District Court judge candidates: O'Connor brings 30 years' experience to campaign

2014-05-08T00:00:00Z District Court judge candidates: O'Connor brings 30 years' experience to campaignBy BILL O'CONNOR The Billings Gazette
May 08, 2014 12:00 am  • 

I am running for judge to bring my 30 years of experience as a trial attorney in this community to the bench. I have a broad understanding of the laws of the state of Montana, and the state and federal constitutions. I have devoted my professional life to providing the best possible advocacy for those who come to me for assistance, and I am proud of the work I have done. Now, I want to put my skills and dedication to work in a new way — as a judge.

People come to me for assistance because they know that I will work tirelessly and fearlessly to give them the best possible advice and advocacy. They come to me for my broad experience; and, they come to me because they know I can be trusted to do the right thing. For more than 30 years, it has been my privilege to represent members of our community. I have represented large and small businesses, individuals, labor unions, and the media; and I have fought tirelessly to protect our rights guaranteed by both the U.S. and Montana constitutions. I have handled a wide variety of cases before both judges and juries in District Courts across Montana, the Montana Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

My experience in all areas of the law will allow me to work effectively with counsel for all parties. I will bring efficiency to the process by focusing on the real issues, streamlining litigation, and assisting in finding a speedy resolution. This minimizes frustration, allows a quicker resolution, and reduces legal costs for all involved.

I have the demonstrated integrity to formulate judicial opinions based on the Constitution and the law. Besides being the right way to proceed, this approach also allows attorneys to give reliable advice to their clients as to outcomes. Again, this reduces frustration and expense.

The insight and wisdom I have gained as a father of three, a husband of 35 years, and a practicing lawyer in Billings for more than three decades has shaped me in valuable ways and readied me to be judge. I will bring to the bench the integrity of my professional experience, dedication, honesty and work ethic.

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