O'Melveny Partner Walter Dellinger Named to NLJ's 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America

March 27, 2013


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WASHINGTON, DC ─ MARCH 27, 2013 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP partner Walter Dellinger has been named to The National Law Journal’s 2013 list of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”

“There exists no constitutional question of great moment in the past several decades that Walter Dellinger has not litigated, debated, written about or taught,” the publication wrote in its March 25, 2013, special issue. “Dellinger, 71, founder of the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice for O'Melveny & Myers, played a leading public role in defense of the Affordable Care Act even as he juggled a heavy caseload including representation of Bank of America Corp. in pivotal successor-liability litigation. A tenured law professor and White House, corporate and congressional adviser, he influences public policy and opinion whenever he dons one or more of those hats.”

This is The National Law Journal’s first 100 Most Influential Lawyers list since 2006. To identify “members of law's power elite,” the publication’s editors assessed a lawyer’s influence based on the depth of their political connections, the results they have achieved for clients, the breadth of their media reach, and their prominence as business leaders and thought leaders on important legal issues. In the published list, the NLJ highlights which of these qualities the editors felt a lawyer best embodies. Lauded for his significant political clout, leadership in the business sphere, and ability to achieve legal results, Dellinger is one of only a handful of the 100 lawyers selected to receive three such nods, with none receiving more than three.

During the past several years, Dellinger has been a leader of the Firm’s Appellate Practice, while serving as an advisor to corporate boards, congressional leaders and senior executive branch officials, as co-director of the Harvard/O'Melveny Supreme Court clinic, and as a public advocate on constitutional issues. He has been counsel to the Board of the New York Stock Exchange and an advisor on eminent domain constitutional issues to SIFMA. Since 2006, Dellinger has argued before the Supreme Court in the Exxon Valdez punitive damages appeal, argued for the District of Columbia in the Second Amendment case, argued for Morgan Stanley over the regulation of energy prices, for North Carolina on interstate compacts on nuclear waste, and for a discharged teacher in a religious liberty case. In addition, Dellinger was a principal strategist in the noted GPS case, U.S. v. Jones. He argued Martha Stewart’s appeal and is currently representing Chadboune & Parke before the US Supreme Court and Bank of America in important successor liability litigation in NY State court.

Dellinger has appeared more than 30 times before committees of the Congress, including testimony in recent years on war powers and detainees. He was a tireless advocate of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, testifying before the Judiciary Committees of the House and Senate and the House Ways & Means Committee, engaging in numerous debates before national organizations, filing amicus briefs for congressional leaders, writing opinion articles, and advising senior executive branch officials on defense of the law. He is now playing a similar role in the debate and litigation over gay marriage.

Over the past six years he has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, and other publications. Since 2006, Dellinger has been cited in more than 1500 news articles and his work has been noted in more than 400 academic law review articles.

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