Eugene O’Connor, J.D. Professor Emeritus
BS — University of Notre Dame
JD — University of Buffalo School of Law
A practicing attorney, O’Connor teaches business and commercial law at Canisius. Early in his legal career, he served as assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York, prosecuting criminal cases for the FBI, Secret Service, Immigration Service, and other government agencies. Today he specializes in sports law, pursuing research on such issues as whether NFL and USFL eligibility rules for college athletes violate antitrust laws.
O’Connor designed several courses offered at Canisius: “Business Law,” required for accounting majors; “CPA Law,” for senior accounting majors; “Corporate Taxation;” “Mergers & Acquisitions;” “Sports Law;” and two MBA courses, “Environmental and Employment Law” and “Negotiation Theory and Technique.”
O’Connor is a member of both the Erie County and American Bar Associations. Among other appointments, he serves on the Raichle Law Committee, the Council on Accountancy, and the Wehle School of Business Long-Range Planning Committee at Canisius College. Former legal advisor to the American Football Coaches Association, he is currently legal advisor to the Canisius College Athletic Department and special legal advisor to the college’s executive vice president for academic affairs.