O’Melveny & Myers LLP – Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Law Firm: O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Firm Size: Large
Released: October 18, 2012
Platform: iPhone, iPad (iTunes)
Cost: Free
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In the past few years, many law firms have established significant Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) practices in response to increased government enforcement of the statute. To raise the profile of its own FCPA practice, O’Melveny & Myers LLP recently launched a resource app relating to this area of law.

The app primary offers an electronic version of the firm’s:

  • An electronic version of the firm’s FCPA Handbook;
  • An electronic version of the firm’s “In-House Counsel’s Guide to Conducting Internal Investigations”;
  • Other resources (including relevant statutes, firm FCPA Client Alerts, a compilation of FCPA Enforcement Actions and DOJ Opinion Releases;
  • A directory of the firm’s FCPA practitioners.

Richard Grime, partner and head of O’Melveny’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Practice, said

We understand the complexities our clients and colleagues face in achieving their business goals in the global marketplace, and thus, have created this mobile application as a fast, yet informative, way for them to remain current with the evolving statutes and provisions imposed by the FCPA and other anti-corruption laws.

We appreciate law firms like O’Melveny who are creating the next generation of resources for clients and potential clients using mobile platforms. In this case, we were a bit disappointed that the content in the app comes across as pulled directly from long Word documents. Even so, the firm did put together a serviceable navigation structure for the content, providing a “bread crumb” approach found on some websites. Also, while we commend the firm for making its app iPad compatible, the firm should have devoted more resource to changing the app to actually feel like a tablet application, rather than a big version of the iPhone sized app.

UPDATE (December 2012): This app was recently covered on the Main Justice website, here (subscription needed).

-Law App Guy