John O'Connell

Lee, Myers & O'Connell, LLP
2851 S Parker Rd
Aurora, CO 80014
(617) 996-2500

John O'Connell is a lawyer, Commercial Pilot (Single-Multi Engine Land and Sea with Instrument Rating) and an experienced scuba diver (certified advanced open water) who has been litigating general aviation cases, scuba diving, personal injury and complex product liability cases for the past thirty-six years. He has over 36 years of experience handling commercial aircraft, small plane and helicopter crash litigation.

John is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organization of top trial attorneys and judges who strongly advocate for the jury trial system of justice. He has been extremely successful receiving numerous multi-million dollar awards from various Courts and juries and has been recognized as a Multi-Million Dollar Advocate. He is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the American Association of Justice and a member of the state bar associations of Colorado, Hawaii, Florida and Massachusetts. He has received various 5 star rating and endorsements from the organizations in the slider below.

John has been scuba diving since 1978 and started litigating SCUBA diving cases in 1991 when a newly married couple from Massachusetts went to Hawaii for their honeymoon and the new groom died while taking an introductory SCUBA experiential course. Since that time he has worked on numerous SCUBA diving and rebreather accident cases in Florida, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, California and New Hampshire. In 2016 he was lead counsel in a SCUBA diving death case in Hawaii and ultimately recovered over 2.2 million dollars for his client.

Most recently in 2017 he was trial counsel in another drowning death case brought when bad weather confronted snorkelers with 12 foot seas that settled for an undisclosed amount. John is available for consultation and referral of aviation, maritime and dive injury cases in Colorado, Hawaii, Florida and Massachusetts as well as other jurisdictions on a pro hac vice basis.

He is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Florida, Hawaii and Massachusetts and is also a member of the Federal Bar for the 1st (District of Massachusetts), 9th (Hawaii), 10th (Colorado), and 11th (S.D. Florida) Federal Circuit Courts. He has been admitted to several federal jurisdictions on a pro hac vice basis.

In addition to multiple state and federal admissions he is also licensed as a patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. O'Connell started his career at the Boston law firm of Parker, Coulter, Daley and White where he got his start working on aviation, products, medical products, car accidents and personal injury cases.

He founded his own law firm in Massachusetts in 1986, in Florida in 2004 and has now joined the Colorado law firm of Lee, Meyers and O'Connell, LLP as a founding partner. In addition to his undergraduate training at Salem State University, he was a chemistry major at Oregon State University, studied physics, chemistry, computer science at various colleges and universities, and has taken master's level courses in computer systems design and analysis at Boston University.

Mr. O'Connell now restricts his practice to the preparation and trial of personal injury cases.

He is also available as trial co-counsel for personal injury matters in Colorado, Hawaii, Florida and Massachusetts and can make pro hac vice arrangements nationwide.