Kristen O’Connor


Ms. O’Connor is an associate at Johnson Fistel and focuses on complex business and commercial litigation.  Prior to joining Johnson Fistel, she served as Managing Counsel at clinivation, Inc., where she negotiated clinical trial agreements and provided market clearance submission development and support to global medtech and pharmaceutical industry clients, led budget and contract negotiation with leading clinical research institutions, and drafted client clinical standard operating procedures.

Professional Qualifications and Activities:  Ms. O’Connor was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2015, and is currently admitted in good standing with the following courts:

  • All courts in the State of California
  • The United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of California

Ms. O’Connor is also a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association,
  • American Inns of Court—J. Clifford Wallace Chapter
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego

Education and Awards:  Ms. O’Connor graduated summa cum laude and third in her class from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she received the CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Writing I, Legal Writing II, Civil Practice, Contracts I, Property II, Entertainment Law Transactions, and Wills and Trusts.  She received the Jefferson Medal for Mediation and Negotiation, and was a teaching assistant for Property.  She served as an editor for the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, where her work in intellectual property was published.  Ms. O’Connor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from California Lutheran University, where she received academic scholarships.  During her senior year, she was a visiting student at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, where she studied Eastern European history and the Czech language.  Ms. O’Connor is currently pursuing an L.L.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation at Georgetown University Law Center.

Ms. O’Connor has been recognized as one of San Diego’s top lawyers by a number of third-party sources based upon peer reviews, including the following: