Patrick T. O'Connor

 Patrick T. O'Connor

Patrick T. O'Connor

Managing Partner
Location:
Savannah, Georgia
Phone:
912-236-3311
800-554-5128 (Toll free)
Fax:
912-236-8725
Email:

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 1981
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1982
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2000

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Honors: Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Team
    • Honors: Georgia Moot Court Board, Vice-Chairman
    • Honors: Georgia's National Moot Court Team
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1978
    • Major: Journalism
  • Statesboro High School - 1973

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Bar register Preeminent Lawyers | 2015 Martindale-hubbell
Patrick T. O'Connor is the managing partner at Oliver Maner, one of Georgia's oldest and most successful law firms. O'Connor joined Oliver Maner as a partner on January 1, 1990, and has since concentrated his practice on business litigation, the defense of civil rights claims, the defense of legal malpractice and other professional negligence claims. In addition, he represents plaintiffs in select personal injury and wrongful death cases.

O'Connor is licensed to practice in all Georgia courts including the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals, and numerous federal courts including the U. S. Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeal for the Sixth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia.

As a result of his dedicated work ethic and service-oriented spirit, O'Connor was elected to serve as the 54th president of the State Bar of Georgia from 2016-2017 and was, in fact, the first State Bar president from Savannah, Ga., since Frank "Sonny" Seiler in 1973. Prior to serving as president, he previously served as president-elect and treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia from 2015-2016.

A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, O'Connor has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (in the categories of commercial litigation, legal malpractice law and alternative dispute resolution) for more than 10 years. He has been also been named one of the "Top 10 Georgia Super Lawyers" by Atlanta Magazine; listed in the Super Lawyers' Corporate Counsel Edition; and received an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell many times over. O'Connor has also been recognized as a member of the "Georgia Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend Magazine and by Best Lawyers in several categories.

An accomplished mediator and arbitrator, O'Connor is registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and The American Arbitration Association and has served as a mediator or arbitrator in more than 1,000 cases primarily involving personal injury, professional malpractice claims and commercial disputes. In addition, he is a founding member of the Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators.

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Classes/Seminars

  • Mediator and Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Mediator and Arbitrator, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Named one of the top 10 Georgia Super Lawyers by Atlanta Magazine
  • Listed in Super Lawyers' Corporate Counsel Edition
  • "AV" Rating from Martindale Hubbell
  • Georgia Trend's 2013 Legal Elite in Business Law
  • Honored as Savannah Lawyer of the Year by the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America 2015 - Litigation, Legal Malpractice, Municipal Litigation and Mediation
  • Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service
  • SBA’s Judge Cheatham Professionalism Award, 2009
  • Boy Scouts’ Silver Beaver Award
  • Leadership Savannah Program, Graduate
  • Savannah’s St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, Member

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, President, 2016 - 2017
  • State Bar of Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency, 2005 - 2010
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia Lawyers Advisory Committee, Past Chair
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Lawyer Qualifications Committee
  • Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Savannah Bar Association, President, 1995 - 1996
  • Young Lawyers Section of the Savannah Bar Association, President, 1988 - 1989
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • State Bar of Georgia, Board of Governors, 2004 - 2014
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • State Bar of Georgia, Secretary, 2014 - 2015
  • State Bar of Georgia, Treasurer, 2015 - 2016
  • State Bar of Georgia, President-Elect, 2015 - 2016
  • State Bar of Georgia, 2016 - 2017
  • 11th Circuit Lawyer Qualifications Committee, Member
  • Southern District of Georgia Lawyers Advisory Committee, Chairman
  • State Bar of Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency, Member
  • Judicial Council of Georgia, Member, 2016 - 2017
  • Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, 2016 - 2017
  • Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Savannah-Chatham County Recorder's Court, Judge Pro Tempore
  • City of Savannah, Assistant City Attorney, 1985 - 1989
  • Friedman, Haslam and Weiner, 1981 - 1989

Pro Bono Activities

  • Georgia ICLE Board of Trustees
  • The Georgia Bar Foundation, 2016 - 2017
  • Savannah Country Day School Board of Trustees, Chair, 2014 - 2016
  • Georgia Southern University Foundation Board of Trustees, Member, 2006 - 2016
  • Auburn University Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Liberal Arts, Member
  • Board of Directors of Horizons Savannah, Member
  • Savannah Civitan Club, President
  • Savannah Quarterback Club, Captain
  • Deacons for the Ardsley Park Baptist Church, Chairman
  • Coastal Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America, President