Christopher A. O'Hara

Plays key role in working with notice and claims administrators on all the firm's class settlements and class notice programs
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Current Role

  • Partner, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
  • Practice focuses on antitrust, consumer, tax and securities class actions
  • Serves as plaintiffs’ counsel in Hotel Occupancy Tax litigation against major online travel companies in various jurisdictions across the country
  • Active member of firm’s Microsoft defense team negotiating claims administration policy and processing rules in twenty consumer and antitrust class-action state settlements around the country
  • Key role in working with claims administrators on all class settlements and class notice programs

Recent Success

  • Worked on related litigation against Expedia on behalf of a nationwide class of consumers who purchased hotel reservations and paid excessive “taxes and fees” charges. That case resulted in summary judgment in plaintiffs’ favor and an eventual settlement for cash and credits totaling $134 million. Mr. O’Hara also played a leading role for the firm on the $235 million settlement of In re Charles Schwab Securities Litigation and the $1.6 billion settlement of In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation.
  • Mr. O’Hara deposed more than a dozen of Big Tobacco’s expert witnesses, research scientists and marketing executives for the tobacco litigation, focusing predominantly on the state of Arizona case. Coordinated Arizona’s national and local expert witnesses, while contributing to all aspects of discovery and motion practice. Mr. O’Hara played a leading role in the firm’s successful defense of the state of Arizona against claims brought by several Arizona counties in the aftermath of the state’s tobacco litigation.

Experience

  • Cozen & O’Connor, Associate, 1993-1997
  • Crowell & Moring, Paralegal, 1988-1990

Recognition

  • Rising Star, Washington Law and Politics, 2003

Notable Cases

  • Tobacco Litigation ($206 billion multi-state settlement)
  • Expedia Litigation ($134 million settlement)
  • Charles Schwab Yieldplus Funds Litigation ($235 million settlement)
  • Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation ($1.6 billion settlement)
  • Microsoft Antitrust Litigation

Languages

  • French