Attorney Profile

Terence P. O'Connor

Terence O'Connor

Terence O'Connor

O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C.
20 Corporate Woods Boulevard
Albany, NY 12211
O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C.

New York (NY)

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T: 518-465-0400
F: 518-465-0015

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Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (50%), Personal Injury - General: Defense (30%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense

Personal Injury - General: Defense

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Industry Groups: International Association Of Defense Counsel; The Best Lawyers In America; DRI

Profile

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.

Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2014

About Terence O'Connor

Admitted: 1983, New York

Professional Webpage: www.1stlaw.com/Attorneys/Terence-P-O-connor.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 1% of Trial Lawyers in New York Stateq, Medical Malpractice Lawyers, 2012
  • President's Award, Albany County Bar Association, 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell - AV Rated - Legal ability very high to preeminent. New York Super Lawyers, 2007-Present - 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., AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell, Marttindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 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.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Awarded Family Friendly Firm of the Year by Albany County Women's Bar Association.  President's Pro Bono.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • 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.   09/2010 - New York State Supreme Court Judges Convention, Lake Placid, New York - Medical Malpractice - Technology in the Courtroom. 11/2010 - Northeast Society of Orthodontists, Montreal, Canada - Risk Management/Dental Legal Topics.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • 2011 02/2011 - Orange Supreme/Hon. Joseph G. Owen/dental malpractice defense verdict/oral surgery.  06/2011 - Saratoga Supreme/Hon. Thomas D. Nolan/medical malpractice defense verdict/emergency room medicine case.  09/2011 - Hon. Patrick NeMoyer/medical malpractice defense verdict/eye surgery case.  2010 06/2010 - Schenectady Supreme/Hon. Vincent J. Reilly, Jr./medical malpractice defense verdict/oral surgery. 09/2010 - Saratoga Supreme/Hon. Thomas D. Nolan/medical malpractice defense verdict/wrongful death/emergency room medicine case. 2009 11/2009 -Onondaga Supreme/Deborah H. Karalunas/medical malpractice defense verdict/gynecologic surgery case. 2008 04/2008 - Albany Supreme/Hon. Thomas J. McNamara/medical malpractice defense verdict/emergency room medicine case/neurologic/stroke. 2007 10/2007 - Schenectady Supreme/Hon. Richard C. Giardino/medical malpractice defense verdict/laparoscopic surgery.2006 12/4/06 - Rensselaer Supreme/Hon. Joseph F. Teresi - represented defendants - defense verdict - neurosurgical surgical. 10/10/06 - Schenectady Supreme/Judge Richard Giardano - represented defendant - defense verdict - surgical/medical malpractice. 6/19/06 - Albany Supreme/Judge William E. McCarthy - represented defendant - awarded by jury for past pain and suffering - oral surgery/dental malpractice. 3/6/06 - Schenectady Supreme/Judge Barry D. Kramer - represented defendant defense verdict - oral surgery/dental malpractice. 2/7/06 - Delaware Supreme/Hon. Michael Coccoma - represented defendant - defense verdict - surgical/medical malpractice. 2005 7/18/05 - Fulton Supreme/Judge Joseph M. Sise - represented defendant - settled prior to verdict - failure to diagnose/medical malpractice. 4/25/05 - Dutchess Supreme/Judge Thomas J. Dolan - represented defendant - defense verdict - dental malpractice. 4/11/05 - Greene County/Judge George J. Pulver - represented defendant - settled prior to verdict. 2004 11/29/04 - Dutchess Supreme/Judge James D. Pagones - represented defendant - discontinued after jury selection - dental malpractice. 10/25/04 - Sullivan Supreme/Judge Nicholas A. Clemente - represented defendant - settled during jury selection - dental malpractice. 2/9/04 -Montgomery Supreme/Judge Robert P. Best - case settled prior to verdict - medical malpractice. 2003 10/20/03 - Albany Supreme/Judge Bernard J. Malone - dismissed after plaintiff’s proof - medical malpractice. 8/25/03 - Warren Supreme/Judge Richard T. Aulisi - represented defendant - defense verdict - dental malpractice. 7/28/03 - Fulton Supreme/Judge Felix J. Catena - represented defendant - defense verdict - dental malpractice. 1/21/03 - Schenectady Supreme/Judge Vincent J. Reilly - represented defendant - defense verdict - failure to diagnose/medical malpractice. 2002 12/2/02 - Ulster Supreme/Judge Thomas Spargo - represented defendant - settled after several weeks of trial - birth trauma/medical malpractice. 10/15/02 - Broome Supreme/Judge Walter J. Relihan - represented defendant - plaintiff discontinued after close of plaintiff’s proof - failure to diagnose/medical malpractice. 3/4/02 - Fulton Supreme/Judge Robert P. Best - represented defendant - case discontinued prior to verdict - medical malpractice. 1/31/02 - Rensselaer Supreme/Judge James B. Canfield - represented defendant - medical malpractice. 2001 7/27/01 - Columbia Supreme/Judge John Fromer - represented defendant - defense verdict - falldown. 6/15/01 - Montgomery Supreme/Judge Sise - represented defendant - settled before verdict - medical malpractice. 2/26/01 - Schenectady Supreme/Judge Lynch - represented defendant - settled during trial - medical malpractice. 1/24/01 - Saratoga Supreme/Judge Williams - represented defendant- discontinued as against client before going to the jury - medical malpractice . 2000 9/26/00 - Fulton Supreme/Judge Sise - represented defendant - defense verdict - falldown. 9/11/00 - Dutchess Supreme/Judge Hillery - represented defendant - defense verdict - dental malpractice . 6/19/00 - Montgomery Supreme/Judge Brown - represented defendant - medical malpractice. 6/13/00 - Greene Supreme - represented defendant - case settled prior to verdict - medical malpractice. 3/6/00 - Orange Supreme/Judge Berry - represented defendant - case settled prior to trial - medical malpractice. 1/12/00 - Albany Supreme - Bench trial. 1999 10/12/99 -Albany Supreme/Judge Malone - represented defendant - settled prior to verdict - medical malpractice. 9/21/99 - Orange Supreme - represented defendant - case settled prior to verdict. 7/26/99 - Rensselaer Supreme/Judge McNamara - represented defendant - medical malpractice - defense verdict. 3/22/99 - Albany Supreme/Judge Teresi - represented defendant - defense verdict - medical malpractice. 2/1/99 - Schenectady Supreme/Judge Kramer 1998 10/19/98 - Albany Supreme/Judge Keegan - represented defendant - case dismissed.  9/14/98 - Saratoga Supreme/Judge Williams - represented defendant - case dismissed - medical malpractice. 6/22/98 - Rensselaer Supreme - represented defendant - defense verdict - medical malpractice. 4/20/98 - Albany Supreme/Judge Grafeo - represented defendant - medical malpractice. 3/9/98 -Judge Joseph Teresi/Albany Supreme - represented defendant - settled prior to trial - medical malpractice. 2/23/98 - Judge Ferradino/Fulton Supreme - represented defendant. 1/7/98 - Orange Supreme/Judge Peter Patsalos - represented defendant - defense verdict. 1997 9/4/97 - Warren Supreme/John G. Dier - represented defendant - failure to diagnose - defendant verdict - medical malpractice. 1996 9/23/96 - Albany Supreme/Judge Keegan - represented defendant - medical malpractice/wrongful death - defense verdict. 6/11/96 - Rensselaer Supreme/Judge Teresi - falldown - defense verdict. 3/4/96 - Saratoga Supreme/Judge William Keniry - represented defendant - case settled prior to verdict. 1/8/96 - Saratoga Supreme/Judge Frank B. Williams - represented defendant - defense verdict - medical malpractice/wrongful death. 1995 11/13/95 - Columbia Supreme - represented defendant - case settled prior to verdict. 11/6/95 - Rensselaer Supreme - represented defendant - case settled prior to verdict. 10/10/95 - Rensselaer Supreme/Judge James B. Canfield - represented defendant - defense verdict - auto accident. 7/18/95 - Clinton Supreme/Judge Dawson - represented defendant - defense verdict. 4/10/95 - Columbia Supreme/Judge Connor 2/13/95 - USDC NDNY/Magistrate Ralph W. Smith, Jr. - represented defendant - defense verdict - auto accident/wrongful death. 1994 9/21/94 - Orange Supreme/Judge Owen represented defendant - defense verdict. 1993 7/6/93 - Saratoga Supreme/Judge Dominick J. Viscardi - represented defendant - defense verdict - - medical malpractice. 1/28/93 - Schenectady Supreme/Judge John J. Mycek - represented defendant - defense verdict - medical malpractice. 1992 12/18/92 - Schenectady Supreme/Judge Robert F. Doran - represented defendant - defense verdict - medical malpractice. 5/18/92 - Columbia Supreme/Hon. John G. Connor - represented defendant - case settled prior to verdict medical malpractice. 4/27/92 - Albany Supreme - case settled prior to verdict. 1991 12/9/91 - Albany Supreme/Hon. Harold J. Hughes - snowmobile accident - represented defendant - defense verdict. 6/20/91 - Schenectady Supreme/Judge John M. Mycek - represented defendant - defense verdict. 2/11/91 - Schenectady Supreme - Trial 1990 11/7/90 - Schenectady Supreme/Judge Robert E. Lynch - represented defendant - defense verdict. 10/2/90 - represented defendant - verdict was less than 50 percent of the offer - automobile accident. 9/17/90 - Greene Supreme - represented defendant - defense verdict - automobile accident. 6/11/90 - Albany Supreme/Judge Joseph Harris- represented defendant - defense verdict - case involved allegations of surgical malpractice. 4/23/90 - United States District Court, Northern District of New York - represented defendant. 4/9/90 - premises liability claim - represented defendant - case settle prior to verdict. 3/5/90 - Schenectady Supreme/Hon. Robert Doran - represented defendant - case settled prior to verdict - alleged orthopedic malpractice. In addition to the foregoing, the candidate has tried numerous administrative hearings to conclusion in front of the Office for Professional Medical Conduct. Moreover, the candidate has tried various other jury and non-jury trials in the lesser courts (county, city and town courts). Finally, the candidate has also handled numerous Federal Court mediations, arbitrations and early neutral evaluations representing litigations and also serving as a mediator/arbitrator.  

Representative Clients:

  • AAO Insurance Company Administrators for the Professions of Delaware, Inc. Admiral Insurance Company Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. Allmerica Financial American Express Property and Casualty Companies Atlas Copco Group A.W. Chesterton Balboa Insurance Company B.C.S. Management, Inc. BP Amoco Buckingham Manufacturing Burlington Insurance Company Caronia Corporation Chevron Chemical Company Chubb Insurance Company Coregis Insurance Company CNA Insurance Company CNA HealthPro DePuy, Inc. Dryden Mutual Insurance Company Employers Reinsurance Corporation Exxon/Mobil Oil Corporation Farm Family Insurance Company First Specialty Insurance Corporation Fortress Insurance Company Frontier Insurance Company General Accident Insurance Company Gillette Company HANYS Insurance Company, Inc. Insurance Services Professionals Kaiser Permanente Lever Brothers Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Markel Insurance Company Maytag Company Medmarc Insurance Mercury Insurance Group Nautilis Insurance Company North American Speciality Insurance Company North American Specialty Group Northeast Utilities Services Company Northland Insurance Company OUM & Associates OMS National Ins. Co., RRG Physicians Reciprocal Insurance Company Pilbrico Company Pizza Hut of America Inc. Professional Risk Management Inc. Providence Washington Insurance Company QBE Insurance Agency Riley Stoker Corp. Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Company RUST International Safeco Insurance Company Selective Insurance Company of America Specialty Insurance Agency Specialty Risk Services St. Paul Fire & Marine St. Mary's Hospital of Amsterdam Sunoco Swiss Re T.H.E. Insurance Company T.I.G. Speciality Insurance Solutions Travelers Insurance Company Utica National Insurance Group Wal Mart Stores, Inc. Weil-McLain Company Westport Insurance Corporation Zurich Canada Zurn Industries, Inc.

Educational Background:

  • 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.
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