Our successes on behalf of clients regularly garner praise from top legal publications. The recent recognition we have earned from American Lawyer Media alone, detailed below, is a testament to the exceptional dedication, preparation, and creativity we bring to every endeavor for our clients, all set within a firm culture that attracts the best lawyers and offers them abundant opportunities to showcase their talents.

The American Lawyer ranked O’Melveny #1 on its prestigious “A-List.” The A-List ranks the “best of the best” law firms through a holistic performance score covering the following criteria: associate satisfaction, revenue per lawyer, pro bono engagement, overall racial diversity, and gender diversity among the partnership. With this year’s ranking, O’Melveny has made the A-List for each of the past 10 years, placing in the Top 10 in nine of those years.

Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year
Naming O’Melveny Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year, The American Lawyer hailed the firm’s record in high-profile wins, writing: “With the world watching, O’Melveny’s products liability litigators get clients the results they need.”

Young of the Year - Leah Godesky
The American Lawyer honors Young Lawyers of the Year for making “an impact on their organization, the profession, clients, or beyond through their work, service to the law firm, service to the industry or service to the community.” One of the nation’s premiere trial lawyers, Godesky has represented an array of clients in headline-making litigation, including numerous reproductive rights cases.

Litigator of the Year - Daniel M. Petrocelli
O’Melveny partner Daniel M. Petrocelli was named “Litigator of the Year” at The American Lawyer’s Industry Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in the legal profession nationwide. Petrocelli, chair of O’Melveny’s Trial Practice Committee, was lauded for his work in an array of headline-making matters.

Midlevel Associates Survey
O’Melveny is ranked #3 for associate satisfaction in The American Lawyer’s 2021 Midlevel Associates Survey of more than 75 law firms nationwide. The survey measures several aspects of job satisfaction among third-, fourth- and fifth-year associates: compensation and benefits; training and guidance; relations with partners and other associates; interest in and satisfaction level with the work; the firm’s policy on billable hours; and management’s openness about firm strategies and ­partnership chances.

National Litigation Department of the Year Runner-Up
The American Lawyer ranked O’Melveny second in the nation in its prestigious Litigation Department of the Year contest. Citing our distinctive performance in litigation “ripped from the headlines,” AmLaw created a “runner-up” category specifically to highlight our successes in one groundbreaking case after another. With this honor, O’Melveny remains one of only two firms to have been singled out for recognition—as a winner, runner-up, finalist, or honorable mention recipient—in every Litigation of Department of the Year contest since AmLaw launched the awards nearly two decades ago. Citing the firm's role in some of the year's most significant product liability matters. such as guiding Johnson & Johnson to trial in Oklahoma over its opioid products after other drug makers settled with the state, AmLaw also selected O'Melveny as a finalist for Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year.

California Litigation Department of the Year
“O’Melveny & Myers’ California team had an impact across the country, as it helped beat an antitrust challenge to the AT&T-Time Warner merger; secured an early win in the Johnson & Johnson opioid litigation; and set a new standard in the U.S. Supreme Court on the statute of limitations for securities class actions,” The American Lawyer wrote.
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DC Litigation Departments of the Year
O’Melveny took top honors in The National Law Journal’s “DC Litigation Departments of the Year” contest in the “General Litigation” category. “O’Melveny & Myers once again proved its mettle as a litigation machine. . .as the firm scored clean wins for top-billing clients in cases that could shape the business industry,” the NLJ observed.

Dealmakers of the Year

The American Lawyer named the O’Melveny team to its prestigious “Dealmakers of the Year” list, a special feature spotlighting the “lawyers whose work on mergers and acquisitions, financings, public offerings and more truly stands apart from the crowd.” As AmLaw observed, the team is on the “short list of go-to lawyers” when sports teams change hands.

Appellate Hot List

For the second consecutive year, O’Melveny was named to The National Law Journal’s “Appellate Hot List,” a highly selective honor recognizing 25 law firms that “won key matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals, staying true to their practice philosophies along the way.” Among other influential matters, NLJ cited the practice’s win in Jam v. International Finance Corp., in which it persuaded the Court to overturn decades of DC Circuit precedent construing a very important statute: the International Organization Immunities Act.