Don Melamed, 35, counsel
O'Melveny & Myers
Melamed has developed extraordinary business and legal acumen in just six years of practice. As part of O'Melveny's investment funds practice group, he advises major asset managers and institutional investors on real estate and other business transactions. He guides his clients through the formation of investment vehicles, equity funds and in restructuring portfolios. Some of his recent work includes a $700 million real estate transaction and another for $735 million in the retail, marketing and distribution industries. Within his firm, he is a member of the committee that supervises the management of O'Melveny's retirement plan assets and he creates training programs for his practice group. He also participates in community service with the Jewish National Fund and L.A. Works.
Word that best describes you?
Toughest moment as a lawyer?
Pressing "send" for the first time on a client email that I knew would impact a critical business decision.
Most interesting place you've traveled, and why?
The Dead Sea. Floating in the sea was unreal; I felt like I was floating in outer space.
What would you do if you could take a year off?
Culinary tour around the world.
Your most unusual hobby?
"You are not to be moved in your judging by a man's position, you are not to make rewards; for rewards make the eyes of the wise man blind, and the decisions of the upright false."