O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a long history of practicing law and has earned a strong reputation in one of the largest economy and leading technology states—California. In November 2014, a Western Michigan University graduate hopes to add to that history as he creates a legacy of his own. Matt Bahleda '11 is a graduate of WMU's College of Arts and Sciences and the Lee Honors College. He graduated summa cum laude and studied political science and philosophy. Bahleda was initially interested in WMU because he wanted to follow in his brother's footsteps, but made the decision to attend because of the wonderful opportunity WMU offered. At WMU he knew he could pursue an education in a great environment with professors that would help him achieve his goals.
Bahleda was accepted to the University of Michigan Law School and received his Juris Doctor degree in May 2014. Throughout law school, he focused heavily on his education and earned a position as an intern for the Department of Justice in Southern California for the summer of 2012. After his positive experiences on the West Coast, he applied strictly to law firms in California and has found a home as an associate with O'Melveny & Myers.