Practice Areas

Admiralty Law

Farrell Smith O’Connell has accumulated over 70 years of wisdom practicing law plus 70 years as USCG licensed mariners. Unique among Maritime law firms, we all know the ropes in the courtroom, on the water, and on the waterfront. Our energetic track record and firm commitment is to represent our clients with world-class legal skill, providing smart advice and effective action while keeping our bills reasonable. With TWIC credentials we readily cover the New England, North Carolina and Virginia coastlines.

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Civil Litigation

Farrell Smith O’Connell works closely with clients in general civil matters to ensure they receive the practical guidance they need and the quality representation they deserve. FSO’s clients range from individuals and small businesses to national corporations. The firm has hands-on experience in a wide range of matters and has represented clients in state and federal courts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont and other states across the nation.

Criminal Defense

At Farrell Smith O’Connell, we have in-depth experience representing clients accused of major and minor crimes. We have successfully represented clients in complex and high-profile cases during State and Federal Grand Jury proceedings, Massachusetts Clerk Magistrate (Show-Cause) Hearings Motions, Trials, and post-trial matters. We represent individuals and businesses under investigation, facing criminal charges, or those seeking early compliance with federal laws and regulations.

​Administrative Law

Farrell Smith O’Connell represents a clients on a wide array of land and water use matters, specializing in development, licensing, and permitting of water uses and zoning and planning board litigation.

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FSO provides quality service with integrity and creativity. We tirelessly work towards commonsense solutions with attention to detail and the values necessary to advance our clients' interests. FSO invests the time to listen and better understand our clients' objectives in order to provide the best possible legal representation and strategy in a timely, cost-effective, and efficient fashion.