Louis O'Neill

Counsel, New York



Mr. O'Neill advises the Firm's international pro bono and commercial clients on a broad range of matters focusing on arbitration and criminal law, as well as micro-finance, human rights, transnational litigation, environmental conservation, economic development and sovereign restructuring. His experience combines an extensive career in public service with a record of success in private practice and business. Mr. O'Neill has served in non-political capacities as Ambassador and Head of Mission to Moldova for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as a Member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff and as White House Fellow to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Before the White House Fellowship brought him to Washington, Mr. O'Neill served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the New York County District Attorney's Office. He handled a broad range of white-collar, fraud and organized-crime cases from investigation to sentencing and specialized in prosecuting complex financial cases and criminal groups in New York with international ties. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Mr. O'Neill served as General Counsel for a leading New York merchant bank and investment house. Mr. O'Neill began his career as an Associate with White & Case.
Bars and Courts
New York
US Supreme Court
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Western District of New York
Harvard Law School
Stanford University
Moscow State University
Stanford University


Represented the ticket of 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov and five national chess federations in a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitration against the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in relation to FIDE's 2010 internal elections.

Represented two national chess federations in a CAS arbitration against FIDE in relation to the improper appointment of five Vice Presidents at FIDE's 2010 internal elections.

On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, helped conduct an internal investigation into allegations of abuse at US Speedskating.

Numerous criminal representations, trials and appeals.

Extensive civil pro bono practice.