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Richard O’Connor

Richard O’Connor


Direct Dial: 203-577-5045
Newtown Office

Richard A. O’Connor has dedicated his professional career to the representation of physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation and has more than 35 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 is admitted to both the Connecticut State and Federal Courts as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney O’Connor was elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates achieving the rank of advocate. 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 (2003-2021) and listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers (2007-2018, 2021) as one of the top malpractice defense lawyers in Connecticut. In 2012, 2015, and 2018 he was selected as the Lawyer of the Year Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants (New Haven) by The Best Lawyers in America. In 2017, 2019 and 2021 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, which have resulted in reasonable settlements and met or exceeded the goals and expectations of our clients.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • 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
    Varsity Ice Hockey
  • 1985 J.D. Catholic University of America


  • Abota
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