Arthur Chapman Brendan M. O'Connell
  • Brendan M. O'Connell
  • Senior Associate
  • Co-Chair - Automobile Law
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5933  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

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Brendan brings more than ten years of personal injury, conservatorship, products liability, and professional negligence experience to his work with clients at Arthur Chapman. Clients benefit from Brendan’s first-chair jury trial and extensive pre-trial experience including taking or defending depositions, chairing arbitrations, and providing information to a multitude of institutional and risk management clients. Brendan’s experience comes from his work with a large, national law firm and the Arizona House of Representatives.   

Whether partnering with railroad clients to work through FELA matters, assisting an insurance company client with an automobile claim, or analyzing a slip-and-fall case, clients appreciate Brendan’s candid and detailed approach to case resolution. He also enjoys being involved in the community and contributing to both the legal industry and the businesses of his clients.  

Raised in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, Brendan is an avid Minnesota and University of Arizona sports fan who also enjoys following politics and spending time with his wife, Katie, and their three children.


  • “Auto-Related Panel Discussion,” Minnesota Automobile Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., September 2015
  • "Important Principles to Keep in Mind when Defending Auto-Related Claims,” The Auto Club - AAA, November 2015


University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2006
University of Arizona, B.A., 2003 (Honors: cum laude)

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 2006
Minnesota, 2013
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2007
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2015 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
Minnesota State Bar Association 
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
State Bar of Arizona
University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Program


Arizona (Inactive)

Practice Areas

Legal Team