OC Managing Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
WHY: Leads third-largest local firm: more than 80 attorneys, 140 employees; firm: 15 offices, about 900 lawyers. O’Connor in business trial practice group, heads real estate litigation team.
RECENT: Regular on super lawyer, top lawyer lists.
NOTABLE: Made national news in early 2000s defending Cottonwood Christian Center against eminent domain action by city of Cypress; trial counsel for city of Anaheim in tussle with Angels Baseball over team name.