Law Review Alumni Spotlight – Bill O’Connor
Legal Interests: Technology-related law (information security, data compliance, and privacy), business
transactions, intellectual property, securities, and bankruptcy
Education: University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law J.D. 2012, cum laude. University of Tennessee B.S., 1990
Publications: “Are You Positive Electricity is a Good?” – Why Electricity Should be Considered
a Service Under § 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code, 42 U. Mem. L. Rev.187 (2011).
Mr. O’Connor is an associate at Baker Donelson’s Memphis office. He has an array
of legal interests, including technology-related law (information security, data compliance,
and privacy), business transactions, intellectual property, securities, and bankruptcy.
Further, Mr. O’Connor is also a member of Baker Donelson’s Securities and Corporate
Mr. O’Connor worked as an IT manager in the bankruptcy industry prior to law school,
and he knew when starting law school that he wanted to capitalize on this prior career
experience. To this end, his goal is to specialize in business technology transactions.
Mr. O’Connor took the first steps toward reaching this goal when he started a transactional
practice at his firm. In the future, he hopes to be the go-to technology lawyer in
his firm and among the best technology lawyers in the country. Working side by side
with great mentors who challenge him to be the best lawyer he can be is one of Mr.
O’Connor’s biggest rewards.
Mr. O’Connor found that being a member of the University of Memphis Law Review has
made him a better writer and editor. Even currently, he notes that his law review
experience pays dividends every time he has to draft, edit, or proof a document.
Outside of the office, Mr. O’Connor also has a variety of hobbies, including spending
quality time with family, hiking, backpacking, listening to music, running, golfing,