O’Melveny Worldwide


O’Melveny helps innovative start-ups and global tech giants alike realize the full commercial potential of internet-based ventures.

O’Melveny helps innovative start-ups and global tech giants alike realize the full commercial potential of internet-based ventures.

O’Melveny helps online clients find success, turning their bright ideas into reality, guiding them as they grow, and protecting what they’ve built. What sets us apart is our approach: we are technologists, with decades of experience serving online businesses—from consumer internet and social media to e-commerce, enterprise software, and emerging data, machine learning, fintech, and Web3—at every stage of development.

We find practical solutions for complex, technical issues, because our team features both business-savvy former in-house counsel, who have served at both imaginative start-ups and major industry players, and proud eggheads with academic credentials in computer science, physics, electrical engineering, and related disciplines (several with Ph.Ds.). Whether your issue involves seed funding or search algorithms, biometrics or inventory management, O’Melveny should be your landing page.


Advised this enterprise data-intelligence specialist in multiple venture capital financings, including a recent US$110 million Series D financing, which boosted its market valuation to US$1.2 billion.

Alibaba Group

Counseled Alibaba and its subsidiary Lazada, a leading Southeast Asia e-commerce platform business, on their participation in the late-stage funding round of Singapore logistics startup Ninja Van. The transaction raised US$578 million from multiple investors.

American Airlines

Obtained dismissal of a biometric privacy class claim in a first-of-its-kind decision, critically important to the industry as a whole, amid states’ increasing efforts to adopt biometric privacy laws.


Advised this leading semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions company in its pending US$61 billion acquisition of enterprise software leader VMware, a deal that would be the third-largest tech M&A deal in history and the largest acquisition ever completed by a semiconductor company.

Diversis Capital

Counseled software- and technology-focused private equity firm on its acquisition of Fishbowl, an inventory management software provider.


Represented the popular and powerful search and analytics engine to the eve of trial when we successfully resolved claims that Floragunn GmBH infringed copyrights in Elasticsearch’s X-Pack™ and Kibana™ software products.


Stepping in just before trial, won a jury verdict for the tech giant, defeating patent infringement claims against Google’s popular smart-home Nest Hub devices.

Hanwha Techwin America

Successfully defended the video equipment manufacturer against a proposed class action alleging that the company should be held liable for invading privacy under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by scanning shoppers’ faces even though it did not own or operate the scanning devices.


Scored a victory when the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling refusing to find Israeli spyware company NSO Group immune from litigation over an alleged hack of WhatsApp. The U.S. Supreme Court turned away NSO’s appeal of the decision that the lawsuit could move forward, after asking the U.S. Solicitor General to weigh in on the arguments presented.


Advised the Australian-listed recruitment company in various corporate matters, including the sale of its controlling interest in Chinese recruitment website Zhaopin in a transaction that valued the company at US$1.7 billion; and investments in Korean job search platform JobKorea, US augmented corporate training developer Talespin Labs, and corporate education platform Go1.

Representative Clients
Alibaba Group
BMC Software
Booking Holdings

“A genuinely powerful Silicon Valley presence where, owing to its national and international credibility, it is able to advise on matters ranging from seed funding and early-stage investments through to public offerings and sales.”

—The Legal 500 US

“Operating more often than not at the cutting-edge end of the market, the firm is frequently called upon by technology-sector clients—for whom intellectual property assets are paramount—seeking assistance with structuring first-of-its-kind transactions."

—The Legal 500 US

“The [patent] group primarily acts for established international players, but also takes on litigation for start-ups and emerging companies, acting for defendants and plaintiffs alike.”

The Legal 500 US

“The firm has a particularly fine record in IT, software, and internet advice.”

The Legal 500 US