Madhu Pocha, Managing Partner of O’Melveny’s Century City office, tackles litigation across a range of industries and legal disciplines as a member of the firm’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 to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of “Minority Leaders of Influence: Attorneys” (2021)
- Named a "Rising Star" in Southern California (2018)
- US District Court, Central District of California
- US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- 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
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
- Minds Matter of Los Angeles, Advisory Board Member (2019-present)
- Western Center on Law and Poverty, Advisory Board Member (2018-present)
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2020 Fellow
- South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, Board Member (2014-2020)