John J. O’Kane IV


Johnny O’Kane is a trial lawyer and partner in the Los Angeles office of Skiermont Derby LLP.  He represents a diverse roster of clients in the real estate, hospitality, entertainment, and technology industries through all phases of trial, including appeal.  Mr. O’Kane has been named to the rising stars list of SuperLawyers Magazine every year since 2013. 

Before joining Skiermont Derby, Johnny was a litigation associate at Paul Hastings LLP, a Los Angeles-based international law firm consistently ranked as one of the finest and most successful in the United States.  A graduate of the oldest law school in the nation, The College of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Mr. O’Kane was named to the Order of the Coif, elected to the Order of the Barristers and as Chair of the National Moot Court Team, and honored with a Dean’s award.  Johnny also served on the editorial board of the William and Mary Law Review and as the teaching assistant to the late Professor William W. Van Alstyne, a leading constitutional scholar. 

Before law school, Mr. O’Kane served on the staff of the California State Assembly and received his M.P.A. from Columbia University with a concentration in environmental science and policy.  At Columbia, he was named a University Marshal and served as an editorial assistant for the Journal of International Affairs.  Johnny obtained his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, where he participated in the Claremont Colleges Debate Union and earned multiple varsity letter awards in baseball. 

Beyond his professional responsibilities, Johnny serves on the Leadership Council of Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the country. His pro bono practice has involved a variety of criminal, civil, and immigration cases.


Representative Matters

Trial counsel for developer in fraud and contract action against lending institution; case settled at trial on terms favorable for client.

Arbitration counsel for a national real estate internet services company in its breach of contract action against a national lending company; hearing resulted in award of all damages claimed plus attorneys’ fees for client.

Appellate counsel for client in successful appeal to reverse trial court’s denial of anti-SLAPP motion to strike then dismiss fraud and unfair competition claims arising out of international manufacturing contract.

Trial counsel for plaintiff Southern California businessman and investor; bench trial resulted in finding of wrongful termination and damages in client’s favor.

Trial counsel for homeowners’ association in negligence, nuisance, and breach of contract lawsuit filed by association member; case settled on favorable terms on the eve of trial.

Member of nationwide Liaison Counsel team in dozens of class actions filed by consumers in multi-district litigation proceeding in the Central District of California.

Trial counsel for nationwide real estate investor in action against regional contracting company and related parties; case settled on favorable terms on the eve of trial.

Counsel for defendant local arm of international employees’ union in employment lawsuit; obtained complete and voluntary dismissal of wrongful termination claims after filing motion for summary judgment, prior to any opposition.

Counsel for national real estate company; settled claims against client for fraction of amount demanded shortly after taking Plaintiffs’ depositions in consolidated employment actions.

Member of trial team during two-month federal jury trial on behalf of a foreign conglomerate in trade secret theft case in Eastern District of Virginia; subsequently represented client in parallel criminal and civil proceedings, including through successful motion to quash international criminal summons and civil appeal leading to favorable settlement.

Counsel for plaintiff global sourcing and manufacturing solutions company based in Los Angeles in successful trade secret theft lawsuit against New York-based defendant company and former employee.

Counsel for regional consulting business in successful fraud and contract lawsuit against a national biotechnology company.

Authored successful petition for writ of mandate after trial court denied client’s demurrer to felony information in state court; obtained stay and review of trial proceedings in the Court of Appeal, leading to first-of-its-kind deferred prosecution agreement on behalf of a university professor facing multiple felony counts in novel state criminal prosecution.

Defended international gaming company executive in a nationwide securities class action.

Speaking Engagements, Presentations and Publications

Microcaps Under the Microscope, Law360 (Jan. 6, 2015) (with Joshua G. Hamilton).

Heightened Enforcement Environment Signals Increased Use of Economic Espionage Act, Bloomberg BNA Patent, Trademark, & Copyright J., June 1, 2012, at 1-3 (with Thomas P. O’Brien).

Foreign Plaintiff, Foreign Stock, Foreign Exchange: Forget About It? Morrison v. Nat’l Austl. Bank and the Future of Global Securities Class Actions, 27 Int’l Litig. Q., no. 1, 2010 at 20-23 (with William F. Sullivan).

Awards & Accolades

Named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers (2013-2018)

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (“LACBA”).

Member, Associate Leadership Board, Public Counsel (Los Angeles, California)

(Formerly) Delegate, LACBA delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations

Contact Information

800 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1450, Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 788-4500

The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law

Order of the Coif

Order of the Barristers

Notes Editor, William and Mary Law Review

Chair, National Moot Court Team

Teaching Assistant, Constitutional Law

Columbia University

M.P.A., Concentration in Environmental Science and Policy

Selected as a University Marshall

Claremont McKenna College

B.A., Government

3x Varsity Letter Award recipient for baseball

Bar Admissions
State Bar of California
U.S. District Courts

Central District of California

Eastern District of California

Northern District of California

Southern District of California

Court Admissions
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Central District of California
Eastern District of California
Northern District of California
Southern District of California
Professional & Community Involvement
Professional Activities

California Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Member of the Associate Leadership Board of Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the United States

Member of the Government Relations Committee of the Barristers Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

1601 Elm St
Suite 4400
Dallas, TX 75201

(214) 978-6600

Los Angeles
800 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1450
Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 788-4500