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About me

I moved back to my hometown in Albany after graduating from Notre Dame Law School.  During my first dozen or so years, I was fortunate enough to have been taught how to defend medical malpractice and general tort cases by two legends im the field of defense - James Carter, Esq. and James Conboy, Esq.  In 1994, my brother, Michael Jude O'Connor and I founded O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C. along with Dennis First and Dianne Bresee.  Over the past 30 years, I have tried upwards of 100 cases to verdict throughout all of New York State in both State and Federal Court.  My practice areas include medical and professional malpractice, motor vehicle/trucking, New York State Labor Law, premises liability and commerical litigation.  My overriding goal has always been to obtain the best possible result for my clients in an ethical and professional manner. 


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    3 years
  2. Car Accident: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Litigation: 20%
    3 years
  5. Other: 15%
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  • Brian P. Krzykowski

    I have worked with Terry for many years. Not only is he phenomenal in the courtroom, he obtains great results for his clients overall.He is attentive to his clients and his files. You will love working with him.


    Brian Krzykowski Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Kevin E. Hulslander

    I endorse this lawyer. Terry is the single best trial lawyer in Albany. I recommend him without reservation.


    Kevin Hulslander Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C.

20 Corporate Woods Blvd
Albany, NY, 12211-2396

O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C.

507 Main Street
Bennington, VT, 05201



VTAuthorized to practice law201310/01/2013
NYCurrently registered 198403/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year 2014 - Medical Malpractice LawBest Lawyers2014
2013 - Lawyer of the Year - Products Liability LitigationBest Lawyers2013
2011 President's AwardAlbany County Bar Association2011
Attorney of the Year - 2008OMS National Insurance Company2008
Continuing Excellence Award -Specialty of Oral SurgeryOMS National Insurance Company2004
Top 10 Upstate New York Lawyers 2008-2013Super LawyersN/A
AV Rated-Very High to PreeminentMartindale-HubbellN/A
Top 50 Upstate New York Lawyers - 2007-PresentNew York Super LawyersN/A
Consumer GuideBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerO'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C.1994 - Present
Managing PartnerCarter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, PC1983 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Albany County Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Dana Farber Cancer Institute - Boston MarathonJimmy Fund/Fundraising/Marathon RunnerN/A
Albany County HospiceWave Runner Program - Program for Children of Cancer PatientsN/A
Siena CollegeBoard of Associate TrusteesN/A
Center for Disability ServicesBoard of Directors, ChairN/A
United States District Court Northern District of New YorkMediatorN/A
Albany County Bar Association, Judicial Qualifications CommitteeChairN/A
International Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Professional Liability Underwriting SocietyMemberN/A
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Tri-Village Little LeagueBoard Member/SecretaryN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
St Lawrence UniversityPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Basics for Civil PractitionerJury Selection Techniques1999
Proving and Defending DamagesProving and Defending Damages1999
How to Handle Neck and Back Injury CaseNeck and Back Injury1998
Medicine in the CourtroomMedicine in the Courtroom1997
Expert Testimony in Federal Court after Daubert and New Rule 26-From Discovery Through TrialExpert Testimony1997
Trial Practice and Medical/Legal Issues LecturerTrial PracticeN/A
Trial Practice and Medical/Legal Issues - LecturerTrial PracticeN/A
Trial Practice and Medical/Legal Issues - LecturerTrial PracticeN/A
Risk Management Course - Dental Society of New York - Third and Fourth Districts and the Greater New York Dental ConferenceRisk ManagementN/A
Practical Skills Basic Civil PracticeThe TrialN/A
Crossing Examining Plaintiff's Experts in Federal CourtCross ExaminatonN/A
Achieving Maximum Jury Impact During TrialPower AdvocacyN/A