Bridget K.O'Connor


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Bridget O'Connor has built an expansive reputation as a go-to lawyer for clients involved in sophisticated disputes across the country. She has been on the front lines driving high-profile, highly technical disputes to successful conclusions in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and other forums. Bridget's successful track record spans multidistrict litigation (MDL) and investigations in a range of matters, including breach of contract, business torts, product liability, transportation, energy, and restructuring.

Bridget's clients and colleagues trust that she will master every detail in a way that will make complex issues simple for judges and juries. She has played pivotal roles in developing the legal and factual strategies in complex multidistrict and commercial litigation matters and in the presentation of those strategies at trial.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Bridget obtained in-court wins for BNSF Railway Company in a series of arbitrations; Charter Communications in its chapter 11 restructuring, obtaining a precedent-setting decision; and EFH in one of the largest and most complex restructurings in history. Bridget has also held in-court trial roles in noteworthy products liability and mass tort actions, including representing GM in the MDL Ignition Switch Litigation, Syngenta in state and federal MDL class actions addressing GMO (genetically modified organism) corn traits, and BP in the "Deepwater Horizon" MDL and related investigations.

Bridget has prioritized public interest and pro bono work throughout her career, including for the plaintiffs in a successful challenge to North Carolina voting restrictions and obtaining a stay of execution and commutation of her client's death sentence in a death penalty appeal.


  • Coalition of railroads achieve successful results in national collective bargainingJones Day was counsel for the U.S. railroad industry in one of the largest and most consequential labor matters of 2022, helping to avoid threatened work stoppages by 100,000 workers that would have gravely imperilled the U.S. economy and drew the personal attention of President Biden.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Complex Commercial Litigation

    BNSF v. J.B. Hunt: A multiweek arbitration trial addressing intermodal transport issues resulting in a $200 million plus recovery (featured in The National Law Journal).

    BNSF Railway Company v. FirstEnergy Corporation: Second chaired two-week trial for BNSF in its successful lawsuit against FirstEnergy for breach and repudiation of a long-term contract for the transportation of coal to FirstEnergy's coal-fired power plants. FirstEnergy claimed that its failure to ship coal was excused as force majeure because a recently enacted environmental regulation prevented its performance. After a two-week trial, the panel unanimously sided with BNSF. The parties subsequently reached a settlement, pursuant to which FirstEnergy agreed to pay $109 million to BNSF. The result was profiled in The American Lawyer and Law360.

    BASF Corp v. Lyondell Chemical Co.: Trial, appellate, and restructuring litigation counsel for BASF in seven-week jury trial in New Jersey state court for breach of contract. Jury verdict for client for $169.9 million. The jury verdict for BASF was one of the top 10 jury verdicts of the year nationwide and was featured as an American Lawyer "Big Suit."

    Complex Multidistrict Litigation

    In re: Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation (MDL 2591): In-court trial team member representing Syngenta in multiforum litigation involving hundreds of class action and individual lawsuits alleging damages due to the commercialization of a genetically modified corn trait in the United States prior to China approving the trait for import.

    In re General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation (MDL 2543): In-court trial team member representing GM in the successful first bellwether trial in the ignition switch litigation cases, which resulted in dismissal of plaintiff's claims mid-trial.

    In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" (MDL 2179): In-court trial team member representing BP in the civil defense of claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, numerous plaintiffs, and several states seeking recovery from BP for injury and costs allegedly attributable to the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to representing BP in numerous other investigations and proceedings relating to the incident.

    Restructuring Litigation

    In re Energy Future Holdings Corp.: Represented EFH entities in contested matters before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, in the largest operating chapter 11 case ever filed in Delaware and the seventh largest chapter 11 case filed in history.

    In re Charter Communications: Counsel for Charter Communications in 19-day trial of "one of the most hotly contested confirmation battles ever conducted," the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York found in favor of Charter on all claims in reinstating $11.8 billion in bank and bond debt and confirmation of Charter's Plan of Reorganization. The ruling was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The case was featured by The American Lawyer in its AmLaw Litigation Daily.

    In re Technical Olympic USA (TOUSA): Represented TOUSA in securities class action litigation and restructuring matters before the Southern District of Florida.

    Autres publications

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    "MDL Jury Selection," Multidistrict Litigation: Judicial and Practitioner Perspectives, 89.4 UKMC L. Rev. 923 (2021)

    Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day

    October 26, 2020
    Moderator, "Jill of all Trades," Women, Influence & Power in Law Virtual Conference