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Eileen Marie O’Connor is an accomplished trial lawyer who has spent her entire career working to help victims of wrongdoing achieve justice. She is a partner in her family law practice, O’Connor Law Group, LLC, where she zealously represents victims of medical negligence, elder abuse and nursing home neglect. She has handled several high-profile civil rights cases. Eileen has tried dozens of cases to verdict. Her advocacy has led to changes in legislation that protect the rights of injured workers and the civil rights of lower income and minority families.

Eileen has spent countless hours representing clients on a pro bono basis. She’s committed to giving a voice to the underserved. For example, Eileen has represented criminal defendants at both the trial and appellate level, ensuring equal access to justice. She assists undocumented immigrants in obtaining legal residency.

Through her representation of a senior citizen who fell victim to elder abuse, she discovered that her daughter, afflicted with both physical and mental deficits, became homeless after she and her mother were evicted from their home. Eileen spent substantial time and financial resources to reunite her with her brother who she had not seen in over 30 years. She also assisted her in obtaining social security and other governmental benefits.

After being turned down by several other attorneys, Eileen represented a 5-year-old boy who suffered burns to over 85% of his body. The family was residing in deplorable conditions, paying rent to a slumlord. Eileen obtained a $5MM consent judgment against the slumlord, essentially putting the corporation out of business.

In addition to her legal work, Eileen is very active in her community. Eileen volunteers to mentor both high school and law school students; she volunteers with Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, which coordinates activities on behalf of women and children in need; she is active in the ITLA Women’s Caucus which engages in service community projects, recently volunteering to cook dinner for a group of homeless, at-risk women. She is active in the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association, coordinating social and philanthropic events in the neighborhood, including organizing block parties and organized park cleanups.

Eileen comes from a strong Democratic working-class family, growing up on the south side of Chicago. Her parents instilled a strong sense of family values, work ethic, and commitment to service to others.

She has been named by Illinois Super Lawyers as a top personal injury attorney in Chicago and has authored and presented several continuing legal education seminars in the areas of tort law and Medicare related issues. She has been rated positively by all the bar associations which have reviewed her credentials to serve as Judge.

Eileen graduated cum laude, with a finance degree from University of Illinois, Champaign and with honors, from Chicago Kent College of law. Eileen served on the Chicago Bar Association’s Board of Managers, the Nominating Committee, and Judicial Evaluation Committee; and Chair of the CBA Tort Litigation Committee. She served on the Assembly for the Illinois State Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and on the Tort Law Section Council for the Illinois State Bar Association. She is an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Women’s Caucus.

Eileen lives in the West Town neighborhood with her husband Josh and their daughter Reilly.