Matthew O’Hara Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article on Law Firm Verein Conflicts Issues

April 20, 2016

Matthew J. O'Hara, a Chicago-based partner in the Lawyers for the Profession® group at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, was quoted in the article "Order Disqualifying Dentons Is Vacated, Leaving Verein Conflicts Issue Unresolved" published by the Bloomberg BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, Vol.32, No. 8 on April 20, 2016.

The article discuses how an order disqualifying Dentons US LLP as counsel for an Ohio corporation prosecuting patent infringement claims has been vacated and now the firm is facing a malpractice suit from the company over the firm’s alleged conflict of interest. The U.S International Trade Commission's decision would have addressed whether law firms operating under a "Swiss verein" affiliation model will be treated as a single firm for conflict of interest purposes. Mr. O'Hara said "the issue of whether vereins must apply U.S. conflicts rules across their entire structure remains unresolved now that the ITC withdrew the ALJ’s opinion disqualifying Dentons US." He further stated that "comments to the Model Rules indicate that how lawyers hold themselves out to the public is only one factor in determining whether they are associated in a firm for conflicts purposes."

To read the full article "Order Disqualifying Dentons Is Vacated, Leaving Verein Conflicts Issue Unresolved," visit the Bloomberg BNA website. Please note a subscription is required. 

Matthew O’Hara is a business trial lawyer. He concentrates his practice in the litigation and trial of complex commercial matters in federal and state courts. He has tried cases involving antitrust, the federal securities laws, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, trademark infringement, breach of contract, license agreements, executive employment, warranties under the Uniform Commercial Code and criminal defense.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.