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Christopher J. O’Connell

Phone: (856) 671-6402


Christopher J. O’Connell serves on the Firm’s Management Committee. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a highly respected national advocacy group dedicated to the preservation of the right to trial by jury. He has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction enjoyed by less than five percent of New Jersey attorneys. He was a National Semi-Finalist in the 1993-1994 Widener University Corporate Moot Court Competition. Mr. O’Connell is an executive committee member and counsel to the Southern New Jersey Insurance Claims Association. He is a faculty member of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education specializing in civil trial practice and the Charitable Immunity Act. He is also a past Trustee to the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey organization.

Mr. O’Connell practices in the areas of complex civil litigation, governmental and charitable immunity matters, trial consulting, premises liability and insurance coverage. He also defends contractors in a variety of trades in commercial and residential construction defect cases.


Seton Hall Preparatory School – 1983
Fairfield University – B.A., English, 1987
Seton Hall University — J.D., 1994

Bar Admission

  • Pennsylvania — 1994
  • New Jersey — 1995
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania — 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey — 1994

Donald J. P. Sweeney, Esquire


Sweeney & Sheehan mourns the loss of its founder, Donald J.P. Sweeney, Esquire, on June 8, 2021. He was a proud graduate of St. Athanasius Catholic School, St. Joseph's Preparatory School, Villanova University and Temple Law School. He practiced law for nearly 40 years, and founded Sweeney & Sheehan in 1971. He was active litigator and he specialized in catastrophic product liability cases. Don supported his children's activities, serving as soccer coach at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and President of the CYO. He was a lector for nearly 48 years and a member of the choir. He was an active supporter of St. Joseph's Prep and was awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1999 and the Rev. Charles Schnorr, SJ '37 Service Award in 2005. He retired from the practice of law in 2004.

Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann, his children, Shannon, Patrick, Daniel, Gerard and Suzanne, and ten grandchildren.

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