The Business Journal raises the curtain on the legal stars who work in L.A.’s entertainment industry.
CHRISTOPHER BREARTON, 40
Firm: O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Law School: University of Virginia
Selected Clients: Participant Media, Spyglass Entertainment, Minnesota Vikings, International Olympic Committee, HBO, DreamWorks Animation.
Years in Practice: 12
Most Challenging Matter: The matter I am currently working on is, without question, the most challenging of my career. Unfortunately, it is confidential.
Best Career Moment: Conducting the International Olympic Committee’s auction for the sale of United States media rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games – an auction that garnered a $2.2 billion fee.
Worst: I do feel horrible when a deal I am working on dies.
Highlight From Past Year: The absolute highlight of the past year was running with the torch for the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. I represent the International Olympic Committee and helped them finalize broadcast deals for more than 160 territories. As thanks for my work, the IOC let me run a leg of the relay in British Columbia.
How My Practice Is Changing: Thanks to the proliferation of BlackBerrys, clients now want and expect to be able to reach counsel at any time and any place. Part of providing effective service in this new world means being prepared to counsel clients no matter where you are, or what time of day or night it is.
If I Weren’t an Attorney: I’d be the athletic director for the University of Georgia, where I was a competitive swimmer as an undergrad.
My Colleagues Don’t Know: I lived in five different states and attended 14 different schools when I was growing up.
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