Attorney Emeritus Dan O’Connor is the father of Mary Ellen O’Connor, the founder of O’Connor Law PLLC. Like Mary Ellen, he views the practice of law as a way to help those in need.
Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York in 1950 and graduated from New York Law School in 1952. He was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1953.
Dan was a practicing attorney until he was 89, handling everything from criminal defense to car accident and personal injury cases. For much of his career, he owned a solo practice. However, he also briefly had a political appointment to a job in the state unemployment insurance office and served as a judge’s law secretary.
Get to Know Dan
Dan’s parents came to the United States from Ireland when his mother was 16 and his father was 19. They both had a sixth-grade education but taught their five sons to work hard and strive for excellence in everything they did. They were grateful for the chance to make a new life in the US and encouraged their children to give back to the country whenever they could.
The family’s approach to achieving the American Dream paid off. Dan and two of his brothers served in World War II. After leaving the military, Dan followed his older brother into law school. However, Dan likes to joke that the ultimate sign of success for a South Bronx Irish family of his generation would have been to have their sons become firemen or cops.
Dan raised his children to have the same strong work ethic his parents instilled in him. He encouraged them to follow their own passions but says he’s incredibly proud of Mary Ellen’s success as an attorney.
In retirement, Dan keeps busy by saying his prayers, attending church services, reading, and spending time with his family. With 8 children and 21 grandchildren, he’s seldom at a loss for company!