James Thomas O’Reilly

Title: Lawyer, Educator, Writer

Company: University of Cincinnati

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

James Thomas O’Reilly, Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in business law.

Mr. O’Reilly is a lawyer, educator and writer who notably served as representation for the American consumer goods giant Proctor and Gamble from 1974 to 1998. He started there as an attorney in 1974, and served a six-year period as senior counsel for food, drug, and product safety between 1979 and 1985. Mr. O’Reilly is a prolific author of legal texts covering everything from Canadian labeling law to corporate crime, from hospital liability to police racial profiling. He is the chairman of the AD law section of the American Bar Association, and a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Food and Drug Law Institute, and Leadership Cincinnati.

Born to Matthew Richard and Regina O’Reilly, Mr. O’Reilly studied with Boston College to earn a BA, cum laude, in 1969, followed by service with the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 and a JD from the University of Virginia in 1974. He joined Proctor and Gamble Company in Cincinnati later that year, and quickly became counsel in 1976. After leading the company’s legal representation in food, drug, and product safety, he continued to serve as corporate counsel until 1993, and transitioned to associate general counsel until 1998. Concurrently, Mr. O’Reilly began teaching as an adjunct professor of administrative law at the University of Connecticut, and was named visiting professor of law in 1998.

As an expert legal professional, Mr. O’Reilly has consulted with the Administrative Conference of the U.S., the Congressional Office of Compliance, and was an arbitrator for the State Employee Relations Board in Ohio. He was named a trustee of the Regional Council of Governments, and is a member of the Hamilton County Democratic Central Committee. Mr. O’Reilly has supported the Ohio Bishops Advisory Council, the Mayor’s Infrastructure Commission, the Vice Mayor of the city of Wyoming, and the Cincinnati Environmental Advisory Council. The topic of environment has reappeared in numerous publications in Mr. O’Reilly’s name, notably with “United States Environmental Liabilities” in 1994. More recently, he wrote “Clergy Sexual Abuse” in 2014, and continues to be a member of the editorial board for the Food and Drug Cosmetic Law Journal. The breadth of his writing in law is truly remarkable, as are his children, Jean and Ann.

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