Ellen O’Connell is a partner in the firm. She has been practicing law in New Jersey for over 30 years, concentrating her practice in the areas of labor and employment. With a depth of experience in both corporate and individual counseling and litigation, she has tried cases before State and Federal courts.
In 1983, following her admission to the bar of the State of New Jersey, Ms. O’Connell practiced labor law with the Somerset County law firm Langian, O’Connell & Chazin where she represented steel companies and New Jersey municipalities in cases involving labor organizing campaigns, unfair practice charges, strikes, and labor voilence. From 1983 through 1989, she was an Associate with that firm and later with Shanley & Fisher in Morristown. She later was a partner with Stryker, Tams & Dill and with Smith and Stratton, Wise, Heher & Brennan. From 1999 until 2004, she was a Senior Associate at the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP until starting her own firm in Liberty Corner, Somerset County, and later in Florham Park, New Jersey.
Ms. O’Connell served as an officer and trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. She was a trustee of the New Jersey Bar Association, where she served in numerous leadership positions, including the office of Chairman of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, and the Professional Responsibility Committee. Additionally, she served as Trustee on the Board of Trustees of OILTA, and Trustee of the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey at Drew University.
As a founder of Pro Bono Committee of the State Bar Association, she has lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Employers Association of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. She has been appointed to three New Jersey Supreme Court Committees in matters related to employment law and pro bono court assignments.
Her legal devotion includes many years of service as labor and employment counsel to colleges, churches, seminaries, group homes for developmentally disabled adults, and other government-funded agencies. She has represented non-profits in actions in State and Federal court and before the National Labor Relations Board. She has served as pro bono counsel to non-profit organizations involved with providing opportunity and residences to the developmentally disabled; served as trustee, officer, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Community Health Law Project, and as a trustee of the Girl Scouts of Rolling Hills Council.
A cum laude graduate in Philosophy from Boston College, she received her Juris Doctorate from the Seton Hall University of Law. Ellen is involved with the sport of pure-bred dogs and is the Secretary of the Somerset Hills Kennel Club. She is also a Ruling Elder of the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church in Liberty Corner, Bernards Township, New Jersey.