Kevin J. O'Connor (attorney)

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Kevin J. O'Connor serves as general counsel at Point72 Asset Management. Previously, he served as an attorney appointed by President George W. Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as Connecticut’s 48th United States Attorney in 2002. From January to April 2006, O'Connor served as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States. In 2007, O'Connor served as Chief of Staff to United States Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. In 2008, O'Connor was unanimously confirmed as Associate Attorney General of the United States, the number three position at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), a post he held until 2009, when he left the DOJ to join the law firm of Bracewell and Giuliani.[1][2]

Legal Education[edit]

O’Connor graduated in 1992 with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law and with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1989.

Legal career[edit]

From 1992 to 1993, O'Connor served as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Timbers of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

From 1993 to 1995, O'Connor was a litigation associate at the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City.

From 1995 to 1997, O'Connor served as a Staff Attorney and Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement of the United States Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, O'Connor was a partner in the law firm of Day, Berry & Howard. While with Day, Berry & Howard, O'Connor also served from 1999 to 2001 as Corporation Counsel for the Town of West Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1998, O'Connor was the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Connecticut's heavily Democratic 1st district. He was defeated by John Larson 58% to 41%.[3]

O'Connor served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law through 2015. From 1996 to 1997, O’Connor served as Adjunct Professor at the National Law Center at George Washington University.

In 2015, O'Connor was appointed general counsel at Steven A. Cohen's Point72 Asset Management.


Legal offices
Preceded by
William W. Mercer
United States Associate Attorney General
2008 – 2009
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Perrelli