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Carla Christofferson


Carla Christofferson is the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, the Firm's largest office, and a member of the Business Trial and Litigation Practice. She is recognized as a leader both within the Firm and in the greater Los Angeles community.

During her 20-year career, Christofferson has represented a major multinational petroleum company in numerous matters, including multiple individual and class actions resulting from an oil spill, ongoing litigation with the federal and state governments related to resource damages, and an ongoing dispute related to a natural gas reservoir. Additionally, she has represented a national retail grocery chain in various matters involving unfair business practices claims, as well as Proposition 65 claims. In the entertainment sector, Christofferson has handled litigation involving multi-million dollar intellectual property rights for both a major motion picture studio and independent film companies.  

In addition to her legal practice, Christofferson has played a vital role in the leadership of O’Melveny, overseeing the development of training, mentoring, evaluation, and recruiting programs as the Talent Development Partner from 2004 to 2006; serving on the Firm’s five-attorney Executive Committee; and acting as the Firm’s National Hiring Partner. She currently is a member of the Firm’s Values Award Committee.

Outside of O’Melveny, Christofferson is the co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA franchise, which she bought in 2006 after years as a season tickets holder.  Christofferson also serves as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including the Los Angeles Library Foundation, High Tech Los Angeles and is a member of the United Way Women Leaders.

Christofferson has been recognized for her community service and professional achievements over the years.  She was named as one of the “Top Women Litigators” by the Daily Journal in 2008 and 2009, and as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal in 2008. She also has received numerous awards, including the University of North Dakota Young Alumni Award in 2007, the “I Have a Dream”® Foundation Dream Keeper Award in 2009, the California Women’s Foundation Trailblazer Award in 2009, the Junior League Women in Leadership Award in 2008, Urban Economic Summit Living History Award in 2008 and the Anti-Defamation League Deborah Award in 2010.

Christofferson grew up in a small town in North Dakota, eventually representing the state as Miss North Dakota in 1989, the same year she earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of North Dakota. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1992 and clerked for US District Court Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr. before joining O’Melveny full time in 1993.


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