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James O’Connor has experience in representing businesses, insurer, and individuals through the legal system in matters involving cyber security, contract disputes, insurance litigation, coverage analysis, workers compensation, employment litigation, HR investigations, and probate and estate litigation. He is a registered civil mediator with extensive experience.

James is ranked an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney based on Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings. An active member in several professional and community organizations, he is or has been a member of associations such as the Allen County Judicial Nominating Commission, the Benjamin Harrison chapter of the American Inns of Court, the Allen County and Indiana State Bar associations, and the Defense Research Institute. He was a “Future 40 Under 40” award recipient from Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, as well as selected as a “Rising Star” by the Indiana Super Lawyers® publication for the years 2011, 2014, and 2015.

James received his B.A., Psychology, in 1997 from Emory University, Atlanta. He earned his J.D. in 2001 from Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans. He is admitted to practice before the Indiana state courts, and the U.S. Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. 

Legal Assistant: Heather N. Warner

Paralegal: Danielle A. Southerland

* AV® Preeminent™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. The AV rating is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her with a high level of professional excellence.

The News with James J. O'Connor

Family Medical Leave Act Poster and Employer Guide
​The Department of Labor recently released an updated poster and a new Employer’s Guide about the Family and Medical Leave Act.
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Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016
In late April, the United States Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The DTSA became effective on May 11, 2016, the date President Obama…
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Department of Labor Announces Overtime Rule
The Department of Labor (DOL) released their final rule regarding the salary level used to determine if employees are classified as exempt from overtime under
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Connecticut Federal District Court Holds Discrimination on the Basis of Transgender Identity Is Prohibited by Title VII.
Article by Anthony Stites regarding discrimination on the basis of transgender identity. 
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EEOC Files First Suits Challenging Sexual Orientation Discrimination as Gender Bias
As Barrett McNagny's Labor and Employment group predicted in their most recent supervisor training sessions for 2015/2016, the EEOC has taken the position that
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Barrett McNagny Annual Human Resources Conference
Barrett McNagny hosted its annual Human Resources Conference at the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 with more than 400 attendees.
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Indiana Protective Order Law Amended
A little-noticed bill signed into law May 5, 2015 provides new protections in the workplace for victims of domestic violence. 
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DOL Salary Exempt Rule Proposals
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has proposed to amend the required salary for “white collar” exemption for executive, administrator,…
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Barrett McNagny LLP Listed in 2016 “Best Law Firms” Rankings
Barrett McNagny LLP is proud to announce that the firm was ranked in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®.  
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Article: The National Labor Relations Board Issues Decision Redefining Joint-Employers
On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board issued its decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186, which significantly
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Article: Proposed Overtime Amendments
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has proposed to amend the “white collar” exemption for executive, administrator, and professional…
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Article: Supreme Court decision on the fundamental right to marry by same-sex couples: What does this mean for an employer?
Supreme Court decision on the fundamental right to marry by same-sex couples: What does this mean for an employer?
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Barrett McNagny Announces Logo Change
Barrett McNagny is pleased to announce a “refresh” of the firm’s identity. The “refresh” includes an updated name, a new logo and a redesigned website.…
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Firm Attorneys Recognized in Indiana Super Lawyers Publication
Barrett McNagny is proud to announce its listing in Indiana Super Lawyers for 2015. 
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