Kevin O'Hara

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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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Education
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
Senior Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 1991-1995
Special Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 1993-1993
Associate (Attorney), Ross & Hardies (now McGuire Woods Ross & Hardies), 1988-1991

 
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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Business Law I (BLAW-435-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

A study of the legal environment in which organizations operate. Topics include contracts, agency, negotiable instruments, partnerships and corporations.