Law Offices of

Kevin T. O'Connor


Combining legal, design, and construction fluencies in commercial, residential, hospitality, education, manufacturing, subsurface, and heavy civil projects, specific competencies include:

  • Claim and Litigation Development for breach of contract, delays, change orders, and extra work
  • Arbitration and Mediation Development
  • Legal Management and Administration
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Contract Formation and Management
  • Architectural Design and Planning
  • Engineering Design and Planning
  • Budgeting and Funds Management
  • Project and Operations Management
  • Proposals
  • Strategic Planning

Notable Matters

  • Consulting Construction Attorney for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for the World Trade Center Redevelopment Program investigating, analyzing, and managing construction claims against the owner; providing claims and forensic analysis along with recommendations to Senior Port Authority Management to resolve claims; and evaluating and preparing matters for litigation.
  • Counsel on a variety of construction litigation matters around the country including interpretation and analysis of technical disputes, delays, change orders, extra work, and time extensions; alternate dispute resolution preparation and prosecution; and surety dispute and resolution.
  • Presided over the entire legal needs of a heavy civil contractor and material supplier including litigation, regulatory, general business, surety, and collection matters.
  • Performed surety construction consulting of building, roadway, and subsurface projects for private owners and government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels ranging in value from $1.5MM to $140MM.
  • Planned and executed innovative method for submitting a $10MM delay claim against and supported by New York State Department of Transportation.
  • Recovered over $2MM in unpaid change orders for a utility contractor performed over a year earlier for Consolidated Edison of New York.
  • Counseled and guided corporate controllers with financial record-keeping and profit/loss reports.
  • Created and implemented method for mechanics lien claims for hospitality clients affected by the opening and closing of their restaurants and neighboring businesses.
  • Developed new processes to manage financial responsibility of insurance companies.
  • Recovered over $1.7MM in mismanaged payroll and union benefits.
  • Analyzed legal and financial exposure including project costs, change orders, schedule delays, and potential overruns.
  • Expedited, facilitated, and managed project close-out of several heavy civil projects including obtaining payments worth over $1.5MM from city and state contracting authorities.
  • Managed projects to completion while ensuring construction methods and scheduling.
  • Supervised funds control, timing of project expenditures, and creation of delay claims.


Kevin T. O'ConnorKevin is a dynamic, outgoing attorney and architectural engineer with a unique background of nearly two decades as a trial and transactional lawyer, architect/engineer, construction consultant, negotiator, project manager, and hospitality professional who drives cooperation and collaboration among various principals with a strong client focus. Kevin has worked with contractors, designers, insurance and surety companies, consulting companies, restaurant, and other law firms to ensure the success of a variety of projects while also protecting and developing claims for those entities when necessary.

Kevin has appeared before state and federal courts; myriad federal, state, and local agencies; and arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Hospitality design, development, construction, and dispute resolution

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2007 + Southern and Eastern District, 2015
  • Missouri, 2002 + Western District of Missouri, 2002
  • Kansas, 2001 + Federal District of Kansas, 2002


  • 1999: Juris Doctorate, University of Kansas
  • 1993: Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University


Telephone: (816) 522-5262

New York:
171 Madison Avenue, Suite 305
New York, New York 10016

Kansas City:
333 W. 46th Terrace, Suite 421
Kansas City, Missouri 64112