Named Managing Shareholder of the firm in March 2017, Matt O’Connell is a veteran of 35 years as a trial lawyer. He has represented some of America’s largest companies in cases involving products liability, intellectual property, breach of contract, insurance coverage, and environmental and toxic tort claims. His litigation experience includes the successful defense of non-compete clauses, premises liability and employment cases. Matt is a frequent lecturer and presenter at professional seminars and conferences.

Recent professional recognition includes being named to the Case Western Reserve School of Law Alumni Advisory Board for a three year term beginning in November 2018, and to the Irish Legal 100, keeping elite company with some of America’s finest trial lawyers and judges of Irish heritage.

Matt was raised in Mexico City and is fluent in Spanish.

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
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  • United States District Courts
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Middle District of Tennessee
  • Western District of Tennessee
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  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Education

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

Involvement

  • Mentor, Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program
  • Senior Fellow, Cleveland Bar Foundation
  • Irish Legal 100

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)

Publications

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

Community

  • 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.

Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Defense Counsel
  • 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