Michael O'Connor is an attorney 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 at another major international law firm. Michael's practice includes intellectual property litigation, antitrust litigation, and data security and privacy. He has dual degrees in Computer Science and Biology from Penn State University.
Michael advises clients on legal planning for data breaches, their obligations for safe handling of personally identifiable information, and the legal implications from emerging technologies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the blockchain. 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. Michael represents clients in cases before federal courts throughout the country, as well as before the International Trade Commission.