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Staten Island Personal Injury Attorney Qualifications, Honors, and Awards

Not all personal injury law firms are created equal. If you are looking for an experienced and highly qualified attorney to help you or a loved one after an injury in an accident there are several factors to consider. Choose a law firm that focuses only on injury cases, a firm with a track record of successful results, a history of satisfied clients, a firm with integrity and ethics and a law firm that understands the needs of its clients.

In my more than 20 years of practice, I have received numerous awards and accolades from a variety of organizations. I am proud of these awards because they represent our dedication and service to our clients as well as our commitment to excellence in personal injury. Of course, there is no award I could receive that would be nearly as important as knowing that I have helped a client obtain the compensation they deserve.


Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. It is meant to be a reflection of how well you’ve handles cases in the past and how you are perceived among other attorneys. Up to 5% of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers.


Membership in the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forums is limited to only those attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. Fewer than 1% of all lawyers in the United States are members making it one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Each member has demonstrated in an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases.


Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings have been the gold standard for attorney ratings for over a century. Attorneys looking to refer a client, as well as individuals researching lawyers for their own legal needs, use these ratings to identify, evaluate and select the most qualified attorneys for their specific situation. The AV Preeminent rating is the highest rating an attorney can receive for legal ethics and ability. Less than 5% of all lawyers in the United States have received this rating.

NTL top 100

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country. Brian J. O’Connor has been named as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer from the National Trial Lawyers. Membership is obtained thorough special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.


Brian J. O’Connor is proud to have obtained an Avvo Superb 10.0 out of 10.0 rating. Avvo was founded to empower consumers to make smarter, more confident legal decisions by providing access to first-rate personal and professional legal advice and information. The Avvo rating represents an evaluation of a lawyer’s ability, reputation and general background experience. The rating considers a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition – all factors that, in Avvo’s opinion, are relevant to assessing a lawyer’s qualifications.


Brian J. O’Connor is a lifetime charter member of Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America, a prestigious honor that is by invitation only and awarded to less than 1% of all the lawyers in America. To be invited into this membership, Rue Ratings looks for Attorneys with “an extraordinary level of legal expertise, competency, professional reputation and ethical standards. Simply the best lawyers. This recognition is not simply a litigators award for an amount of any one judgment. This recognition stems from years of experience in the practice of law.”

top one percent

The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC) is one of the leading organizations in the country that recognizes lawyers that continually and consistently exemplify what it means to be at the top of their class. This Association is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. Members are vetted by a research team, a blue ribbon panel of attorneys and a judicial review board. By virtue of the incredible selectivity of their appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership.

lawyers of distinction

Lawyers of Distinction has been recognized as one of the fastest growing community of distinguished lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to the Top 10% of attorneys in the United States, based on their reputation among clients and peers, qualifications, experience, and ethical standards.

irish 100

Irish Legal 100 – The Irish Legal 100 was founded in 2008 by the Irish Voice Newspaper in New York. It is an annual compilation of the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States who share one common bond: pride in their Irish roots. Each year members are celebrated at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States in Washington, D.C.


The Elite Lawyers of America organization was formed in 2001 in order to recognize the outstanding achievements of a select group of lawyers who have obtained a high level of respect and recognition in their respective areas of practice. Brian J. O’Connor is a member of the Civil Litigation Division which is limited to those lawyers who have distinguished themselves by obtaining a verdict, award and/or settlement in a civil case of 2 million dollars ($2,000,000.00) or more as lead counsel.

trial masters

Trial Masters was born from an observation that attorneys with significant trial experience were not easily distinguishable from their colleagues. Trial Masters membership is based on the purely objective measure of experience in the courtroom over a period of time. Trial Masters is a group that lawyers can trust in their referral decisions and the public can look to differentiate trial attorneys from their case settling colleagues. Membership is limited to those attorneys who have obtained at least 35 trial verdicts.

10 best

Brian J. O’Connor is proud to have been awarded the 10 Best Law Firms for Client Satisfaction for 2019. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) is an impartial third-party rating organization that compiles an exclusive list of the “10 Best” Attorneys for each State. The “10 Best” award is a prestigious honor as each Attorney must have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his or her field of law and having done so with an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating.

top 100

America’s Top 100 Attorneys honors the achievements, professional excellence and highest ethical standards of the Top 100 Attorneys in each state. Membership is meant to identify and highlight the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled attorneys in all areas of practice. Less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor.

lead counsel

The Lead Counsel Rating was developed in 1997 to offer consumers and businesses an objective and comprehensive evaluation tool to use when selecting legal representation. In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but also receive multiple peer review recommendations advocating his or her ability and have a spotless record.

distinguished justice

Distinguished Justice Advocates (DJA) is a prominent group that recognizes the “Top 1% attorneys in America”. Brian J. O’Connor earned the distinction of Lifetime Charter Member of the DJA which is dedicated to promoting and recognizing the highest standards of legal excellence.

In addition to the above awards, Brian J. O’Connor is a member of the following trial associations:

  • The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is the world’s largest trial bar, providing trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent their clients. The AAJ’s mission is to promote a fair and effective justice system and to support the work of attorneys in their effort to ensure that any person who is injured by the fault or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests. Brian J. O’Connor is a proud member of the AAJ.
  • Brian J. O’Connor is also a proud member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) whose mission is “To promote a safer and healthier society, to assure access to the civil justice system by those who are wrongfully injured and to advance representation of the public by ethical, well-trained lawyers.”