Andrea M. O’Connor

I counsel businesses and individuals regarding their unique financial problems, offering alternative solutions to achieve their goals, relieve financial pressure, and allowing them to regain control over their financial lives.  My experience representing debtors and creditors as well as serving as a Chapter 7 trustee allows me to see problems from all angles and develop creative solutions.

Education

  • Western New England College, Springfield, MA (Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude) 2010
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (Bachelors of Arts, Political Science, cum laude) 2004


Community Involvement

  • National Conference of Community and Justice, Board of Directors
  • Western New England School of Law Alumni, Board of Directors
  • M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, Volunteer
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts Diversity Task Force
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts Pro Bono Legal Services Committee
  • Volunteer Moot Court Judge for Western New England University School of Law
  • Law Firm Simulation Course at Western New England University School of Law
  • Western New England Law Review Advisory Committee


Professional Organizations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association


Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2010
  • Connecticut, 2010
  • United States District Court of Massachusetts, 2011
  • United States District Court of Connecticut, 2011
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016


Professional Activities and Accomplishments

  • Chapter 7 Panel Trustee, New Haven, Connecticut (2019 – present)
  • Elms College, Adjunct Professor (2015 – 2019)
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Elizabeth D. Katz (2017 – 2018) and Western Division (2016 – 2017)
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Pre-Bankruptcy Planning, MCLE (2016), co-author
  • Planning For Your Financial Success: Practice Pointers, 37 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 163 (2015), author
  • Chapter 12: Impact of Bankruptcy on Landlord-Tenant Relationship in Lease Drafting in Massachusetts (MCLE 3rd ed. 2013; 4th ed. 2017; 5th ed. 2020), author.


Presentations

  • MBA Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference, Ethics, 2019
  • MBA Practicing with Professionalism, Negotiation Skills for the Practicing Attorney, 2019
  • MCLE, Pre-Bankruptcy Planning-Best Practices and Traps, 2016
  • Western New England School Law Review, Firm Foundations:  Managing the Small Firm and Individual Practitioner, 2015
  • ABI Northeast Conference Consumer Forum, Ethics: What Can the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” Teach Us About Professional Responsibility?, 2015
  • Hampden County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Student Loans, 2013