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practice accolades

Labor & Employment

The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012

Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)

Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012) 

Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey

Labor-Management Relations & Labor Disputes

Ranked, National Tier 1: Labor Law - Management, U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2010)

honors + affiliations

Winner, The National Law Journal’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014)

Listed, BTI Client Service All-Stars (2014)

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Member, American Bar Association, NLRB Practice and Procedure Committee

Member, American Bar Association, International Labor Law Subcommittee

Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (1976–2003)

bar admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Charles P. O'Connor
Senior Counsel

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
United States of America
Phone: +1.202.739.5070
Fax: +1.202.739.3001

Charles P. O'Connor is senior counsel in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. O'Connor served as a partner with the firm for 32 years, from 1971 until 2003. From 2003 through 2008, he accepted a temporary assignment to serve as senior vice president and general counsel of Maersk, the U.S. subsidiary of the Danish conglomerate AP Moeller-Maersk. In 2009, Mr. O'Connor returned to Morgan Lewis as senior counsel.

Mr. O'Connor's practice focuses on labor-management relations, particularly collective bargaining. In the private sector, he has represented companies engaged in the transportation industry, including the trucking, warehousing, and maritime industries. Mr. O'Connor participated in the negotiations of the National Teamster Trucking Contract for more than 30 years. Similarly, Mr. O'Connor participated in the negotiation of the first National Master Brewery contract, the National Bituminous Coal Agreement, and the West Coast Pacific Maritime Long Shore Agreement, as well as similar regional and local single- and multiemployer negotiations. In the public sector, Mr. O'Connor's experience ranges from participation in the first National Postal Agreement to representation of local and municipal employers in negotiations with teachers and other municipal workers. In addition, Mr. O'Connor's experience includes extensive work in the employee benefits area, particularly employee benefits derived out of collective bargaining with particular emphasis on pension and health benefit issues.

Recently, Mr. O'Connor's labor-management experience has included extensive dealings in the international labor area, particularly involving employers engaged in the various transportation modes.

Mr. O'Connor is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts and before the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • Boston College Law School, 1966, LL.B.
  • College of the Holy Cross, 1963, B.S.