O'Melveny Loses Litigator Marvin Putnam to Rival

He's the third trial lawyer to leave the powerhouse firm in recent months.
Marvin Putnam

O’Melveny & Myers is losing another litigator.

Marvin Putnam is leaving the firm for Los Angeles rival Latham & Watkins. He's the third trial attorney to depart from O’Melveny in so many months, following the exit of Robert Schwartz and Victor Jih to Irell & Manella in May.

His recent work includes his defense of AEG Live in the $1.5-billion wrongful death lawsuit from Michael Jackson's family, which went in the concert promoter's favor on appeal in January following a victory in trial court in 2013. He's now fighting for Fox in a trademark lawsuit over the title of the network’s hit Empire.

He'll serve as a partner in Latham's litigation department and work from the firm's Century City office.

His exit reunites him with a group of transactional lawyers who left O'Melveny in a surprise move in November, headed by Joe Calabrese and Christopher Brearton. Calabrese now chairs Latham's entertainment, sports and media practice, and Brearton is the deputy managing partner of the firm's Century City office.

"Marvin was a terrific partner and colleague, and we’re excited about being reunited with him at Latham," said‎ Brearton in a statement. "He has many uncommon talents, which make him a great trial lawyer, including intellectual firepower, commercial acumen and strong instincts."

Added Calabrese, "Marvin's sharp litigator’s eye and depth of knowledge are very complementary to our transactional practice, and he will further support our interdisciplinary approach."

"We wish him well," says Daniel Petrocelli, chair of O'Melveny’s trial practice committee, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "O’Melveny’s Century City-based trial lawyers will continue to litigate the most important issues in the entertainment, sports and media industries with matters that will shape the market for many years to come."

Jun. 9, 10:16 a.m. Updated with Petrocelli's statement and inclusion of Jih's departure to Irell.