O'Melveny & Myers Partner Robert Willett Joins Board
Mr. Robert E. Willett, a partner and Vice Chair of the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, was elected to Southwestern's Board of Trustees at the Board's meeting in April. One of Los Angeles' leading litigators, Mr. Willett is a long time friend of the law school who previously served on the Board from 1985 to 2001.
Dean Bryant Garth noted, "As a highly respected leader in the legal and business communities, Robert Willett brings tremendous insight and perspective to the Board. He has long been an enthusiastic and loyal supporter of Southwestern, and we are delighted that he has agreed to return as a member of our Board to once again play a more formal role in directing the future of the law school."
As a member of the Office of the Chair at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Mr. Willett focuses on firm management. During his tenure with the firm, he has served as lead counsel in the prosecution and defense of patent, intellectual property, antitrust and securities law cases, class actions and shareholder derivative actions; tradename, and trademark cases; real property and air pollution actions; inverse condemnation; and many business torts and other commercial disputes. Among his key clients throughout the United States, and in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Latin America, and Europe were a number of the world's largest corporations in the aerospace and high technology industries as well as public utilities.
Mr. Willett completed his B.A. degree at San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge) and his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley where he served as Notes and Comment Editor of the California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Mr. Willett and his wife, Professor Linda Brackins-Willett, who is a former member of the Southwestern faculty, have contributed significantly to numerous Southwestern scholarship funds, and sponsored symposia and other events. They also provided a leadership gift to the Campaign for Southwestern, naming the Faculty Research Room in the Leigh H. Taylor Law Library. Active in a number of other community and professional organizations, Mr. Willett served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Music Center for the past five years.
"Southwestern continues its long record of significant contributions to the excellence of our legal and business communities," Mr. Willett said. "At Southwestern, new ideas are creating new opportunities, and I hope my Board of Trustees participation will help support these initiatives and the excitement they generate."