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About Kathleen Ann O'Reilly
Attorney Kathleen O’Reilly specializes in civil litigation and appellate work. Ms. O’Reilly has substantial experience in all kinds of civil appeals, appellate motions and writ proceedings, including two published cases in which she obtained reversals for appellants: Chang v Redding Bank of Commerce (1994) 20 Cal. App. 4th 673 and Sullivan v Dorsa (2005) 128 Cal. App. 4th 947.

After graduating from U. C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1983, Ms. O’Reilly served as judicial law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, the Hon. Noel Manoukian, from September 1983 to December of 1984. She then joined Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco as an associate in the antitrust group, and later worked for Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, doing securities litigation.

She served as adjunct faculty at both Boalt Hall and the Stanford Law School, teaching Legal Research, Writing and Appellate Advocacy (moot court) full time for several years before resuming her civil litigation and appellate practice in San Jose, California.

A gifted legal writer, Ms. O’Reilly has developed a particular expertise in law and motion practice as well as appellate and writ proceedings. Her strong analytical ability and excellent research, oral and written advocacy skills have led to a high level of success in motions, summary adjudications, appeals and writs.

Litigation and Appeals
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Attorneys’ fees
Business Disputes
Breach of Contract
Disability Discrimination
Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse
Employment Discrimination / Harassment
Employment / Wrongful Termination
Fraud / Misrepresentation
Injunctions / Restraining Orders
Real Property  / Easements
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U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, CA
J.D. Honors + average May 1983

Hastings College of Law (first year), San Francisco, CA (1980-81)
Milton D. Green Top Ten Award (7th of 586)

Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
B.A. Psychology May 1978

Teaching Experience At:

Bar Admissions

California, 1984
Connecticut, 2010
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1985