Marvin Putnam is joining Latham & Watkins as partner in the firm’s Century City litigation department.
He joins a number of other former O’Melveny & Myers attorneys who left for Latham & Watkins last year.
Putnam specializes in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the entertainment, media and sports sector. He was lead defense counsel for concert promoter AEG Live in the six-month wrongful death trial brought by the family of Michael Jackson. A jury in 2013 found AEG not liable.
Putnam has also represented clients such as author J.K. Rowling and producer Crusader Entertainment.
In November, six O’Melveny & Myers attorneys, including Joseph Calabrese and Christopher Brearton, left for Latham & Watkins.
Putnam graduated from Harvard University in 1986 and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993. He clerked for Judge Roger Andewelt of the U.S. Claims Court following law school.
Update: Daniel Petrocelli, chair of O’Melveny’s trial practice committee and a member of the firm’s executive committee, said in a statement, “We wish him well. O’Melveny’s Century City-based trial lawyers will continue to litigate the most important issues in the entertainment, sports, and media industries with matters that will shape the market for many years to come.”