Michael J. O'Connor, Jr.

Mr. O’Connor is a partner with Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP and has been with the firm since its inception. Mr. O’Connor represents institutional and individual client interests throughout California, Nevada and Washington.

Mr. O’Connor regularly represents businesses in their defense of class, representative and collective actions in State and Federal court, including wage and hour, PAGA, Fair Credit and Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and data breach/privacy-related claims. He also assists his clients with regulatory compliance. In his individual employment claims-related practice, Mr. O’Connor represents employers in claims ranging from alleged wrongful termination, retaliation, and discrimination based on gender, race, age, pregnancy and disability, to trade secret and employee mobility-related disputes. Mr. O’Connor also represents our businesses and professional clients in various commercial proceedings.

In addition to assisting clients with litigation and pre-litigation advice, Mr. O’Connor assists clients with a variety of transactional matters, including contract review, negotiation, and implementation. In his sports and entertainment practice, Mr. O’Connor represents athletes, entertainers, coaches, teams, universities, bowl games and related associations in a variety of matters, including sponsorship, marketing and licensing efforts, compliance, investigations and grievances, and risk management, and alternative dispute resolution and litigation.

Mr. O’Connor has been voted a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of Employment Law by his peers every year since 2013, an award that recognizes the top 5% of California attorneys. Mr. O’Connor is admitted to practice law in the state and federal district courts of California, Nevada and Washington. He is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the ABA Forum Committee on the Sports and Entertainment Industries. He has also served on the Executive Committee for the San Diego Bowl Game Association for over a decade, which organizes the Holiday Bowl and its related events, helping generate an annual estimated economic impact of over $35 million for the greater San Diego region.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. O’Connor served as General Counsel to a privately held financial products and services company. Mr. O’Connor earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, earning honors in Negotiations, Public Policy, and Mexican Law. He represented USD at the National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition and was editor of the USD International Law Journal. Mr. O’Connor received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

Mr. O'Connor can be contacted at:

Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP

4365 Executive Drive, Suite 950

San Diego, CA  92121

(ph) 858.345.5077

(f) 858.345.5078

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