Jen O'Connell

Baton Rouge, LA
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Growing up with five siblings taught Jen two important lessons: 1) how to work within a team; and 2) how to navigate competing personalities and agendas. Jen continues utilizing these life lessons everyday. When Jen isn’t deposing witnesses or arguing in the courtroom, she’s in the boardroom of the Mental Health Association of Greater Baton Rouge or helping Boys & Girls Club plan their next gala. After work, Jen heads to the gym where she teaches group fitness classes. Jen strives to work in diverse environments, with diverse people to meet and exceed their expectations. Whether those expectations are creatively resolving litigation, navigating complex issues at trial, raising money for a good cause or helping her members at the gym live a healthier lifestyle: Jen brings unmatched passion and work ethic to the table every single time.

On the legal side, Jen has been practicing law in Louisiana since 2012 and (at the request of her clients) became licensed to practice in Texas in 2019. Jen defends large and small businesses in general liability, trucking and workers’ compensation claims. Jen has successfully defended her clients through bench trials, jury trials and on appeal.

Areas of Practice
  • General Liability
  • Transportation Law
  • Workers’ Compensation Defense
Certified Legal Specialties
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana- 2012
  • Texas- 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana

Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Juris Doctorate-2012

Southern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana

  • B.A. magna cum laude-2009
  • Major: political science
Honors & Awards
  • Cali Award for Advanced Appellate Advocacy 
  • "Best Oral Advocate" Award at the American Bar Association Moot Court Competition 2011
  • "Best Oral Advocate" Award at the American Bar Association Moot Court Competition 2012
  • LSU Law Tullis Moot Court Finalist 
  • Graduated with Honors for Pro Bono Work
  • Green "S" for Leadership Award
Professional Associates & Awards
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
Published Works
Representative Cases
Past Employment Positions
Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors: Mental Health Association of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Gala Committee: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge 2017- the present
  • Volunteers to judge LSU Law’s annual moot court and trial advocacy competitions
  • Volunteers to coach LSU Law ABA Moot Court Team
  • Boys & Girls Club Leadership Council: Volunteer Chair 2016-2017
  • Boys & Girls Club Leadership Council: Gala Chair 2018-2019
  • Girls on the Run: 2014-2015