Laurel O'Connor

Laurel E. O'Connor

Senior Counsel

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
San Francisco

Laurel is a member of Hanson Bridgett’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution group. Laurel litigates on behalf of the firm’s public sector clients including cities, counties, transit agencies, and special districts on a variety of civil matters in state and federal court. She has experience in many aspects of litigation including preparation of pleadings, mediation, settlement negotiations, motion practice, and trial preparation. Laurel also provides risk management advice to public sector clients with a focus on government claims procedures and defenses.

Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett, Laurel was a judicial extern for the Honorable Justice Jim Humes at the California Court of Appeal and then a law clerk for the Honorable Alan Jaroslovsky at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of California.


California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2021)

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association

Bar Association of San Francisco

Queen’s Bench Amicus Committee

Judicial Clerkships

Law Clerk to the Honorable Alan Jaroslovsky, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California (2015-2016)

Judicial Extern to the Honorable Justice Jim Humes, California Court of Appeal (2014)

Academic Distinction

Golden Gate University Law Review, Associate Editor

CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Contracts I & II, Legal Writing and Research II, Youth Law, and Professional Responsibility 

Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Torts, Property, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Remedies, and Wills & Trusts

Moot Court Board, Member


J.D., summa cum laude, Golden Gate University School of Law (2015)

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (2008)

Admissions And Courts


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

San Francisco

415-995-5804 Direct Phone
415-995-3564 Fax

Email Attorney


Firm Leadership

Women's Impact Network, Vice-Chair