Strategic Counseling & Crisis Management

When companies drawn into high-profile, high-exposure public controversies need a trusted adviser, they turn to O’Melveny.

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 product 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.

  • American Airlines
  • Chubb Group
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • ExxonMobil
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Sempra Energy