Bill O’Connor is a trial lawyer with significant experience in aviation, product liability, and commercial litigation matters. Bill serves as chair of the firm’s UAS/Drones Group and Airports & Aviation practice and is the head of litigation for our San Diego office. Clients appreciate not only Bill’s litigation and subject-area capabilities, but also his “mind for client service,” his “clear communication” style, and his “intelligence, judgment and pragmatism.”
As an experienced pilot, Bill understands the technical aspects involved in litigation arising from major commercial airline disasters, military and civilian helicopter accidents, and business jet crashes. Some of his significant air crash cases include Alaska Airlines Flight 261, Gol Flight 1907, and Flash Airlines Flight 604. He provides his airline, aerospace, and airport clients with practical and discerning representation in their high-profile aviation matters, and he helps his clients develop effective strategies for resolving these matters. Bill also represents his clients in commercial and regulatory matters, including airport and aircraft leasing issues, FAA enforcement proceedings, insurance disputes, and product liability prevention and counseling. His success in the aviation field has been recognized by Chambers USA and Legal 500.
Commercial Litigation and Insurance Experience
Bill’s litigation experience goes beyond the aviation field and includes the trial and arbitration of commercial disputes relating to patent license agreements, supply contracts, partnerships, real estate, and insurance coverage. His six-month secondment to the group general counsel of Amlin, PLC, the largest Lloyd’s insurer in the London market, has given him particular insight into the international insurance industry, and Bill routinely advises clients on coverage and risk management issues.
More About Bill
Bill serves on the Board of Governors for the San Diego chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and is a barrister in the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
When he is not practicing law, Bill enjoys spending time with his growing family, flying, swimming, and playing the guitar.
William O’Connor is recommended by Legal 500 US (2009 – 2016) and Chambers USA (2014 – 2016) in the area of aviation litigation, and Best Lawyers in America (2011 – 2015) for product liability litigation. In 2015, the Daily Journal named him to their “Top 20 Under 40” list. He was also recognized by his peers as a finalist for The San Diego Daily Transcript’s “2008 Young Attorneys.”
“He offers recognized expertise in helicopter matters involving both civilian and military clients.” (Chambers USA 2016)
“William O’Connor is ‘an excellent lawyer with a mind for client service,’ according to sources.” (Chambers USA 2015)
Scores Defense Verdict for Alaska Airlines
William O’Connor Named “Top 20 Under 40” by Daily Journal
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