Jerome F. O’Neill
Jerry O’Neill has over 30 years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death litigation on behalf of injured people and the survivors of those who died as the result of the negligence of individuals and corporations. He has specific expertise in complex personal injury and death cases involving defective products, electrocution, motor vehicle crashes, medical negligence and bicycle crashes. He has brought claims against other lawyers for legal negligence, as well as represented individuals who were injured seriously by drunk drivers and survivors of childhood sexual abuse. He has tried over 75 jury cases to verdict.
Jerry was a law clerk to Judge Albert W. Coffrin of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont and Judge Sylvia Bacon of the District of Columbia Superior Court. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner for 27 years in his firm, O’Neill Kellner & Green.
After finishing his clerkships, he served for 8 ½ years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont.
Jerry has represented mass tort victims as well as individuals and families in personal injury and wrongful death cases. In recent years he has represented over 80 individuals who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
He tried jury cases to verdict as lead counsel against the Burlington Vermont Catholic Diocese and has collected over $30 million in verdicts and settlements against this defendant alone. As part of his practice, he continues to pursue those who have abused or are responsible for sexual abuse of children, as well as represents other crime victims.
Jerry’s largest verdict as lead counsel was $32 million.
Honors & Awards
Jerry was selected to be a member of the International Society of Barristers. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 1991 and in New England Super Lawyers since 2007. He has held an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell since 1983 and has been named as a “litigation star” in Benchmark’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys since 2008.
Jerry is a member of the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association, the National Crime Victim Bar Association, the Vermont Bar Association and the Vermont Association for Justice. He speaks on litigation topics several times each year throughout the United States and is on the board of the American Association for Justice’s National College Advocacy, of which he has twice been the co-chair. He is a co-chair of the Jury Bias Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. In addition, he serves by appointment by the Governor of Vermont as a member of the board of the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services. He is a past chairman of the Burlington Police Commission and a past president of the National Crime Victim Bar Association.
Jerry is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals and the Vermont Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont.