Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Thomas J. O'Connor

Thomas J. O'Connor

Partner

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Albany Office

80 State Street
Albany, New York 12207

Tom is a seasoned trial lawyer with broad litigation experience handling jury trials since 1975. In 1978, after 3 years in the DAs office, Tom joined an Albany insurance defense firm which handled a broad spectrum of insurance driven litigation including liability, professional malpractice and products liability. In addition, the firm specialized in subrogation and property insurance coverage litigation with an emphasis on fire and fraud litigation defense. This type of work appealed to Tom since it closely paralleled his work as a prosecutor. In addition to numerous tort cases, Tom is proud to have tried more than 70 arson/fraud cases to verdict over the past 30 years. In January 2004, Tom's firm joined Barclay Damon and his property litigation practice has expanded to include a variety of commercial litigation matters.

Tom is a frequent speaker on insurance coverage and trial work. He is a member the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York and has co-chaired their "Justice for All" Campaign for the past seven years which raises nearly $250,000 per year to supplement Legal Aid's mission to provide adequate legal services for the poor.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1974
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.S., 1970

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association 
  • New York State Bar Association 
  • Albany County Bar Association 
  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers

Speaking & Publications

Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability 
  • Selected by Peer Review for Inclusion in Super Lawyer Directory 2011-2015 for Insurance Coverage
  • Selected as a 2013 Empire State Counsel Honoree by the New York State Bar Association

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Bouck, Holloway, Kiernan & Casey, LLP, Partner
  • Chief Assistant District Attorney, Schenectady County, New York