Joseph A. O'Connell
Name: Joseph A. O’Connell
Firm Name: Bryan Nelson P.A.
Jurisdiction: USA - Mississippi
Practice Area: Commercial Arbitration Law

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Professional Biography:

Joe was born in Jackson, Mississippi and graduated from Hattiesburg High School. He then earned a bachelor’s degree from Millsap’s College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. While in law school, Joe received Am Jur awards in Federal Jurisdiction and Federal Procedure.

For the past 20 years, he has practiced with Bryan Nelson, P.A., and its predecessors.

In his active career as a general litigator, Joe has represented both plaintiffs and defendants and carried a wide variety of cases to final judgment, through either dispositive motion, trial, or appeal. In his practice, he has routinely handled cases with claims predicated on product defects, breaches of warranty, toxic torts, workers compensation, medical negligence, premises liability, oilfield accidents, and civil rights violations. He has also successfully handled suits arising from other diverse claims: breaches of construction contracts, a franchise agreement, and a long-term coal delivery contract; bad faith denials of insurance benefits; trademark infringement; dilution of voting rights; and life insurance claims involving potential suicides and efforts to recover accidental death and double indemnity benefits.

During Joe’s practice with Bryan Nelson, P.A., he has been authorized to handle “high exposure” cases for Mid-Continent Casualty Company, Admiral Insurance Company, Schlumberger Technology Corporation, its affiliates, and insurers, and Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, Inc., and its insurers. Baker Hughes has also designated Joe as an ‘emergency” counsel and authorized him to lead immediate post-incident investigations involving potential toxic exposure and major motor vehicle collisions.

Joe is currently admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Mississippi, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the South Central Mississippi Bar Association, the Mississippi State Bar, and the American Bar Association.

On multiple occasions, Joe has served on the board of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi and the Vestry or governing body of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Hattiesburg and have two adult children and one grandchild.


The offices of Bryan Nelson P.A. are located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Hattiesburg is known as the “Hub City” because of the major highways and railway lines that pass through the city (please see the Area Development Partnership). From our offices located in Hattiesburg, our attorneys are able to travel to at least fifteen (15) county seats within an hour or less. Hattiesburg’s convenient location has spawned one of the most economically active, dynamic and fastest growing areas in the Southeast.

The firm’s practice consists of representing individuals, as well as a variety of both large and small businesses, including insurers, banking institutions, construction firms, transportation concerns, nursing homes, medical providers, and other professionals.

Members of the firm have extensive experience in both civil litigation and legal transactions.  In the realm of civil litigation, members of the firm specialize in disputes arising from commercial transactions, construction defects and design, labour and employment, automobile accidents, premises liability accidents, medical malpractice, workers compensation,  admiralty and offshore accidents, environmental claims, and mass tort litigation. From a transactional perspective, the firm furnishes legal services associated with personal transactions such as estate planning and administration, trust preparation, conservatorships, and guardianships, as well as business transactions such as the formation of business entities, purchase and sale agreements, and real estate transactions.