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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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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.
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Nomi Stolzenberg was quoted in an article about whether or not religious judges can keep their faith separate from their rulings. Stolzenberg said, “[Amy Barrett] is being selected to fulfill a half century campaign to take back the courts, to return religion to the public square, to dismantle a style of secularist constitutional interpretation that religious conservatives find objectionable."
"Lessons from Luckin Coffee: The Underappreciated Risks of Variable Interest Entities," Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, July 28, 2020.
"Big is not necessarily bad," The Hill, July 30, 2020.
“The Death of the Income Tax (or, The Rise of America's Universal Wage Tax),” Indiana Law Journal 95 (2020): 1233.