Terence P. O'Connor

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Albany, NY

O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C.
 | 20 Corporate Woods Boulevard, Albany, NY 12211
Phone: 518-465-0400
Fax: 518-465-0015
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner with O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C., Terence P. O'Connor is dedicated to serving clients in the Albany, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Glens Falls, New York, areas. He focuses his practice primarily on defending clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and premises liability.

After attending the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Mr. O'Connor received his Bachelor of Science in psychology from St. Lawrence University in 1980. During his undergraduate years, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1983. Mr. O'Connor is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and Vermont as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

Recognized for his excellent legal skills and ethics, Mr. O'Connor has earned the respect and high regard of his fellow attorneys, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He has additionally received the President’s Award from the Albany County Bar Association, and he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. An active participant in several legal groups, he is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. O'Connor has also served on the board of directors of the Center for Disability Services in Albany.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (50%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Informed Consent

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Personal Injury - General (20%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Focus Areas

Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Informed Consent, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Terence O'Connor

Admitted: 1983, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.1stlaw.com/Attorneys/Terence-P-O-connor.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • Top 50 Upstate New York Lawyers, New York Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Presented for demonstrating outstanding commitment and service to his clients, the bar and profession, and to the perpetuation of the work of the "Shirt Sleeve" Lawyer., The Daniel Mahoney Memorial Award, Capital District Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Top 1% of Trial Lawyers in New York State, Medical Malpractice Lawyers, 2012
  • Elected Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 50 Upstate New York Lawyers
  • Federal Court Mediator, Appointed by Hon. Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Albany, NY, 2014 and 2017
  • American Jurisprudence Award, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Best Lawyers' Lawyer of The Year, Product Liability Defendants, Albany, New York, 2013-2014
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Consumer Guide
  • Attorney of the Year, OMS National Insurance Company
  • Super Lawyers Top 10 Upstate New York Attorneys, 2008, 2014-2015
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigtators 2017, 2017
  • Upstate New York Medical Malpractice Defense, Super Lawyers, 2015
  • New York Super Lawyers, 2007-Present
  • Defending the Specialty of Oral Surgery, Continuing Excellence Award
  • President’s Award, Albany County Bar Association, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1984
  • New York State Bar Association, Committee on Medical Malpractice, Member
  • Mediator/Arbitrator for Civil and Commercial Litigated Matters pending throughout New York State
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New York, 1984
  • Vermont, 2013
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Albany County Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee, Chair
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1985
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Albany County Bar Association, Member
  • Court Appointed Mediator, United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, 2014

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Marathon fundraising/Jimmy Fund
  • Tri-Village Little League, Board Member/Secretary
  • Albany County Hospice, Wave Runner Program for Children of Cancer Patients
  • Siena College, Board of Associate Trustees
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Member
  • Center for Disability Services, Board of Directors, Chair
  • Dental Society of the State of New York, Council on Peer Review, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, Trial Practice and Medical/Legal Issues, Albany Law School
  • Lecturer, Trial Practice and Medical/Legal Issues, Albany Medical Center Hospital
  • Tort Reform, Sky Radio and American Airlines
  • Ethics in the Courtroom, Albany Law School
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation from Soup to Nuts, Albany Medical College
  • Power Advocacy: Achieving Maximum Jury Impact During Trial, New York State Bar Association
  • Practical Skills Basic Civil Practice: The Trial, New York State Bar Association
  • Expert Testimony in Federal Court After Daubert and New Rule 26-From Discovery Through Trial, New York State Bar Association, May 21, 1997
  • Medicine in the Courtroom, New York State Bar Association, December 12, 1997
  • Cross Examining Plaintiff's Experts in Federal Court, New York State Bar Association
  • How to Handle a Neck and Back Injury Case, New York State Bar Association, November 20, 1998
  • Jury Selection Techniques: The Basics for the Civil Practitioner, New York State Bar Association, May 14, 1999
  • Proving and Defending Damages, New York State Bar Association, June 4, 1999
  • Risk Management Course, Dental Society of New York, Third and Fourth Districts and the Greater New York Dental Conference
  • Lecturer, Trial Practice and Medical/Legal Issues, New York State Bar Association

Representative Clients:

  • Atlas Copco Group
  • Exxon/Mobil Oil Corporation
  • Nautilis Insurance Company
  • Specialty Insurance Agency
  • CHART Risk Retention Group
  • Fortress Insurance Company
  • Northeast Utilities Services Company
  • T.H.E. Insurance Company
  • BP Amoco Buckingham Manufacturing
  • Gillette Company
  • RRG Physicians Reciprocal Insurance Company
  • Utica National Insurance Group
  • Western Litigation
  • Chevron Chemical Company
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Professional Risk Management, Inc.
  • Westport Insurance Corporation
  • Administrators for the Professions of Delaware, Inc.
  • CNA Insurance Company
  • Markel Insurance Company
  • Riley Stoker Corp.
  • Allmerica Financial American Express Property and Casualty Companies
  • Employers Reinsurance Corporation
  • Mercury Insurance Group
  • Selective Insurance Company of America
  • UHS Hospitals, Inc.
  • First Specialty Insurance Corporation
  • North American Specialty Group
  • St. Paul Fire & Marine Sunoco Swiss Re
  • B.C.S. Management, Inc.
  • General Accident Insurance Company
  • OMS National Ins. Co.
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • Coverys
  • Caronia Corporation
  • Insurance Services Professionals
  • Pizza Hut of America, Inc.
  • Weil-McLain Company
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital
  • Coregis Insurance Company
  •  Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • QBE Insurance Agency
  • MedPro
  • Affinity Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Dryden Mutual Insurance Company
  • Medmarc Insurance
  • RUST International Safeco Insurance Company
  • A.W. Chesterton Balboa Insurance Company
  • Farm Family Insurance Company
  • North American Speciality Insurance Company
  • Specialty Risk Services
  • AAO Insurance Company
  • Frontier Insurance Company
  • Northland Insurance Company OUM & Associates
  • T.I.G. Speciality Insurance Solutions
  • Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company
  • Burlington Insurance Company
  • HANYS Insurance Company, Inc.
  • Pilbrico Company
  • Wal Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Wakefern Food Corp.
  • Chubb Insurance Company
  • Lever Brothers
  • Providence Washington Insurance Company
  •  Zurich Canada Zurn Industries, Inc.
  • Admiral Insurance Company
  • CNA HealthPro DePuy, Inc.
  • Maytag Company
  • Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Company

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Mediator/Arbitrator for civil litigation cases pending throughout New York State.

Educational Background:

  • University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1978
  • St Lawrence University, Canton, New York, B.S., Honors: Magna Cum Laude, 1980, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa, Honors: Faculty Scholar

Industry Groups

  • International Academy Of Trial Lawyers
  • International Association Of Defense Counsel
  • The Best Lawyer
Office Location for Terence P. O'Connor

20 Corporate Woods Boulevard
Albany, NY 12211

Phone: 518-465-0400

Fax: 518-465-0015

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Last Updated: 3/18/2019

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