Over the past 10 years Michael O’Connor has established himself as a national expert on complex settlement administration matters and oversees client relationship development and strategic client communications. He works closely with our class action and mass tort team of project managers to ensure consistent, superior client service standards.
Based in Washington, DC, Mr. O’Connor also works extensively on Epiq’s contracts with the United States Federal Government, including the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Currently, Mr. O’Connor also oversees Epiq’s administration of: (a) Peterson v. Islamic Republic of Iran, Case No. 10-CIV-4518 (S.D.N.Y., Hon. L. Preska), a $1.9 billion disbursement to victims of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut; and (b) In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 1:05-MD-1720 (MKB) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.), a nearly $6 billion settlement brought by all U.S. merchants against Visa and Mastercard.
A highly esteemed thought leader, O’Connor is a frequent national speaker on settlement administration best practices and has worked on and overseen many of Epiq’s largest and most complex engagements. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Yale University. Before joining Epiq in 2010, Mr. O’Connor was a trial lawyer for thirteen years, most recently as an owner at Garvey Schubert Barer (now Foster Garvey).