California (Band 3)
Michael Tubach ‒ California (Band 3)

Media & Entertainment:  Litigation

Daniel Petrocelli ‒ California (Band 2)
Robert Schwartz ‒ California (Band 2)

Media & Entertainment:  Transactional

Christopher Brearton ‒ California (Band 1)
Joseph Calabrese ‒ California (Band 1)
Robert Haymer ‒ California (Band 3)
Christopher Murray ‒ California (Band 2)
Stephen Scharf ‒ California (Band 1)

Products Liability & Mass Torts

Brian Anderson ‒ Nationwide (Band 5)


Junaid H. Chida ‒ Nationwide (Band 2)
Gregory Thorpe ‒ Nationwide (Band 4)
Richard Shutran ‒ Nationwide (Band 1)

Projects:  PPP

Eric A. Richards ‒ Nationwide (Band 2)

Securities:  Regulation:  Advisory

Martin Dunn ‒ Nationwide (Band 1)
Rob Plesnarski ‒ Nationwide (Up & Coming)

Sports Law

Joseph Calabrese ‒ Nationwide (Band 2)


Robert D. Blashek ‒ California (Band 1)

About O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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