Jared P. O'Connor

Associate

joconnor@shaheengordon.com
Super Lawyers

Jared has spent his legal career fighting insurance companies and moneyed interests on behalf of injured workers, the middle class, veterans, the disadvantaged and the disabled. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Jared worked as a chef, freelance journalist and media analyst before attending Boston College Law School in 2000. While earning his law degree, he interned for New Hampshire Legal Assistance and assisted in the landmark litigation of Hawkins v. Commissioner that secured for children in poverty the right to receive dental care from the State. He then worked with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division before ultimately entering private practice in Nashua upon graduation.

For nearly 13 years, Jared then worked for, and later became partner in, the Nashua law firm of Gawryl, MacAllister & O’Connor. He quickly built a reputation for vigorous and compassionate advocacy on behalf of his workers’ compensation clients, protecting their rights, winning benefits and, when necessary, taking their cases to the New Hampshire Supreme Court to establish important victories that have changed the law for New Hampshire citizens. He has successfully secured Social Security Disability, Medicare, Medicaid, and private disability benefits for his clients while fighting for them at the Labor Department and beyond. For these efforts, he was recognized by SuperLawyers as a "Rising Star" in the field of workers' compensation in both 2012 and 2013. Jared has also taken the lead in lobbying efforts at the State Legislature to pass laws that will improve the rights of injured workers.

Building off of his success in workers compensation appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Jared has also earned a substantial record of success as a civil appellate attorney in other areas of law. Jared has presented over 60 cases to the Supreme Court, and argued cases that have made it easier for injured workers to recover for their repetitive stress injuries, changed the way income is defined for child support calculations, and clarified the authority of courts to recognize interstate agreements to modify child support. Jared’s incisive legal analysis, good humor, and tenacious but practical attitude toward cases has earned him professional accolades and the loyalty of his clients.


Bar Admissions

  • New Hampshire, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire, 2003

Education

  • Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2003
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: BC Environmental Affairs Law Review, Editor, 2002 - 2003
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
    • B.A. cum laude - 1995
    • Major: English/Philosophy

Reported Cases

  • Appeal of Carlos Marti, __ N.H. __ (2016) (argued 2/10/16, decision pending) (Workers’ compensation; can an employee who was fired because he sought medical treatment for his workers compensation injury demand reinstatement to his job and recover lost wages from his employer?)
  • Appeal of Raymond Cover, __ N.H. __ 2016 WL 748418 (decided 2/26/16) (Workers’ compensation; do part-time workers have the right to be reinstated to their jobs after an absence caused by a work injury?)
  • IMO Ball and Ball, __ N.H. __ 168 N.H. 133 (2015) (Child support; which state’s law governs modification of support orders under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act?)
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA v. Grimes, __ N.H. __ 167 N.H. 536 (2015) (Landlord/tenant: Can a landlord evict a tenant because the landlord wants to sell the property in a vacant state?)
  • Leeds v. BAE Systems, 165 N.H. 376 (2013) (Wrongful termination: should the trial court have granted summary judgment on a claim of self-defense during workplace assault?)
  • IMO Regan and Regan, 164 N.H. 1 (2012) (Child support: can the trial court order an obligor to pay for medical expenses out of his self-support reserve?)
  • Appeal of Timothy Carnahan, 160 N.H. 73 (2010) (Workers’ compensation: is the law’s definition of “gainful employment” the same as the Court’s concept of “earning capacity” for purposes of finding an injured worker totally disabled?)
  • Appeal of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 156 N.H. 677 (2008) (Workers’ compensation: will the law recognize an injured workers’ new repetitive stress injury when overlaid on an older, symptomatic injury caused by trauma?)
  • IMO State and Taylor, 153 N.H. 700 (2006) (Child support: are proceeds of a personal injury settlement considered “gross income” for purposes of calculating a child support obligation?)
  • Merchants v. Hardy, 153 N.H. 485 (2006) (insurance law: will a general liability policy preclude a claim for select damages not compensable under workers’ compensation?)
  • Berry v. Watchtower, 152 N.H. 407 (2005) (tort law: do clergy members have a statutory or common law duty to report sexual abuse of children to lay authorities?)
  • Osman v. Gagnon, 152 N.H. 359 (2005) (civil procedure: does res judicata bar counterclaims in Superior court following a final hearing in small claims court)

Sample Settlements and Verdicts

  • $357,000 in combined workers compensation and personal injury settlement for worker who suffered a debilitating hip injury following a job-related auto accident
  • $250,000 for an auto transport worker with a fractured pelvis
  • $240,000 for mechanic yard worker with a crush injury to the leg
  • $230,000 for equipment technician with a lumbar back injury
  • $185,000 for a construction worker whose cervical radiculopathy was aggravated by auto accident while on the job
  • $90,000 for a dry cleaner employee who developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • New Hampshire Association for Justice, Governor at Large, Co-chair of Legislative Committee
  • NH Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section
  • American Inns of Court

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