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William S. O'Hare

William S. O'Hare

Partner| Orange County|Los Angeles


Bill O'Hare's practice is concentrated in commercial litigation, arbitration, and mediation including corporate, partnership and trust disputes, franchising, intellectual property and unfair competition litigation, and class action defense.

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1978)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Thurston Society
  • Loyola University of Maryland (A.B., 1974)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Lawyer Representative (1992-1997)
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Business Litigation Section, Chair (1991)
    • Board of Directors (1990-1997)
    • Masters Division, Board Member (2011-present)
    • Resolutions Committee & Conference of Delegates (1985-1995)
      • Chair (1989-1990), Vice Chair (1988)
  • Orange County Bar Foundation
    • Director (1993-present)
    • President (2002)
  • State Bar of California
    • Section on Litigation
  • American Bar Association
    • Section on Litigation, Forum on Franchising
  • State Bar of California
    • Conference of Delegates (1985-1995), Delegation Chair (1989-1990)
  • Orange County Superior Court Civil Case Management Committee, Lawyer Member (1992-2000)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal feature article, “Soccer field encounter forms lasting relationship” (March 16, 2012)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2004-2018)
    • Top 50 in Orange County (2007-2018)
  • Super Lawyers, Business Litigation - Business Edition (2011)
  • Super Lawyers, Business Litigation - Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-2010)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation (2005-2018), Trusts and Estates Litigation (2014-2018), Securities Litigation (2005-2013)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Edition, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, Trusts and Estates Litigation (2012)
  • Lawdragon Top 3000 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-2011)
  • Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award, Anti-Defamation League of Orange County/Long Beach (2009)
  • Robert Samuel Barnes Award, Orange County Bar Foundation (2009)
  • Orange County Business Journal feature article, "Bill O'Hare After School" (October 19-25, 2009)
  • Franchise Times National List of 101 "Legal Eagles" (2005-2007)
  • Top Ten Defense Verdicts in California, Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals (2004 and 2005)
  • President's Pro Bono Service Award, State Bar of California (1993)
  • Orange County Bar Foundation
    • Past President
    • Board Member
    • Strategic Planning Committee, Chair
  • University of California, Irvine, CEO Roundtable
    • Steering Committee
    • Membership Committee, Chair
  • Laguna Beach Education and Endowment Foundation
    • Past President
    • Board Member
  • PBS SoCal Foundation (KOCE-TV)
    • Board of Trustees, Executive Committee Member
  • Hufstedler, Kaus and Beardsley, Managing Partner, Orange County (1990), Partner (1987-1990)
  • Wenke, Evans and Ikola, Managing Director (1986-1987), Principal (1983-1987), Associate (1978-1982)
  • California
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court, All Districts of California
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit