OC MANAGING PARTNER
SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP
WHY: Leads third-largest local firm: nearly 80 attorneys, 140 employees; firm: 15 offices, about 900 lawyers. O’Connor in business trial practice group, heads real estate litigation team.
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.