Jeannie (Valentine) O'Neil is a litigation attorney specializing primarily in commercial and employment law. Throughout her practice, she has represented Fortune-500 companies and medium to small sized corporations and partnerships, as well as directors and officers, executive management, brokers, attorneys, accountants, and financial professionals in employment litigation matters involving restrictive covenants and ERISA matters, contract formations and disputes, FLSA violations, civil rights discrimination, and has litigated complex commercial cases concerning professional liability, breach of contract, fraud, tax shelters, white collar crime, RICO, negligence, subrogation, and bankruptcy. In addition to actively litigating cases, Jeannie counsels clients regarding risk-management and pre-suit dispute resolutions. She has engaged in precedent-setting oral arguments before the Federal and State Supreme and Appellate Courts, conducted and defended over 300 depositions of parties and experts, and participated in several federal and state evidentiary hearings, mediations, arbitration hearings, jury voir dire, other formal proceedings, as well as high exposure settlement negotiations.
Before law school, Jeannie was the Director of Compliance at a medical facility in upstate New York, where she personally created and implemented a Quality Assurance and Improvement Program to comply with the administrative regulatory requirements of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Her program was recognized by JCAHO with its highest award of commendation. As a result, she was selected to be a member of the 1997 Healthcare Edition of International Who’s Who of Professionals.
Jeannie (nee-Valentine) received her Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law, where she was an Executive Board Member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and the 1st Place Winner of the Rev. Joseph T. Tinnelly Moot Court Competition, as well as the 1st Place Winner of the Hon. Milton Mollen Moot Court Competition. She was also appointed to the St. John’s University Faculty-Student Liaison Committee and was twice named as a Selected Member of Who’s Who Among American Law Students. She received her BA in Communication Studies with Highest Distinction from the University at Buffalo School of Informatics.
Jeanne is admitted to practice before the New York State courts, as well as the Eastern and Southern District of New York United States Courts, and the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Several of her motions and oral arguments have resulted in published decisions, including Bones v. Prudential Insurance Co., 17 Misc.3d 656 (N.Y. Sup. 2007); Purchase Real Estate Group, Inc. v. Jones, 489 F.Supp.2d 345 (S.D.N.Y. 2007); Dempster v. Dempster, 06-4771-cv (2d Cir. 2008)(summary order); and Aurora Chiropractic P.C. v. Farm & Casualty Insurance Co. of CT, 4 Misc.3d 1026(A) (N.Y. Cty. Civ. Ct. 2004).
In her time away from the office, Jeannie is involved with local politics, serving as a three-term Member of the Legislative Advisory Committee for New York State Senator Serphin R. Maltese (R-Queens), and presently is a member of the Ridgefield CT Republican Town Committee. She served as a Resource Board Member of the National Association of Women Judges (www.nawj.org) and is a Member of the Republican National Lawyers Association (www.rnla.org). She is also an active volunteer with the Parkinson’s Action Network nationwide and The Smile Train charity for children born with cleft lip and palate.