O'Melveny's Chopra, Petrocelli Named to Daily Journal’s Top 100 California Lawyers

September 09, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Amber Burke
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

LOS ANGELES, CA - September 9, 2015 - The Daily Journal has named O'Melveny & Myers LLP partners Apalla Chopra and Daniel Petrocelli among the best lawyers in California in its annual Top 100 list.

Daily Journal noted that Chopra, who chairs O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment Practice, is “one of a handful of attorneys in the nation with the expertise to help colleges and universities navigate recent controversies over campus sexual assault.” "I am particularly well placed in this storm," Chopra said. "I'm at the right place, at the right time, with the right tools to be very effective on behalf of our clients." As independent counsel to the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors in connection with the investigation into the university's handling of sexual assault reports by students, Chopra conducted an investigation to ensure the university's response was compliant with Title IX and the Clery Act. Shining in litigation as well as investigations, Chopra also used "a savvy technique” to “decimate” a purported class action against her client Coldwell Banker when a plaintiff sought to change the classification of brokers from independent contractors to employees, DJ reported.

Petrocelli, chair of O’Melveny’s Trial Practice, was lauded for “chang[ing] the momentum of courtroom battles against his client” Sirius XM Radio Inc. in four landmark lawsuits concerning alleged rights in sound recordings made prior to 1972. The cases include three putative class actions against Sirius XM in California, New York, and Florida federal courts seeking to establish that the owners of pre-1972 recordings have an exclusive right to control all public performances of those recordings, and an individual action filed by the major record labels in California state court seeking to establish a performance right under California law. Petrocelli obtained a series of wins after being retained on the cases, as detailed by DJ. The publication noted that Petrocelli's position ”counts support among legal scholars, the National Broadcasters Association, as well as others who have filed amici in the 2nd Circuit appeal,” and that the case is being closely followed by radio stakeholders. "There has never been any statute passed in any state that had ever indicated that public performing rights are owned by the owner of a sound recording," Petrocelli said, adding that he intends to ensure those rights are not created as a matter of law.

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