Matthew J. O'Connor

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Kansas City, MO

The O'Connor Law Firm, P.C.
 | 523 Grand Blvd., Suite 1B
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-842-1111
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (0%),
  • Family Law (0%),
  • General Litigation (0%)
Attorney Profile

Matthew J. O’Connor earned his stellar reputation the old fashioned way – he earned it!  After providing 23 years of long hours and tireless dedication to his clients, he remains energized and focused on solving his client’s legal problems.  He is highly respected by the Courts and his peers as a tenacious trial lawyer that will go the extra mile to obtain justice for his client.  With an emphasis on civil and criminal trials, Matt has had spans of years without losing a trial.  He is recognized as one of the top 100 trial attorneys in the region and the country.  He has recovered millions of dollars in settlements for his clients.  Matt’s practice is primarily focused on federal and state criminal defense; personal injury, auto accidents and divorce law in the surrounding Kansas City area. 

You may also see Matt on television, as he is often called on to offer legal commentary by local and national television news stations.  He is able to break down complex legal issues into easily understandable and digestible information. 

Matt’s commitment to the community spans passed the legal arena.  He received the Hon. Michael Coburn award for outstanding community service efforts in organizing collection efforts and personally supplying relief items to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  He believes he owes a duty to his community by volunteering his time, and believes his efforts help create and cultivate a community that cares.

His extraordinary skills and legal experience in personal injury cases has resulted in many successes for his clients.  He treats each case as if it were the only one – because he knows that your case is the only one that matters to you.  When it comes to personal injury, The O’Connor Law Firm knows that improving clients’ lives and getting the compensation they deserve is an important job.  Not one that he takes lightly. 

Matt’s passion as a lawyer is to give his clients the best possible representation, service and the outcome they desire.  There are many lawyers in the Kansas City area, but very few who treat each case as if it were their own.

Matthew J. O’Connor is honored to be a Super Lawyer Honoree again in 2016, as well has having been in each consecutive year since 2011.  He reminds his clients and staff that he is only as good as his last case, and that a great reputation has to be earned, today and tomorrow, through diligence and dedication.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Murder, Probation, Theft

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (0%): Mediation

Family Law (0%): Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Father's Rights

General Litigation (0%): Litigation

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Murder, Probation, Theft

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation

Family Law: Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Father's Rights

General Litigation: Litigation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017

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About Matthew O'Connor

Admitted: 1993, Missouri

Professional Webpage: http://ockclaw.com/meet-matt/my-philosophy/

Honors and Awards:

  • Mr. O'Connor received the Hon. Michael Coburn award for outstanding community service for his efforts to personally provide relief supplies to the victims of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, Hon. Michael Coburn Award
  • Dean’s List
  • Victor Wilson Scholarship Recipient

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, 2004
  • Licensed in the United States District  Court of Kansas, 1996
  • Licensed in the Western District for the United States District Court, 1993
  • Kansas City Missouri Bar Association Committees for Civil Litigation, Member
  • Kansas City Missouri Bar Association Committees for Juvenile Law, Member
  • Kansas City Missouri Bar Association Committees for Business Law, Member
  • Kansas City Missouri Bar Association Committees for Criminal Law, Member

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • How changing technology brings ethical dilemmas as well as defining the reasonable expectation of confidentiality, Faculty, Changing Technology and Attorney-Privilege, 2012
  • Authored the Arrest Chapter, Missouri Bar, 2005
  • Authored the supplement for the Criminal Procedure Publication, Missouri Bar, 2000
  • Co-authored the supplement for the Criminal Procedure Publication, Supplement for the Missouri Bar, 1998
  • Adjunct Professor, Park University
  • Guest lecturer, University of Kansas Law School

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Federal Client facing life in prison receives minimum sentence, 2015
  • Federal client facing 20 years received sentence less than client was able to request, without breaching plea agreement, due to Court being so persuaded by the sentencing argument, 2014
  • Client charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and maintaining a public nuisance, was acquitted on both counts, 2011
  • Client charged with Statutory Rape 3rd degree, Child Molestation 2nd degree, Furnishing Pornographic Materials to a Minor, was acquitted on all counts by the jury, 2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Host of "A Wicked Offer" on the CW Television Network, 2015
  • H. Michael Coburn Outstanding Community Service Award for volunteer work coordinating collection efforts and making numerous trips to Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, 2007

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Educational Background:

  • University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri, 1985
Office Location for Matthew J. O'Connor

523 Grand Blvd.
Suite 1B
Kansas City, MO 64106

Phone: 816-842-1111

 

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Last Updated: 6/16/2017

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