Caitlin E. O’Connell


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Caitlin O’Connell represents clients in complex commercial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts nationwide. In her appellate practice, she has prepared briefs in courts for the Eighth and Eleventh Circuits, the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals on matters involving product liability, insurance coverage, ERISA and the False Claims Act.

In the trial process, Caitlin participates in case strategy, motion practice, fact and expert discovery, and alternative dispute resolution. She has written successful dispositive, pretrial and post-trial motions on a range of issues.

Before joining Dowd Bennett, Caitlin was an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C., where she represented a large financial institution in connection with internal, congressional and executive agency inquiries.

Caitlin also was a Madison Fellow at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, focusing on appellate matters. She represented the plaintiffs in a U.S. Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of legislative prayer in local government bodies and drafted briefs on healthcare issues in the federal courts of appeals.

Caitlin is a former law clerk to the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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