Madhu Pocha

Partner

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Madhu Pocha

Madhu Pocha tackles litigation across a range of industries and legal disciplines as a member of O’Melveny’s renowned trial practice. Madhu prides himself on aggressively fighting for his clients’ interests and being their voice both in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion. Effective client representation for Madhu means understanding a client’s business and tailoring strategies that advance both legal and business goals. During his career, Madhu has taken his broad skill set to defend both companies and individuals facing novel legal issues. Recent matters have ranged from a constellation of complex class actions concerning the former Hunters Point Naval Base in San Francisco to financial restructuring litigation on behalf of the Government of Puerto Rico—the first time a US territory has gone through bankruptcy.

Madhu has led teams at all stages of litigation. Recent successes include managing a trial team that won a unanimous and historic jury verdict in a complex antitrust case and arguing a religious freedom case before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that resulted in a complete reversal.

Before starting his legal career, Madhu worked as a consultant on projects for the US government concerning the Internet, new media, and social networking.

Honors & Awards

Named a "Rising Star" in Southern California (2018)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Education

  • Columbia University, J.D.: James Kent Scholar; Executive Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • Yale University, B.A., Literature: magna cum laude; Calabresi Writing Prize; DeForest Oratory Prize

Professional Activities

Member

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Board of Directors, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California
  • Representing national homebuilder in class action and environmental litigation concerning the redevelopment of the former Hunters Point Naval Base in San Francisco
  • Representing the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s financial restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings
  • Represented US Airways (now part of American Airlines) in antitrust lawsuit seeking to halt anticompetitive conduct in the airline ticket distribution market 
  • Defended Sirius XM in class action lawsuits over common-law copyright ownership in music recorded before 1972
  • Represented creators of the Call of Duty and Modern Warfare videogames in dispute over creative rights and unpaid nine-figure compensation
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