James E. O’Connell, Jr.

James E. O’Connell, Jr.


Boston Business Litigation Attorney & Mediator

James E. O’Connell, Jr. Esquire has over 40 years of civil litigation and trial experience successfully representing individual and corporate clients in complex commercial, business, partnership, employment and domestic disputes. He has abundant experience and a strong record of accomplishment in the resolution of highly complex civil matters. Mr. O’Connell has received frequent professional recognition from numerous third parties, including the journal Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Best Lawyers in America®, and is rated by his peers for the highest level of professional excellence. Mr. O’Connell adopts a responsible, empathetic, multi-disciplinary approach and has a commitment to the highest standards and code of the legal profession in developing strategies for the prompt, efficient and satisfactory resolution of sometimes difficult and complicated disputes.

Mr. O’Connell has been frequently recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Massachusetts Super Lawyers and by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. He has been listed multiple times in “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers®” and is regularly acknowledged to be a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer®” and a “Best Lawyer in America.®”

Mr. O’Connell is a graduate of Boston College (B.A., magna cum laude), and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D.). He has been admitted in multiple State and Federal District Courts across the country, and including the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mediation and Arbitration
Business, Partnership, Employment, Probate and Family Law Disputes Resolved

Previous Experience
Associate at Bingham Dana and Gould (1980-1984)
Founder and Partner of Sally, O’Connell & Fitch (1984-1988)
Founder and Partner of Murphy & O’Connell (1988-2001)
Partner at Perkins, Smith & Cohen (2001-2005)
Founder & Partner of Shilepsky, O’Connell (2005-2010)
Partner at Posternak, Blankstein & Lund (2010) and, following its merger, at Arent Fox LLP.
Currently Of Counsel at Fields & Dennis LLP.

  • Northeastern University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Boston College (B.A., magna cum laude)
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Federal District Court for the State of Michigan
  • Federal District Court for the State of Georgia
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State Courts of New Hampshire and Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubble AV Rated
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America