Patrick T. O’Connor is managing partner of Oliver Maner LLP in Savannah, Georgia. His practice concentrates on business litigation, the defense of civil rights claims and the defense of legal malpractice and other professional negligence claims.
Mr. O’Connor served as the 54th President of the State Bar of Georgia from 2016-2017. Mr. O’Connor previously served as President – Elect and Treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia (2015-2016).
Mr. O’Connor is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (in the categories of commercial litigation, legal malpractice law and alternative dispute resolution) since 1997. He has twice been listed in the annual Top 10 Georgia Super Lawyers by Atlanta Magazine and 14 times has been listed in the Top 100. He has been recognized as Savannah Lawyer of the Year in Mediation (2019, 2021) and Bet-The-Company Litigation (2020).
Mr. O’Connor is a mediator and arbitrator registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and The American Arbitration Association, and has served as a mediator or arbitrator in more than 1,200 cases, primarily involving personal injury, professional malpractice claims and commercial disputes. He has been registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution as a mediator since 2000 and is a founding member of the Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators. In 2016 Mr. O’Connor was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution.
Mr. O’Connor has obtained favorable results for his clients in numerous reported appeals. Notable decisions include: Drumm v. George, 345 Ga. App. 760 (2018); Mayor and Alderman of Garden City v. Harris, 302 Ga. 853 (2018); City of Richmond Hill v. Maia, 301 Ga. 257 (2017); Garden City v. Herrera, 329 Ga. App. 756 (2014); We, The Taxpayers v. Board of Tax Assessors of Effingham County, 292 Ga. 31 (2012); Pollman v. Swan, 289 Ga. 767 (2011); King v. Toler, 296 Ga. App. 577 (2009); Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah v. Stevens, 278 Ga. 166 (2004); CSX Transportation, Inc. v. City of Garden City, 277 Ga. 248 (2003); Cameron v. Lang, 274 Ga. 122 (2001); City of Tybee Island v. Godinho, 270 Ga. 567 (1999); Bacon v. Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah, 241 Ga. App. 211 (1999); Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C. v. Frame, 269 Ga. 844 (1998); Mayor & Aldermen of Savannah v. Radford, 261 Ga. 129 (1991); Banks v. Patton, 202 Ga. App. 168 (1991); Cyr v. Mayor and Aldermen of Savannah, 188 Ga. App. 261 (1988); Shuman v. Mayor and Aldermen of Savannah, 180 Ga. App. 427 (1986); and Sammor v. Mayor and Aldermen of Savannah, 176 Ga. App. 176 (1985).
Mr. O’Connor has received several law related honors including the Savannah Bar Association’s Judge Frank Cheatham Award (for professionalism) (2009), and the Georgia Legal Services’ Champion of Justice Award (2019).
After graduating from Statesboro High School in 1973, Mr. O’Connor received his B.A. degree from Auburn University in 1978. He attended the University of Georgia Law School and received his J.D. degree from Georgia in 1981.
Mr. O’Connor served as Chair of the Savannah Country Day School Board of Trustees from 2014-2016, served as a member of the Georgia Southern University Foundation Board of Trustees (2006-2016) and is a member of the Auburn University Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Liberal Arts. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Horizons Savannah, and as President of the Savannah Civitan Club, as Captain of the Savannah Quarterback Club and as Chairman of Deacons for the Ardsley Park Baptist Church. He has served as President of the Coastal Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America and received the Boy Scouts’ Silver Beaver Award. Mr. O’Connor is a member of the St. Andrew’s Society and The Hibernian Society of Savannah. He is a graduate of the Leadership Savannah Program and is a member of Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. Mr. O’Connor is a past National President of Theta Chi Fraternity, which has more than 150 chapters nationwide. He now serves as litigation coordinator for the Fraternity.
Mr. O’Connor is married to the former Carol Darby of Statesboro, and they have three children, Daniel Tyler (Maggie), Thomas Patrick (Kelly), and John Tate (Mary Grace). Mr. and Mrs. O’Connor have six grandchildren, Liam Patrick O’Connor, Daniel Tyler O’Connor, Jr., Margaret Grace O’Connor, John Tate O’Connor, Jr., Carolyn Joy O’Connor and Banks Monroe O’Connor.