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Civil Defense Litigator

Emily O'Connor

Associate in Belleville

Emily O'Connor's practice includes representing railroads in Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) cases as well as facilities, nurses and staff in nursing home litigation. Emily is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC), attending their training sessions to enhance her skills as a litigator. Emily works closely with her clients, building personal relationships, serving as a reliable resource, and fostering effective collaboration. Detail-oriented by nature, Emily strives to make even the tiniest details work together for the best possible outcome.

Representative Experience:

  • Successfully secured multiple dismissals and transfers of railroad occupational disease matters through forum non conveniens motion practice.
  • Obtained dismissal of premises liability case based on lack of personal jurisdiction and forum non conveniens.
  • Achieved multiple dismissals of railroad occupational disease matters in FELA negligence and premises liability case, with no payment.


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • USDC, Central District of Illinois
  • USDC, Northern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Baylor University, B.A. Psychology

Memberships & Activities

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
    • Board Member (2019-2021)

Community Involvement

  • Local Church - Community Youth Leader and Mentor