Aidan P. O'Connor is a member of the firm's Litigation Department, concentrating on complex civil litigation, criminal defense and internal investigations, including securities fraud matters. Mr. O'Connor is a seasoned trial lawyer and has extensive experience in negotiating successful resolutions to difficult cases in both civil and criminal contexts. Mr. O'Connor was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey for 18 years, serving in the Criminal Division, the Organized Crime Strike Force and as the Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit. He was a recipient of the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for his successful prosecution of a RICO case involving hundreds of millions of dollars in excise tax fraud and organized crime members. Since his return to private practice, Aidan has represented clients in state and federal courts, including a large international labor union in a civil case involving hundreds of millions of dollars in assets and hundreds of thousands of workers, a defendant in a federal securities fraud and tax evasion case containing allegations of approximately two hundred million dollars of loss, as well as civil cases involving tax appeals, trusts and estates, real estate and insurance issues and criminal matters involving allegations of bank fraud, securities fraud, insurance fraud and public corruption in both state and federal court. Mr. O'Connor has tried approximately 20 federal jury trials, argued hundreds of motions and conducted scores of hearings involving organized crime, tax fraud, money laundering, government program fraud, racketeering, alien smuggling, homicide, bank robbery, narcotics trafficking, civil rights and other offenses. Mr. O'Connor has conducted hundreds of federal prosecutions involving long and short term investigations, grand jury presentations, witness interviews, wiretapping and search warrants for offenses including organized crime, RICO, tax fraud and evasion, money laundering, theft of trade secrets, union corruption, embezzlement, commercial and insurance fraud, large stolen property rings, health care fraud, computer crimes, extortion, murder, robbery and kidnapping. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Aidan O'Connor was a litigation associate from 1986 to 1990 with Thacher Proffitt and Wood in New York City, where he conducted or assisted in another half dozen civil trials involving banking and international maritime insurance in state and federal court. His commercial practice also included conducting depositions and discovery as well as drafting and arguing motions and appeals.
Mr. O'Connor is recognized as a Chambers USA "Leaders in their Field" lawyer for 2013. In addition, Aidan is recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for the 2013 edition.
New York 1987
Washington, D.C. 1989
New Jersey 1991
Columbia University, B.A., 1983 University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1986