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Bill O’Connor serves as the Firm’s New York Office Leader and is also 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.

Named to the Irish Legal 100 by Irish Voice, 2011-2018

Named to New York Metro Super Lawyers® 2019 by Thomson Reuters

Honors & Affiliations


  • Empire State Counsel®, New York State Bar Association, 2014-2018
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights: Business, Banking, Securities & Corporate Finance), 2006, 2011-2020
  • Irish Legal 100 by Irish Voice, 2011-2018
  • Recognized Attorney, The Legal 500 United States by Legalease (Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate), 2015, 2017-2020


  • 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
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 1980, Fordham University School of Law; Articles Editor, Fordham International Law Journal; Jessup International Moot Court Team
  • B.S., 1977, Fordham University


  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. New Jersey
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Connecticut
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. New York

Related Team

Mark Weibel

Real Estate Capital Markets

Evelyn H. Seeler

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Vivian M. Arias

Real Estate Capital Markets