Dallas – The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce William M. O’Connor, an Irish American, was honored by New York College of Mount Saint Vincent (“the College”), an independent liberal arts college, for his philanthropic efforts and heritage advocacy at the College’s May 6th Scholarship Tribute Dinner.
The dinner offers the opportunity to support the extension of educational opportunities to talented students, regardless of their financial means, as well as honors individuals whose personal and civic achievements reflects the College’s values and mission to foster an understanding of our common humanity, a commitment to human dignity, and a full appreciation of our obligations to each other. In his work on behalf of the National University of Ireland at Galway, Mr. O’Connor shares the College’s commitment to expand the benefits of higher education to all determined students. His service to New York’s Irish-Americans enriches a community that been closely tied to the College since its inception.
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 nationally 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. He has been named to the New York Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (2006; 2011-2014), the Empire State Counsel® award from the New York Bar Association, and Irish Legal 100 by Irish Voice (2011-2014).
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, an Advisory Board
member of the Sixty-Ninth Regiment Historical Trust, and President of the Abbey Theatre Foundation.