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Nancy Morrison O'Connor

O'Connor, Nancy Morrison


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Nancy O'Connor has represented corporate clients in labor and employment disputes and transactions since 1976, investigating, negotiating and defending claims concerning employment discrimination, labor and union matters, employee benefits, immigration, corporate responsibility and integrity and civil rights.

Ms. O'Connor represents client interests in compliance and dispute management in general commercial employment settings. She has conducted numerous internal investigations. An experienced negotiator, she manages both collective bargaining and individual executive employment compensation matters and provides guidance on labor-related issues in corporate transactional matters. She is particularly familiar with employment issues in the hospitality, academic, telecommunications, federal procurement, security and energy industries. 

Ms. O'Connor has successfully tried and argued numerous cases before federal district and appellate courts and before federal, state and local agencies including the National Labor Relations Board; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the International Trade Commission; the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Justice and Labor and the Federal Communications Commission. She also has private arbitration experience.

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Prior to joining Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Ms. O'Connor was a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston TX and Washington, D.C. She also served as Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Benefits, for Allbritton Communications Company, where she had primary responsibility for all labor, employment and benefits matters for the group's broadcast and cable television facilities and affiliated companies, as well as responsibility for compliance with federal and local statutory and regulatory requirements and the selection and supervision of outside counsel.

In the public sector, Ms. O'Connor was appointed Litigation Expert for the Office of Research Integrity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she supervised the prosecution of government scientists in allegations of scientific misconduct with respect to the discovery of the AIDS virus.

Ms. O'Connor is a frequent speaker and author. She has served as an instructor in the Notre Dame Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Program since 2004. She has served on the adjunct faculties of both the University of Texas Law School and Baylor College of Medicine. 


J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1976
B.A., magna cum laude, Gettysburg College, 1973

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th and District of Columbia Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court


State Bar of Texas
Chair, Montgomery County, MD Commission on Human Rights
Sorin Society, Founder's Circle, University of Notre Dame
St. Thomas More Society, Notre Dame Law School
Board Member, NVLSP


College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Elected Fellow
Rotary International Scholar, University of Wales
Thomson Reuters, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2007, 2013-2014
Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008
Editor on Law Review, Notre Dame Lawyer
Strafford Webinar Advisory Board
Martindale-Hubbell®AV® Preeminent™ Rating