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O'Connor, Michael

Michael O'Connor



Michael O'Connor is an associate in Quinn Emanuel's Washington, DC office.  He joined the firm in 2012.  Prior to joining the firm, Michael clerked for the Hon. D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and worked for several years as an associate at another major international law firm.   Michael's practice includes intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, and antitrust litigation.  He has dual degrees in Computer Science and Biology from Penn State University.  He has applied his technical training to patent cases involving semiconductor design, systems programming, and mobile device architecture.  He has worked on multiple cases at the intersection of patent and antitrust law, focusing particularly on reverse-payment settlements in the context of Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical litigation.  Michael has represented clients in cases before federal courts throughout the country, as well as before the International Trade Commission.


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    (J.D., 2009)

  • Penn State University
    (B.S., Computer Science; Biology, 2005)


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; The District of Columbia Bar

  Prior Associations

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable D. Brooks Smith:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2011-2012