O’Melveny’s Bruington, McKeen, Strong Named 2012 Rising Stars by Law360


Julie Fei
O’Melveny & Myers LLP                                  
Andrea Rodeschini
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

LOS ANGELES, CA ─ APRIL 16, 2012 ─ Law360 has named O’Melveny & Myers LLP partners Nancy Bruington, Elizabeth Lemond McKeen and Sabrina Strong among its 2012 “Rising Stars,” lawyers under the age of 40 “whose accomplishments in major litigation or transactions belie their age.” According to Law360’s March 16 announcement, the publication culled the winners from more than 1,000 submissions based on “the strength of their accomplishments in their respective practice groups thus far in their careers.”

Bruington is a member of O’Melveny’s Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice and resides in the Firm’s Century City office. She focuses on entertainment and media finance, representing studios, production companies, equity sponsors, mezzanine investors and banking clients in film slate financings, corporate finance transactions, and the formation and capitalization of entertainment companies. In its profile of Bruington, published on March 26, Law360 noted that her impressive record of helping Hollywood studios secure financing and negotiating complex deals earned her a place among its rising media and entertainment law stars. Soon after joining O'Melveny in 2006, Bruington distinguished herself through her work with The Weinstein Co. to establish its US$285 million Asian film fund and on MGM's joint venture with Tom Cruise to form the new United Artists, according to the article. Bruington’s recent deals include advising MGM in its agreement with Warner Bros. Inc. and New Line Cinema to secure the production financing for "The Hobbit," and the refinancing of Alcon Entertainment LLC's existing credit facilities with a new US$200 million senior secured revolving credit facility.

McKeen, who practices in O’Melveny’s Financial Services group, focuses on complex financial services litigation and related regulatory and compliance matters. She represents banks, credit reporting agencies, mortgage lenders and servicers and other financial services institutions in civil litigation and enforcement matters. Law360’s March 20 profile of the Newport Beach-based McKeen detailed her work for major lending clients before, during, and after the foreclosure crisis, and cited her “ability to help clients navigate these troubled waters” as a quality that makes her one a class action attorneys under 40 to watch. McKeen’s accomplishments include helping Ocwen Federal Bank FSB obtain a groundbreaking settlement and opinion in multidistrict mortgage litigation involving 600,000 putative class members, and successfully representing Ford Motor Co. in three class actions in Illinois and California involving state consumer protection violations in connection with the termination of a Ford/Citibank NA co-branded credit card program. OneWest Bank Vice Chairman Brian Brooks, a former O’Melveny partner, called McKeen “one of the country's superstars in her field,” telling Law360, “[s]he was one of those people who was not only a quick study…she was proactive and creative.”

Strong is a member of O’Melveny’s Class Actions, Mass Torts, and Insurance Litigation and General Trial and Litigation Practices and resides in the Los Angeles office. She handles complex business litigation, including class and mass tort actions involving product liability claims, in both federal and state court. In its April 11 article on Strong, Law360 noted that her “penchant for delivering results for clients facing trial” makes her a rising star in the product liability field. The publication highlighted several of these results, including Strong’s success in obtaining the dismissal of a false labeling class action for General Mills Inc., her major role in helping Johnson & Johnson defeat a class certification in a multidistrict litigation in North Carolina, and her winning trial strategy for American International Group Inc. in a fraud action. Randy Oppenheimer, Firmwide Chair of O’Melveny’s Litigation Department, told Law360 that Strong is “very, very good at translating complex material so it can be understood, and that's one of the greatest assets a trial attorney can have.” Strong helps law students cultivate similar skills through O’Melveny’s Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic at the UCLA School of Law, which she helped found in 2008. The clinic gives law students the opportunity to represent clients before the appeals court, the article reports.

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