James R. O’Connor

Senior Associate
(716) 504-5723
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Mr. O’Connor focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including contract disputes, business torts, securities litigation, and fraudulent conveyance. In addition, he also practices in labor and employment, including discrimination, retaliation, and ERISA litigation. His experience includes conducting workplace investigations and counseling businesses on employee benefits, risk management, and compliance. Mr. O’Connor has additional expertise in land use, and civil rights litigation.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Honors and Awards

  • Named Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2022


  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • University of Detroit Mercy, B.S., summa cum laude, 2010

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • New York State Bar Association

Present Activities

  • WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Board of Directors, Secretary 

Past Activities

  • New York State Court of Appeals, Volunteer Confidential Law Clerk, Justice Eugene M. Fahey
  • New York State Unified Court System, Cattaraugus County Family Court, Court Assistant
  • Hofstra Law Review, Senior Notes and Comments Editor and Staff Member