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COVID-19 and Force Majeure: Potential Impact on Transactions and Projects in Real Estate and Hospitality


Speaker(s): Jennifer McDougall, Paul M. "Tad" O'Connor III
Recorded on: Apr. 30, 2020
PLI Program #: 299525

Paul M. “Tad” O’Connor is a distinguished first chair trial and appellate litigator focusing on complex commercial cases.  He is regularly cited for his legal knowledge by publications including The Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer and Law360.  Tad’s clients have included, among others, private equity powerhouse TPG, Fortress Investment Group, a lender in a dispute relating to Liverpool Football Club, and many major international real estate and hospitality companies including Related, JDS, L and L Holdings, Maximus, InterContinental Hotels Group, Crowne Plaza, Morgans, sbe, Hilton and Aman Resorts.

Tad represents private equity firms, hotel owners and developers, major corporations and wealthy individuals in federal and state courts around the country and before arbitration tribunals in the United States and Europe.  He has been involved a number of times in obtaining discovery outside the United States under international conventions and treaties. 

Tad also has significant experience handling real estate disputes related to commercial and hotel properties around the country, including the representation of hotel operators in disputes with owners.  His successful work in this area has been instrumental in the firm Real Estate and Hotel Litigation Practice Group being recognized as a Tier 1 practice in the “Litigation – Real Estate” category from U.S. News – Best Lawyers.

As a result of his work, Tad has been appointed by courts to serve as a bankruptcy trustee and as a director of a facility administering large product liability settlements.  He has been recognized by Chambers USAThe Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation as one of the top litigators in the United States.


Jennifer McDougall’s practice focuses on commercial real estate, securities, and complex financial products litigation, where she represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts.  She also has experience in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy.