Ms. O’Connell, a life-long resident of Southern Maryland, graduated from The George Washington University, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in American Studies. She then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
While in law school, she gained invaluable experience as a student-attorney of the nationally recognized University of Maryland Law Clinic, specifically with the Collateral Review Division of the Office of the Public Defender and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. She also competed on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, winning first place at the International Academy of Dispute Resolution Northeastern Mediation Tournament in 2014.
After graduating, Ms. O’Connell returned home to Southern Maryland and began a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Amy J. Bragunier, Administrative Judge for the Circuit Court for Charles County. Ms. O’Connell handled a variety of civil and criminal cases, gaining valuable insight as to what happens behind the scenes of a courtroom. During her two-year clerkship, Ms. O’Connell had the opportunity to work alongside a judge, learning what it takes to be a great litigator and advocate for your client.
Ms. O’Connell is a Member of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), is the Charles County Circuit Representative for the Young Lawyers’ Section of the MSBA, is the At-Large Chair of the Charles County Bar Association, and is a Member of the American Inn of Court of Southern Maryland. In addition, she is a Member of the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco and donates her time as a Mock Trial Coach for local high school students.