Business 100 – 2015

O'Connor, William

William M. O’Connor/Thompson and Knight, LLP

William M. O’Connor is a partner at Thompson and Knight LLP, and is a recognized leader in the special servicing of commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) and related aspects of loan workouts.

Bill is president of the New York Association of the Abbey Theatre, is active in the Irish American Writers’ Society and in the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and is a board member of the Board of NUI Galway Foundation, the advisory board of the Fighting 69th Regiment Trust, and the board of the St. Patrick’s Day Foundation. He has also been an honoree of the Irish Voice’s Irish Legal 100. He earned both his B.A. and J.D. from Fordham University in the Bronx.

Bill is third-generation Irish with links to Co. Kerry on both sides of his family, in addition to maternal roots in Co. Clare. He is married to M. Patricia (Patty) O’Connor, and has three children, William, Thomas, and Robert. Bill says that his appreciation of his Irish heritage comes from the lessons he learned from his parents, grandparents, and other ancestors who have instilled in him “the Irish values of hard work, family, and faith.”