Patrick T. O'Connor

 Patrick T. O'Connor

Patrick T. O'Connor

Managing Partner
Savannah, Georgia
800-554-5128 (Toll free)

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


  • 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 of Oliver Maner, one of Georgia's oldest and most successful law firms. Mr. 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.

Mr. 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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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. Mr. 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, Mr. 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


  • ABA TIPS Section Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, May 11, 2016
  • Georgia Council of State Court Judges, Brasstown Valley Resort, May 18, 2016
  • Georgia Public Defenders Council, Savannah, Georgia, July 25, 2016
  • Augusta Bar Association, Augusta, Georgia, August 16, 2016
  • Women in the Profession Convocation, Atlanta, Georgia, August 24, 2016
  • Columbus Bar Association, Columbus, Georgia, September 15, 2016
  • Savannah Bar Association, Savannah, Georgia, September 22, 2016
  • Waycross/Alapaha Bar Association, Waycross, Georgia, November 9, 2016
  • Sandy Springs Bar Association, Sandy Springs, Georgia, January 12, 2017
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association, Gwinnett County, Georgia, January 20, 2017
  • Savannah Law School Commencement, Savannah, Georgia, May 19, 2017
  • Municipal Court Judges Meeting, Savannah, Georgia, June 21, 2017
  • Federal Bar Association, Savannah, Georgia, June 27, 2017

Honors and Awards

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, President, 2016 - 2017
  • State Bar of Georgia Commission, 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, 2010 - Present
  • Savannah Bar Association, President, 1995 - 1996
  • Savannah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 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
  • American Arbitration Association, Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Georgia ICLE Board of Trustees
  • The Georgia Bar Foundation, 2016 - 2017

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

  • 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