Stephen J. O’Neil is an experienced trial lawyer with extensive jury and bench trial experience in federal and state courts, as well as significant arbitration trial experience in dozens of high-stakes arbitrations. He has tried cases arising out of contract and commercial disputes, corporate acquisitions and divestitures, false advertising, trade secret and unfair competition claims, and professional negligence. He has also served as lead counsel in major securities litigation and class action matters. He has represented small businesses as well as some of the nation’s most prominent Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. In addition to his experience as an advocate in arbitration matters, Mr. O’Neil also frequently serves as a neutral arbitrator.
Mr. O’Neil’s commercial litigation and arbitration practice has spanned several industries, including food and consumer product manufacturing, healthcare and investment management. In the area of securities and fiduciary duty litigation, Mr. O’Neil has represented issuers, investment advisers, collateral managers, officers, directors and trustees. He has litigated securities claims arising out of public filings, M&A transactions, collateralized debt obligations and investment advisory fees.
Mr. O’Neil is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Arbitrators and has presided over many complex commercial arbitrations.
Mr. O’Neil was a partner at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP from 1988 to the 2009 combination with K&L Gates. He served on Bell Boyd’s Executive Committee at the time of the combination and served as the administrative partner for the litigation department for many years prior to the combination.