San Diego, CA – Today McNamara Benjamin LLP announced that attorney Sara J. O’Connell will join the boutique litigation firm. Ms. O’Connell is the third former federal prosecutor at the growing law practice. She focuses on intellectual property law and white collar criminal defense, and was most recently at Covington & Burling LLP in San Diego, California.
Firm co-founder, Tom McNamara, said “Sara’s unique background will advance our firm vision of focusing on disputes that arise at the intersection of civil and white collar criminal law. She has years of experience handling intellectual property matters for large international law firms, and substantial experience prosecuting and defending federal white collar felony offenses. Sara’s ability to bridge the civil and criminal law worlds offers a competitive advantage to our clients, whether she is litigating cases involving trade secret theft or defending against parallel civil and criminal government investigations or enforcement actions.”
Ms. O’Connell is particularly focused on the Defend Trade Secret Act, a new federal statute which allows trade secret owners to directly apply for a federal court order to seize property and prevent dispersal of their stolen trade secrets. Ms. O’Connell stated, “As a former federal prosecutor who is accustomed to applying for search and seizure warrants from judges, I am well-positioned to guide clients through challenges relating to this similar new trade secret procedure. I look forward to working with my new colleagues at McNamara Benjamin on these matters.”
Prior to obtaining her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Ms. O’Connell worked for several years as the Communications Director for a Member of Congress in Washington, D.C. She came to San Diego as a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, and later became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. O’Connell was most recently at Covington and Burling LLP in San Diego, California. Her cases include matters of trade secret theft, trademark and patent infringement, and white collar criminal defense.
McNamara Benjamin LLP focuses on disputes arising at the intersection of civil, regulatory, and white collar criminal law. The firm combines large firm experience and credentials with the flexibility of a boutique firm to deliver creative, pragmatic solutions. Recent work includes defending against government investigations, recovering fraudulently transferred assets, and pursuing and defending clients’ interests in complex litigation.