Throughout her life, Mary Ellen O’Connor has had a passion for standing up for what’s right. As the founder of O’Connor Law PLLC, she considers it a privilege to be able to help those in need in the White Plains, Yonkers, and Bronx areas access the benefits that can help them provide for themselves and their families.
After earning her BS from SUNY Albany and her MS from the College of Mount St. Vincent, Mary Ellen became a K-2 teacher. She soon discovered that many of her young students with learning disabilities were unable to access the services they needed to succeed in the classroom. Their parents either didn’t know about the resources available or struggled to navigate the legal red tape that was required.
Mary Ellen initially hoped that earning her law degree from CUNY School of Law would allow her to be a more effective advocate for children with special needs. Life took an unexpected turn, however.
Although Mary Ellen entered law school with the goal of focusing on special education law, she soon became frustrated with the ineffectiveness of the system and how it was being manipulated by the wealthy to provide extra advantages for their children. After an extended period of soul-searching, she channeled her desire to help others into a focus on workers’ compensation benefits law and Social Security disability law.
When you’re dealing with the effects of an on-the-job injury or a disabling medical condition, it’s hard to know where to turn—especially if you’ve never needed to hire an attorney in the past. Mary Ellen learned about this anxiety firsthand when her husband suffered a serious on-the-job injury while she was a law student with three young children at home. He was eventually able to access his workers’ compensation benefits, but they were without an income for nearly six months and worried about how to make ends meet.
At O’Connor Law PLLC, Mary Ellen strives to put a client’s mind at rest from the very first meeting or telephone call. She draws on her background as a teacher to explain complex concepts without the confusing legal jargon other attorneys use and empower clients to take control of their situation by fully understanding their legal rights.
An expert litigator who trained new attorneys and lectured extensively before starting her own practice in 2009, Mary Ellen is respected throughout the industry for her knowledge of workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law as well as her commitment to going the extra mile for clients. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Injured Workers Bar Association, as well as the Workers’ Compensation Alliance.
Mary Ellen’s belief in the importance of lifelong learning means she’s always researching new strategies and techniques that can be used to help her clients get the benefits they deserve—making her both a compassionate advocate and a formidable adversary.
Mary Ellen is the youngest of eight children. Her father was a practicing attorney until he was 89, handling everything from criminal defense to car accident and personal injury cases.
Although she doesn’t share her father’s love of camping, Mary Ellen enjoys taking extended weekend vacations with her husband to visit their adult children and to experience different cities throughout the US. Charleston, New Orleans, and Miami are a few of her favorite places to visit.
An avid reader, Mary Ellen makes it her goal to complete three to four books per month.
Preferring a mix of fiction and non-fiction, Mary Ellen enjoys biographies of notable people throughout history as well as the occasional guilty pleasure chick lit title.
Mary Ellen volunteers at Homes for the Brave, a non-profit with a mission of providing Veterans and others experiencing homelessness with housing and social services.
Our legal team has a detailed knowledge of New York workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law, including a unique perspective gained from our founder’s past experience serving as defense counsel for dozens of workers’ compensation insurance firms. You can rest easy knowing that we have the skills necessary to handle your claim.
Our firm’s reputation is unparalleled throughout the Big Apple. When you choose to work with us, you’re getting the benefit of respected representation from one of the leading workers’ compensation and Social Security disability firms in the state.
At O’Connor Law, we understand how vital our work is to your future. We’re committed to fighting for your right to benefits while providing you with the support you need to navigate this difficult time in your life. You will always feel like you are our top priority.
We’re compassionate and empathetic, but far from being a pushover. We’re an iron fist in a velvet glove and will aggressively advocate for your interests—even if that means litigation is necessary to protect your right to benefits.
Mary Ellen O’Connor took my case because she cares about those who need professional attorneys to help with Workman’s Comp. As a retired Broadway performer, I struggled with many injuries that still hinder my quality of life. She and her team are fabulous to ...
Omg, the best experience I have had with a firm. From the first time I called, very friendly staff. Vanessa Noel was the best… Always called me to remind me what I had to do, always seemed, and seems; truly concerned about me, and my case. Kept me prepared and ...
The legal services of O'Connor Law PLLC exceeded my expectations. Vanessa Noel and John Talbot were very professional and kept in daily contact with me while my court appearance approached. There were no surprises or delays, and I highly recommended them ...
I have had a ridiculous amount of questions regarding my case, and EVERY time I have been met with professionalism, courtesy, and kindness. My previous law firm stopped responding and did not return my calls or emails for months at a time, so I found ...
My experience with the O'Connor Law Firm has been excellent. All the attorneys I have worked with have been very helpful. They also have the best paralegals who are also very professional and helpful. I would definitely highly recommend this firm. Any issues I may have ...