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O’Melveny Retools Leadership in Major Offices, Practice Groups

March 30, 2020, 3:48 PM

O’Melveny & Myers has retooled its leadership by elevating at least 15 partners to roles that include office managing partner and practice group chair.

It named new office leaders in Los Angeles, New York, Newport Beach, Calif., and San Francisco.

Practice groups with new chairs or co-chairs include mergers and acquisitions, securities litigation, and white collar defense and corporate investigations.

The promotions come about six months after the Los Angeles-based firm and Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy ended late-stage merger discussions.

These are the new office managing partners: Dawn Sestito in Los Angeles; Allen Burton in New York; Amy Laurendeau in Newport Beach, and Caitlin Bair in San Francisco.

These partners are assuming new practice group leadership roles: Eric Zabinski, chair, mergers & acquisitions; Matthew Close, co-chair, securities litigation; and Michael Dreeben, co-chair, white collar defense & corporate investigations.

Dreeben, a former U.S. deputy solicitor general and a member of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, joined the firm in December.

The firm also named Elizabeth McKeen and Luann Simmons as regional heads of its California litigation practice. Jared Bartie will serve as co-head of diversity and inclusion and Brett Williamson was named O’Melveny’s firmwide pro bono partner.

O’Melveny named three partners to lead its recruiting efforts. Jeeho Lee will serve as firmwide hiring partner. Bartie and Mia Gonzalez will fill that role for New York and Damali Taylor is the new San Francisco hiring partner.

“One of the many qualities that distinguishes O’Melveny is our commitment to giving our people the opportunity to grow as leaders,” said firm chair Bradley Butwin. “This is good for our lawyers, and it’s good for the firm. We are very pleased to have so many talented colleagues ready to take on challenging new roles.”

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