John D. O'Connor

John D. O'Connor

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

O'Connor and Associates
 | 201 Mission Street, Suite 710
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-693-9960
Fax: 415-692-6537
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004, 2006 - 2010, 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1972
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

John O'Connor is a successful litigator who 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. In practice since 1972, he has held Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating*, "AV-Preeminent," for more than 25 years.

Reynolds Tobacco has retained Mr. O'Connor as trial counsel in key cases. In each of these concluded cases, Mr. O’Connor achieved a pretrial dismissal. As a former federal prosecutor, he successfully represented Coach Don Nelson, of the Golden State Warriors, in contract claims. He also defended an attorney general in campaign-based litigation and served as lead outside counsel in S&L crisis litigation.

The Verdicts and Settlements publication for excellence in trial work twice featured Mr. O'Connor as "Litigator in Profile." He has also been asked to speak to numerous civic groups and professional associations.

Mr. O'Connor graduated with his A.B. magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. His law firm, O'Connor & Associates, is based in San Francisco, California.

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*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

About John O'Connor

Admitted: 1972, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.joclaw.com/Attorneys/John-D-O-connor.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • Highest Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Rating for over 25 years
  • Featured twice as Litigator in Profile by the Verdicts and Settlements publication for excellence in Trial Work
  • Won several AmJur Awards as the most Outstanding Student in several Classes
  • Cum Laude, University of Michigan Law School

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Judge Stephen Haberfeld moderated a panel discussion with attorney fee experts John O'Connor and Trey Cox, concerning case strategies, using experts, for winning and defeating attorney fee claims in court and arbitration.  O'Connor and Cox discussed effective fee presentation, fee calculation, and the introduction of key evidence, often best and occasionally only possible via expert testimony.  Judge Haberfeld offered tips and comments from his judicial and arbitral perspective.  The panel concluded by addressing several hot issues and trends along the fee recoverability spectrum.  This program was designed for fee-seeking and fee-challenging attorneys, including corporate counsel., Panelist, Winning Attorney Fees in Court: Use of Experts, Case Strategies & Hot Issues, National Association Of Legal Fee Analysis, 2015
  • Speaker, San Francisco Bar Association
  • Speaker, Commonwealth Club, the Annual Convention of the American Bar Association
  • Associate Editor, Michigan Law Review, 1971 - 1972
  • Member, Michigan Law Review, 1970 - 1972

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Represented individual investors who opted out of class action securities litigation against Prudential Bache, and obtained recoveries several times greater than class action payments
  • Performed extensive work for both plaintiffs and defendants in professional liability and director and officer litigation, including accounting, legal, financial, and medical issues
  • Obtained defense verdict in trial alleging significant automobile product manufacturing and design defect claims
  • Significant experience in toxic tort cases addressing issues of medical and toxicological causation, liability, and damages involving tobacco, silicon, beryllium, aromatic hydrocarbons and other chemical products
  • Supervised firm trial lawyers in successful defense of over 5,000 asbestos cases; only one net payable plaintiff’s verdict in approximately 100 trials
  • Supervised innovative mass settlements of thousands of asbestos cases on terms favorable to client
  • Substantial experience in both defense and pursuit of construction defect claims
  • Obtained highly favorable settlements on behalf of evicted commercial tenants
  • Obtained evictions on behalf of landlords in commercial leasing disputes
  • Obtained favorable settlements and verdicts in employment cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants
  • Successful defense of numerous civil rights suits against local, state and federal governmental entities
  • Obtained dismissals before trial of several "lender liability" suits against large commercial banks
  • Both successful defense and successful pursuit of a wide range of claims against numerous and varied insurance industry entities, including property and casualty insurers; life and disability carriers; workers' compensation insurers; re-insurance and excess carriers; and insurance agents and brokers
  • Obtained closure of banks, savings and loans and credit unions, followed by pursuit of director and officer, professional liability and bond claims on behalf of governmental institutions
  • Obtained acquittal, dismissal after motion to suppress and no-bill in various cases as a criminal defense attorney
  • As an Assistant United States Attorney, obtained guilty verdicts against each defendant brought to trial
  • Successfully defended at trial a $109,000,000 claim for the death of a wealthy real estate entrepreneur in San Francisco County Superior Court
  • As co-counsel, obtained $3,000,000 and $3,600,000 defamation verdicts against a major insurance carrier, and successfully upheld the verdict on appeal through both the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court
  • Wrote all "state of mind" and Fifth Amendment briefing for the government in the United States v. Hearst prosecution
  • Obtained defense verdicts in the first four "civil RICO" fraud suits tried in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco)
  • Obtained a defense verdict in an age discrimination case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco)
  • Successfully bench-tried several insurance coverage actions, both for insurers and insureds
  • Obtained a $500,000 verdict in a soft tissue injury case after the defense rejected a $33,000 arbitration award
  • Received a defense verdict for his client in a case alleging an uncompensated joint venture dissolution/expulsion in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburg)
  • Obtained a defense verdict in San Francisco County Superior Court with a paraplegic plaintiff
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death brake failure case in which both parents were killed and the two orphans were severely injured
  • Defended an $8,000,000 container crane construction defect claim while receiving a $2.7 million verdict for his client on a counterclaim for bidding misrepresentation
  • Obtained a defense verdict for his client in an unfair competition/fiduciary claim as well as a $1,300,000 verdict for his client on a defamation, wrongful termination counterclaim in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco)
  • Received a directed verdict for his client in a Sherman Act §2, Antitrust action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (Sacramento)
  • Received a $165,000,000 counterclaim settlement in a hotel/casino lease dispute after an eight week jury trial in Nevada

Educational Background:

  • University of Notre Dame, A.B., magna cum laude, 1968
Office Location for John D. O'Connor

201 Mission Street
Suite 710
San Francisco, CA 94105

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Last Updated: 11/29/2018

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