Ms. O’Connor is an attorney licensed with the State Bar of California. She counsels EsqWealth’s clients concerning litigation related matters and assists clients with their trust and estate planning strategies. She previously served as Managing Counsel at a life sciences contract research organization (CRO), where she negotiated clinical trial agreements with preeminent research institutions and provided market clearance submission development and support for global medtech and pharmaceutical industry clients.
As a practicing lawyer, Ms. O’Connor was named by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers as a leading San Diego, California lawyer for several years running, a recognition reserved for the top 5% of attorneys who have obtained a high-level of professional achievement and are highly regarded by their peers. She has also been selected by the organization as a Rising Star, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5% of attorneys in each state. For further information about Ms. O’Connor’s legal background and experience, please see her biography here. https://www.johnsonfistel.com/team/kristen-oconnor.
Ms. O’Connor holds an LL.M. degree in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude and third in her class, received the CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Writing I, Legal Writing II, Civil Practice, Contracts I, Property II, Entertainment Law Transactions, and Wills and Trusts, and received the Jefferson Medal for Mediation and Negotiation. During law school, she had the distinct honor of serving as both a faculty teaching and research assistant. She also served as an editor for the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, where her work in intellectual property was published.
Ms. O’Connor received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Lutheran University, where she received academic scholarships. During her senior year, she studied Eastern European history and the Czech language as a visiting student at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.