Brian P. O’Connell focuses his practice on financial services and antitrust litigation. He has worked as a regulatory analyst at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), focusing on options trading violations. Following law school, Mr. O’Connell was a legal fellow at the chambers of Judge Marvin E. Aspen in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He 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.
Mr. O’Connell 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, Mr. O’Connell argued in court on behalf of a client who was serving a life sentence and was later exonerated. He 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.
Mr. O’Connell 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.
Involvement and Memberships
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Futures and Derivatives, Securities, and Antitrrust Committees member
- Mr. O’Connell has published in the CBA Record on the topic of regulation of cryptocurrency markets, “The Blockchain Bandwagon: Cryptocurrency on the Move,” (January 2018) (co-authored with Anthony F. Fata).
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Mr. O’Connell is admitted to practice in the state courts of Illinois and California. He is also a member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar).