Richard A. O’Connor has dedicated his professional career to the representation of physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation and has more than 30 years experience in such endeavors. Attorney O’Connor has tried numerous cases alleging medical malpractice in both the State and Federal Courts and has additionally handled appeals to the Connecticut appellate level courts. Attorney O’Connor also represents physicians with Department of Public Health matters from initial complaints through administrative hearings. Attorney O’Connor is admitted to both the Connecticut State and Federal Courts as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney O’Connor is a member of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association and was also elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Attorney O’Connor graduated Fairfield University, cum laude, and obtained his law degree from the Catholic University of America. Over the years, Attorney O’Connor has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America (2003-2020) and listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers (2007-2018) as one of the top malpractice defense lawyers in Connecticut. In 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018 he was selected as the Lawyer of the Year Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants (New Haven) by the The Best Lawyers in America. In 2017 and 2019 he was selected Lawyer of the Year Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (New Haven). In 2021, he was elected to the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization consisting of the top 1% of trial lawyers in the country. He also has received the highest Martindale-Hubbel professional rating of AV.
Attorney Richard O’Connor has tried approximately 80 medical malpractice cases to verdict, with a greater than 90% success rate in obtaining defendants’ verdicts.
These tried cases represent a diverse experience in a wide variety of medical fields and issues, and successful outcomes have involved significant high exposure cases, including wrongful death. In addition to cases taken to verdict, he has handled complex, high exposure cases, including obstetrical birth injury cases, which have resulted in reasonable settlements and met the goals and expectations of our clients.
- Healthcare Law and Litigation
- Professional Malpractice
- General Litigation
- Medical Malpractice Litigation
- Connecticut Superior, 1985
- U.S. District Court Connecticut, 1985
- Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001
- Supreme Court of U.S., 2002
- 1982 B.S. Business Management cum laude – Fairfield University
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- 1985 J.D. Catholic University of America