Daniel S. O’Connor
Practice Focus: Labor law, Employment law, discrimination law
"My role as a lawyer is to understand the needs of the client and to bring to bear my knowledge and experience to meet those needs. This approach requires me to be a teacher, a counselor or an advocate depending on the goals of the client and the circumstances of the case. I find great satisfaction in working closely with our clients to use the legal system to achieve their objectives. "
• New England School of Law, J.D.
• Note and Comment Editor, New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement
• University of Rhode Island, M.S. in Labor and Industrial Relations
• University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A.
Community Involvement and Non-Profit Activity
Chair, Wrentham Personnel Board
Board Member and Clerk, King Philip Basketball Association
Board Member, Warrior Basketball Club
Past Community Involvement and Non-Profit Activity
Legal Advisor for the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services
Member, Human Resources Committee of the Newton Community Service Center
Since 1993 Dan’s focus at Shaevel & Krems has been labor law, employment law and housing discrimination law. He has represented clients in U.S. District Court, in Superior Court, before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, at the U.S. Department of Labor, before the Division of Unemployment Assistance, before the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, before the Division of Administrative Law Appeals and the Department of Industrial Accidents as well as in arbitration and mediation. Dan has counseled clients in a broad range of employment related matters including Wage and Hour matters, ADA compliance issues, and discrimination matters. Dan has drafted personnel policies and handbooks, employment contracts and severance agreements. In addition, Dan was the principal draftsman of the appellate brief in Blanchette v. School Comm. of Westwood, 427 Mass. 176 (1998) and Ballotte v. City of Worcester, 51 Mass. App. Ct. 728 (2001).
Dan has a significant practice representing and counselling management companies in housing discrimination matters. Dan has represented clients in cases at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Cambridge Human Rights Commission and the New York State Human Rights Division.
Memberships, Teaching, and Publications
• Boston Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section
• National Employment Lawyers Association
• Labor Guild
• Norfolk County Bar Association