It’s more than what you do: it’s how you do it. At O’Melveny, we measure our success by our ability to help our clients and communities succeed. And as lawyers who prioritize service, we aim to make the experience of working with us as satisfying as the outcomes we achieve. Across sectors and borders, in boardrooms and courtrooms, our team brings dedication, depth, and creativity to every endeavor.
O’Melveny’s reputation as a litigation powerhouse is built on a long record of delivering successful—and often groundbreaking—results in high-impact cases. Exemplifying what Benchmark Litigation calls O’Melveny’s “commanding presence on the world stage,” our lawyers litigate cases in all 50 states, every federal circuit, the US Supreme Court, and major venues across Asia and Europe. And we achieve favorable outcomes at every stage of litigation: positive trial verdicts, case-dispositive legal rulings, landmark appellate victories, and liability-erasing settlements.
A few of our recent achievements and engagements:
• Advanced Micro Devices. Secured dismissal of two related class actions arising from an alleged security vulnerability that affects nearly all computer microprocessors.
• AT&T–Time Warner. Successfully defended the companies’ landmark US$85.4 billion merger against the US Department of Justice in the “antitrust trial of the century.”
• Chevron Corp. Defeated an ERISA class action filed on behalf of current and former participants in Chevron’s 401(k) plan—one of several suits O’Melveny has defended targeting the management of employee retirement plans.
• China Agritech, Inc. Scored an important win for class-action defendants when the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that statutes of limitations cannot be extended to permit follow-on class actions.
• Century Indemnity Co. Persuaded the New York Court of Appeals to adopt a methodology for allocating insurance coverage favoring insurers, a far-reaching victory that limits what costs are recoverable—and who bears responsibility for them—when insurance is “unavailable” in the market.
• Colgate-Palmolive Co. Representing Colgate subsidiary Hill’s Pet Nutrition in more than 21 putative class actions arising from Hill’s voluntary recall of certain pet foods that, due to a supplier error, contained potentially elevated levels of vitamin D—an otherwise essential nutrient.
• Government of Puerto Rico. Guiding the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico through the restructuring of more than US$70 billion in public-sector debt and US$50 billion of pension obligations—the most closely watched and largest restructuring in recent years.
• Harvard University. Achieved a summary judgment victory in a widely covered Title IX case involving allegations of campus sexual assault.
• Johnson & Johnson. Won a complete defense verdict in the first bellwether trial in a California Coordinated Proceeding involving the antipsychotic medication Risperdal and complete dismissal of an opioid lawsuit in Connecticut—one of some 2,000 such cases O’Melveny is defending for J&J in landmark litigation across the country.
• Pacific Gas & Electric. California Governor Gavin Newsom hired O’Melveny to work with his team to develop a comprehensive legal, legislative and regulatory approach to the issues facing California’s electric utilities and to provide strategic advice in connection with the PG&E bankruptcy.
• Samsung. Defeated antitrust claims seeking treble damages of more than US$3 billion in multidistrict litigation alleging the company conspired to fix prices of optical disk drives, a key component for reading and writing data on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs.
• University of Southern California. Represented the board of trustees in an internal investigation and corporate governance matters related to the university’s knowledge of and response to alleged misconduct by a physician at the student health center.
• United Airlines. Secured two major summary judgment wins for United confirming that California labor-and-employment law does not apply to individuals who work primarily outside the State’s borders.
• Warner Bros. Successfully defended the renowned studio in well-publicized copyright disputes over The Conjuring franchise, including a US$900 million claim by an author who alleged six movies from the franchise infringed his book.
Our capabilities don’t stop there. As we detail on www.omm.com, O’Melveny has the depth and reach to cover specialties as diverse as Automated Vehicles, Fintech, Life Sciences and Water. We also handle:
Antitrust: Keen observers of the regulatory and political environment, whether extricating clients from legal challenges early and efficiently or achieving groundbreaking results in high-exposure cases.
Appellate: A renowned team of US Supreme Court specialists, having briefed the Justices and argued scores of cases over the past two decades.
Consumer Class Actions and Product Liability: Unparalleled experience working with a wide range of businesses facing class actions and other aggregated litigation to advance their goals and protect their interests.
Data Security and Privacy: Proven leaders in the public sector, including former senior officials from DHS, DOJ, US Attorney’s Offices, and the White House, ready to help clients respond to rapidly evolving risks and requirements.
Entertainment, Sports and Media: Recognized as key players in some of largest victories in the industry, spanning film, television, sports, music, production, and distribution.
Financial Services: Essential industry knowledge and experience to help clients navigate the challenges posed in a climate of intense regulatory scrutiny and increasing litigation.
Insurance: Seasoned advocates in the most challenging coverage and reinsurance cases, including mass tort and environmental actions.
Intellectual Property and Technology: Bringing an in-depth understanding of industry niches and specialized technical and scientific backgrounds to help companies enforce and defend their IP rights.
Labor and Employment: Equipped to confront the most critical issues employers encounter, including high-stakes wage-and-hour class actions, discrimination and wrongful discharge claims, and union disputes.
Securities Litigation: A trusted source of innovative solutions for clients navigating securities-related actions, with a decades-long track record of pretrial and trial victories.
White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations: Drawing on a wealth of experience inside key federal and state enforcement agencies to conduct internal investigations and craft effective defense strategies for clients facing government scrutiny.
With a deep bench of veteran litigators, Richards Kibbe & Orbe is one of the nation’s premier practices for clients facing unusually challenging, highstakes legal disputes. For the last 30 years, we have been at the forefront of emerging legal issues and investment activities, helping our clients achieve their most important goals. As previously reported to Benchmark Litigation, “Richards Kibbe should have been on your list a long time ago. They have excellent people, and litigation is a specialty.”
The sophistication, intelligence and intensity that made RK&O a global leader in complex financial transactions and compliance issues have also driven our success in representing institutional clients and individuals confronting government investigations, securities law violations and business disputes. With a long record of achieving positive outcomes for clients, the financial and business community trusts RK&O to navigate the most difficult legal issues while maintaining a commitment to absolute discretion.
RK&O represents some of the world’s largest investment banks, financial institutions, public corporations and hedge funds – including seven of the top 10 global investment banks, six of the 10 largest private equity funds, and 30 of the top 100 hedge funds by assets under management. In addition to representing financial institutions and corporate leaders in complex business transactions and disputes, RK&O works on behalf of institutions, executives and corporate board members facing government investigations, white collar litigation and other high-stakes legal issues.
Before joining RK&O, our partners gained experience leading financial institutions and public companies or working at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice and other government agencies. As a result, our attorneys have been involved in every aspect of corporate law, civil litigation and government investigations, making them uniquely qualified to navigate the most difficult issues facing the financial industry and business leaders.
The proof of our success lies not only in the institutions and individuals we represent, but in the fact that many clients turn to RK&O time and time again when facing complex legal situations. No other mid-sized firm has RK&O’s experience, reputation and caliber of clients. Our attorneys are recognized as being among the most qualified legal practitioners in the financial services sector, both in the US and around the globe.
The Paul, Weiss Litigation Department is unparalleled in achieving successful results for our clients. Our litigators regularly go up against the most skilled adversaries in the world, winning decisive courtroom, arbitration and appellate victories. We have vast experience successfully handling the full range of regulatory and enforcement inquiries and internal investigations. Our litigation clients include Fortune 50 corporations and well-known companies in financial services, sports, medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, technology, energy, media, alternative investment, insurance and other sectors.
We are trial lawyers, not just litigators. Our ability and confidence to go to trial, no matter how great the stakes, is a key weapon in our arsenal. And our unmatched track record of success at trial helps us eliminate our clients’ most damaging exposures and reach highly favorable settlements. We also play the long game from day one, preparing to win at trial and building an evidentiary record to succeed on appeal.
In addition to our deep bench of courtroom veterans, our litigation team features numerous former senior officials at the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Treasury Department, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the New York State Attorney General’s office and the White House, among others. With our nuanced understanding of the business and regulatory landscape and our deep experience in the boardroom, we are frequently sought out for our sound business counsel and proactive advice on managing litigation and regulatory risk.
Our lawyers have litigated in virtually every forum, from state and federal trial and appellate courts to domestic and international arbitral panels and other administrative tribunals. Many of our matters cross borders, making us particularly effective in cases involving multiple jurisdictions and regulators.
Paul, Weiss is widely recognized as having one of the nation’s preeminent securities litigation and regulatory practices. For two decades, our lawyers have guided global corporations and financial institutions through a series of bet-the-company securities-related crises, winning trials, prevailing on motions or negotiating favorable resolutions. Through our victories, we have helped shape the federal securities laws in ways that have substantially benefitted our clients and the financial services industry more broadly.
White-Collar Crime & Regulatory Defense Government investigations of corporations or individuals pose unique threats and require unique skills. Clients rely on Paul, Weiss to protect their businesses and reputations and to manage the behind-the-scenes interplay among competing regulators and enforcement agencies. Our strength as trial lawyers, our credibility with the government and our track record of results set us apart from our peers.
Internal Investigations Companies in the U.S. and abroad turn to Paul, Weiss to handle their most sensitive and threatening internal investigations. We routinely handle internal investigations involving allegations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering laws, sanctions, antitrust matters, insider trading, securities fraud and a wide variety of other corporate misconduct. Our team has extensive experience representing boards of directors, audit committees, special litigation committees and others in response to shareholder demands. And we provide commercial and practical advice tied to the particular matters at issue.
Antitrust Paul, Weiss lawyers are involved in all aspects of antitrust law in the U.S. We represent many of the world’s largest companies in the full range of antitrust litigation, counseling and investigations, advising on transactions and advocating before regulators. The team includes former top officials from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division.
Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation Led by one of the nation’s preeminent Supreme Court advocates, we handle high-impact appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts, securing appellate victories in cases of critical national and business interest.
Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation We defend clients in a range of high-stakes disputes that arise in the transactional context, including litigation filed in multiple state and federal jurisdictions and under expedited discovery timetables.
Intellectual Property Litigation – Patent & Other Scientific The quickening pace of technological innovation demands swift and decisive action to defend against patent suits. Our lawyers are well versed in the advanced scientific and technical aspects of patent law and have successfully represented major corporations in scores of enterprise-threatening patent litigations, including dozens of jury trials. We are master strategists, experienced in every venue where important patent disputes are litigated.
Intellectual Property Litigation – Copyright and Trademark As technology continues to transform the distribution and use of intellectual property, our lawyers are on the front lines helping clients protect and enhance their rights. Our knowledge and experience extend to all areas of intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, trade dress, false advertising, unfair competition and trade secrets.
Product Liability Paul, Weiss has defended major industrial and medical product companies, prosecuted design defect claims, and negotiated and administered landmark settlements on a wide range of product liability matters. We have handled some of the largest, most complex cases of the last few decades, many of which we won at trial. Clients seek our advice on all phases of litigation, case management and counseling.
ERISA, Pension & Benefits Litigation With plaintiffs targeting employee benefit plans at an accelerating rate, the firm’s ERISA litigation practice frequently defends plan sponsors, fiduciaries and service providers in bet-the-company ERISA, pension and benefits litigation.
International Arbitration The world’s largest companies call on Paul, Weiss to resolve their most complex and high-stakes arbitrations. We pioneered the first “fast-track” International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration and have handled an array of international arbitrations in a broad range of arbitral forums.
Ifrah Law’s practice is focused on government investigations, complex litigation, white collar defense, and representation of internet related businesses including companies and individuals in digital media, online entertainment, interactive sports, and gaming. Ifrah professionals also provide representation to clients engaged financial services, payment processing, telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, government contracting, and many other fields. The firm litigates criminal and civil matters throughout the United States, in addition to serving as a trusted business advisor.
Online Gaming & Sports Betting Ifrah Law has represented Online Gaming clients since the inception of the industry, and has been at the center of most of the important prosecutions and lawsuits in the Online Gaming industry; it has been instrumental in the creation of the legislative and regulatory frameworks in many states which currently permit or are considering legalizing online gaming and sports betting. The firm now represents many of the largest iGaming companies and industry associations around the world including online casino operators, sports betting operators, poker and fantasy sports sites, and payment processors on class action lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, vendor and supplier issues, government investigations, and criminal matters.
White Collar Defense Clients turn to Ifrah Law because of the attorneys’ ability to successfully manage, navigate, and negotiate high profile federal investigations. The firm’s White Collar Defense team includes a former Chief of the Organized Crime Section at the Department of Justice and a former assistant U.S. Attorney, and a former special assistant U.S. Attorney; their collective experience includes the litigation and resolution of disputes across a broad array of industries on issues ranging from cybersecurity and computer fraud to money laundering and asset forfeiture.
Business Litigation Ifrah Law has successfully represented clients in commercial litigation matters on issues ranging from breach of contract, copyright and trademark, data security and cybersecurity, employment law and licensing, corporate governance disputes, commercial fraud and alter ego. The firm has tried federal cases across key federal agencies as well as numerous U.S. Attorney’s Offices, District Attorney’s Offices, and state regulatory agencies throughout the country.
Federal Agency Litigation Ifrah Law represents clients on cutting edge issues at the intersection of internet business, finance, and technology, defending against claims by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Class Action Defense Ifrah Law defends clients in industries like gaming, payment processing, financial services, and mobile telecommunications when a class of shareholders or consumers alleges that it has been defrauded through regulatory or statutory noncompliance. In the securities area, we represent directors, officers, and corporations in class actions challenging corporate actions based on federal and state law, including claims arising from criminal investigations, regulatory investigations, and corporate transactions. We have also represented domestic and international companies facing claims under The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), in addition to tax, privacy, and employment statutes.
Data Privacy & Cyber Security Ifrah Law creates effective and compliant privacy policies, as well as litigates privacy matters dealing with issues of data and information; the firm represents businesses and individuals on information storage and rights of retrieval, including criminal background websites and children’s privacy protections online through Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Payment Processing & Finance Ifrah Law represents businesses and individuals in payment processing relationships, including merchants in disputes with payment processors, ISOs and acquiring banks, and payment processing agreements. The firm has gained a strong track record for trying and winning cases across venues and for successfully concluding matters with private litigants, the Department of Justice, the CFPB, the FTC, the SEC, and the CFTC.
Internet Advertising & Marketing Ifrah Law represents online advertisers, affiliate networks, publishers, advertising agencies, payment processors, and other marketing solution providers in state and federal investigations, enforcement actions, private litigation instituted by self-regulatory agencies, consumer class actions, contract negotiations, and compliance matters regarding all legal facets of internet and mobile marketing, eCommerce, telemarketing, electronic payment processing, and interactive gaming.
Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Ever since the debut of Bitcoin, Ifrah Law has been at the forefront of the cryptocurrency movement, counseling companies on the best ways to utilize the digital revolution of blockchain in their own business models. Representing pioneers in the interactive entertainment and financial services industries, the firm has deep experience shaping programs for companies to enhance their products and their bottom line while staying within the bounds of the still-evolving regulatory landscape.