About the Bar

From the President

State Bar of Georgia President
Patrick T. O'Connor

Pat O'ConnorPatrick T. O'Connor was installed as the 54th president of the State Bar of Georgia on Saturday, June 18, at the Inaugural Gala.

O'Connor is the managing partner of Oliver Maner LLP, located in Savannah, and has been practicing there since 1990. He concentrates his law practice on business litigation, the defense of civil rights claims, and the defense of legal malpractice and other professional negligence claims. O'Connor also represents plaintiffs in select personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. A registered mediator and arbitrator, O'Connor has served in more than 1,000 cases. He is a founding member of the Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators.

O'Connor's professional involvement includes serving as president of the Savannah Bar Association (1995-96) and as a president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Savannah Bar (1988-89). He has served the State Bar as a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee, including secretary (2014-15) and treasurer/president-elect (2015-16). O'Connor is a member of the Georgia ICLE Board of Trustees and has served as a member of the State Bar of Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency. He was appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to serve as a mentor in the State Bar of Georgia's Transition Into Law Practice Program.

O'Connor has been actively involved in his community, serving on a number committees and boards, including chair of the Savannah Country Day School Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Georgia Southern University Foundation Board of Trustees and the Auburn University Dean's Advisory Council for the School of Liberal Arts. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Horizons Savannah and has served as president of The Coastal Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America.

O'Connor received his B.A. with an emphasis in journalism from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. He was admitted to the Bar in 1981. O'Connor is married to the former Carol Darby of Statesboro, and they have three children, Daniel Tyler (Maggie), Thomas Patrick (Kelly) and John Tate (Mary Grace), and three grandchildren, Liam Patrick O'Connor, Daniel Tyler O'Connor Jr. and Margaret Grace O'Connor.