Kevin O'Hara

Lecturer of Business Law (Courtesy)

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Kevin J. P. O’Hara has enjoyed a highly successful and diverse 26-year career in business, law, technology and graduate-level teaching. Currently, Mr. O’Hara is a Lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law, and is a private equity investor in (primarily) early stage technology companies. He commits time and financial resources to his charitable foundation, which focuses on supporting inter-city K-12 education. He sits on several company boards and not-for-profit boards of trustees. Previously he has worked as: (1) a very senior executive at the NYSE, Chicago Board of Trade, Archipelago, and Gulf Finance House; (2) a civil and criminal prosecutor at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), respectively; (3) an international financial market adviser in Eastern Europe; and, (4) an adjunct professor at Loyola University, Graduate School of Business. Mr. O’Hara has been an active written commentator on capital and financial markets at the SEC and CFTC, as well as with international regulators, and before the U.S. Congress, where he has delivered testimony before congressional committees.

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Professional Certificate, 1999, International Finance & Global Markets Executive Program, The McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
J.D., 1988, Georgetown University Law Center, Georgetown University
B.A., 1985,  History (Modern European & American); Philosophy, University of Chicago

Academic Positions
Lecturer of Business Law, School of Law, Northwestern University, 2011-present

Other Professional Experience
Associate Member, Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association, 2011-present
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Member, KS LLC, 2007-present
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Kevin J. P. O'Hara Family Foundation, 2006-present
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Gulf Finance House, 2008-2010
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) & Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT Holdings, Inc.), 2006-2007
Executive Vice President & Co-General Counsel, NYSE, 2005-2006
Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel & Board Secretary, Archipelago Holdings, Inc., 1999-2006
Project Director & Chief Advisor to Lithuanian Securities Commission, The Pragma Corporation, 1997-1999
Senior Attorney (to Romanian Securities Commission), Financial Markets International, Inc., 1995-1997
Special Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 1993-1993
Senior Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 1991-1995
Associate (Attorney), Ross & Hardies (now McGuire Woods Ross & Hardies), 1988-1991

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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Business Law (BLAW-435-0)
This course is a survey of the basic and fundamental legal concepts that managers and entrepreneurs will be exposed to in public, private and non-profit entities. It is not a surrogate for a law school course (as such the course is not open to law or JD/MBA students) ; it does not delve into subjects of legal procedure (e.g. rules of evidence and rules of civil or criminal procedure). Rather, it covers a variety of legal topics of greatest interest to managers. For example, the course includes instruction on torts, a subject normally covered in a full semester law school course, by focusing on the basics of torts (e.g. negligence, professional negligence (malpractice), and product liability) in a meaningful way so that the student is armed with the ability to identify and analyze tort-related issues going forward. The ten week quarter also includes two topics (contracts and corporations) that are each spread over two weeks of instruction. One week of the quarter is geared to agency law, a subject of great importance in business since under certain circumstances, an employer is automatically liable for the acts of its agents occurring within the scope of their employment. While the majority of class time is spent on civil legal matters (e.g. money damages, equitable relief in the form of injunctions), one week is devoted to a review of criminal law, specifically those crimes that touch U.S. business on a frequent basis (e.g. the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)). Also, due to frequently-expressed interest by students, one week is designed to provide a solid overview of antitrust and intellectual property issues. (Students seeking a deeper dive into these topics should consider taking BLAW 437 upon completion of BLAW 435.)