Edward A. O’Connell, Esq., has served as an Assistant United States Attorney (“AUSA”) for the District of Columbia since 2002. Mr. O’Connell has spent the majority of his career practicing in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, prosecuting misdemeanors, narcotics, weapons, and violent crimes. He is currently a prosecutor in the Homicide Section, where he investigates and prosecutes all vehicular homicides in Washington, DC.
During his tenure as an AUSA, Mr. O’Connell has briefed and argued several appeals before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He has also prosecuted narcotics and weapons offenses in the United States District Court. Mr. O’Connell has served as a Community Prosecutor, addressing crime in specific neighborhoods of Washington. He has also been active in Project LEAD, teaching elementary school students about citizenship and the Justice system. Mr. O’Connell has received numerous special achievement awards while serving as an AUSA. Mr. O’Connell was previously an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, where he prosecuted juvenile delinquency, narcotics, weapons offenses, and violent crimes.
Mr. O’Connell is active in the John Carroll Society, the Thomas More Society of America, the William B. Bryant American Inn of Court, the Barristers, the Assistant United States Attorneys Association for the District of Columbia, and the Catholic Charities Legal Network.
Mr. O’Connell was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Catholic University of America and his Juris Doctor degree from Quinnipiac School of Law. Mr. O’Connell previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rufus King III at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.