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James O’Connor’s employment law practice includes negotiating executive employment agreements and litigating commercial disputes. His practice includes cybersecurity consultation and data breach response. He provides compliance education for Universities on Student Athlete Name Image and Likeness matters and represents Student Athletes on marketing opportunities. He has 10+ year of experience negotiating resolutions as a registered civil mediator.

Professional Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® publications (2021, 2022) for labor law-management.
  • Selected for inclusion in the Indiana Super Lawyers® publication (2018).
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Indiana Super Lawyers® publication (2011, 2014, 2015).
  • AV® Preeminent* rated attorney based on Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings since 2016.
  • Selected as a “Future 40 Under 40” award recipient from Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Current or former member of the following organizations:
    • Allen County Judicial Nominating Commission,
    • Benjamin Harrison chapter of the American Inns of Court, 
    • Allen County Bar Association,
    • Indiana State Bar Association, 
    • Defense Research Institute, and the 
  • Member, Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons Athletics Advisory Board 
  • Member, Purdue Fort Wayne Community Engagement Board
  • Member, Northeast Indiana Base Community Council Board of Directors
    • Supports U.S. military bases and armories in the 11-county region of northeast Indiana. 
  • Member, Mad Anthony's Children's Foundation


  • Presents at local, statewide and national seminars on topics, including:
    • Employment law policies, 
    • Cyber security protection, 
    • Data breach response, 
    • Worker’s compensation matters, 
    • Alternative dispute resolution, and 
    • College Student Athlete’s Name, Image and Likeness.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana


  • Licensed by the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) as a player representative/agent.
  • Licensed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as a player representative/agent.
  • License (pending) by the Womens National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) as a player representative/agent.


  • B.A., Psychology, Emory University, Atlanta
    J.D., Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans

Legal Assistant: Tammy S. Wells

Paralegal: Danielle A. Southerland

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