Michael P. O'Connell

Michael P. O'Connell

Sole Practitioner
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
(843) 577-9890
(843) 577-9826
Everyone is entitled to good legal counsel, and Michael O’Connell offers just that. He is equipped to navigate challenging circumstances and has helped resolve hundreds of cases—from conspiracy to matters of custody and everything in between. Michael has been recognized by “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1997 and received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 2016. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar and a former member of the Resolution of Fees Disputes Board for the South Carolina Bar.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1981
  • District of Columbia, 1979


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Belmont Abbey College,
    • B.A., - 1968

Honors and Awards

  • “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1997
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Carolina Occupational Health and Safety Review Board, Member and Administrative Law Judge, 1986 - 1989
  • District of South Carolina, Assistant Federal Defender, 1991 - 1996
  • Charleston County, Chief Public Defender, 1980 - 1982
  • South Carolina Bar, Fees Disputes Board

Past Employment Positions

  • US Army, Vietnam, Sergeant, 1969 - 1971
  • Adjunct Professor of Political Science, The Citadel, 1992 - 1994
  • National Criminal Defense College, Faculty Member at the Trial Practice Institute, 1992 - 1995