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Managing IP Guest Article: Don't Be Left Standing at the Courtroom Door

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William O'Neill

Associate

Orange County


600 Anton Boulevard
Suite 700
Costa Mesa, California 92626
T +1 949.202.3054
F +1 949.202.3154

Areas of Practice

Education

  • B.A., History, Stanford University, 2004
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Judicial Clerkships

Extern for Associate Justice Marvin Baxter, California Supreme Court and Presiding Justice James A. Ardaiz, California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District
William O'Neill

William O'Neill is an associate in the business litigation, banking and financial services litigation, and real estate and construction litigation practice groups in the Orange County office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. His practice focuses on litigation in both state and federal courts. Will has experience in a wide range of practice areas, including trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, construction dispute litigation, employee restrictive covenants, complex real estate development disputes, malicious prosecution, specific insurance coverage disputes, judgment enforcement, and international and cross-state litigation complexities.

He also contributes back to the legal community as the Editor of the quarterly-publication for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers; a Trustee of the Celtic Bar Association; and a member of the Board of Governors for the University of California Hastings College of Law.

Selected Client Representations

  • Obtained a judgment after trial for unlawful detainer and retention of hundreds of thousands of dollars against a defendant arising from a complex interaction between lease and option agreements for a $20 million residence in Laguna Beach.
  • Successfully litigated a construction dispute against a dozen defendants on behalf of a large developer in Orange County, ultimately recovering an eight-figure settlement.
  • Resolved complex trademark infringement action between an international client and a regional company that was litigated in both federal court and the TTAB.
  • Successfully resolved dispute alleging trademark infringement and misappropriation of a deceased celebrity’s right of publicity (California Civil Code section 3344.1) against a national manufacturer.
  • Successfully defended and prosecuted a variety of cases arising from novel and complex investments, referenced colloquially as "Stranger Originated Life Insurance."
  • Early and low-cost resolution of a particularly contentious, high-end home owners association dispute instigated against the HOA and three neighbors, including our client. The non-settling parties would ultimately spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on litigations costs, leading to a claim for malpractice against the plaintiff's counsel.
  • Domesticated foreign judgment and instigated judgment enforcement proceedings.


Selected Community and Professional Activities

  • Editor; Association of Business Trial Lawyers; ABTL Report; 2013-present; Associate Editor, 2009-2010, 2011-2012
  • Governor; University of California, Hastings College of the Law; Board of Governors, 2011-present
  • Trustee; Celtic Bar Association (Orange County), 2013-present)
  • Education Chair; Orange County Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division Board, 2010-2011
  • Guest Judge; Stanford Alumni Association; William Saroyan International Writing Contest, 2009-2010, 2011-2012
  • Stanford University; Cardinal Class Core 

Selected Publications 

  • "Comcast Corp. v. Behrend: An Echo of Dukes," co-author with Kenneth Parker, Newsletter of the Federal Bar Association / Orange County Chapter, Fall 2013.
  • "Don't Be Left Standing at the Courtroom Door," Managing IP guest article, April 22, 2013.
  • "100 Words or Fewer: California’s Privacy Policy Regulation," Social Media Law Brief, February 27, 2013.
  • "Standing Challenges on the Rise," Social Media Law Brief, January 28, 2013.
  • "OPPA! Regulating Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps in California," Social Media Law Brief, November 2, 2012.
  • "Avoiding the Hague: How to Serve A Foreign Corporation Through Its American Subsidiary," Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, Summer 2011.
  • "When Liking Cookies Implicates Privacy: Facebook Litigation," Social Media Law Brief, March 1, 2011. 
  • "Digital Litigation: Preparing for Success," Orange County Business Journal, August 2011. 
  • "Why Jury Polling Counts," Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, Fall 2009. 
  • "Another Arrow in the Quiver: Unique Aspect of Malicious Prosecution Claims," Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, Summer 2009.

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rated, 2013
  • Recognized in Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, 2013-2014

Memberships

  • California State Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
  • Stanford Alumni Association
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Board of Governors

Online Publications

06/05/2013 - The IP Beacon, June 2013
A Haynes and Boone Newsletter highlighting current issues in Intellectual Property Law.

05/02/2013 - Managing IP Guest Article: Don't Be Left Standing at the Courtroom Door
David Bell and Will O’Neill explain how the legal concept of standing is becoming a central argument in high-profile social media litigation – and how to use it as a first line of defence in litigation.

08/24/2011 - Orange County Business Journal Guest Article: Digital Litigation: Preparing for Success
Businesses facing litigation often confront the unfortunate reality  that the software and electronics used to develop operational  agility turn into cumbersome and costly data collection  hubs once the litigation process begins.

06/01/2011 - Avoiding the Hague: How to Serve A Foreign Corporation Through Its American Subsidiary
New York Times writer Thomas Friedman contended in his book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, that globalization leads to increasing relevance of the global marketplace while concurrently decreasing the relevance of geographical divisions. 

08/01/2009 - Why Jury Polling Counts
Albert Einstein once said: "Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."

06/01/2009 - Another Arrow in the Quiver: Unique Aspects of Malicious Prosecution Claims
A plaintiff who waits until trial to cultivate blame has likely already lost the case.