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Robert O'Conor, Jr.

Former U.S. District Judge Robert O'Conor, Jr. is a native of Los Angeles, California and has been a Texas resident since 1946. He received his degree from the University of Texas School of Law and began his law practice in Laredo, Texas in 1958. From the inception of his law career, Robert O'Conor, Jr. has focused his practice on trials of cases in state and federal courts. He has received the highest rating ("AV") from Martindale-Hubbell, and a listing of his court admissions is noted below. He also served in the U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps, as an army lawyer (Capt., U.S.A.R.J.A.G.C.).

Robert O'Conor, Jr

In 1975, President Gerald Ford appointed Robert O'Conor, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He served the Southern District in the Laredo, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, and Houston Divisions. In 1984, he resumed the practice of law in Houston, Texas, specializing in plaintiffs' personal injury trials. He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

He is currently a member of FedArb, an association of former and retired federal judges that offers arbitration, mediation, and litigation consulting services.

With decades of trial experience — including years of courtroom hours as a federal district judge in a broad spectrum of cases — Robert O'Conor, Jr. has the right background and experience to qualify him to prosecute and try any case. He has also garnered continuing lawyer referrals. Representative cases can be found below.





  • Supreme Court of Texas, 1958
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas


  • The University of Texas School of Law (Austin, TX — 1957): LL.B., Bachelor of Law
  • The University of Texas (Austin, TX - 1956): B.A., Bachelor of Arts

Board Certification

Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Board Certified

Areas of Practice

  • Plaintiffs' Negligence Claims, Including all Professional Negligence
  • Plaintiffs' Products Liability Claims
  • Plaintiffs' Toxic Tort Claims
  • Plaintiffs' Federal Statutory Claims
  • Plaintiffs' Work Injury Claims
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Social Security Disability
  • Appeals in State and Federal Courts

Major Cases as U. S. District Judge:

  • Ross v. H.I.S.D. (Desegregation of H.I.S.D.)
  • Pemex v. Sedco (Pemex-Ixtoc I Oil Spill)
  • Schlumberger v. I.R.S.
  • Estelle Prison Desegregation
  • Nissho-Iwai Co. Ltd. v. Occidental Crude
  • U.S. v. Billy Clayton et al. (Speaker of Texas House)


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • FedArb


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