More Than 60 O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized in Chambers USA

Entertainment and Media Practice Wins 2008 Award for Excellence

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 13, 2008 (LAWFUEL) – In the best showing to date for O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2008 recognized 64 O’Melveny lawyers and 38 of the Firm’s practice groups for distinction. Additionally, the Firm’s Entertainment and Media practice was honored with a 2008 Award for Excellence by Chambers USA. The guide ranks 12 O’Melveny lawyers in the top tier of the nation’s leading lawyers, with four ranked in the top-tier nationally. Five O’Melveny practices are ranked in the top tier of the nation’s leading practices in the guide; among those, two are ranked in the top tier nationally.

The 12 O’Melveny lawyers that the guide ranks in the top tier are: Seth Aronson (LA); James Asperger (LA); John Beisner (DC); Daniel Bookin (SF); Dale Cendali (NY); Howard Chao (SV, SH, BJ); Walter Dellinger (DC); Bob Eccles (DC); Theodore Kassinger (DC); Greta Lichtenbaum (DC); and Jill Matichak (SF). Four of the 12 (Beisner, Eccles, Kassinger, and Lichtenbaum) are ranked in the top-tier nationally.

The five O’Melveny practice areas ranked in the top tier in the guide are: ERISA Litigation; Insurance: Insurer Firms; Litigation: Appellate (DC); Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations (CA); and Media and Entertainment: Transactional (CA). Among those, two (ERISA Litigation and Insurance: Insurer Firms) are ranked in the top tier nationally.

Eighteen O’Melveny lawyers made a debut appearance in this year’s guide. They are: Brian Anderson (DC); Tom Baxter (LA); Greyson Bryan (CC); Brad Butwin (NY); Howard Chao, Gregory Ezring (NY); Evan Jones (LA); Christopher Kirkham (SF); Martin “Kelly” McTigue (LA); Brad Okun (NY); Claudia Ray (NY); Charles Read (LA); Eric Rothenberg (NY); John Rousakis (NY), Michael Sage (NY), Gregory Thorpe (LA); Suzzanne Uhland (SF), and Christine Wilson (DC). Ray and Wilson were recognized as “Up and Coming” in their practice areas and regions: Intellectual Property: Trademark and Copyright – New York, and Antitrust – District of Columbia, respectively.

Nine Firm practices are newly recognized this year. They are: Appellate Law (National); Corporate/M&A (National); Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation (National); Sports Law (National); Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (New York); Environment (New York); Corporate/M&A: Private Equity (California); Environment (California); and Litigation: General Commercial (California).

Two partners were recognized as “Senior Statesmen” in their practice areas and regions: Henry Thumann (DC) for Antitrust – California and Matt Kirby (LA, retired) for Banking and Finance – California.

Published by Chambers and Partners, a noted authority and independent source for the legal industry, Chambers USA is unique in that entry into the guide is based solely on market recommendation by clients and lawyers across the US. The following list details O’Melveny’s Chambers USA rankings:

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2008 – O’Melveny & Myers LLP

2008 Award for Excellence
Media and Entertainment

Band-One Practice Area Rankings
ERISA Litigation (National)
Insurance: Insurer Firms (National)
Litigation: Appellate (DC)
Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (CA)
Media & Entertainment: Transactional (CA)

Band-One Leading Lawyer Rankings
Seth Aronson (Litigation: Securities/CA)
James Asperger (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations/CA)
John Beisner (Products Liability/National)
Daniel Bookin (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations/CA)
Dale Cendali (Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright/NY) (Media & Entertainment: Copyright & Contract Disputes/NY)
Howard Chao (Corporate/M&A: Deals in Asia/CA)
Walter Dellinger (Litigation: Appellate/DC)
Bob Eccles (ERISA Litigation/National)
Theodore Kassinger (Int’l. Trade: CFIUS Experts/National)
Greta Lichtenbaum (Int’l. Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions/National)
Jill Matichak (Banking & Finance/CA)

Leading Practice Rankings
Antitrust (National/CA/DC)
Appellate Law (National)
Banking & Finance (CA)
Banking & Finance: Acquisition Finance (NY)
Bankruptcy/Restructuring (CA)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (National/CA)
Corporate/M&A (National/Northern & Southern CA)
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (DC)
Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (NY)
Corporate/M&A: Private Equity (CA)
Environment (CA/NY)
Insurance: Insurer Firms (CA)
Intellectual Property (CA)
Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright (NY)
International Arbitration (National)
International Trade (National)
Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation (National)
IT & IT Outsourcing (CA)
Labor & Employment (CA)
Litigation: General Commercial (CA)
Media & Entertainment: Entertainment Litigation (NY)
Media & Entertainment: Litigation (CA)
Outsourcing (National)
Products Liability (National)
Real Estate (CA)
Sports Law (National)
Tax (CA)

Leading Lawyer Rankings (by practice and region)

Michael Antalics (DC)
David Beddow (DC)
Chuck Diamond (CA)
Timothy J. Muris (DC)
Richard G. Parker (DC)
Henry Thumann (DC)
Michael Tubach (CA)
Christine Wilson (DC)

Banking & Finance
Tom Baxter (CA)
Gregory Ezring (NY)
Matthew T. Kirby (CA)
Christopher Kirkham (CA)
Christine Olsen (CA)

Ben H. Logan III (CA)
Evan M. Jones (CA)
Michael Sage (NY)
Suzzanne Uhland (CA)

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
Peter Healy (CA)
David J. Johnson (National)

Corporate M&A
Steve L. Camahort (Northern CA)
Mark Easton (Southern CA)
Mike Kennedy (Northern CA)

Corporate M&A: Deals in Asia
Sam Zucker (CA)

Eric Rothenberg (NY)
Martin McTigue (CA)

Environment: Mainly Transactional
John Rousakis (NY)

ERISA Litigation
Gary Tell (National)

Intellectual Property: Patent
Brian Berliner (CA)
Mark A. Samuels (CA)

Intellectual Property: Patent
Claudia Ray (NY)

Insurance: Dispute Resolution
Paul Koepff (NY)

Insurance: Insurer Firms
Martin S. Checov (CA)
Richard Goetz (National/CA)
Paul Koepff (National)
Mark Wood (National/CA)

International Arbitration
Steven Smith (National)

International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
Greyson Bryan (National)

International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy
Theodore Kassinger (National)

Labor & Employment
Gordon Krischer (CA)
Robert Siegel (CA)
Framroze Virjee (CA)

Labor & Employment: Benefits & Compensation
Linda Griffey (CA)

Litigation: General Commercial
Seth Aronson (CA)
Bradley J. Butwin (NY)
Daniel Petrocelli (CA)

Litigation: Securities
Andrew Frackman (NY)

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Howard Heiss (NY)
Michael Tubach (CA)

Media & Entertainment: Litigation
Daniel Petrocelli (CA)
Robert Schwartz (CA)

Media & Entertainment: Transactional
Joseph Calabrese (CA)
Christopher Murray (CA)
Stephen Scharf (CA)

Products Liability
Brian Anderson (NY)

Projects & Energy: Transactional
Gregory Thorpe (CA)

Projects & Energy: Regulatory & Litigation
Charles Read (CA)

Sports Law
Joseph Calabrese (National)

Robert D. Blashek (CA)

Brad Okun (NY)

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