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 has extensive experience dealing with complex cases, including paralyzed clients, brain injuries, and injured children. He has taken on cases resulting from a range of causes, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, plane crashes, and medical malpractice.

He also practices extensively in real estate, wills and estates and general solicitor's work.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Victoria, 1971

  • Law Degree (LL.B.), University of British Columbia, 1974

Call to the Bar

  • British Columbia Bar, 1975

Memberships

  • 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, chairing 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