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Warren Christopher, American Lawyer, former government official. Bar: California 1949, New York, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1949. Decorated Medal of Freedom 1981; recipient Harold Weill award New York University, 1981, Louis Stein award Fordham University, 1981, Jefferson award American Institute forPub. Svc., University of California at Los Angeles medal, Thomas Jefferson award in law University of Virginia.


Christopher, Warren Minor was born on October 27, 1925 in Scranton, North Dakota, United States. Son of Ernest W. and Catharine Anna (Lemen) Christopher.


Student, University Redlands, 1942—1943. Bachelor of Science magna cum laude, University Southern California, 1945. Bachelor of Laws, Stanford University, 1949.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Occidental University, 1977. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Bates College, 1981. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Brown University, 1981.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Claremont College, 1981.


Worked at O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Los Angeles, California) specializing in General Civil Litigation, Appellate Practice, and Criminal Trials Practice in all State and Federal Courts. Administrative; Antitrust. Banking; Bankruptcy; Commercial.

Communications; Construction. Corporation and Corporate Financing. Environmental; Immigration and Naturalization.

Insurance Coverage Defense. Intellectual Property. International Business.

Labor and Employment. Employment Benefits; Media and Entertainment. Municipal, Municipal Zoning and Municipal Finance.

Natural Resources; Oil and Gas. Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition. Probate, Trusts and Estate Planning.

Public Utilities; Real Estate. Securities; and Tax Law. Admitted to the bar, 1949, California.

1953, United States. Supreme Court. 1972, District of Columbia. 1984, New York.

Order of the Coif.

President, Stanford Law Review, 1947-1948. Law Clerk to Mr. Justice William O. Douglas, Supreme Court of the United States, 1949-1950. Deputy Attorney General of the United States, 1967-1969.

Deputy Secretary of State of the United States, 1977-1981. Secretary of State of the United States, 1993-1997. Member: Los Angeles County (President, 1974-1975) and American (Chairman, Judiciary Committee, 1975-1977) Bar Associations.

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. (Century City Office. Also Los Angeles and Washington, DC Offices).

O'Melveny & Myers LLP, founded over 110 years ago on January 2, 1885, is the oldest law firm in Los Angeles. Since that time, we have grown from two attorneys in two rooms specializing in the local concerns of a frontier community to a firm of more than 500 lawyers involved in matters of regional, national and global concern.


  • Achievements include negotiating the release of 52 American hostages in Iran, 1981.


Trustee Stanford University, 1971-1977, 81-93, president of the board of trustees, 1985-1988. Board of directors, vice chairman Council on Foreign Rels., 1982-1991. Board directors Los Angeles WorldAffairs Council.

Member Executive Committee American Agenda, 1988. Member United States-Korea Wisemen Council, 1991-1993. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946.

Fellow American Bar Foundation, American College Trial Lawyers, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Bar Association (house delegations 1975-1977, chairman standing committee federal judiciary 1975-1977), California BarAssn. (governor 1975-1977), Los Angeles County Bar Association (president 1974-1975), American LawInst., Order of Coif, California Club, Chancery Club, Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Marie Josephine Wyllis, December 21, 1956. Children: Lynn, Scott, Thomas, Kristen.

Ernest W. Christopher

Catharine Anna (Lemen) Christopher

Marie Josephine Wyllis

Lynn Christopher

Scott Christopher

Thomas Christopher

Kristen Christopher