Boston College Law School
JD, 2000, magna cum laude
Editor-in-Chief, Boston College Law Review
University of New Hampshire
BA, 1981, cum laude
US District Court, Massachusetts
US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Christine O’Connor is a member of the firm’s Major Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation and Government Enforcement & Compliance practice groups. Ms. O’Connor’s practice focuses on representing and counseling clients in the areas of privacy compliance, data security, corporate governance and officer and director liability. She has handled a number of privacy and data breach matters arising under federal, state and international law, assisted clients in developing privacy compliance policies and facilitated cross-border data transfers. Ms. O’Connor also has handled investigations of claims brought by the SEC, DOJ and other regulatory bodies, as well as internal investigations arising from allegations of misconduct.
Ms. O’Connor brings to her litigation matters business acumen gained from twelve years spent in the software and media industries. Prior to attending law school, Ms. O’Connor was Director of Media Products for the leading provider of software to the advertising, media sales and broadcasting industries, where she was responsible for the planning, design and development of software products and the integration of these products into all aspects of the client’s workflow. She also uses her prior experience in representing software development companies in licensing disputes, data storage, IP theft and collection matters.
Ms. O’Connor is co-chair of Choate’s E-Discovery Task Force and repeatedly has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Privacy & Data Security: experienced with Massachusetts’ Red Flags law and data breach laws and regulations of the FTC and the other states; involved in privacy/security breach notification process, accounting for state-by-state regulation variations; familiar with third-party services managing customer/ employee data breach hotlines and post-breach monitoring; experienced with EU and Pacific Rim privacy laws concerning the transfer of personal information between countries and the US safe harbor provisions; experienced with privacy laws, both federal and state, governing credit and financial services, standards for electronic storage and transfer of financial account information (PCI) and the current standards for effective privacy policies, particularly online policies for internet sites.
Government Enforcement & Compliance: represents corporations, boards and committees in inquiries or investigations by government agencies or regulatory bodies concerning securities fraud, fiduciary misconduct and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Major Commercial Litigation: experienced in all aspects of complex commercial civil litigation from initiation of lawsuit through trial preparation, including antitrust, shareholder and securities litigation, and director and officer liability defense.
- Guided clients’ responses to data security breaches, including notification to individuals and government agencies, leading forensic investigations and implementing consumer/employee remediation.
- Counseled numerous clients in matters concerning PCI-DSS credit card security compliance, including investigating claims by affected individuals and review of clients’ internal policies, processor contracts and system verification.
- Counseled international companies in e-discovery matters which trigger EU and Pan-Pacific country privacy laws and assisted such companies in US safe harbor compliance filings and maintaining certification under FTC safe harbor provisions.
- Represents broadcast company in pending antitrust and breach of contract suit against provider of audience measurement.
- Served as independent counsel to Special Committee in response to administrative subpoena, oversaw document collection, review and production, interviewed witnesses and assessed regulatory and criminal consequences of investigation.
- Represented independent directors faced with several derivative actions alleging misconduct or fiduciary breach.
- Served as lead associate on numerous internal investigations concerning alleged backdating or spring-loading of stock option awards, foreign and domestic compliance issues and financial improprieties.
Publications and Presentations
- “Cybersecurity and the SEC: Disclosure Tips,” co-author, Securities Law360, February 2012.
- “Withdrawal of Landmark Ruling on Metadata Production,” co-author, Securities Law360, July 2011.
- “Facing Individual Liability in Data Security Breaches,” co-author, Securities Law360, June 2011.
- "Approaching the Cloud: What You Should Know," co-author, Bloomberg Law Reports, June 2010.
- "Four Significant Corporate Law Rulings,” author, Securities Law360, March 2009.
- "Avoiding Pitfalls of Rash ESI Decisions," co-author, Securities Law360, March 2008.
- “UK Gives Auditor Liability Limitation Agreements A Greenlight But U.S. Is Unlikely To Do The Same,” co-author, Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Insolvency, March 2008.
- “Plaintiffs Are Tripped Up by Loss Causation,” author, Securities Law360, July 2007.