Having an international law firm with a strong Los Angeles presence provides a critical link to one of the world’s key economic, political, and social centers. As the city’s oldest and largest law firm, O’Melveny’s downtown office is home to more than 250 lawyers who are passionate about tackling our clients’ most important legal work and helping them achieve their key strategic goals, whether it’s completing a billion-dollar merger or defending against criminal prosecution. Political leaders, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, those too poor to afford legal assistance and everyone in between turn to us for guidance.
When Henry O’Melveny founded the Firm in 1885, Los Angeles was little more than a bustling village on the western edge of the American frontier. Today, our Los Angeles lawyers work seamlessly with O’Melveny offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia to stay abreast of developments in an increasingly complex global economy.
- O’Melveny has the highest number of litigators among offices in downtown Los Angeles. Unlike other major litigation firms, our litigation department takes cases to trial—about a dozen in the past year. We handle matters in federal and state courts throughout the country for clients such as Merck & Co., Inc., CIGNA Corporation, and ExxonMobil Corporation. Our transactions department benefits from a global practice and a robust Los Angeles economy—the world’s ninth largest—ahead of countries such as Mexico, Spain, India, and Russia.
- Dozens of lawyers in O’Melveny’s Los Angeles office are recognized in many rankings directories, including: Chambers USA, Legal 500 USA, Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers.
- The Firm earned its reputation early, representing clients in a variety of matters that played an important role in California’s history and growth. The tradition continues. Corporate Board Member magazine names us the “Best Corporate Law Firm in Los Angeles.”
- The Los Angeles County Bar Association awarded its first ever Pro Bono Service Award to O’Melveny. The Firm was chosen because of its immigration pro bono work and how that work serves to enhance diversity in the community.