• University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1979
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1983


  • Mentor, Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program
  • Fellow, Cleveland Bar Foundation


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Irish-American Bar Association of Cleveland
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federal Bar Association
  • John M. Manos American Inn of Court
  • Litigation Counsel of America

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers, 2008-2015
  • Rated AV/Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Matters

  • Successful defense railroad tank car manufacturer in closed head injury case resulting in directed verdict in longest civil trial in Hamilton County, Ohio.
  • Obtained affirmance of summary judgment in favor of fluid sealing materials product manufacturer in maritime asbestos case, established law of “substantial factor” in toxic exposure cases. 434 F.3d 488 (6th Cir., 2005)
  • Represented trademark holder in enforcement lawsuit resulting in jury awarding trademark holder damages in excess of $5 million. Established law in the Sixth Circuit finding contributory liability under the Lanham Act for trademark infringement. 717 F.3d 498 (6th Cir., 2013)


  • Editor, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Quarterly Review. Fall 2010.


  • O’Connell grew up in Mexico City and has seven children. When O’Connell is not at the office, you can find him playing golf or watching an Indians game.