Kevin M. O'Hara

Associate ( Chicago )

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Confident and hardworking, Kevin O’Hara thrives on tough challenges. Although he believes that a win is always achievable, he understands that winning at all costs is not the sole measure of success. He instead focuses on crafting strategies designed to promote the best interests of his clients.

His approach to litigation reflects his economics training as well as his years as a senior analyst for an international technology and analytics consultancy. He relies on his background in statistics and data analysis to develop effective legal strategies.

Kevin understands that the most-travelled course is often not the most valuable, and he is always looking for a better way to make decisions. In furtherance of this pursuit, he studied graduate level psychology and economics in London. Well-versed in analyzing and solving complex problems, he welcomes the opportunity to serve his clients in today’s rapidly evolving litigation environment.




Judicial Extern, Hon. Sara L. Ellis, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois



London School of Economics and Political Science, M.Sc. (Merit), Economic Psychology, 2019
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2016, magna cum laude
Teaching Assistant, Advanced Legal Writing
CALI Award, Empirical Methods in the Law
National Moot Court Team

Northwestern University, B.A., Economics, 2010

Bar Admissions


Professional Memberships

American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

“Judicial Discretion in Sentencing: The Continued Impact of the Booker Era,” (co-author) Western Empirical Legal Studies Conference, UCLA School of Law (March 12, 2016)

Community Service

Student Federal Appellate Defender (2015-16)

  • Drafted appellate brief with co-counsel before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Obtained reversal of felony conviction and judgment of acquittal (December 2016).

Student Attorney for the Federal Civil Rights Clinic (2014-2015)

  • Conducted interviews and depositions of fact witnesses in § 1983 medical indifference case.
  • Drafted pre-trial motions and responses to two motions for summary judgment.

ACLU Member