Michael J. O’Connor, Q.C.

Founding Partner

E-mail: moconnor@mcbop.com

Michael has extensive experience in many areas of law. His preferred area of practice is civil litigation with a particular focus on personal injury claims and estate litigation. He also practices extensively in real estate, wills and estates and general solicitor's work.

Practice Areas


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Victoria, 1971
  • Law Degree (LL.B.), University of British Columbia, 1974

Call to the Bar

  • British Columbia Bar, 1975


  • Chairs and is responsible for 8 First Nations Assessment Review Boards throughout British Columbia
  • President, Government House Foundation of British Columbia
  • Co-Chair, BC Paraplegic Association Spring Fundraiser in Victoria, BC
  • Co-Chair, David Foster Foundation 25th Anniversary Gala
  • Chairman (past), Victoria Hospital Foundation Board, and Chaired its highly successful, “Together We Care” campaign raising $17 million for Southern Vancouver Island hospitals
  • Commander (past), Victoria Commandery of the Order of St. John

Michael has also held several positions at the local, provincial and national levels regarding sporting events and associations, including:

  • Vice-President, Canadian Rugby Union
  • President, British Columbia Rugby Union
  • Chairman, Canada’s first World Cup Rugby team
  • Vice-Chairman, 1994 Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, BC

Awards & Recognition

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel - December 15, 2006
  • University of Victoria, Sports Hall of Fame. Induction - 2011
  • Honourary Life Member, Victoria Sports Hall of Fame. Induction - 2009
  • Recipient, Queen’s Jubilee Medal, 2002, and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012, for his outstanding public service in Canada
  • Recipient, Vice-Regal Commendation of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, 2012, for commendable service rendered to the Lieutenant Governor
  • Citizen of the Year, 1999, in recognition of outstanding citizenship and public service contribution to Victoria, BC
  • Sports Person of the Year, 1997, in recognition of outstanding leadership and personal commitment to community sports in Victoria, BC