Ben O’Connor, director, is a litigation and trial attorney for Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on personal injury and mass tort cases. He previously worked for Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, with broad practices in commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, criminal postconviction relief, and government and internal investigations. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree from Saint Louis University, and a Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, Ben served as a law clerk for the Hon. William J. Bauer on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. Before becoming an attorney, Ben was a high school theology teacher and football coach at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. Ben lives outside of Chicago with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children. His son, Ryan, has Angelman Syndrome.