Maureen D. "Molly" O'Connor is a Swift Currie attorney who practices in the areas of automobile litigation, construction law, products liability, commercial litigation, professional liability, medical malpractice, premises liability, environmental law, nursing home/LTC litigation, catastrophic injury and wrongful death and sexual abuse/sexual assault. Her diverse practice focuses on niche mom-and-pop business owners and clients she has worked with include group homes, apartment complexes, mental and behavioral health care providers, churches and insurance companies.
As a result of Molly’s strong advocacy skills she has won dozens of bench and jury trials for her clients as well as several summary and declaratory judgments. She has also achieved hundreds of favorable results in settlements and mediations. Molly has defended a wide variety of cases throughout her career, including matters concerning automobile accidents, construction defects, employment contract disputes, premises liability cases, dog bites and daycare disciplinary abuses. She also worked on a road rage case that involved allegations of someone brandishing a firearm and a dram shop case that involved a death.
Before becoming an attorney, Molly worked as a claims representative at Federated Mutual Insurance Company and GEICO, and she earned an Associate in Claims (AIC) credential. During her time in the insurance industry she worked on both customary and unusual cases which gave her vast knowledge of the field. This experience fuels Molly’s passion for zealously representing insurance companies and their insureds and it gives her a litigation edge because she is intimately familiar with how insurance companies work from the inside. In addition, she is able to effectively provide advice to her clients on issues such as risk management and the wisdom of keeping a paper trail of what is going on in their organizations.
Molly also spent time trying criminal cases as a student prosecutor providing her the ability to handle tort cases that involve the litigation of crimes.
Molly is a straight shooter who prides herself on preparing her clients for all the possible strategies they will need to take in their cases, even if that means letting them know it is best to mitigate damages with a settlement rather than fight the case. She is extremely supportive of her clients and is there for them to address their questions or concerns. Even if clients contact her in the evening or on weekends, Molly is ready to give them her time.
Just as she works hard to advocate for her clients, she also does advocacy work on behalf of animals as well as for people who suffer from chronic illnesses such as dysautonomia, a dysfunction of the nervous system. In addition, Molly is a law student mentor and moot court competition judge.
- Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Education Committee
- Stonewall Bar Association, Board of Directors, Law Student Outreach Committee, PRIDE Committee
- Multi-Bar Leadership Council
- Atlanta Bar Association
- Lawyers Club of Atlanta
- State Bar of Georgia
When she is not working, Molly enjoys traveling as well as exploring the city of Atlanta and seeing everything it has to offer, with her two boxer puppies in tow. She also likes listening to music, viewing art and sharing good meals with friends.
Molly drafted a trial court summary judgment motion in a case concerning defamation. The motion was granted and later won on appeal.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Metro Atlanta CEO, Atlanta CityBizList, 04.22.2019
- Court of Appeals of Georgia
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2005
Indiana University, B.A., 1998
Insurance Institute of America, Inc., AIC, 2001