Terry O'Connor is a 1980 graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. In pursuing his B.S. degree, he also attended the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Terry received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1983. Terry is AV rated by Marindale-Hubbell and was recently recognized by the Best Lawyers in America. He has also been recognized as one of the top 50 upstate New York lawyers by Super Lawyers (Voted Top 10 in 2008!). Terry is a trial lawyer who defends physicians, manufacturers and small businesses among others. In defending physicians, he has handled cases ranging from licensing proceedings to wrongful death cases to birth trauma cases. In the manufacturing field, his experience includes the defense of automobile manufacturers and manufacturers of ordinary household products. An appointed member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Medical Malpractice, Terry has served in the past as an arbitrator and he frequently lectures on trial practice as well as medical/legal issues for the New York State Bar Association, Albany Law School and the Albany Medical Center Hospital. In the past Terry served as a member on the Council on Peer Review for the Dental Society of the State of New York. Areas of Practice: Medical Malpractice Professional Liability - Attorneys, Accountants, Architects, E&O/D&O Labor Law General/Commercial Liability Product Liability Trucking/Automobile. Bar Admissions New York State, 1984, United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, 1984, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1985. Education: University of Notre Dame Law School, 1983, J.D., St. Lawrence University, 1980, B.S. Honors: Magna Cum Laude Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1978. Lecturing/Continuing Education: Sky Radio and American Airlines - Tort Reform, New York State Bar Association: Power Advocacy, Basic Civil Practice: The Trial, Expert Testimony in Federal Court, Medicine in the Courtroom, Examining Plaintiff's Experts in Federal Court, How to Handle a Neck and Back Injury Case, Jury Selection Techniques, Proving and Defending Damages, New York State Dental Society - Risk Management, Albany Medical College: Medical Malpractice Litigation from Soup to Nuts, Albany Law School: Ethics in the Courtroom. Professional Associations/Societies: International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Albany County Bar Association. Honors and Awards: Martindale-Hubbell - AV Rated - Legal ability very high to preeminent, New York Super Lawyers, 2007 - Top 50 Upstate New York Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America - Consumer Guide, Continuing Excellence Award - Defending the Specialty of Oral Surgery Federal Court Mediator, Appointed by Hon. Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., Chair, Albany County Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee, OMS National Insurance Company - Attorney of the Year Community/Leadership/Board Activities: Center for Disability Services Board of Directors, Chair Siena College, Board of Associate Trustees Albany County Hospice, Wave Runner Program for Children of Cancer Patients, Dana Farber Cancer Institute Boston Marathon fundraising Jimmy Fund, Tri-Village Little League, Board Member/Secretary.
Signiificant Jury Verdicts — 1. Defense verdict - October 2011 - Erie Supreme - this medical malpractice claim involved a month-long trial in which I defended an ophthalmologist accused of committing malpractice causing blindness. The demand was in excess of seven figures. The jury unanimously returned a verdict dismissing the case in favor of my client, the defendant doctor.
2. Defense verdict - Rensselaer Supreme - this medical malpractice claim involved an allegation as against a neurosurgeon who was accused of malpractice during the course of brain surgery causing permanent brain damage. Plaintiff's demand was $7,000,000.00. The jury unanimously returned a verdict in favor of my client, defendant neurosurgeon.
3. Defense verdict - Saratoga Supreme - this medical malpractice action involved allegations that my clients, emergency room physicians, failed to diagnose caudia equina syndrome resulting in permanent quadraparaplegia. The jury ultimately returned a unanimous verdict in favor of my clients, defendant physicians. The plaintiff's demand prior to verdict was in excess of seven figures.