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O'Connell Law, PLLC

Doug O’Connell is a licensed attorney with over 20 years of experience in criminal and military-related law. A former prosecutor who is also an Army Special Forces Colonel (Green Beret), Doug represents people accused of state and federal crimes, and also handles certain Civil Law matters. He maintains a general criminal practice but specializes in weapons and firearms offenses, and defending service members who may also face collateral consequences in their military careers due to criminal charges. Doug is the youngest of six children and attended college on a ROTC scholarship. After several years of Active Duty at Fort Hood, Doug became a reservist and went to law school, graduating from Wake Forest University, and has been licensed to practice in Texas since 1994. Doug began prosecuting crimes that year in Austin, TX, as a misdemeanor prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s Office. Later Doug served as a felony prosecutor with the Travis County D.A.’s Office, before moving to the United States Attorney’s office in Austin where he was a Special Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting federal crimes. Over the years, Doug prosecuted countless cases including over 100 jury trials in county, state and federal court including capital murder. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, Doug returned to Active Duty. He deployed to Iraq with U.S. Army Special Forces-10th Group and Afghanistan with the US Special Operations Command. Later, Doug became the Director of Operations (G3) for the Texas Army National Guard, overseeing the training and operations of 19,500 Texas guardsmen. From 2011-13, Doug served in Washington, D.C., New York, and other locations with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and served on the FBI’s Manhattan, NY based Joint Terrorism Task Force which investigates terrorism-related cases arising out of the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Along the way, Doug earned two Master’s degrees, one in Homeland Security from the Naval Post Graduate School and the other in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Doug currently Commands a Special Operations Unit in the Texas Army National Guard focused on enhancing the counter terrorism capacity of African Countries facing threats from Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and other violent extremist groups. Doug uses mission-focus, strategic analysis, and extensive experience in criminal and military-related law to benefit his clients now in federal and state court, including Travis County Veterans Court. He also consulted on complex, multi-jurisdictional cases where service members face state and military charges with career and family implications. Doug serves on the Vestry of his Episcopal Church as a Director of the Texas Lyceum, and as a Board Member of Songwriting with Soldiers.