Daniel M. Petrocelli

Partner

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Daniel Petrocelli is the Chair of O’Melveny’s Trial Practice and a Vice Chair of the firm. Dan has a national trial practice representing clients in major litigation in a wide variety of areas, including sports, entertainment, intellectual property, unfair competition, business torts, securities, employment law, and criminal defense.

The American Lawyer honored Dan as the 2020 “Litigator of the Year,” noting that he “is a lawyer clients call in the toughest situations,” and the Daily Journal selected him among its “Lawyers of the Decade.” Legal 500 ranks Dan as one of the country’s top 10 trial lawyers and selected him as the winner of its inaugural “Leading Trial Lawyer of the Year,” describing him as an “excellent, excellent trial lawyer” in a “whirlwind year which saw him try a slew of different matters back-to-back across various industries.” Chambers USA ranks Dan as a leading lawyer and quotes sources who say he is “a first-rate trial lawyer” and “a fantastic force,” “the one you hire for bet-the-company cases” who is “highly in demand.” Clients compliment him for being “very strategic, very good in court and very client-focused.” Dan has also been recently recognized by Billboard Magazine as a “Top Music Lawyer,” Variety as one of the industry’s “50 Game-Changing Entertainment Attorneys,” The Hollywood Reporter as a “Power Lawyer,” Benchmark Litigation as a “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” The National Law Journal as a “Winning Litigator,” and by Law360 as a “Media & Entertainment MVP.” Dan is a frequent national commentator on trials and other legal issues, as well as a featured speaker on legal issues at business groups, bar and judges associations, and citizens groups.

Honors & Awards

  • Named a “Lawyer of the Decade” by Daily Journal (2021)
  • Awarded “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer (2020)
  • Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers” List (2010-2020)
  • Named “Trial Lawyers of the Year,” (2019) “Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” (2018-2020) “Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California,” (2020) and “Local and National Practice Area Star” (2020) for Energy and Natural Resources by Benchmark Litigation
  • Consistently ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA in Nationwide: Trial Lawyers, Media & Entertainment: Litigation, and name a Star Individual in California: General Commercial Litigation
  • Ranked by Chambers Global for Litigation: Trial Lawyers (2016-2021)
  • “Life Sciences Star” for Product Liability by LMG Life Sciences (2018-2020)
  • Named among the “Attorneys of the Year” by California Lawyer (2019)
  • Received the National Impact Case Award for AT&T/Time Warner trial from Benchmark Litigation (2019)
  • Recognized by Variety magazine in its Legal Impact Report (2012-2020)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2022 for Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation in Century City, CA; Dan has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2006.
  • Named to Top Music Lawyers List by Billboard (2017, 2020)
  • Named one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon (2019)
  • Recommended in Sports by Who’s Who Legal (2019)
  • Recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as an “IP Star” (2020)
  • Named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal (2010, 2013-2021)
  • Named Hall of Fame for Leading Trial Lawyers (2021); Leading Lawyer for General Commercial Disputes (2021); Recommended for Securities Litigation: Defense (2021); Recommended for Sport (2021); Recommended for Copyright Law (2021); Leading Trial Lawyer (2010-2020), Leading Lawyer for Media and Entertainment (2017-2019), Hall of Fame for Media and Entertainment: Litigation (2020-2021), and Trial Lawyer of the Year (2014) by The Legal 500 US
  • Recognized by The American Lawyer as a Litigator of the Year (2017, 2018)
  • Selected to the National Law Journal’s “Winning Litigators” List (2018)
  • Recognized as a Game Changer by The Recorder in its Litigation Department of the Year feature (2017)
  • Received the CPR Corporate Leadership Award (2017)
  • Named a Media & Entertainment MVP by Law360 (2012, 2015, 2017)
  • Selected to the National Law Journal’s Litigation Trailblazers list (2016)
  • Recognized by Law360 as a national Trial Pro (2016)
  • Named a leading entertainment lawyer in California by Daily Journal (2015)
  • Named a Trial Ace by Law360 (2015)
  • Named Lawyer of the Month by Attorney at Law Magazine (2015)
  • Recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus in Entertainment & Media by Southwestern Law School (2014)
  • Lead counsel in Lennar Corporation et al. v. Briarwood Capital LLC, named one of the Top 5 Verdicts, Intentional Torts, Daily Business Review (2014)
  • Received the Century City Bar Association Litigator of the Year Award (2002-2003)
  • Received the Columbus Citizens Foundation Achievement Award In Law (2001)
  • Honored by Judicial Watch, Inc. for Legal Excellence and Service to Community (2000)
  • Recognized as Southwestern Law School Alumnus of the Year (1998)
  • Named the Malibu Bar Association Trial Lawyer of the Year (1998)
  • Named the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year (1997)
  • Received the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association Champion of Justice Award (1997)
  • Named one of Los Angeles’ Top 50 Litigators by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California, and the District of Colorado
  • US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, Federal Circuit, Ninth and the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • US Supreme Court

Education

  • Southwestern University, J.D., 1980: magna cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, Southwestern University Law Review
  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.S., 1976: cum laude

Professional Activities

Member

  • Trial Advocacy Board, ABA Litigation Section
  • Board of Trustees, Southwestern University School of Law
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Antitrust and Unfair Competition Sections
  • ABA’s Litigation Section and Corporate Counsel Committee
  • California Bar Association, Antitrust and Unfair Competition Sections
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Author

  • “Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the O.J. Simpson Saga,” The Hollywood Reporter (2014)
  • “Outside the Courtroom,” Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Larry King, Phoenix Books (2006)
  • “Effective Witness Preparation,” California Litigation (Spring 1999)
  • “Triumph of Justice: The Final Judgment on the Simpson Saga,” Random House (1998)
  • “Opening Statements under California Law,” Los Angeles Lawyer (March 1989)

Press Releases

Daily Journal Names Goetz, Petrocelli, and Fisher to “Top 100 Lawyers” List

September 15, 2021

O’Melveny Continues Texas Expansion with Arrival of Leading Trial Lawyer Tim Durst in Dallas

September 1, 2021

More than 50 O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America® 2022

August 20, 2021

O’Melveny Practices, Lawyers Highly Ranked by The Legal 500 US 2021

June 28, 2021

Chopra and Petrocelli Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s “LA500”

June 9, 2021

Daniel Petrocelli and Amy Siegel Recognized as “2021 Power Lawyers” by The Hollywood Reporter

May 27, 2021

O’Melveny Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2021

May 25, 2021

Variety Names Twelve O’Melveny Partners to its “2021 Legal Impact Report”

April 9, 2021

Billboard Features Petrocelli, Godesky, Marroso in 2021 “Top Music Lawyers List”

April 5, 2021

Chambers Global Recognizes 22 O’Melveny Lawyers and 12 Practice Groups

February 23, 2021

O’Melveny Announces New Leadership Appointments

February 11, 2021

Partner Daniel Petrocelli Named Among “Top Lawyers of the Decade” by Daily Journal

January 20, 2021

Partner Daniel Petrocelli Named 2020 “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer

January 15, 2021

LMG Life Sciences Names Eight O’Melveny Lawyers 2020 “Stars”

October 16, 2020

Law360 Names Baker, Fisher, Mitchell, Petrocelli, and Siegel 2020 MVPs

October 6, 2020

Petrocelli Named to Daily Journal’s “Top 100” List for Eighth Consecutive Year

September 17, 2020

More than 40 O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized in 35+ Practices by Best Lawyers in America® 2021

August 25, 2020

Petrocelli and Godesky Named to Billboard’s “2020 Top Music Lawyers”

July 28, 2020

Twelve O’Melveny Partners Named To Variety’s “Legal Impact Report”

July 14, 2020

O’Melveny Practices, Lawyers Highly Ranked in The Legal 500 US 2020

June 24, 2020

Bradley J. Butwin Elected to Third Term as O’Melveny Chair

May 14, 2020

O’Melveny Named Leading Law Firm by Chambers USA 2020

April 27, 2020

The Hollywood Reporter Recognizes Petrocelli, Siegel, and Tobey as 2020 “Power Lawyers”

March 27, 2020

Chambers Global Names 20 O’Melveny Lawyers and 11 Practice Groups Among World’s Best

February 21, 2020

Seven O’Melveny Lawyers Named LMG Life Sciences 2019 “Stars”

September 25, 2019

In the News

Reuters: How an O’Melveny discovery sleuth saved the day

July 20, 2021

Law360: Kesha Wins Key Ruling In Dr. Luke Libel Case

June 30, 2021

Law360: DirecTV Hands Off Bars' 'Sunday Ticket' Claims To Arbitration

April 22, 2021

Deadline: Disney Lashes Back At Original ‘Predator’ Scribes’ Hunt For Rights To 1987 Schwarzenegger Starrer

April 15, 2021

The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Predator’ Screenwriters Suing Disney to Recapture Rights

April 15, 2021

Law.com: How Courts, Litigators and Clients Learned to Stop Worrying and Love (Some Aspects of) Remote Work

April 12, 2021

Variety: Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2021: O’Melveny’s Entertainment Litigation Group

April 8, 2021

Law360: ‘Shape Of Water’ Copyright Fight Ends In Settlement

April 6, 2021

Law.com: Compliance Hot Spots: Catching Up With O’Melveny’s Petrocelli

March 3, 2021

Law.com: Litigation Trendspotter: It’s Becoming Clear That Virtual Court Is Not Going Away

February 25, 2021

New York Law Journal: Alexis Cirel Joins Warshaw Burstein as Partner in Firm’s New Fertility Law Group

February 25, 2021

The American Lawyer: O’Melveny’s Dan Petrocelli Sees a ‘Hellaciously Busy’ Year Ahead for Big Law Litigators

February 23, 2021

Bloomberg Law: O’Melveny Announces New Leaders, Including Litigation, Corporate

February 11, 2021

The American Lawyer O’Melveny Expands Leadership Ranks, Naming Another Vice Chair and Group Co-Chairs

February 11, 2021

The American Lawyer: Drumroll, Please: The 2020 American Lawyer Industry Awards Winners

January 14, 2021

Law360: Media & Entertainment Group of the Year - O’Melveny

December 16, 2020

Law360: Viacom Nears Win Barring Netflix From Poaching Executives

December 9, 2020

Law360: Activision Latest To Accuse Netflix Of Executive Poaching

December 4, 2020

The Hollywood Reporter: Netflix Sued by Activision for Poaching CFO

December 4, 2020

Variety: Netflix Sued Again for Poaching — This Time by Activision Blizzard

December 4, 2020

Axios: Activision Files Lawsuit Against Netflix

December 4, 2020

Law360: MVP - O’Melveny’s Daniel Petrocelli

October 16, 2020

Law360: ‘Empire’ Copyright Suit Fizzles On Second Trip To 9th Circ.

August 21, 2020

Variety: 2020 Legal Impact Report

July 14, 2020

Los Angeles Business Journal: LA 500 - Daniel Petrocelli

June 8, 2020

The Hollywood Reporter: How ‘The Walking Dead’ Legal Fights Could Redefine Dealmaking

March 31, 2020

The American Lawyer: In the Spotlight: O’Melveny & Myers, Litigation Department of the Year Runner-Up

December 29, 2019

Billboard: Radio License Committee Tells DOJ to Buzz Off In Battle With Irving Azoff Over Songwriter Payments

December 19, 2019

The Hollywood Reporter: Disney Settles Michael Jackson Estate’s Suit Over ABC’s “Last Days” Special

December 19, 2019

Variety: Netflix Ordered to Stop Poaching Fox Employees

December 10, 2019

Los Angeles Times: Netflix’s Hollywood Raids Face New Obstacles After Court Ruling

December 10, 2019

Los Angeles Times: US Government Backs Recording Artists in Radio Fight

December 5, 2019

Law360: Judge Throws Out US$70M ‘Columbo’ Verdict, Orders New Trial

December 3, 2019

The Hollywood Reporter: Judge Tosses $70M Verdict Against Universal in ‘Columbo’ Profits Fight

December 2, 2019

Law360: Fox Nears Order Blocking Netflix From Poaching Execs

November 25, 2019

Deadline: Netflix Looks To Come Up Short In Exec Poaching Battle With Fox; 2020 Trial Likely Off The Calendar

November 25, 2019

The Hollywood Reporter: Mayweather, Pacquiao Knock Out Fans’ Suits Over Fight of the Century

November 22, 2019

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