When it came to pursuing his career in law, Michael J. O’Connor could have easily established himself as a high powered attorney in almost any area of expertise.
Instead, the son and grandson of working union men chose to return to his roots in Pennsylvania and devote his career to helping injured workers obtain workers’ compensation benefits, as well as defending against insurance companies attempting to terminate, suspend or modify lost wage benefits.
Growing up, O’Connor experienced first-hand the struggles of working class people. His father worked for Alcoa, the world’s top aluminum manufacturer for 35 years, and was leader of the local union and head of the Job Evaluation Committee. O’Connor’s great grandfather was killed in a mining accident. He had many other relatives who were injured in industrial accidents and had to battle through the workers’ comp process.
O’Connor’s 22-year-old firm Michael J. O’Connor and Associates, LLC now has eight lawyers and 15 offices throughout a thirteen county area, representing the cases of thousands of fellow Pennsylvanians against everything from massive Fortune 500 companies to smaller entities.
With a combination of integrity, reliability and trustworthiness, O’Connor and Associates have earned a reputation for the resolution of serious legal problems in the areas of workers’ comp, auto accidents, tractor trailer accidents, birth injuries, dangerous drugs, hip replacements, Social Security Disability, Wills, Estates & Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse. O’Connor was named National and International Chair of the Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Injury Section at the 2010 American Association for Justice (AAJ) Section Elections held in Vancouver at the AAJ 2010 Annual Convention. On April 29, 2011, O'Connor was named Labor Partner of the Year at the 2011 Lehigh Valley Labor Council Awards Dinner which took place in Northampton, Pennsylvania and was held at the Northampton Memorial Community Center.
While building a staff of lawyers who are among the best workers’ comp attorneys in the state, O’Connor proactively fights to change the laws and attitudes that continue to suppress injured workers today. As a board member of the Workplace Injury Litigation Group (WILG), he works on national and state levels to advance just and fair remedies for victims of occupational injury and disease.