Dallas – On Thursday, October 20, Thompson & Knight LLP Partner William M. O’Connor received the Sound Wave Medal from The Abbey Theatre for his exemplary service and contributions to the organization. Mr. O’Connor is the first person outside of Ireland to receive this prestigious honor. He also serves as President of the New York Abbey Theatre Association.
In 1904, the Abbey Theatre was founded as Ireland’s national theatre by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory “to bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland.” Although written more than 100 years ago, this is still the kernel of what constitutes the artistic imperative for the Abbey Theatre today. As Ireland’s national theatre the Abbey Theatre produces an annual program of diverse, engaging, innovative Irish and international theatre and invests in and promotes new Irish writers and artists.
Mr. O’Connor is Co-Chair of Thompson & Knight’s Real Estate Capital Markets Practice Group and a Partner in the Firm’s New York office. He is a recognized leader in the special servicing of commercial mortgage backed securities (“CMBS”) and related aspects of loan workouts. He is a founding member and chairman of the High Yield Debt and Investment Forum at CREFC, the leading industry trade association for the commercial real estate finance industry. He is also a member of Trigild, Commercial Mortgage Securities Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Federal Bar Council, ABA Advisory Panel, New York State Bar Association, and Westchester Bar Association.
Consistently recognized for his legal skills, he has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (2006; 2011-2016) and Irish Legal 100 by Irish Voice (2011-2016); has been named a “Recommended Attorney,” The Legal 500 US by Legalease (2015); and received the Empire State Counsel® award from the New York Bar Association (2014-2016).
Among his many commitments, he serves on the Board of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Foundation, which he helped found in 2012 and where he serves as counsel. He served as pro-bono counsel to the exhibition, “A Monumental Legacy-Archbishop John J. Hughes and the Building of St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” at the Consulate General of Ireland New York in 2014. Also, he is a member of the Board of the Galway University Foundation and an Advisory Board member of the Sixty-Ninth Regiment Historical Trust.
To learn more about the Abbey Theatre, visit https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/.