Brian O'Connor is a partner at Santen & Hughes who focuses his practice on litigation and dispute resolution.  As a first chair trial attorney, Brian has tried cases to a jury in federal and state courts.  His practice routinely involves briefing and arguing critical motions, often on an expedited basis.  Brian is also an accomplished appellate advocate.

For his work, Brian has been repeatedly named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.  In 2009 and 2010, Brian served as the Lead Articles Editor for the Northern Kentucky Law Review.  Brian is also a member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, a national organization comprised of approximately 200 attorneys who advocate against governmental censorship.

Outside of work, Brian is active in the community.  He is a member of the Cincinnati Curling Club (former club champion), and he also enjoys marathon running, soccer, and chess.

Click here to see Brian argue before the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Representative cases include:

  • Appointed as class counsel to represent victims in their recovery efforts from a Ponzi scheme with over $100 million in purported investments.
  • Argued and briefed a case in the Supreme Court of Ohio resulting in a unanimous decision in the client's favor.
  • Following a ten day trial, obtained a $1,114,877 judgment, including an award of punitive damages and attorney's fees, for a corporate client who was defrauded by its former employees.
  • Successful defense of a local government, at trial and at the appellate level, against employment claims brought by a former employee.
  • Obtained $260,000 jury verdict in favor of a former employee who was terminated for refusing to violate the law in the course of her employment.  The verdict was affirmed by the Kentucky Court of Appeals