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Chris O'Connell

Chris O'Connell

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: January 13, 2019




Chris O’Connell began his legal career as a corporate and securities associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. He continued his career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and then with other firms, all in New York City. In these roles, he assisted numerous large and small companies in initial and secondary public offerings and with a wide variety of other securities law disclosure and compliance issues.

After relocating to southern California, O’Connell became a shareholder at Parker, Milliken, Clark, O’Hara & Samuelian, a professional corporation, in 1998. He continues to practice corporate, commercial and securities law.

Prior to teaching at USC, O’Connell was an adjunct professor of Business Planning and Securities Regulation at Southwestern Law School for more than 20 years.

O’Connell received his A.B. degree from the College of the Holy Cross, from where he spent his junior year studying in Paris, France, and earned his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. He is a member of both the California and New York bars.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Washington Post
December 2, 2019
Re: Jonathan Handel

Jonathan Handel was quoted on Pete Davidson's nondisclosure agreement for attending his comedy shows, barring the audience from speaking about his shows. Handel mentioned that successfully suing a random fan for $1 million would be nearly impossible. “The optics of going to court and suing one of your fans is really pretty ugly,” Handel said. “It would be foolish to do that.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Scott Altman
October, 2019

"Are Boycotts, Shunning, and Shaming Corrupt?” Legal Theory Workshop, University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA.

Gregory Keating
October, 2019

Gregory Keating’s paper, “Is Tort Law ‘Private’?” was reviewed by Ellen Bublick as a significant work of scholarship relating to Tort Law in JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots), on October 15, 2019.

Dan Simon
October, 2019

“Confessions True and False,” Korean Society for Criminal Law, Yonsei University Law School, Seoul, South Korea.