Trade secret information constitutes a valuable—and vulnerable—assets for many companies. The misappropriation of trade secrets has become increasingly common in the context of a highly mobile workforce where the exchange of information can occur in an instant.

Clients facing sensitive investigations of alleged thefts or litigation turn to O'Melveny's interdisciplinary team, which brings together leading lawyers in criminal, intellectual property, and employment law to cover every angle.  We litigate complex, high-profile cases involving allegations of civil and criminal misappropriation of technical and business trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information in state and federal courts nationwide, and guide clients through government investigations regarding criminal theft of trade secrets.

A Social Networking Website Company

O’Melveny represented a social networking website company in an action against a former executive, alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and related claims. Read

Exar Corporation

O’Melveny represented Exar Corporation in its lawsuit against a former Vice President of the company for using trade secrets and highly confidential information to solicit a team of engineers to work for a new competitive venture in Hangzhou, China started by another former Exar employee. Read

Executive Placement Firm

O’Melveny represented an executive search firm in its cooperation with federal prosecutors pursuing criminal charges against a former senior executive for misappropriation of trade secrets. Read


O’Melveny achieved a jury victory for Semtech subsidiary Triune Systems in trade secret litigation in Texas state court. Triune was the plaintiff in the complicated case, which covered more than 70 asserted trade secrets. Read