Keith B. O'Connell

Keith B. O'Connell
Shareholder
San Antonio
t: 210.824.0009
keithoconnell@mehaffyweber.com
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Keith B. O’Connell is a shareholder in the San Antonio office of MehaffyWeber. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he has over 35 years’ experience litigating in the areas of product liability, professional liability, wrongful death and personal injury, Title IX and higher education law, labor and employment, business disputes and construction defect. His experience includes representing clients across the State of Texas in civil litigation in both state and federal courts.


Keith graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in English in 1978. He received his Juris Doctor in 1981 from St. Mary’s University School of Law where he also served as the Senior Associate Editor for the St. Mary’s Law Journal from 1980 to 1981. His publication Products Liability: Manufacturer’s Liability for Products Not Unreasonably Dangerous When Originally Marketed, A Commentary on Bell Helicopter v. Bradshaw, appear in the St. Mary’s L. J. 494 (1980).

Awards and Recognition

  • The Fred H. Sievert Outstanding Defense Bar Leader Award (DRI)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent for Over Twenty-Five Years
  • Named to Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson-Reuters
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) Exceptional Performance Citation
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Peer Review Rated One of Best Lawyers by San Antonio Scene Magazine
  • Who’s Who in Law and Accounting by San Antonio Business Journal

Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation and Paper: “What’s New with the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 2015 Annual Meeting, New York City, New York, September 16-19, 2015.
  • Presentation: “Panel – Recruiting and Retaining Clients: Rebooting Your Legal Self,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 2015 Spring Meeting, Galveston, Texas, April 29-May 3, 2015.
  • Presentation and Paper: “Expedited Trials,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Civil Trial Law Course 2014, Houston, Texas, October 29-31, 2014.
  • Presentation: “Luncheon Panel – Energy Law in Texas: Oil, Gas and the Litigation Climate,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 2014 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, September 24-28, 2014.
  • Presentation and Paper: “Expedited Trials,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Civil Trial Law Course 2014, Dallas, Texas, August 20-22, 2014.
  • Presentation and Paper: “Civil Justice Reform, the Pursuit of Virtue and The Tale of the Monkey’s Paw,” Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, 2014 Annual Meeting and Seminar, Bentonville, Arkansas, August 1-2, 2014.
  • Presentation and Paper: “Expedited Trials,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Civil Trial Law Course 2014, San Antonio, Texas, July 14-16, 2014.
  • Presentation: “Legislative Update – Defense and Plaintiff,” State Bar of Texas Soaking Up Some CLE: A South Texas Litigation Seminar, South Padre Island, Texas, May 15-16, 2014.
  • Presentation and Paper: “A Close Look at Expedited Jury Trials Under the New Rules – A Panel Discussion,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Spring Meeting, Washington D.C. April 9-13, 2014.
  • Presentation and Paper: “Expedited Trial,” State Bar of Texas, Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case, San Antonio, Texas, October 31-November 1, 2013.
  • Presentation: “Civil Justice Reform – Impact on the Legal Profession,” San Antonio Bar Association, San Antonio, Texas, August 22, 2013.
  • Presentation and Paper: “Wild Horses: When Legislation and the Courts Go Horribly Wrong,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel In Conjunction with the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Summer Meeting, Whistler, British Columbia July 17-21, 2013.
  • Presentation: “Dealing with the Practical Implications of the New Rules for Expedited Actions: A Perspective From Both Sides of the Bar, and the Bench,” Litigation Section of the San Antonio Bar Association, co-sponsored by the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas, March 26, 2013.
  • Presentation: “Expedited Jury Trials and Early Motions to Dismiss: What This Means For A Trial Practice,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel Spring Meeting, Austin, Texas, April 3-5, 2013.
  • Presentation: “New Supreme Court Rules On Early Motions to Dismiss and Expedited Jury Trials and Legislative Update,” Austin Bar Association Bench Bar 2013 Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 12-13, 2013.
  • Presentation: “The New Rules on Expedited Jury Trial Procedure and Early Motions to Dismiss,” Collin County Bar Association, McKinney, Texas, February 28, 2013.
  • Presentation: “The New Rules on Expedited Jury Trial Procedure and Early Motions to Dismiss,” Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, February 7, 2013.
  • Presentation: “The New Rules on Expedited Jury Trial Procedure and Early Motions to Dismiss,” San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas, January 30, 2013.
  • Presentation: “Legislative Hot Buttons: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, San Francisco, California, September 26-30, 2012.
  • Presentation: “Legislative Update 2012 – 82nd Regular & Special Session,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Course (Dallas, July 11-13, 2012; San Antonio, August 8-10, 2012; Houston, October 24-26, 2012).
  • Presentation: “There Were Other Bills Besides HB 274: A Recap,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Maui, Hawaii, September 27-October 1, 2011.
  • Presentation: “The 82nd Legislature: Understanding the Legislative Process and the Impact of the Session On Your Practice,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Ruidoso, New Mexico, August 12-13, 2011.
  • Presentation and Paper: “The Plaintiff: The Forgotten Witness,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Course, August 10-12, 2011.
  • Presentation: “Legislative Update: Litigation,” State Bar of Texas CLE Webcast and Phone Seminar, August 9, 2011.
  • Presentation: “The 82nd Legislature: Understanding the Legislative Process and the Impact of the Session On Your Practice,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Houston, Texas, July 28, 2011.
  • Presentation: “The 82nd Legislature: Understanding the Legislative Process and the Impact of the Session On Your Practice,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Beaumont, Texas, June 30, 2011.
  • Presentation: “The 82nd Legislature: The Road Goes on Forever and The Party Never Ends / I Wish Hard Livin’ Did Not Come So Easy to Me,” co-sponsored by the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio Bar Association, and Texas Association of Defense Counsel, San Antonio, Texas, June 28, 2011.
  • Presentation: “The 82nd Legislature: Understanding the Legislative Process and the Impact of the Session On Your Practice,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Fort Worth, Texas, June 16, 2011.
  • Presentation: “The 82nd Legislature, Legislative Update and HB 2031, HB 274, HB 2661 and HB 1427,” Texas Association Defense Counsel, Amarillo, Texas, April 7, 2011.
  • Faculty: Texas Association of Defense Counsel 29th Annual Trial Academy, March 2011.
  • Presentation: “The 82nd Legislature: Budget, Redistricting and Proposed Reform to the Civil Justice System,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Austin, Texas, February 17, 2011.
  • Presentation: “The 82nd Legislature: Budget, Redistricting and Proposed Reform to the Civil Justice System,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Dallas, Texas, January 6, 2011.
  • Presentation: “The 82nd Legislature: Budget, Redistricting and Proposed Reform to the Civil Justice System,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, McAllen, Texas, December 17, 2010.
  • Presentation: “Ethical Duties of Insurance Defense Counsel – Panel Discussion,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Spring Meeting (2007).
  • Presentation and paper: “Fraud, Conspiracy, Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Plaintiff’s Conduct as a Defense to Intentional Torts: Issue Submission Under Pattern Jury Charge Volume IV,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Spring Meeting (1999).
  • Presentation and paper: “Fraud, Conspiracy, Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Plaintiff’s Conduct as a Defense to Intentional Torts: Issue Submission Under Pattern Jury Charge Volume IV,” 2nd Annual Bench Bar Conference (March 1999).
  • Presentation and paper: “Fraud, Conspiracy and Pattern Jury Charge Volume IV,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Fall Meeting (1996).
  • Practice Skills Course, State Bar of Texas (1986).