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Keith B. O'Connell

Keith B. O'Connell

Practice areas:

Litigation, Defective and Dangerous Products, Employment & Labor, Wrongful Death, Administrative Law

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About Me

Keith B. O’Connell is managing partner of O’Connell & Avery, L.L.P., a firm he founded in 1998.  He was born and raised in San Antonio, and has, for over thirty years, represented clients across the state of Texas in civil litigation in both state and federal courts.  Litigation areas include:  products liability, labor and employment, professional liability, wrongful death and personal injury, oil and gas, and construction defect.         

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Litigation: 30%
    33 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    33 years
  3. Employment & Labor: 20%
    22 years
  4. Defective and Dangerous Products: 20%
    33 years
  5. Administrative Law: 10%
    22 years

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Contact Info

O'Connell & Avery , L.L.P.

4040 Broadway St.
Suite 522
San Antonio, TX, 78209

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198105/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Texas Super LawyersThompson Reuters2014
Texas Super LawyersThompson Reuters2013
Fred H. Sievert AwardDefense Research Institute2012
Texas Super LawyersThompson Reuters2012
Exceptional Performance AwardDefense Research Institute2011
One of Best LawyersSan Antonio Scene Magazine2011
One of Best LawyersSan Antonio Scene Magazine2006
Who's Who in Law and AccountingSan Antonio Business Journal2006
One of Best LawyersSan Antonio Scene Magazine2005
One of Best LawyersSan Antonio Scene Magazine2004
Who's Who in Law and AccountingSan Antonio Business Journal2003
FellowThe Fellows of the American Bar FoundationN/A
Sustaining Life FellowTexas Bar FoundationN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerO'Connell & Avery, LLP1998 - Present
PartnerPlunkett, Gibson & Allen, Inc.1985 - 1998
AssociatePlunkett, Gibson & Allen, Inc.1981 - 1985

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Fellows of the American Bar FoundationFellow2012 - Present
Texas Association of Defense CounselImmediate Past President2011 - 2012
Texas Association of Defense CounselPresident2010 - 2011
Texas Association of Defense CounselPresident Elect2009 - 2010
Texas Supreme Court Task Force to Expand Legal Services DeliveryMember2009 - 2011
Texas Association of Defense CounselExecutive Vice President2008 - 2009
Texas Association of Defense CounselPAC Board of Trustees2008 - Present
Texas Bar FoundationSustaining Life Fellow2004 - Present
San Antonio Bar FoundationLife Fellow2003 - Present
Texas Association of Defense CounselBoard of Directors1998 - 2012
Defense Counsel of San AntonioDirector1997 - 2000
State Bar of TexasMember, Pattern Jury Charge Vol. IV1995 - 2000
State Bar of TexasMember1981 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
International Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
San Antonio Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
St. Mary's Law JournalProducts Liability: Manufacturer's Liability for Products Not Unreasonably Dangerous When Originally Marketed1980

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Mary's University of San Antonio School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of Notre DameEnglishA.B1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Spring MeetingA Close Look at Expedited Jury Trials Under the New Rules -- A Panel Discussion2014
Soaking Up Some CLE: A South Texas Litigation SeminarLegislative Update - Defense and Plaintiff2014
Advanced Civil Trial Law Course 2014Expedited Trials2014
2014 Annual Meeting and SeminarCivil Justice Reform, the Pursuit of Virtue and the Tale of the Monkey's Paw2014
2014 Annual MeetingEnergy Law in Texas: Oil, Gas and the Litigation Climate -- A Luncheon Panel2014
Texas Association of Defense Counsel Spring MeetingExpedited Jury Trials and Early Motions to Dismiss: What This Means for a Trial Practice2013
San Antonio Trial Lawyers AssociationThe New Rules on Expedited Jury Trials and Early Motions to Dismiss2013
San Antonio Bar Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel and San Antonio Trial Lawyers AssociationDealing with the Practical Implications of the New Rules for Expedited Acctions2013
Dallas Bar Association, Judiciary CommitteeThe New Rules on Expedited Jury Trials and Early Motions to Dismiss2013
Collin County Bar AssociationThe New Rules on Expedited Jury Trial Procedure and Early Motions to Dismiss2013
Austin Bar Association Bench-Bar ConferenceNew Supreme Court Rules on Early Motions to Dismiss, Expedited Jury Trials and Legislative Update2013
State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury CourseLegislative Update 2012-82nd Regular and Special Session2012
Texas Association of Defense Counsel/Texas Trial Lawyers Association/San Antonio Trial Lawyers AssociationThe 82nd Legislature: The Road Goes and Forever and the Party Never Ends/I Wish Hard Livin' Did Not Come So Easy for Me2011
Texas Association of Defense Counsel Fall MeetingThere Were Other Bills Besides HB 274: A Recap2011
Texas Association of Defense CounselThe 82nd Legislature: Budget, Redistricting and Proposed Reform to the Civil Justice System2011
Texas Association of Defense CounselThe 82nd Legislature: Understanding the Legislative Process and the Impact of the Session On Your Practice2011
Texas Association of Defense CounselThe 82nd Legislature: Understanding the Legislative Process and the Impact of the Session On Your Practice2011
State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury CourseThe Plaintiff: The Forgotten Witness2011
Texas Association of Defense CounselThe 82nd Legislative Session: Budget, Redistricting and Proposed Reform to the Civil Justice System2010
Texas Association of Defense Counsel Spring MeetingEthical Duties of Insurance Defense Counsel2007
Texas Association of Defense Counsel Spring MeetingFraud, Conspiracy, Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Plaintiff's Conduct as a Defense to Intentional Torts: Issue Submission Under Pattern Jury Charge Volume IV1999
San Antonio 2nd Annual Bench Bar ConferenceFraud, Conspiracy, Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Plaintiff's Conduct as a Defense to Intentional Torts: Issue Submission Under Pattern Jury Charge Volume IV1999
Texas Association of Defense Counsel Fall MeetingFraud, Conspiracy and Pattern Jury Charge Volume IV1996