Brian O'Connor Watson



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Brian is truly a five-point star: a lawyer with advanced engineering and business experience who is as comfortable litigating cases in the courtroom as he is creating solutions at the negotiation table.

Before his legal career, Brian caffeinated his way through law, engineering, and business graduate schools while working full time. He’s been on the factory floor, in the field, at the engineering centers, and in the corporate headquarters. He understands first-hand the issues facing his clients and their own internal business, operations, and technical stakeholders.

And deep in his humble Wisconsin roots lies a penchant for aggressive fact finding that comes from an obsessive attention to detail, tireless work ethic, and vibrant creativity. He’s tracked down crucial witnesses, dug through historical records, and startled opposing counsel with game-changing evidence. He’s exhausted experts, asking every question as if it’s his last and determined to get an answer. And he’s delivered results in writing motions, reaching settlements, and trying cases.

As a trusted advisor, skilled negotiator, and courtroom lawyer, Brian has successfully represented national and international companies in the food, automotive, children’s products, agricultural, chemical, medical, industrial products, aviation, telecommunications, transportation, construction, power, and glass industries.

Because public service is one of his core values, Brian continues to dedicate countless hours to pro bono work in a broad range of areas from constitutional and civil rights, housing discrimination, family and consumer law, to public benefits. He’s deeply proud of the commitment to public service at the firm and looks forward to a steadfast tradition of serving clients most in need.

  • Education

      • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2010, cum laude
        • Dean’s Honor List
        • Merit Scholarship
        • CALI Awards for highest grade awarded in The Corporation and the Constitution, Disability Law, Energy Law, Illinois Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property in the High Tech Era, Legal Writing IV, Litigation Technology, Mediation, Patent Office Practice, and Police Misconduct Litigation
      • Purdue University, West Lafayette, M.S., Engineering, 2005
      • DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, M.B.A., Applied Economics, Operations Management, 2004, with distinction, Delta Mu Delta
      • Michigan Technological University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, Economics Minor, 2002, cum laude


      • Judicial Extern, Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
      • Judicial Extern, Honorable Ronald S. Davis, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Law Division

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois
      • Missouri
      • Wisconsin
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
      • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
      • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
      • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Professional Memberships

    • American Bar Association

      • Section of Litigation
    • Chicago Bar Association

    • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

    • Illinois State Bar Association

    • Missouri Bar Association

    • Wisconsin Bar Association