Joseph I.

Business Transactions
& Restructuring



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Joseph I. O'Hara

Business Transactions & Restructuring


Joe O'Hara is of counsel in Liner's Business Transactions & Restructuring Group.  The primary focus of Joe's practice is acting as general outside counsel to private companies, founders, investors, professional athletes and entertainers.  With an emphasis on brand strategy and intellectual property, he has worked with many companies and individuals on day-to-day legal issues, financing and other types of corporate transactions.  He has vast experience representing both companies and investors in private equity and venture capital transactions.  Industry focus includes sports, branded consumer products, technology and new media. 

Joe handles almost everything in the life cycle of a business, from formation and governance issues, intellectual property-related issues, equity and debt financing, licensing, M&A and exit transactions.  He is deeply involved in the business endeavors of many of his clients, so he can advise with an eye beyond just the particular legal issues at hand.


University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)

Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., with honors)



Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars (2007, 2010)

  • Represented various professional athletes in sales of a portion of their personal "brand-related income" to a purchaser who financed those purchases through first-of-their-kind IPOs of securities linked to the present value of the personal brands.
  • Represented Santa Monica-based crowdsourced creative agency in $20,000,000 of Series B and Series C financings.
  • Represented LA and San Francisco-based consumer products private equity fund in numerous portfolio acquisitions and exits.
  • Represented numerous celebrities and companies in licensing and endorsement transactions.
  • Represented fund-of-funds in connection with approximately $100,000,000 of investments in private equity and venture capital funds.
  • Represented flavored water company in connection with $6 million Series A financing and follow-on investments.