John J. “Jack” O’Brien counsels registered and private funds and fund managers in connection with organizational, offering, transactional, and compliance matters. He regularly works with a variety of different fund structures, including open-end and closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, and hedge funds. He also counsels investment adviser and broker-dealer clients on various matters, particularly with respect to registration and disclosure, marketing regulations, pay-to-play issues, and transactions in exchange-traded funds.
University of Illinois, 2005, B.S.
University of Illinois, 2005, B.A.
Villanova University, 2008, M.B.A.
Villanova University School of Law, 2008, J.D., Cum Laude
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Best ETF Law Firm, ETF Express US Awards (2021, 2022)
Named, Rising Star of Mutual Funds, Mutual Fund Industry Awards 2019
Member, ETF Law Firm of the Year, ETF.com (2019)
Member, Best ETF Legal & Compliance Firm, ETF Express (2019)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Asset Management, Law360 (2017)
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
Associate, Villanova Law J. Willard O'Brien American Inn of Court (2010–2014)
Director and Treasurer, Philadelphia VIP, Inc. (2011–2016)
Arthur J. Kania Prize in Professional Ethics, Villanova School of Law (2008)
Dorothy Day Service Award, Villanova School of Law (2008)
Next Generation Lawyer, Investment fund formation and management: Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Recommended, The Legal 500 US (2016)
Named, Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer (2017)
Named, On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer, American Bar Association (2017)