Constance D. O’Connor represents corporations, institutions and individuals in high-profile congressional, executive commission and corporate internal investigations.

Practice & Background

Before joining Akin Gump in 2008, Ms. O’Connor served as legislative director and counsel to Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), who was then a member of the Committee on Rules and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Ms. O’Connor developed, managed and implemented the congressman’s legislative agenda and supervised the legislative team. She was also responsible for all matters before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, working closely with committee staff to conduct and prepare for investigations.

From 2004 to 2007, Ms. O’Connor was a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C., office of another major international law firm, handling securities fraud and white collar criminal defense matters. Specifically, she represented a large accounting firm in private securities fraud litigation and before the Securities and Exchange Commission, a large manufacturer in product liability and securities fraud litigation, and an audit committee in an internal investigation concerning insider trading.

Previously, Ms. O’Connor served as a legislative assistant in the office of Sen. J. Robert Kerrey (D-NE) and was responsible for the health care portfolio and other legislative issues.

Representative Matters

Ms. O’Connor’s recent matters include representing:

  • multiple clients regarding the financial crisis of 2008, including the representation of a major credit rating agency
  • several health insurance companies, corporations and a health care policy association related to health care reform
  • a major financial services corporation regarding its mortgage foreclosure and loan modification practices and oversight related to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)
  • corporations affected by the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill
  • a global energy company related to climate legislation and mine safety practices
  • a direct marketing services company regarding consumer privacy practices and legislation
  • a major utility provider in crisis management and the subsequent investigation of underlying causes and safety practices
  • a private equity fund regarding its involvement in a Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program
  • a statewide transportation authority related to its plan to develop high speed rail, and responses to congressional committees
  • a disproportionate-share hospital system regarding its participation in the 340B drug program
  • a major international retailer related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Community Involvement

Since 2010, Ms. O’Connor has served as a guardian ad litem for two minor children in a custody matter in the District of Columbia.