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O'Connor, Nancy Morrison
Nancy Morrison O'Connor
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Nancy Morrison O'Connor represents domestic and multi-national corporate clients in labor and employment disputes and transactions—investigating, negotiating and defending claims concerning employment discrimination, labor and union matters, employee benefits, immigration, corporate responsibility and integrity and civil rights.

Ms. O'Connor represents client interests both in compliance and in dispute management in general commercial employment settings. She has conducted numerous sensitive and significant internal investigations. An experienced negotiator, she manages both collective bargaining and individual executive employment compensation matters and provides guidance on labor-related issues in corporate transactional matters. She is particularly familiar with employment issues in the hospitality, energy, retail, academic, telecommunications and  security sectors.

Ms. O'Connor has successfully tried and argued numerous cases before federal district and appellate courts and before federal, state and local agencies including the National Labor Relations Board; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the International Trade Commission; the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Justice and Labor and the Federal Communications Commission. She also has private arbitration experience. She has successfully negotiated pre-litigation resolution of disputes.

Prior to joining Bracewell LLP, Ms. O'Connor was a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston TX and Washington, D.C. She also served as Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Benefits, for Allbritton Communications Company, where she had primary responsibility for all labor, employment and benefits matters for the group's broadcast and cable television facilities and affiliated companies, as well as responsibility for compliance with federal and local statutory and regulatory requirements and the selection and supervision of outside counsel.

In the public sector, Ms. O'Connor was appointed Litigation Expert for the Office of Research Integrity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she supervised the prosecution of government scientists in allegations of scientific misconduct with respect to the discovery of the AIDS virus. She has also served as Chair of the Montgomery County (MD) Human Rights Commission and its Case Review Board.

Ms. O'Connor is a frequent speaker and author. She has served as an instructor in the Notre Dame Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Program since 2004. She has served on the adjunct faculties of both the University of Texas Law School and Baylor College of Medicine.

Publications and Speeches

Co-Author, "Keep Quiet and Carry On under the EU Trade Secrets Directive," IP Magazine (Sept. 2016)

Co-Author, "It's No Secret: Employment and Federal Considerations in New Trade Secrets Law," Westlaw Journal Employment (June 21, 2016)

“Final Rule:  LMRDA Disclosure & Reporting,” In-house Presentation (June 14, 2016)

Co-Presenter, “Investigation Process at FERC and the CFTC,” In-house Presentation (Feb. 18, 2016)

“Fifth Circuit Finds Required Relocation for Meals May Make Breaks Compensable,” Texas Lawyer (Jan. 2016)

“The Incredible Shrinking Employee Confidentiality Obligation Under Expanding Federal Scrutiny,” Bracewell Webinar (Dec. 15, 2015)

“How (Not to) Engage in Collective Bargaining,” In-house Presentation (Nov. 10, 2015)

Co-Presenter, "Lawful Employment Practices," Club Managers Association of America (Annapolis, MD) (Apr. 7, 2015)

“Preventing Release From Releases as Federal Agencies Attempt to Put Separation Agreements Asunder,” The Advocate (Winter 2014)

Co-Presenter, “Staying Alert to the Real Risks to Your Association and Tips on How to Manage Them,” Annual Association Law Symposium, Washington, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2014)

Co-Presenter, “Offers of Judgment in Employment Litigation: Guidance Since Genesis,” Strafford Webinar Series (Sept. 30, 2014)

Co-Presenter, “The EEOC’s New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination,” Bracewell Webinar (Sept. 18, 2014)

Co-Presenter, “Fighting Back Against the EEOC’s Assault on Separation Agreements: An RX for EEOC v. CVS,” Bracewell Webinar (May 21, 2014)

Presenter, “Labor Issues in M&A Transactions . . . Yes, Virginia, They’re in There Somewhere,” In-house Presentation (Nov. 7, 2013)

Co-Author, “Engaging in the Interactive Process under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Bracewell Webinar (Sept. 10, 2013)


J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1976
B.A., magna cum laude, Gettysburg College, 1973

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th and District of Columbia Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court


Board Member, National Veterans Legal Services Program
Strafford Webinar Advisory Board
Sorin Society, Founder's Circle, University of Notre Dame
St. Thomas More Society, University of Notre Dame Law School


College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Elected Fellow
Martindale-Hubbell®AV® Preeminent™ Rating
Strafford Webinar Advisory Board
Thomson Reuters, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2007, 2013-2016
Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008, 2016
Editor, Notre Dame Lawyer
Barrett Trial Advocacy Award
Phi Beta Kappa
Rotary International Scholar, University of Wales