About Carla Christofferson, Managing Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Co-Owner, LA Sparks
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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.
During her 20-year career, Carla has represented companies as diverse as ExxonMobil and Trader Joe’s, and entertainment 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, Carla 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 Policy Committee.
Outside of O’Melveny, Carla remains an investor in the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA franchise, which she originally purchased with her business partner, Katherine Goodman, in 2006. Carla also serves as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including the Los Angeles Library Foundation, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, and High Tech Los Angeles, which is a charter school.
Carla has been recognized for her community service and professional achievements over the years. She was named the 2010 “Litigator of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association, as one of the “Top Women Litigators” by the Daily Journal three times 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.
Carla 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. Carla currently lives in Hollywood with her husband Adam Shell, her 3-1/2 year old son Jackson, and her 1-1/2 year old daughter Emerson.