Michael J. O’Connor Jr. represents businesses and employers throughout the region in class action defense, regulatory compliance, collective actions, commercial proceedings, and claims ranging from alleged wrongful termination to employee mobility-related disputes. In addition to assisting clients with litigation and pre-litigation advice and counseling, Mr. O’Connor handles a variety of transactional matters, including contract review, negotiation, and implementation.

Mr. O’Connor serves numerous clients in the sports and entertainment industries and has represented athletes, entertainers, coaches, teams, universities, bowl games, and related associations with matters related to sponsorship, marketing and licensing efforts, governance, compliance, investigations and grievances, risk management, and dispute resolution.

Honors & Recognitions

Mr. O’Connor has been recognized as a San Diego Super Lawyer in the area of Employment Litigation: Defense every year since 2013.

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • San Diego Bowl Game Association, Executive Committee Member
  • Football Bowl Association, Outside Counsel
  • Past Chair and Committee Member, Annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl Youth Football Clinic


J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
B.A., University of Washington


  • 1999, California
    2002, Nevada
    2016, Washington
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
    U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
    U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
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