Thursday, June 4, 2020

Introduction and summary

       Welcome and thank you for visiting this site. I am a former attorney who used to work at O'Melveny & Myers. I was so surprised by what I saw there, that I took on the hobby of amateur journalist and started this website. Below is a summary of a few articles. I hope you find them informative.

       1. According to the New York Times, O'Melveny used violent imagery to threaten a sexual abuse victim into silence, as her assailant watched, leading to an additional decade of sexual abuse by the assailant. The attorney who reportedly threatened the young woman is chair of the firm's Trial Practice Committee.

       2. The firm has a history of conducting reportedly sham "independent investigations," in exchange for money. (Links one, two, and three). See particularly the second link, a story in Corporate Counsel accusing O'Melveny partner Adam Karr of conducting a sham investigation of sexual abuse at Lions Gate. To reveal this information, the victim had to break her confidentiality agreement and return over a million dollars. But she did so to protect others, meaning she has the credibility of a saint. In the first link, you'll find a story about an O'Melveny alumnus who was arrested by the FBI while trying to negotiate an independent investigation retainer.

       3. O'Melveny has, as a practice group leader, a person who reportedly lied to a federal court. Once caught in that lie by the discovery of documents, he gave a radio interview criticizing The Geneva Convention. This person manages the firm's Financial Services Practice Group.

       4. O'Melveny was at the forefront of the document used to silence victims -- the mandatory arbitration and nondisclosure agreement. Although three federal courts told O'Melveny that this document was "unconscionable" (case one, two, three) -- O’Melveny continued to force its employees to sign it until 2018, when law students pressured law firms to abandon this practice

       5. The firm has a disconcertingly money-obsessed culture, which they called "eat what you kill." For example, query whether they needlessly dragged out the misery of an alleged rape victim to maximize partner profits, and then bragged about the money they made off of her in a press release (links one and two). Or query whether they were the only defense firm to drag out an opioid crisis case, damaging their client's reputation and likely resulting in avoidable deaths (links one, two and three). Or notice how O'Melveny cut summer associate pay, to boost partner income by an estimated 0.24%. 

       6. The firm retaliates against employees who complain about problematic practices. (Links one and two).

       7. O'Melveny contrives claims to intimidate people. For example, after I published this website, they accused me of the federal crime of stealing confidential information – without any digital evidence that I even accessed the data they accused me of taking. When they realized that their baseless accusation wasn't going to scare me, they threatened me with a defamation lawsuit. But when I asked them to identify a specific defamatory statement, so that I could retract it, they refused to do so.

       8. O'Melveny claims to support diversity by following the Mansfield Rule, but their track record suggests otherwise.

       9. The firm consistently grades itself at the top-end, usually the top three, in Vault's self-graded rankings. But with some of the rankings, you may be able to catch them in the act. (Links one, two, three and four). For example, O'Melveny repeatedly grades itself as the number one firm in the world for hours. But if you gathered data on hours for all firms, you may be able to prove that it's giving itself a higher ranking than it deserves. In fact, in one of the years that O'Melveny graded itself as the best firm for hours, two of Vault's six take-aways for O'Melveny criticized its "unpredictab[le]" and "long hours." If you did prove this, it wouldn't be as serious as the other items in this list, but it may reflect a fundamentally dishonest culture.      

       10. O'Melveny tries to manipulate journalists into advertising for the firm. Here is their manager of public relations explaining how to do this on the show, "Law firm marketing catalyst." Some of the resulting articles are provably false.

       11. The firm was even lambasted in the press for trying to remove truthful information from Wikipedia, of all things.

       If you think this website is unusual, please note that I'm not the first person to do this. The late Judge Stephen Reinhardt expressed his public disgust with things he saw at O'Melveny over thirty years ago. A legal recruiter, whose livelihood depends on ingratiating himself to law firms, publicly shared a shocking story from O'Melveny. An attorney took to twitter to talk about everything they lost while working there. And there's more about this firm that I haven't said, because I do not have hard evidence and don't want to be caught in a "he said, she said" defamation case (see #7 above). I'm restricted to writing only about things that made it into the news, which may be the tip of the iceberg.

       I hope this information helps you. Please contact me at (310) 560-7240 or if you have something to add.    
Brad Butwin, Dan Petrocelli, Brian Boyle, Adam Karr, omm, omelveny, Christopher Rieck, Brandon Jacobsen

O'Melveny's Brad Butwin lies about coronavirus pay cuts

       O'Melveny's Chair Brad Butwin gave an interview to the American Lawyer. In the interview, Mr. Butwin said that O'Melveny did not cut pay during the covid-19 crisis. This is big. Attorneys and clients are keeping track of firms that announced pay cuts, because it sends a signal, e.g., about how the firm treats employees, and the firm's financial condition. Mr. Butwin is providing them with useful information when he tells this reporter that O'Melveny did not change compensation.