Nicholas O'Conner

Senior Counsel
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Nicholas O'Conner concentrates his practice on business, financial services and aviation litigation. Nick also advises clients in the cannabis industry. Nick has substantial experience drafting and filing pleadings, motions and substantive briefs, and assisting clients in preparation for a variety of proceedings before state and federal courts.

Nicholas O'Conner concentrates his practice on business, financial services and aviation litigation. Nick also advises clients in the cannabis industry. Nick has substantial experience drafting and filing pleadings, motions and substantive briefs, and assisting clients in preparation for a variety of proceedings before state and federal courts.

Financial Services Litigation

Nick frequently defends a wide range of financial services companies in both individual and class action litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and state consumer fraud and unfair or deceptive business practices statutes.

Cannabis, Marijuana, CBD and Hemp

Nick is a member of a multidisciplinary industry team that provides services and guidance to legal marijuana businesses in a wide variety of areas. He advises clients on legal and regulatory issues associated with operating within the cannabis industry, including procuring state-level licenses in various jurisdictions and developing and bolstering company policies and procedures.

Aviation Litigation

Nick routinely defends airlines and other aviation companies in both state and federal litigation. Nick’s experience involves allegations covering a wide spectrum of issues, including negligence, third-party contribution and breach of contract.

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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2010
    Elder Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • B.A., Aviation-Aircraft Systems, The Ohio State University, 2006
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
Professional Affiliations
    • Participant, Chicago Bar Association Leadership Institute
    • Member, Cook County Bar Association
    • Member, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
Awards & Recognitions
    • Selected, Leadership Greater Chicago Signature Fellows Program (2021)
    • Fellow, Chicago Committee Pathway to Partnership Program (2020)
    • Selected, Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization’s 5 Under 40 legal professionals (2018)
    • Named, Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Star, Business Litigation (2019-2020)
    • Named, Lawyers of Color "Hot List" (2014)‎
    • Recipient, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Distinguished Service Award
Community Leadership
    • Locke Lord Team Captain, Legal Prep Charter Academy Mock Trial Team
    • Volunteer, Cabrini Green Legal Aid Helpdesk
    • Member, Locke Lord LLP "Pay it Forward" Committee
    • Member, Chicago Children's Museum Metropolitan Board