Maeve O’Connor

Debevoise & Plimpton
New York

Practice Area: Insurance

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    Maeve O’Connor is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Securities Litigation Practice and Chair of the Firm’s Insurance Litigation Practice and spent six years as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She has significant experience in defending securities litigation and in representing financial services companies in a range of litigation and regulatory matters. She is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2020), where clients say she is “absolutely stellar… she has terrific long-range strategic sensibilities, is a joy to be around, and is terrific in the courtroom.” She has also been described as “a truly brilliant lawyer,” and “one of the sharpest thinkers and advocates.” The Legal 500 US (2020) recognizes Ms. O’Connor as a leading lawyer whose “intellect and presence make her a formidable opponent to plaintiffs’ lawyers.” The guide has also described her as a “whip-smart, ferocious and superbly skilled litigator” and an “outstanding writer and advocate,” ranking her among the select few Leading Lawyers in Securities Litigation. She is also recognized as a “Litigation Star” and as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the IFLR Benchmark Litigation Guide (2019). Ms. O’Connor has been selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow for the Class of 2020 by the Partnership for New York City.

    Prior to joining Debevoise, Ms. O’Connor served as a law clerk to the Hon. H. Lee Sarokin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ms. O’Connor received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. She obtained her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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