Brian O’Connell

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Education Profile

  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2013)
  • Stanford University (2009)

State Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • California

Brian P. O’Connell is an associate based out of the Chicago office. Brian focuses his practice on financial services and antitrust litigation. Brian was previously an associate at Kopecky Schumacher Bleakley Rosenburg, PC, where he primarily worked on securities and commodities litigation. He has also worked as a regulatory analyst at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), focusing on options trading violations. Following law school, Brian was a legal fellow at the chambers of Judge Marvin E. Aspen in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Brian is passionate about financial markets, having interned as a research analyst for the Chicago Board Options Exchange and as an options trading assistant for Susquehanna International Group.

Brian is admitted to practice in the states of Illinois and California. He is also a member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar). Brian is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.


Brian earned his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 2013. At Northwestern, he worked at the Center on Wrongful Convictions as a 711-licensed student attorney. While working for the Center, Brian argued in court on behalf of a client who was serving a life sentence and was later exonerated. Brian also served as Executive Articles Editor for the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights Law and as a teaching assistant for the Northwestern Center on Negotiation and Mediation.

Brian received his B.A. from Stanford University in 2009, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics. During his senior year, he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Stanford Review, where he had previously been a Features Editor and a staff writer. Prior to law school, Brian was a reporter for The American Spectator magazine.

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