O'Melveny Named Most Innovative International Firm at Euromoney's Women in Business Law Awards

June 16, 2015



Emily Lattal
O'Melveny & Myers LLP         
Amber Burke
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

NEW YORK, NY - June 16, 2015 - O’Melveny & Myers LLP was awarded “Most Innovative International Firm” and “Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s fourth annual Americas Women in Business Law Awards, held on June 5, 2015, in New York City. O’Melveny has been a fixture of the Women in Business Law Awards shortlist and winners circle in recent years, receiving the award for “Best International Firm for Women in Business Law” in 2014 and for “Best International Mentoring Program” in 2014 and 2013.

Euromoney’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards acknowledge law and professional services firms for their efforts and achievements in helping women advance in the legal profession, as well as individual women leading the field in the legal sector across the Americas. O’Melveny was nominated for a total of nine awards in 2015, including individual awards for partner Danielle Gray, who was nominated for “Best in Financial Regulation,” and partner Dawn Sestito, who was shortlisted as a "Rising Star" in Litigation. The Firm’s additional nominations were for “Best International Firm for Women in Business Law,” “Best International Mentoring Program,” “Best International Firm for Diversity,” “Best International Firm for Work-Life Balance,” and “Best International Firm for Pro Bono.”

“We are committed to implementing innovative programs and initiatives that meet the needs of our vibrant community of women attorneys,” said Mary Ellen Connerty, O’Melveny’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “Through these efforts, we are gaining ground in our efforts to recruit and retain our women attorneys and see them progress into all levels and roles within the Firm.”

O’Melveny’s strategy for advancing the Firm’s culture of diversity and inclusion, professional development, and flexibility includes a wide array of programs and initiatives, including its Women’s Leadership Academy, employee engagement survey, employee networks, workplace flexibility initiative CustOMMize, skill-building courses on inclusion, and coaching opportunities on topics ranging from business development to career advancement.

Award winners were selected by senior Euromoney Legal Media Group editorial staff following an extensive interview and research process. Firms were judged on their ability to support the development of women in the legal profession through a variety of approaches. Criteria included the retention of women associates to partner level and other diversity metrics, and specific diversity initiatives. Part of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Euromoney Legal Media Group comprises a wide range of legal publications including Managing Intellectual Property, International Financial Law Review, IFLR1000, International Tax Review, Expert Guides, and Benchmark Litigation.

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.