We know that a crisis can take many forms—legal, financial, reputational, political—threatening to upend business plans and erode public trust. Our lawyers operate as full-service strategists, helping clients anticipate and prepare for litigation risks while partnering with lobbyists, public affairs specialists, and communications professionals to develop credible counternarratives and challenge unbalanced or even potentially defamatory media coverage. Whatever the source of the crisis, clients trust in our willingness to stand up for them—in the courtroom or the court of public opinion.
We have served as national counsel for clients facing every kind of litigation threat, from multibillion-dollar public nuisance and products liability claims to aggressive government regulatory and criminal matters. With extensive experience coordinating large, multistate proceedings involving thousands of plaintiffs across dozens of jurisdictions, we have the ability to develop consistent legal strategies, manage local counsel, implement uniform investigative and discovery procedures, build favorable law, and minimize legal and reputational exposure. We also regularly appear before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, where we have sought the efficient consolidation of large-scale proceedings—or, should centralization run counter to our clients’ interests, successfully opposed it. And we frequently work hand-in-hand with public relations firms to address reputational risks posed by litigation or government investigations.
O’Melveny’s exceptional litigation teams deliver for clients at their most critical moments, under the glaring spotlight, often making a lasting impact on the legal landscape and the world. We have done so at every level of state and federal court. Whether serving a Fortune 500 company, a government entity, or an iconic performer, our firm has been at the center of matters that shape industries, government policy, public opinion and society.
O’Melveny “lawyers aren’t shy about the limelight. They understand that success in the court of public opinion is an increasingly important part of full-service representation.”
—The American Lawyer
“They have been our crisis firm. They know the company well and you are confident that you are getting quality work.”
—Client Testimonial, Chambers USA
O’Melveny served as lead counsel in thousands of opioid cases for Johnson & Johnson, in what The New York Times called “one of the most complicated and gargantuan legal battles in American history.”
In COVID-19 insurance coverage litigation, O’Melveny helped clients avoid “what could have been one of the most consequential MDLs in U.S. litigation history.”