Ryan O'Connor

Attorney

ryano@whitebirdlaw.com

Ryan O’Connor is an experienced civil litigator who represents clients through all phases of the litigation process. He handles disputes concerning business transactions, real estate transactions, construction issues, probate, and everything in between. He is particularly accomplished in the appellate arena, having served as lead appellate counsel in numerous appeals throughout Florida. In 2020, Ryan was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” in Florida’s legal community for appellate matters.

The “Rising Star” designation is awarded to the top 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40, as chosen by the attorney’s peers and independent research.


Background:

In 2013, he graduated with honors from the Florida State University College of Law where he served on the editorial board of the Florida State University Law Review and as an editor for the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy. Ryan won multiple book awards during his time at FSU (recognizing him for receiving the highest grade in his class) and also served as a teaching assistant for a Legal Research and Writing professor.

Ryan splits his time between WhiteBird’s Vero Beach and Melbourne offices. Having grown up along Florida’s Space and Treasure Coasts, he maintains close ties to both areas. Ryan spends his free time fishing, playing golf, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Prior to joining WhiteBird, Ryan spent several years as a litigator for the Orlando and Tallahassee offices of an Am Law 100 firm.

Education:

  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D. (cum laude, 2013)
    • Member of Florida State University Law Review
    • Member of Journal of Transnational Law & Policy
    • Teaching Assistant to Legal Writing & Research Professor
    • Dean’s List
  • University of Central Florida, B.A. (Political Science, 2009)
    • Dean’s List
  • Indian River State College, A.A. (magna cum laude, 2006)
    • Dean’s List

Representative Experience:

    • A Flock of Seagirls LLC v. Walton County, 7 F.4th 1072 (11th Cir. 2021) (successfully obtained the removal of an easement over beachfront property).
    • Whittington v. Whittington, -- So. 3d --, 1D21-2117 (Fla. 1st DCA Dec. 15, 2021) (successfully prevented opposing party from discovering client’s sensitive mental health records).
    • Potter v. Potter, 317 So. 3d 255 (Fla. 1st DCA 2021) (successfully defended judgment on appeal awarding alimony to client; issues on appeal concerned the proper calculation method for determining the length of the parties’ marriage where they had been briefly divorced years earlier)
    • Berthiaume v. Smith, 875 F.3d 1354 (11th Cir. 2017) (successfully obtained reversal of a judgment following a jury trial by challenging the jury selection process).
    • Bonafide Properties v. Wells Fargo, N.A., 198 So. 3d 694 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016) (successfully prevented third parties from intervening in mortgage foreclosure action).