Joseph E. O'Connor, Esq.

Joseph E. O'Connor, Esq.


Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor, P.C.

130 North Front Street, Suite 100
Kingston, NY 12401

Joseph E. O’Connor, Esq. resides in New Paltz, New York with his wife, Olana and daughter, Sophia. With the exception of his attendance at college, he has lived in New York State his entire life. Joseph is a Partner in the law firm of Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. and graduated from St. John’s University, School of Law in 1996. He attended Brown University as an undergraduate where he played football. Joseph volunteers his time as a trustee for two traumatically injured developmentally disabled adults.

Joseph is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York and U.S. District Court Southern District of New York.

During Law School he was employed by the NFL Management Council as a Legal Clerk. After law school, Joseph worked briefly in Kingston, New York at the law firm of Curran, Gruner & O’Connor. This firm engaged in general practice with an emphasis on Criminal Defense. After a short period as a solo practitioner in Kingston, Joseph joined Alfred B. Mainetti, Esq., and was introduced to the practice of Personal Injury Law. Joseph soon discovered that it was this area of law that he would find most challenging and satisfying. Shortly after joining Alfred B. Mainetti, Esq., he became a Partner in 2002. Mr. O’Connor dedicates the majority of his time to the representation of seriously and catastrophically injured persons. The law firm of Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C., handles cases involving injuries resulting in death, brain damage and severely debilitating orthopedic injuries as well as simple whip lash. Every year Mr. O’Connor obtains multiple multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for his injured clients.

The practice of personal injury law has become more than a means to earn a comfortable living but a passion for Joseph. Joseph is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Association of Justice, New York State Trial Lawyers, New York State Bar Association and the Ulster County Bar Association.

Joseph O’Connor is regularly named as one of the top lawyers in the State of New York. These prestigious awards are given to only a small percentage of practicing attorneys in their given State. These awards include Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2014, Upstate New York Super Lawyer® 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016, Top Attorneys in Upstate New York 2014 by Hudson Valley Magazine, Top Settlements of 2013 by the New York Law Journal and Top Attorneys in New York 2012 by the New York Times.

Joseph is a regular contributor to the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America’s LogBook. He has published multiple articles on commercial vehicle litigation. Joseph has also lectured to various Trial Lawyer Association members, answering complex litigation issues and frequently speaks at local motorcycle club meetings about motorcycle safety and insurance advice.

Additionally, many of Joseph O'Connor's cases have been featured on television on the Today Show and Anderson 360. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the New York Law Journal have featured cases he has litigated.

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury

Medical Malpractice

Construction Accidents

Labor Law

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Criminal Law

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

New York, 1997

U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2001

U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2006


St John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, New York

J.D. – 1997

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

B.A. – 1992

Honors: Dean’s List

Published Works

Murtagh v Beachy, 6 A.D. 3d 786, 2004

Coole-Mahew v Timm, 18 A.D. 3d 948, 2005

Grant v. Nembhard, 94 A.D. 3d 1397

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Member, 1998-Present

American Association of Justice, Member, 2006-Present

New York Bar Association, Member, 1997-Present

American Association of Justice

New York State Trial Lawyers, Member, 1999-2009

Ulster County Bar Association, Member

Ulster County Defense Bar, Member, 1999 – Present

New York State Judicial Screening Committees, Member

Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, Member

Past Employment Positions

National Football League, Law Clerk, 1995-1997

Curran, Gruner & O’Connor, Attorney, 1997-1997

Law Office of Joseph E. O’Connor, Attorney, 1998-2000

Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C., Attorney, 2000 – Present

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