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Kristopher J. O'Connell

“The ability to practice law, gives you the ability to make change. Here at Manly, Stewart and Finaldi, we choose to make the change for the better. We help our clients get through a difficult and traumatic time, while also advocating for change in policies and procedures that will protect individuals in the future.”

Kris is a Southern California native, growing up in Orange County. After graduating high school, he served active duty in the United States Air Force for six years as an avionics technician. While serving in the Air Force he obtained a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Shortly after separating from the military, Kris obtained his law degree from Western State College of Law.

Prior to joining Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, Kris worked as house counsel for some of the world’s largest insurance carriers litigating personal injury cases. After working for insurance companies for several years, he made the change to representing victims of catastrophic injuries. He litigated catastrophic injury cases for six years before joining the Manly, Stewart & Finaldi team. Kris works exclusively in the personal injury division, representing survivors of sexual abuse, harassment, and molestation, against public entities, private entities, the Catholic Church, and more


  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,B.A.
  • Western State College of Law, J.D.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)