Mr Paul M. 'Tad' O'Connor III > Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States
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Work Department



Banking and Capital Markets Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Insurance Recovery; Intellectual Property Litigation; International Disputes and Cross Border Litigation; Mass Tort, Toxic Tort and Product Liability Litigation; Plaintiffs’ Litigation; Real Estate and Hotel Litigation; Securities Litigation


Paul M. “Tad” O’Connor is a distinguished trial and appellate litigator focusing on complex commercial cases, including state-wide, nationwide and cross-border class actions. He is cited and consulted for his legal knowledge by business and legal publications including The Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer, Law360, the Rand Institute and others.

Tad represents corporations, limited liability companies, banks, funds, brokerages and other entities and individuals in federal and state courts around the country and before arbitration tribunals in the United States and Europe. He has been involved a number of times in obtaining discovery outside the United States under international conventions and treaties. He also has concentrated experience handling significant real estate matters related to commercial and hotel properties around the country, including the representation of hotel operators in disputes with owners. His successful work in this area has contributed significantly to the firm’s Real Estate and Hotel Litigation Practice Group receiving recognition as a national Tier 1 practice in the “Litigation – Real Estate” category from U.S. News – Best Lawyers. In addition, Tad represents software and computer companies in a variety of intellectual property matters.

As a result of his work, Tad has been appointed by courts to serve as a bankruptcy trustee and as a director of a facility administering large product liability settlements. He is recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the top lawyers in the United States in the area of “Litigation: Trade Secrets.”


Connecticut; New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1987); Colgate University (B.A., magna cum laude)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Focusing almost exclusively on high-value commercial litigation, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is prominent in major work for the financial services industry, and maintains an impressive client roster of well-known hedge funds. In a highlight, Uri Itkin represented Astra Asset Management in Minnesota state court in a $150m securities lawsuit, securing a settlement on the eve of trial. Aside from its core financial work, the firm has in a thriving general commercial practice. Founder Marc Kasowitz is currently representing Woodstock 50 in a dispute with the festival’s former financing partner Dentsu; the New York Supreme Court ruled that Dentsu did not have the right to pull funding, and the case has proceeded to arbitration. In the hospitality sector, Paul M. ‘Tad’ O’Connor III, representing InterContinental Hotels Group in New York state court, successfully obtained preliminary injunctions in a case arising from contract disputes with hotel owners. A key younger partner is the ‘extremely intelligent‘ Paul Burgo, who employed his ‘strong analytical and advocacy skills’ when handling an oral argument in the defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation case brought by former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos.