James E. O'Connell, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons
James E. O'Connell, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons
James E. O'Connell, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons

James E. O'Connell, III

Print as PDF
Education: 

Tufts University, B.A., 1992
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Jim is a Partner in the law firm.  He represents Mainers who have been seriously harmed by negligent conduct, professional malpractice, defective products or business torts.  Jim moves and maximizes cases with sound judgment and reasoned aggression.  He and his invaluable staff serve our clients with compassion and advocate for their interests tenaciously.  Jim has successfully negotiated hundreds of settlements and become known as a leading trial lawyer by winning numerous jury trial verdicts throughout Maine.

Jim is a graduate of Tufts University and Northeastern University School of Law.  Before joining Berman & Simmons in 2007, he litigated and tried complex civil and criminal matters at a major Boston law firm and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Corruption Division of the Criminal Bureau.

Jim serves as the Chair of the Litigation Section of the Maine State Bar Association and is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and the Maine Civil Liberties Union.  He lives in Cumberland with his wife and son and enjoys a variety of sporting activities.

Memberships and Distinctions: 
  • Chair, Litigation Section, Maine State Bar Association
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Maine
  • Recognized by Benchmark, the Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, as a “Litigation Star”
Back to Top

Contact

Book a free, no obligation consultation
(800) 244-3576
Jim O'Connell
Attorney Jim O'Connell explains how his team's work against an insurance company resulted in a large award for a woman who badly injured her back.
Admitted to Bars: 
  • All Maine Courts
  • United States District Court, Districts of Maine and Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit

News

ROCKLAND, Maine, Nov. 24, 2015 – A motorcyclist from Rockport, Maine, represented by attorney James O'Connell of the Berman & Simmons law firm, was unanimously awarded $155,320 by a jury last week, following a...

BELFAST, Maine – A judge in Waldo County has issued a final judgment of $1 million against Todd Gilday, who shot and killed a Belfast woman two years ago.

Gilday shot Lynn Arsenault, 55, and her son Mathew Day, 22,...

Law Articles

James E. O'Connell, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons

Maine is a beautiful place to ride motorcycles. With summer upon us and the increasing number of motorcyclists on our roads, there inevitably will be accidents resulting in serious injuries. Lawyers who represent motorcyclists must remember that...

James E. O'Connell, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons

For every lawyer consulting with an injured client, the key case evaluation questions are (1) how strong is the liability claim, (2) what is the value of the case, and (3) how can I collect the most money for my client. In a serious injury case...