Litigation Shareholder Joanne M. O’Connor was one of several panelists at the Palm Beach County Bar Association (PBCBA) continuing legal education (CLE) seminar “Writing Concisely and Persuasively,” presented by the Business Litigation CLE Committee and sponsored in part by Jones Foster.
Joanne O’Connor, a Florida Bar Board-Certified specialist in Business Litigation, was featured alongside U.S. Circuit Court Judge James Nutt and U.S. Magistrate Judge Ryon McCabe to answer questions and comments from attendees throughout the seminar while former Judge William J. Berger served as the session moderator.
The two-hour session held at the Palm Beach Bar Office focused on improving the form of written materials submitted to the Court and how to effectively prepare for hearings. Topics of the interactive discussion included examples of how to “trim the fat” in motions and filings; how to effectively respond to motions; and steps to take after filing a notice of hearing.
The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s mission is to serve its members, foster professionalism, and enhance the public’s understanding and awareness of the legal system. The organization offers members and nonmembers various ways of acquiring CLE credit hours including seminars, webinars, and conferences.
Joanne focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation including contracts and business torts, partnership and corporate disputes, civil RICO, real estate and land use litigation, and lawyer and law firm defense. Joanne has experience defending actions seeking certification of nationwide and statewide classes, including consumer claims brought under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). She counsels governmental entities on statutory, constitutional, and civil rights claims and both governmental and private entities on Florida’s Public Records Act and Sunshine Law. Joanne is an experienced litigator who advocates for her clients in jury and non-jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts and before private arbitration panels.
Joanne is actively involved in the legal community. She is the Past President of the Federal Bar Association Palm Beach County Chapter and the immediate Past Chair of The Florida Bar’s Business Litigation Certification Committee. She currently serves on the West Palm Beach Federal Courthouse Committee and the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Committee for Diversity & Inclusion.
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