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Kevin J. O'Connor

Phone: 973-403-9000

Fax: 973-403-9021


Summary of Practice

KEVIN J. O’CONNOR is an experienced attorney whose practice concentrates in civil litigation and appeals.  He focuses on complex litigation areas, including commercial and business litigation, eminent domain law, government law and civil rights, insurance coverage litigation, land use law, legal ethics and professional responsibility, and life, health and disability law.  He has successfully litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts in New Jersey and has argued and presented appeals before the New Jersey Appellate Division, Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Federal Circuit.

Mr. O’Connor has served as a Member of the New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee, District V-A, and also served on the Editorial Board for New Jersey Lawyer Magazine.  Currently, he is the legal advisor to the board of Foundabilities, Inc., a non-profit organization providing services to adults with disabilities.

Mr. O’Connor received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Richmond and his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a Member and Associate Editor for the Seton Hall Law Review.   Before joining the Lum Firm, he served as a Judicial Intern for the Hon. Maryanne T. Barry of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and also served as the Law Clerk for the Hon. Herman D. Michels, the Presiding Judge for Administration of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business & Commercial Litigation, Commercial Law, Eminent Domain, General Civil Litigation and Appeals, Insurance Coverage Litigation, Land Use Law, Life, Health and Disability Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Professional Associations & Memberships

New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, Editorial Board, 2006-2008

Supreme Court of New Jersey, District Ethics Committee, District V-A, 2007-2011

Seton Hall Alumni Association Inn of Court, Barrister

New Jersey State Bar Association

Essex County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey

Published Works

Editor – Law Notes, 2017-

“The New Normal – Court Proceedings and Operations in New Jersey in the Era of Covid-19,” Law Notes, April 2022

“Supreme Court Expands Takings Suits in Federal Court,” Law Notes, Winter 2020

Internet Fraud in the Time of COVID-19,” Law Notes, December 2020

“Enforceability of Oral Agreements and Partial Writings for the Sale of Land under the Revised Statute of Frauds,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, No. 250, February 2008 (co-author)

Co-Special Editor, Electronic Discovery Issue, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, No. 247, August 2007

Appellate Practice Chapter in Traps for the Unwary, Essex County Bar Foundation, 1997

“Restitution of Benefits Under ERISA Plans,” N.J. Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Fall 1996)

“The Nuts and Bolts of Summary Judgment Practice After Brill,” N.J.YLD Dictum, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Nov. 1996)

Honors & Awards

Pro Bono Participation Award from New Jersey State Bar Association, 2005

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 1991

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1991

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1994

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2014


Seton Hall University School of Law

J.D., cum laude 1991

Seton Hall Law Review, Associate Editor

University of Richmond

B.A. (Political Science) 1987

Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society

Richmond College Honor Council

Past Employment Positions

Hon. Herman D. Michels, Presiding Judge for Administration, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, Law Clerk, 1991-1992

Salerno & Lunga, PC, Law Clerk, 1989-1991

Hon. Maryanne T. Barry, U.S. District Court, Judicial Intern, 1988