Martin J. O'Hara

Martin J. O'Hara

Phone: 312.521.2725 vCard
Fax: 312.521.2825



Martin J. O'Hara, Vice Chair of the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group, concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and the defense of professionals in malpractice actions.


Earlier in his career, Marty served as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael B. Getty of the Cook County Circuit Court, Chancery Division.

A frequently published author, Marty currently writes the "Professional Liability" column for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's IDC Quarterly. He has also published articles in the John Marshall Law Review and the ABA's Judges' Journal. Other recent publications include the following:

  • "Does a Defense Attorney Represent the Insured, Insurer or Both?," IDC Quarterly (Third Quarter 2007)
  • "The Illinois Supreme Court Has Spoken – Section 13-215 Tolls the Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose for Legal Malpractice Claims," IDC Quarterly (First Quarter 2007)
  • "The Long and Winding Road to a Legal Malpractice Defense Verdict," IDC Quarterly (Fourth Quarter 2006)
  • "The Illinois Supreme Court Precludes Plaintiffs from Seeking Lost Punitive Damages in Claim for Legal Malpractice," IDC Quarterly (Third Quarter 2006)
  • "Limiting Attorneys' Duties to Non-Clients," IDC Quarterly (Second Quarter 2006)
  • "Absolving Attorneys for Not Filing Claim in Most Favorable Forum," IDC Quarterly (First Quarter 2006).

As a faculty member for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Marty speaks regularly at the "Basic Skills" seminar for new Illinois lawyers. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Society of Trial Lawyers. Marty also serves as a delegate for the Much Shelist International Alliance of Law Firms and serves on the organization's Policy and Member Services Committee. While in law school, he served on the John Marshall Law Review, and won a Graduate School Scholarship Award and the Dean Herzog Scholarship. Marty has been designated an Illinois Super Lawyer (2012-2014), an honor given to the top 5% of attorneys in the state.


The John Marshall Law School
J.D., 1995

Illinois State University
B.A., 1990

Marty is admitted to practice in Illinois, and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.