William M. O'Connor

William M. O'Connor

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    900 Third Avenue
    20th Floor
    New York, NY 10022-4728 USA
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Bill O'Connor is a recognized leader in the special servicing of commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) and related aspects of loan workouts. He concentrates his practice on creditors' rights litigation, loan workouts, loan portfolio sales and acquisitions, rescue financing, bankruptcies, restructurings, ICC arbitrations, international documentary credits, multinational insolvencies and restructurings, and Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act cases. He also has an active international practice involving infrastructure and project finance.

Bill co-leads a team representing leading financial institutions, special servicers, hedge funds, and real estate opportunity funds. He is a founding member and past chairman of the High Yield Distressed Realty Assets (HYDRA) Forum of CREFC, the leading industry trade association for the commercial real estate finance industry.


  • Empire State Counsel®, New York State Bar Association; 2014-2017

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Banking, Securities & Corporate Finance); 2006, 2011-2018

  • Irish Legal 100 by Irish Voice; 2011-2018

  • “Recommended Attorney,” The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate); 2015, 2017-2018

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Past Editor-in-Chief, Westchester Bar Journal

  • Member, ABA Advisory Panel

  • Deputy Supervisor, Town of Pelham Town Board; 1995-2012

  • President, New York Abbey Theatre Association, Ireland's National Theatre

  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Creditors' Rights Committee

  • Past Member, Westchester Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee

  • Member, Federal Bar Council

  • Member, CRE Finance Council

  • Member, Mortgage Bankers Association

  • Board Member, Galway University Foundation

  • Member, Trigild

  • Board Member, St. Patrick's Day Foundation

  • Associate Board Member, Fordham International Law Journal Alumni Association