Michael J. O'Connor

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Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Albany, NY

O'Connor First
 | 20 Corporate Woods Drive, Albany, NY 12211
Phone: 518-465-0400
Fax: 518-641-7000
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer
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    Attorney Michael J. O'Connor is a member of the Albany, New York, law firm of O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C. Board certified by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification as a specialist in commercial and consumer bankruptcy, Mr. O'Connor has achieved notable success representing the rights and interests of individuals, businesses and organizations seeking relief from their overwhelming debt.

    Regarded as one of the top bankruptcy attorneys in the nation, he has received numerous awards and accolades for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal service. He is AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell, he has earned recognition from The Best Lawyers in America for his contributions to his field, and he has served as a Chapter 7 trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York since 1986.

    Along with maintaining a successful private practice, Mr. O'Connor volunteers his time and services to various organizations throughout his region that provide free or low-cost legal services to those less fortunate.

    As a result of his selfless contributions, he received the President's Award for pro bono services from the New York State Bar Association in 1989, 1993 and 2007. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York in 1989, and in 2007, both the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and the Federal Bar Association awarded him the Distinguished Counsel Award.

    A 1973 graduate of Siena College, Mr. O'Connor obtained his Juris Doctor from Western New England University School of Law in 1976. He also earned his M.B.A. from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland, in 1978. Along with practicing before all New York state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

    We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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    Practice Areas
    • 100%Bankruptcy
    Focus Areas

    Bankruptcy Law

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

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    About Michael O'Connor

    Admitted: 1978, New York

    Professional Webpage: https://www.1stlaw.com/Attorneys/Michael-J-O-connor.shtml

    Honors/Awards:

    • Distinguished Service Award, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, 2014
    • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2002-Present
    • President's Award, Pro Bono Services, New York State Bar Association, 1989-1993
    • President's Award, Pro Bono Services, New York State Bar Association, 2007
    • Pro Bono Award, The Legal Project, 2016
    • Best Lawyers in America, 1996-2002
    • Super Lawyers, 2002-2016
    • Distinguished Service Award, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, 1989
    • Pro Bono Award, Rensselaer County Bar Association, 1988
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2010
    • American Jurisprudence Award, 1976

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Commercial Bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, 1992

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1978
    • United States Bankruptcy Court, Appointed Panel Trustee, Northern District of New York, 1986
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1982
    • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1980
    • Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association, Director, 1992-1997
    • Northern District of New York, Bankruptcy-Merit Selection Committee, Chairman, 1995
    • New York, 1978
    • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. Tax Court, 1980
    • Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association, President, 1996-1997
    • New York State Bar Association, Consumer Bankruptcy Committee, Member, 1992-Present
    • National Association of Chapter 7 Trustees
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
    • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel designation, 2014-2015
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
    • Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1991-Present
    • American Bar Association, Consumer Bankruptcy Committee, Member, 1985-Present
    • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, 1992-Present

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Northern District of New York, Local Rules Revision Committee, Member, 1993
    • Northern District of New York, Judicial Merit Selection Committee, Chairman, 1994
    • AARP Attorney Reference Program
    • Northern District of New York, Local Rules Revision Committee, Member, 2000
    • Northern District of New York, Local Rules Revision Committee, Member, 1998
    • Third Judicial District of New York, Appointed Member of Committee on Character and Fitness, 2009-Present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Contributing Editor, N.Y.S. exemptions of West's Bankruptcy Exemption Manual, 2001-2003
    • Speaker, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Seminars, Atlanta, Georgia, 2005-2007
    • Speaker, Bankruptcy Seminars, New York State Bar Association, Annual Conference
    • Speaker, Annual Conference, National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
    • Speaker, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Seminars
    • Speaker, Annual Conference, New York State Credit Union Association, 1987-1992
    • Adjunct Faculty, Business Law, College of St. Rose, 1978-1991
    • Speaker, Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association Annual Seminars
    • Speaker, Bankruptcy Issues, New York Credit Union League
    • Speaker, Join Vermont and Northern District of New York Bankruptcy Bar CLE Programs

    Educational Background:

    • University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, M.B.A., 1978
    • Siena College, Loudonville, New York, USA, B.B.A., Minor: Accounting & Finance, 1973
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    Office Location for Michael J. O'Connor

    20 Corporate Woods Drive
    Albany, NY 12211

    Phone: 518-465-0400

    Fax: 518-641-7000

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