MehaffyWeber proudly announces Keith B. O’Connell as the recipient of the 2017 Founders Award from the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (“TADC”).
The TADC Founders Award is awarded to a TADC member whose service to and for the Association has earned favorable attention for the organization and effected positive changes for the Association. Keith has been an active member of TADC for over 35 years and has served in many different roles, including a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2012. Keith served as President from 2010 to 2011. During his time as President, Keith worked tirelessly to protect the civil justice system during the 2011 Legislative Session which notably entertained “loser pays” legislation (2011).
Keith is recognized by his peers as a leader of the legal community. He has been recognized as The Outstanding Defense Bar Leader in the Nation by DRI, the largest association of defense trial lawyers in the country (Fred H. Sievert Outstanding Defense Bar Leader Award, 2011), and received the Defense Research Institute Exceptional Performance Citation. He has been rated AV-Preeminent for over 25 years by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been repeatedly named to Texas Super Lawyers, an honor limited to the top 5% of Texas lawyers.
In addition to his leadership in TADC, Keith is actively involved in many other professional organizations. Keith is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the American Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association. He serves as a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the San Antonio Bar Foundation. He has previously served as a member of the Texas Supreme Court Task Force to Expand Legal Services and as a member of the Pattern Jury Charge IV Committee of the State Bar of Texas. Keith is a frequent invited author and speaker.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Keith has over 35 years’ experience litigating in a variety of areas including product liability, professional liability, wrongful death and personal injury, Title IX and higher education law, and labor and employment. 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.