Matthew J. O'Connor

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Kansas City, MO

The O'Connor Law Firm, Strategic Lawyers Group, LLC
 | 523 Grand Blvd, Suite 1B
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-832-2977
Fax: 816-842-3322
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Family Law (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Matthew J. O'Connor is the founder and owner of The O'Connor Law Firm, P.C., in Kansas City, Missouri. Recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in his region as well as the entire county, Mr. O'Connor provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Kansas City metro and the surrounding areas of Missouri and Kansas who have legal needs involving criminal defense or personal injury.

    A staunch advocate for the rights and liberties of his clients, Mr. O'Connor has achieved considerable success helping his clients preserve their freedom in the face of serious criminal accusations, and he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his plaintiff personal injury clients. He has also handled numerous appeals and class actions, and he has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers for his impeccable professionalism and service.

    A leader in his field, Mr. O'Connor is a regular member of the Fox News Legal Panel, where he offers in-depth legal commentary on a variety of subjects. He also conducts lectures and seminars across the country, and he has authored publications for the Missouri Bar and other publications on arrest procedures and other topics. He hosts "A Wicked Offer" television program on the CW Network, and he has served as a legal professor at Park University.

    A 1985 graduate of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mr. O'Connor graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1985, and he served as creative director of KBEQ FM in Kansas City, where he received the Orson Welles Award by the Radio Advertising Bureau.

    Following a successful career in radio broadcasting, Mr. O'Connor decided to pursue his legal career, and he obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1993. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%General Litigation
    • 10%Family Law
    • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Criminal Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Litigation, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Father's Rights


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    Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020

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    About Matthew O'Connor

    Admitted: 1993, Missouri

    Professional Webpage:


    • Super Lawyer, 2011, 2015
    • Victor Wilson Scholarship Recipient
    • Orson Welles Award, Radio Advertising Bureau
    • Dean’s List
    • 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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • A certified expert for attorney Standards of Representation

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • How changing technology brings ethical dilemmas as well as defining the reasonable expectation of confidentiality, Faculty, Changing Technology and Attorney-Privilege, 2012
    • A professor of Law of Evidence
    • A published author – Missouri Bar publications on arrest procedures
    • Co-authored the supplement for the Criminal Procedure Publication, Missouri Bar, 1998, 2020
    • Authored the Arrest Chapter, Missouri Bar, 2005
    • Guest lecturer, University of Kansas Law School
    • Adjunct Professor, Park University


    • 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 Statutory Rape 3rd degree, Child Molestation 2nd degree, Furnishing Pornographic Materials to a Minor, was acquitted on all counts by the jury, 2010
    • Client charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and maintaining a public nuisance, was acquitted on both counts, 2011

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • 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
    • Host of "A Wicked Offer" on the CW Television Network, 2015


    • Matthew J. O'Connor award winning trial lawyer. 
    • Matt O'Connor offers commentary on the Casey Anthony Trial on KCTV Channel 5, Matt O'Connor provides commentary on Casey Anthony, 2011
    • Matt O'Connor commentary on Duke Lacrosse case Prosecutor sanctions
    • Matt explains interrogatories and requests for production of documents, "What are Interrogatories and Request for Production of Documents?", 2014
    • Matt O'Connor with The O'Connor Law Firm in Kansas City, MO explains when and why to invoke your Miranda rights, "When and How to Invoke Your Miranda Rights", 2013
    • Matthew J. O'Connor is a frequent legal commentator for numerous media outlets, including Fox News and Court TV (now Tru TV), Matt O'Connor National Legal Commentary
    • Matt appeared on the Dr. Phil Show in May of 2013, Matt O'Connor on Dr. Phil, 2013
    • Matt O'Connor, an attorney with 22 years experience working for justice, explains the basics of conspiracy law, "What is Federal Conspiracy?", Federal Criminal Defense, 2014
    • Why experience matters when you choose an attorney, "Why An Experienced Lawyer Matters", 2015

    Educational Background:

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

    523 Grand Blvd
    Suite 1B
    Kansas City, MO 64106

    Phone: 816-832-2977

    Fax: 816-842-3322

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    Last Updated: 8/25/2020

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