Madhu Pocha represents domestic and international clients in high-stakes disputes. He represents a broad range of individuals and companies, including video game developers, movie studios, satellite radio providers, airlines, and computer chip manufacturers. He also maintains a pro bono practice with a focus on First Amendment and immigrant rights.
Madhu has led teams at all stages of litigation, from pre-dispute investigations to jury trials to appeals. Recent successes include managing a trial team that won a unanimous and historic jury verdict in a complex antitrust case and arguing a religious freedom case before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that resulted in a complete reversal.
He approaches litigation by first learning a client’s business and objectives before crafting creative solutions that lead to cost-effective results.
Madhu worked as a consultant on projects for the US government concerning the Internet, new media, and social networking before joining O’Melveny.
- Representing the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s financial restructuring and bankruptcy-related proceedings
- Represented US Airways (now part of American Airlines) in antitrust lawsuit seeking to halt anticompetitive conduct in the airline ticket distribution market
- Defended Sirius XM in multiple lawsuits over common-law copyright ownership in music recorded before 1972
- Represented Agrium, one of the world’s leading agricultural companies, in dispute over organic fertilizer
- Defended AMC Theatres in nine-figure dispute over online movie ticketing
- Defended Skechers against claims of false advertising and personal injuries
- Represented creators of the Call of Duty and Modern Warfare videogames in dispute over creative rights and unpaid nine-figure compensation
- Defended Universal in arbitration over profit participation in a multi-billion dollar film franchise
- Defended Australian company against claims brought under the Alien Tort Statute by citizens of Papua New Guinea
- Represented TMZ in dispute over confidentiality of sources under California and federal law
- US District Court, Central District of California
- US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- Columbia University, J.D.: James Kent Scholar; Executive Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
- Yale University, B.A., Literature: magna cum laude; Calabresi Writing Prize; DeForest Oratory Prize
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
- Board of Directors, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California
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