William R. "Bill" O'Connor, CISSP, CIPP/US

First Tennessee Building
165 Madison Avenue
Suite 2000
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
T: 901.577.8121
F: 901.577.0810

Bill O'Connor is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Privacy Professional and a member of the Firm's Privacy and Information Security Team, as well as the Corporate Finance & Securities Group. Bill focuses his practice on technology, information security and privacy, securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. Bill counsels clients on a variety of privacy and information security matters arising under both federal and state laws, including identifying, evaluating and managing risks associated with privacy and information security practices of companies and third parties. Bill's experience includes developing comprehensive privacy and security programs, preparing and negotiating business associate agreements, drafting website privacy and terms of use agreements, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, business entity formation and general corporate matters, preparation and review of Securities and Exchange Commission filings, and Securities Act compliance.

Bill has extensive experience in the technology industry. Prior to entering law school, Bill worked as a systems manager and technology officer, where he designed and developed software, databases, network and systems security infrastructure, and disaster recovery plans. In addition, Bill developed policies, procedures and reports for information security and technology audit compliance.

While in law school, Mr. O'Connor was an extern for the Honorable Judge David S. Kennedy and the Honorable Judge George W. Emerson, Jr., both of the United States Bankruptcy Court.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted multiple clients with website terms of use and privacy policies
  • Counseled client on compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Assisted a healthcare client with preparation of comprehensive privacy and security program
  • Assisted a consulting client with compliance with U.S. privacy laws
  • Representation of venture capital firm in connection with its technology and female-entrepreneur focused accelerators, related investment vehicles and investments in portfolio companies.
  • Representation of biotech focused venture capital firm in connection with its medical device accelerator, related investment vehicle and investments in portfolio companies.
  • Representation of venture capital firm with sale of telephone portfolio company.
  • Representation of oil and gas services company in $75 million credit facility.
  • Representation of oil and gas company in private offering of equity securities.
  • Assisted multiple clients in obtaining development incentives through real and personal property PILOT transactions.
  • Assisted broker dealer and investment adviser in acquisition of broker dealer and investment adviser target.
  • Assisted Tennessee holding company with private equity investment and corporate refinance.
  • Assisted biofuel company with sale of a plant and the plant's assets.
  • Forming and advising early stage clients.
  • Working with accelerator and incubator programs for entrepreneurs.

Publications & Speaking Engagements 

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Recipient – Tennessee Supreme Court Attorney for Justice Award (2014, 2015)
  • Member – International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US)
  • Recipient – Honorable David S. Kennedy Bankruptcy Achievement Award, 2011 and 2012
  • Member – Memphis Bar Association
    • CLE Liaison, Technology Section
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
    • Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Diversity Leadership Institute, 2012
  • Member – American Bar Association


  • Tennessee, 2012


  • Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis, J.D., 2012, cum laude
    • Business Editor – The University of Memphis Law Review (2011 – 2012)
    • Member – The University of Memphis Law Review
    • Cecil C. Humphreys Law Fellowship, 2010 – 2011
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Securities Regulations
    • Dean's Award for Excellence, Best Memorandum, 2009
    • Public Action Law Society Pro Bono Service Award, Platinum, 2010 – 2011
    • Student Justice, Honor Council, 2011 – 2012
    • Member – 19th & 20th Annual Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Team
    • Outstanding Brief, 19th Annual Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition
  • University of Tennessee, B.S., 1990