Director at Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center
Tom O’Connor is a nationally known consultant, speaker and writer in the field of computerized litigation support systems. A New England native who graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1972 with a BA in Political Science Tom attended law school for one year at The University of Notre Dame before returning to Baltimore and undertaking a career as a paralegal specializing in complex litigation. Many years later he earned a J.D. at an evening law school program.
Tom’s consulting experience is primarily in complex litigation matters where he has worked on several major cases, most recently the BP litigation in New Orleans. He has also been appointed as a technical consultant by various federal and state courts on cases dealing with large amounts of electronic evidence and specializes in negotiating ESI exchange protocols.
A frequent lecturer on the subject of legal technology, Tom teaches CLE courses nationwide and is also a prolific writer. He was a co-author of the 2006 award winning article, “In Katrina’s Wake”, which covered recovery efforts in the legal community of
post Katrina New Orleans, in which he participated. He was also the author of the Second, Third and Fourth Editions of The Automated Law Firm: A Guide to Computer Systems and Software published by Aspen Law & Business as well as The Lawyers
Guide to Summation and EDiscovery for Small Cases, both published by the ABA.
Tom has also been awarded numerous professional accolades including the inaugural Betsy Ann Reynolds Award for Excellence in Litigation Support from the Litigation Support Leaders Conference and the inaugural Scarpitti Award for Professional Achievement from the Masters Conference Tom currently resides down the Mississippi down in New Orleans with his wife, legal marketing maven Gayle O’Connor, and their son Seamus, the recently graduated philosopher king of Western Washington University and member of the current Kings of the City skateboard championship team.