Doug O’Connell represents companies and individuals under investigation or charged with administrative failures, regulatory violations, and white-collar crimes. He has more than two decades of experience dealing with issues such as grand jury subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and federal “target letters.” Mr. O’Connell has particular expertise in investigating cases and negotiating with prosecutors or other government officials to mitigate potential liability and exposure. He has extensive jury trial experience having first-chaired more than 100 jury trials in both federal and state courts.
In addition, Mr. O’Connell handles select civil law matters, including defending collateral civil actions, representing whistle blowers, and bringing lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs seeking justice. He regularly represents military service members and veterans unwittingly caught in the legal system, including security clearance issues, administrative separations, and petitions for the correction of military records. Mr. O’Connell also defends service members subjected to courts martial.
Along with serving Of Counsel to FH+H, Mr. O’Connell leads Austin, Texas-based O’Connell & Associates, PLLC. Mr. O’Connell routinely handles cases in multiple states across the country and has a well-earned reputation for fierce, unrelenting legal representation.
Mr. O’Connell has significant federal government experience intersecting elements of DoD, State, and the intelligence community. He served for more than 30 years in the US Army, the vast majority of that time in Special Operations. His service includes 15 years of active duty with deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and multiple locations in Africa and Central & South America. Mr. O’Connell commanded a Special Forces Operational Detachment, an Airborne Infantry Battalion, and a theater Special Operations command & control unit. His staff assignments include the 10th Special Forces Group, US Army Special Operations Command, and Joint Special Operations Command, as well as serving as the senior military officer assigned to a US State Department embassy and advising a FBI Joint Counter-Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Mr. O’Connell has also served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (State G3) for the Texas Army National Guard.
In addition to serving as a Commissioner for the City of Austin Veteran’s Commission, Mr. O’Connell has served on multiple non-profit and charity boards. He has lectured at the University of Texas School of Law, testified before the Texas House of Representatives, and was selected by two law enforcement organizations to provide representation to their officers following critical incidents.