O’Melveny Worldwide

Waqas A. Akmal is a member of O’Melveny’s Litigation and White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations practices. He is a skilled litigator who holds a wealth of experience representing corporations and individual clients in government enforcement actions, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation matters. 

Waqas conducts internal investigations and represents clients facing civil and criminal liability. He also handles a broad range of cases at all stages of civil litigation. Prior to joining O’Melveny, he earned recognition in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the area of Commercial Litigation and received the 2019 Humanitarian Award from the ACLU of Southern California. 

  • Represented a Fortune 100 financial institution in parallel investigations by the DOJ, SEC and other regulators.
  • Counseled a Big Four accounting firm in an internal investigation involving a fraudulent audit report.
  • Represented a media and entertainment company in an SEC investigation relating to insider trading.
  • Defended a global nutrition company in an action brought by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Successfully represented a biotech company in a ten-day JAMS arbitration in a breach of contract action.
  • Obtained a trial victory for a large investment management firm in a three-day judicial reference proceeding.


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • University of California at Berkeley, J.D.: Senior Articles Editor, Berkeley Technology Law Journal
  • University of Southern California, M.P.A.: Dean’s Certificate of Merit
  • University of Southern California, B.A.: History, Political Science; summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by US News - Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch" list for Commercial Litigation, Los Angeles, CA (2024)

Professional Activities


  • United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Fraud Division, Central District of California


  • The Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, US District Court, Northern District of California