O’Connor and Associates is a boutique law firm based in San Francisco, offers superior legal services, as well as highly regarded expert witness and consultancy services. The attorneys have extensive experience representing individuals, partnerships, and companies across a wide spectrum of matters involving bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business and commercial, civil litigation, intellectual property and trade secret litigation, labor and employment and real estate.
O’Connor and Associates provides both litigation and expert consultancy services in a broad range of attorneys fee issues, including disputes over appropriate billing rates, litigation efficiency, task assignment and staffing, litigation success and prevailing party determination, and litigation skill. The attorneys work in this regard has been widely lauded by clients, lawyers, courts and arbitrators. At O’Connor and Associates, they aggressively and innovatively represent clients in an efficient and cost-effective way. They are keenly aware that litigation is a means, not an end, to achieve clients’ legal, business, or personal objectives. As a result, the attorneys do more than simply advise clients on issues as they arise – they work to fully understand clients’ concerns and goals so that they can provide quality legal counsel on issues before they become problems.
Founder of the firm, John O’ Connor is a successful litigator who has more than 40 years of experience dealing with complex attorney fee disputes and is recognized as one of the top legal fee experts in the country. Mr. O’Connor provides both litigation and expert consultancy services in a broad range of attorney fee issues, including disputes over appropriate billing rates, litigation efficiency, task assignment and staffing, litigation success and prevailing party determination, and litigation skill. His work in this regard has been widely lauded by clients, lawyers, courts and arbitrators.
Mr. O’Connor has tried more than 70 cases at both state and federal levels through the U.S. His results in complex, contentious and closely held business disputes are highly admired. Retained by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as trial counsel in key cases, he achieved a pretrial dismissal in each concluded action. A former Federal Prosecutor, Mr. O’Connor was appointed lead outside counsel in certain S&L crisis litigation, defended a California Attorney General in campaign-related litigation, and successfully represented Golden State Warriors basketball Coach Don Nelson in significant contract claims. His greatest keys to success has been in the satisfactory resolution in his clients cases and he attributes his extensive education in studying all of his life as a key factor.
Mr. O’Connor graduated from the University of Notre Dame (A.B., 1968) magna cum laude and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1972) cum laude. He was a member of the Michigan Law Review (1970-72) and Associate Editor in 1971-72. As a law student, he won several AmJur awards as the most outstanding student in several classes. He has twice been featured as Litigator in Profile by the Verdicts and Settlements publication for excellence in trial work. He has spoken at the Commonwealth Club, the Annual Convention of the American Bar Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, The Commercial Law League of America and numerous other professional and civic groups.
Mr. O’Connor currently serves on the Board of Directors of Graduate Theological Union, The Lincoln Club of Northern California, and Alliance for Smiles, Inc.
John is recognized as the Nation’s Top Attorney Fee Expert by The National Association of Legal Fee Analysis (NALFA), a nonprofit professional association dedicated to the analysis of attorney fees and legal billing issues, for the last three years, John O’Connor provides both attorney fee expert witness and consultancy services, as well attorney fee litigation services, representing both law firms and clients in attorney fee disputes. Mr. O’Connor has held the highest Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating for over 30 years, and has consistently been named a “SuperLawyer” by his Northern California peers.
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