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Leeward Law provides personalized services to its clients based on their specific needs. Our legal expertise and maritime knowledge allows us to advocate for clients who have been injured on or near navigable waters. If you’ve been injured due in part due to the negligence of someone else, you may be eligible for compensation. Our services are offered on a contingency fee basis so there’s no fee unless we secure a financial recovery for you. 

No recovery, no fee.
Patrick O'Connor

Maritime Attorney

Patrick O'Connor is an attorney and licensed Merchant Marine Officer. After graduating from SUNY Maritime College he worked on deck and in the wheelhouse aboard tugboats on the Intracoastal Waterway, the Upper and Lower Mississippi River and the Ohio River. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctor Degree from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. 

Patrick is a former Partner of Hill, Betts and Nash LLP, one of the last remaining original maritime firms in New York City. After practicing as a maritime defense trial attorney in New York and New Jersey, he returned to New England and formed Leeward Law to advocate for his clients.

Patrick holds a USCG Third Mate License Unlimited Tonnage and sails recreationally.

Experienced personal injury maritime attorney Patrick O'Connor

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State 

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York 

  • State of New Jersey

  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • United States District Court for ​the District of Massachusetts


  • Maritime Law Association of the United States

  • Fort Schuyler Maritime Alumni Association

  • The Propeller Club of the Port of New York and New Jersey

  • New York City Bar Association

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