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Kevin J. O'Connor

Roseland, New Jersey

KEVIN J. O’CONNOR is an experienced attorney whose practice concentrates in civil litigation and appeals.  He focuses on complex litigation areas, including commercial and business litigation, eminent domain law, government law and civil rights, insurance coverage litigation, land use law, legal ethics and professional responsibility, and life, health and disability law.  He has successfully litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts in New Jersey and has argued and presented appeals before the New Jersey Appellate Division, Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Federal Circuit.

Mr. O’Connor has been recognized by his peers in the listing of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the field of business litigation and in the listing of Best Lawyers in New Jersey in the area of commercial litigation.  He is a member of the Litigation Council of America, Trial Lawyers Honor Society.  He has previously served as a Member of the New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee, District V-A, and also served on the Editorial Board for New Jersey Lawyer Magazine.

Mr. O’Connor received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Richmond and his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a Member and Associate Editor for the Seton Hall Law Review.   Before joining the Lum Firm, he served as a Judicial Intern for the Hon. Maryanne T. Barry of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and also served as the Law Clerk for the Hon. Herman D. Michels, the Presiding Judge for Administration of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1992

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Eminent Domain
  • General Civil Litigation and Appeals
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Land Use Law
  • Life, Health and Disability Law
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2014


  • Seton Hall University School of Law 
    • J.D., cum laude 1991
    • Seton Hall Law Review, Associate Editor
  • University of Richmond
    • B.A. (Political Science) 1987
    • Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society
    • Richmond College Honor Council

Published Works

  • Editor - LDP Law Notes, 2017-
  • "Enforceability of Oral Agreements and Partial Writings for the Sale of Land under the Revised Statute of Frauds," New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, No. 250, February 2008 (co-author)
  • Co-Special Editor, Electronic Discovery Issue, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, No. 247, August 2007
  • Appellate Practice Chapter in Traps for the Unwary, Essex County Bar Foundation, 1997
  • "Restitution of Benefits Under ERISA Plans," N.J. Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Fall 1996)
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Summary Judgment Practice After Brill," N.J.YLD Dictum, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Nov. 1996)

Honors and Awards

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers in New Jersey, Commercial Litigation, 2015-2018
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honor Society
  • Pro Bono Participation Award from New Jersey State Bar Association, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, Editorial Board, 2006-2008
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, District Ethics Committee, District V-A, 2007-2011
  • Seton Hall Alumni Association Inn of Court, Barrister
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Herman D. Michels, Presiding Judge for Administration, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, Law Clerk, 1991-1992
  • Salerno & Lunga, PC, Law Clerk, 1989-1991
  • Hon. Maryanne T. Barry, U.S. District Court, Judicial Intern, 1988
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