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Kevin P. O'Connell

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www.hagenoconnell.com

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Kevin O'Connell is a graduate of Fordham University (B.A.-1963, LLB-1966) and New York University (LL.M. in Taxation-1970). He served as a law clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court in 1966 and 1967 and has been engaged in private law practice in Portland, Oregon, for almost 45 years. Mr. O'Connell has been a name partner in a number of major law firms in Portland, most recently the senior partner at Hagen, O’Connell & Hval LLP. Mr. O'Connell is licensed to practice law in Oregon and is a member of the American, Oregon, and Multnomah County Bar Associations. He has represented clients in civil and criminal matters in state and federal court and has been admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Possessing expertise in a number of areas of law, Mr. O’Connell’s practice includes: federal, state, and local taxation, individual and business tax planning, estate planning, entity formation, and general corporate counseling, business and real estate transactions, probate and trust matters, representation of taxpayers in tax audits, appeals and tax litigation in state and federal courts.

Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

I tried a case for a client in the US Tax Court. As a result of the trial, the proposed assessment in the Notice of Decificency was reduced approximately 80% and penalties to the IRS were denied in the entirely. In the spring of this year, I filed a suit to remove an individual as the power of attorney, guardian and trustee of an elderly gentlemen suffering dementia. At a the hearing we presented very detailed evidence of financial elder abuse, the court ruled in my client's favor and removed the individual. The amount of restitution with which he will be charged is in excess of $400,000.00. Another financial elder abuse case we filed a very detailed motion for summary judgment and summary judgment is expected to be granted shortly.

How did you build a successful practice?

I have been an attorney for 54 years. A great deal of my practice initially came from success at trials. My first job out of law school was as a law clerk to an Oregon Supreme Court Justice. This was at a time when the US Supreme Court expanded the rights of defendants in criminal cases. However, there was no system to fund court appointed attorneys. Because of my work among many judges, I was appointed to many high profile criminal cases in the first few years of private practice. I have actually gone to trial defending the accused in three murder cases. I also had success in a few high profile civil cases. I think I have grown my practice by having exceptional attorneys working with or for me and having a terrific support team. Over the years I have received very good clients from CPAs, attorneys and other clients.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

Clearly intelligence is a very desirable attribute in an attorney! However, communication and particullary written communication is an essential skill. Clients appreciate being kept advised along the way. I do not screen calls and am readily available to anyone who calls for a consult or advice. Integrity and caring for your clients is essential for a successful attorney.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

I think because of practice and many years of experience I can provide a wealth of information during a phone consultation. I know what questions to ask and what information is needed to support meaningful advice.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

Other than age and experience, I think the other differences I may present is a broader prospective…as well as a sense of humor.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

I would say the most rewarding aspect of my practice experience is helping people and developing trusting and caring relationships

What are your other interests in addition to law?

My other interests are family, particually my nine grandchildren and our seven children. I think my wife and I enjoy going to the many restaurants that Portland has had (so many have closed during Covid 19.) My avocation is probably reading and particullary histories.

Are you involved in your community?

Over the years I have served on Oregon State Bar committees such as the judicial selection committee, fundraising committees, and parish councils for my church and was a board member at Central Catholic High School for six years. My current activity is really as a donor to charities that serve the poor and deliver food to the underserved.

Position Organization Location Duration
PartnerHagen O'Connell & Hval LLPPortland, ORPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Fordham University School of LawLL.B. Law School1966  
New York UniversityLL.M.Taxation1970
Fordham UniversityBachelors1963
State / Court Date
Oregon1966
  • Member | American Bar Association
    Member | Oregon State Bar Association
    Member | Multnomah County Bar Association
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated | Martindale-Hubbell | 2019
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(1966) Licensed as Attorney in Oregon. Verified with Oregon State Bar.October 12, 2020

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8555 SW Apple Way
Suite 300
Portland, OR 97225
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