Bess I. Hanish


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Bess Hanish is a litigation associate in O’Melveny’s San Francisco office with a focus in Intellectual Property & Technology and Antitrust. Bess also maintains a robust pro-bono practice.

Honors & Awards

  • Prosser Prize, Silicon Valley Antitrust
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship
  • Fulbright to Egypt
  • Boalt Hall Fellowship
  • John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship
  • Truman Scholarship, California
  • U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, Arabic


Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • University of California at Berkeley School of Law, JD; Article Editor, Berkley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice
  • Amherst College, BA, Political Science, Anthropology
  • Orange Coast College, AA, Political Science

Professional Activities


  • The Hon. Morgan B. Christen, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • The Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Speaking Engagements

  • “Transcending the Past: Growth through Adversity,” Paul and Daisy Soros 20th Reunion (2018)


  • California Lawyers Association: Antitrust, UCL and Privacy
  • California Lawyers Association: Intellectual Property Law
  • California Lawyers Association: Litigation