Jim O’Connor is an associate in the labor and employment practice group and regularly helps businesses navigate the complex world of state and federal employment laws and regulations. Jim has litigated employment matters through all stages of litigation, in a variety of forums, including state and federal courts, the New York State Division of Human Rights, New York City Division of Human Rights, Merit Systems Protection Board, and EEOC. Jim is also an associate in the commercial litigation practice group, litigating all types of contract disputes and business torts.
His practice focuses on employment law, buisiness law and commercial litigation, environmental law, and construction law. Prior to joining Rupp Baase, Jim practriced law at an international full-service law firm and a litigation boutique firm in Manhattan. Prior to joining private practice, he gained experience clerking for a federal trial judge and a New York State Court of Appeals Justice. While in law school, Jim was the Senior Notes & Comments Editor for the Hofstra Law Review and earned the Excellence in Contracts Award.
James obtained degrees from University of Detroit Mercy, summa cum laude, and Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Excellence in Contracts Award||Maurice A. Deane School of Law||2012|
|Certificate of Service, Chief Judge William Skretny||U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York||2012|
|Distinguished Academic Scholarship||Maurice A. Deane School of Law||2011|
|Jerome Rozycki Criminal Justice Studies Award||University of Detroit Mercy||2010|
|Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society||University of Detroit Mercy||2010|
|Dean's Gold Key Award (4.0 GPA)||University of Detroit Mercy||2010|
|Associate Attorney||Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC||2019 - Present|
|Associate||Tully Rinckey PLLC||2018 - 2019|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Erie County Bar Association||Member||2019 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|National Gang Crime Research Center||Member||N/A|
|Hofstra Law Review||Senior Notes and Comments Editor||2013 - 2014|
|Hofstra Law Review||Staff Member||2012 - 2013|
|Tully Rinckey, PLLC||Should Federal Civilian Employees Count Out 2019 Raises? Not So Fast||2019|
|SSRN||Boilerplate Shock: Sovereign Debt Contracts as Incubators of Systemic Risk||2015|
|SSRN||Intellectual Property and the Presumption of Innocence||2015|
|SSRN||Asocial Media: Cops, Gangs, and the Internet||2014|
|SSRN||Ending Judgment Arbitrage: Jurisdictional Competition and the Enforcement of Foreign Money Judgments in the United States||2012|
|Maurice A. Deane School of Law At Hofstra Univ.||JD - Juris Doctor||2014|
|University of Detroit Mercy||B.S., summa cum laude||2010|
|Job Service Employer Committee Seminar||The Changing Landscape of Sexual Harassment Law in the Workplace, Investigations, and Handbooks: What Employers Need to Know||2019|
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