O'Melveny & Myers Announces 2014 Partner Class



Piper Hall
O’Melveny & Myers LLP                      

Julie Fei
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

NEW YORK, NY ─ December 20, 2013 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP is pleased to announce that five new partners will be admitted to the Firm, effective January 1, 2014.  The members of O’Melveny’s 2014 partner class are: David Almeling (San Francisco), Damien Coles (Hong Kong), Ross Galin (New York), Molly Lens (Century City), and Vision Winter (Los Angeles).

“Each of these lawyers has earned the respect, admiration, and trust of our clients, who hold them in exceptionally high regard,” said Bradley J. Butwin, Chair of O’Melveny.  “We, too, have the utmost confidence in them.”

O’Melveny & Myers’ 2014 Partner Class
David Almeling is a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice within the Litigation Department, and resides in O’Melveny’s San Francisco office.  Almeling represents technology companies in intellectual property litigation, with a focus on patent and trade secret litigation.  He is the author of more than 10 publications on patent and trade secret law (including a book on trade secret strategy published by Oxford University Press), he speaks frequently at CLE events on patent and trade secret issues, and he holds leadership positions on state and national bar association committees.  Almeling recently was named on The Recorder’s 2013 list of “Lawyers on the Fast Track,” which identifies 50 California lawyers “whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.”  He joined O’Melveny in 2005 after clerking for The Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  In 2004, Almeling received a J.D. from Duke University, where he graduated with high honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif.  He attended the University of Florida as an undergraduate, receiving a B.A. with highest honors in 2001.

Damien Coles resides in O’Melveny’s Hong Kong office, where he practices in the Firm’s Corporate Finance Group.  Coles is an English solicitor who has practiced in London, Singapore, and Hong Kong.  He represents clients in cross-border and special-situations financings, restructurings, and insolvencies.  Coles has extensive experience in structuring and executing cross-border investments and advising creditors, debtors, and insolvency officers on cross-border restructurings and insolvency proceedings throughout Asia, with a particular focus on Indonesia, India, and Thailand.  He has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative cross-border restructuring projects in Asia, including the restructuring of Mobile-8 Telecom (an Indonesian company) through a UK scheme of arrangement and the Singapore scheme of arrangement in relation to Blue Ocean Resources.  Coles joined O’Melveny in 2009.  He earned a B.A. from the University of Oxford in 2003 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School in 2004.

Ross Galin is a member of the Firm’s Health Care and Life Sciences Practice and the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice, and resides in O’Melveny’s New York office.  Galin’s practice includes representing life sciences companies, executives, and employees in government enforcement actions, civil qui tam litigation, and providing health care law compliance advice.  He has conducted more than 100 internal compliance investigations for pharmaceutical companies alone and has conducted multiple proactive reviews of promotional practices.  He also represents corporate clients in a variety of securities and general commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts.  Galin joined O’Melveny in 2012.  He clerked for The Honorable John F. Keenan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York after receiving a J.D., cum laude, in 2001 from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and managing editor of the Fordham Law Review.  In 1994, Galin received a B.A. from the University of Michigan with class honors.

Molly Lens resides in the Firm’s Century City office, where she practices in O’Melveny’s Business Trial and Litigation Group.  Lens represents clients in a wide range of industries and has led numerous complex civil litigation, class action, arbitration, high-profile entertainment, and regulatory investigation teams.  She was a key team member in the Firm’s representation of Warner Bros. in a successful settlement surrounding contract claims for the Smallville series and in a series of victories involving the copyrights of the iconic Superman character. Lens also maintains an active pro bono practice, including civil and criminal appeals, a teaching position for the Firm’s Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic at the UCLA School of Law, and housing court litigation.  Lens joined O’Melveny in 2012.  She clerked for The Honorable Harriet O’Neill of the State Supreme Court of Texas after receiving a J.D. in 2003, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was articles editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law.  Lens attended Macalester College as an undergraduate, receiving a B.A., cum laude, in 2000.

Vision Winter is a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice within O’Melveny’s Litigation Department, and resides in the Firm’s Los Angeles office.  Winter’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, primarily in the electrical, computer science, and electronics fields.  He also is a registered professional chemical engineer in the State of California and previously worked at Procter & Gamble as a power and controls project engineer.  Winter helped secure a major victory for Top Victory Electronics (TPV) in a patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Texas and a historic billion-dollar settlement for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) with Intel Corp.  He has been named a “Rising Star” in intellectual property litigation in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc.  Winter joined O’Melveny in 2004 after receiving a J.D., cum laude, the same year from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was lead articles editor for the Pepperdine University Law Review.  He earned a B.S., with high honors, from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1996.

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