Kevin J. O'Connell

T: (617) 274-2862
  • Boston College Law School (J.D., 1989)
  • College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1986)


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"As a foreign company it is quite daunting to acquire another company in the US, but with Kevin's professional support we overcame all obstacles. His insight and advise proved to be invaluable. Highly recommended!" - Comment from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Survey
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Kevin is a giver of practical advice to businesses and a trusted advisor to many of New England's finest middle-market manufacturers, distributors, service providers and technology companies. He maintains a sophisticated and diverse practice with particular focus on transactional representation, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, the structuring of joint ventures and strategic relationships, and angel, venture, private equity, commercial lender and other financings. Kevin counsels clients in the food and beverage, health care, technology, telecommunications, energy, engineering, transportation, manufacturing and professional services sectors on a broad range of business issues, including on-going general representation, licensing and intellectual property, contracts and commercial matters.

In his more than 27 years of practice, the principal focus of Kevin’s practice has been M&A, and he has negotiated and closed countless mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and similar transactions. As a valued and trusted advisor, Kevin serves many of his clients as outside general counsel, and advises them regularly regarding angel, venture, private equity and other financings; contract and commercial matters; and licensing and other intellectual property matters.

Kevin is a member of The North American Regional Council of World Services Group. In 2017, Kevin assumed the role of Partner in Charge of Verrill Dana’s Boston office.

Outside of the office, Kevin is an active member of the community. He is a Trustee of The Timothy O'Connell Foundation, which he and his wife Joanne founded in loving memory of their son Timothy and is dedicated to pediatric cancer-related causes. Kevin also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Art BeCAUSE, and of Make-a-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is the Chair of the St. Mary's Parish (Holliston, MA) Cemetery Committee and a member of its Finance Council. He has coached all four of his sons in organized youth baseball, basketball and soccer leagues, and recently, his sons have been teaching Kevin how to play golf, a game he has played for nearly 40 years.

Public Service

Board of Directors, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode 
Board of Directors, Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation
Board of Trustees, The Timothy O'Connell Foundation


  • Boston College Law School (J.D., 1989)
  • College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1986)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • Rhode Island (INACTIVE), 1991
  • New York, 1997


AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under 
    Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Closely Held Business