Trial Ace: O'Melveny's Daniel Petrocelli

By Allissa Wickham (September 11, 2015, 8:03 PM EDT) -- Roughly 35 years after working his way through law school at night, Daniel Petrocelli of O'Melveny & Myers LLP has become a sought-after litigator who famously won $33.5 million in a wrongful death case against O.J. Simpson, but he may never have set foot in a courtroom if he'd had better luck with the trumpet.

Described by his colleagues as a "force of nature," Petrocelli has served as first chair for about 27 trials, and nabbed verdicts as high as $1 billion. His big name clients have included Warner Bros., Guess Inc. and the Walt Disney Co., and the 2015 Law360...

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