Susan K. O’Connor

Partner, New Brunswick

Experience

Susan O'Connor is a partner in the firm and leads the firm's employment and municipal litigation departments, representing employers and municipalities, as well as individual officers, directors and elected officials before state and federal trial/appellate courts and agencies. In addition to representing municipalities and employers in matters involving Title VII claims, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act and whistle blower claims, Susan also provides training designed to assist clients in conforming their workplace practices to federal and state laws, drafts or modifies existing personnel policies, and performs comprehensive investigations of employee misconduct claims. She also successfully litigates claims made against municipal entities and employees for Constitutional violations, including excessive use of force, false arrest, failure to provide medical attention, inadequate police protection, and failure to hire or promote based upon political affiliation. She has also defended potential class action litigations. She regularly consults municipal clients and their insurers on municipal liability. 

From 2011 - 2016, Susan was named to the list of the Irish Legal 100 and received the award at a reception with the Irish Ambassador to the United States.  The Irish Legal 100 is comprised of some of the most accomplished and distinguished lawyers of Irish descent in the United States.

In 2011, Susan was named Democratic Woman of the Year by the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee, in appreciation of her dedicated service to the Democratic party.

In February 2008, Susan was named one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business. The award program, run by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s premier business news publication, honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business who have been making headlines in their fields. Susan was selected based on dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women.

In June 2007, the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), an elite organization comprising less than 1/2 of one percent of American attorneys, inducted Susan into its honorary society. By invitation only, membership in LCA is highly selective, its leadership citing "superior ethical reputation" and "effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels" as critical to consideration for membership.

Finally, Susan is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and has served as its Co-Chief Diversity Officer since 2020.

Affiliations

  • Co-Chief Diversity Officer, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, 2020-Present
  • Co-General Counsel, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, 2011-2020
  • Trustee-at-Large, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, 2008-2009, 2010-2011
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”)
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Hunterdon County Bar Association
  • Member, New Brunswick Bar Association
  • Former Delegate, New Jersey Democratic State Committee representing Hunterdon County
  • Member, New Jersey Supreme Court District VIII Fee Committee
  • Former member and chair, New Jersey Supreme Court District VIII Ethics Committee (for an unprecedented two years, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001)
  • Former councilwoman and council president, Hampton, NJ
  • Former member, North Hunterdon Municipal Court Committee
  • Former state mediator, Complementary Dispute Resolution matters
  • Former trustee, HBCEF
  • Former president, New Brunswick Bar Association (1997-98)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Awards

  • Irish Legal 100, 2011-2016
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers list, 2005-2013 and 2015-Present
  • Hunterdon County Democratic Woman of the Year, 2011
  • NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business, 2008
  • Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell

A description of the selection process methodologies on which these accolades are based can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.