Martin S. Checov

Martin S. Checov

O'Melveny & Myers

Recognized since 2006

San Francisco, California

Practice Areas

Insurance Law

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Martin S. Checov is in his second decade as the General Counsel of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and was a founding partner of the Firm’s San Francisco office. Martin is recognized as a leading insurance coverage litigator and consulting and testifying expert for his representation of domestic and foreign insurance carriers and reinsurers in coverage, financial, regulatory and cost-recovery disputes, environmental disputes, and bad faith claims.

In his capacity as General Counsel, Martin is the chair of the Business Intake Committee and Firm-wide chief ethics compliance officer. He serves as counselor to the Firm’s attorneys at all levels, providing guidance with regard to a vast range of matters, including client intake, engagement documentation and management, policy development and enforcement, conflicts, proposed pro bono matters, fee disputes, the interpretation, refinement and enforcement of the Firm’s partnership agreement, data management and security, document requests to the Firm, lateral intake and integration issues, separation and retirement matters, and the defense of malpractice lawsuits and arbitrations.

Martin also maintains practice visibility by advising clients with regard to insurance-related issues, and plays a central role in the negotiation and management of all aspects of O’Melveny’s multi-faceted insurance program. In addition, he organizes and presents risk management training programs for new and lateral partners, as well as other selected groups, throughout the Firm’s offices, and has been a leader for many years in the Firm’s attorney recruiting efforts.


  • Two Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111


  • Northwestern University , J.D., graduated 1980
  • University of British Columbia, B.A., graduated 1977

Bar Admissions

  • California, California


  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers - Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco - Member
  • Lambda Legal National Leadership Council - Member
  • Litigation Section and Tort and Insurance Practice Section, and Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association - Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association - Member
  • Northwestern Law Advisory Board - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits
  • California Supreme Court

O'Melveny & Myers
Headquarters: Los Angeles, California

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Insurance Law

Special Focus

  • Dispute Resolution


  • Super Lawyers, 2006-present
  • Chambers USA, Insurance, 2004-present
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers ® 2020 for Insurance Law in San Francisco, CA; Martin has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2006.


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