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Frank C. O’Connor, III, joined Gleason, Dunn, Walsh & O’Shea in 1989 as a principal, and was the managing member of the firm from 2002 through 2021.  His practice primarily involves commercial and transactional matters.  A significant percentage of his clients consist of commercial banks (serving as lender’s counsel in mortgage, interest rate Swaps, and other business financing arrangements), medical groups (contract and insurance negotiation, employment, and purchase and merger agreements), and construction industry clients (acquisitions, financing and construction contracts.

Prior to his affiliation with the firm, Mr. O'Connor served in the New York State Court of Claims from September 1980 through February 1989. During that period he served as Law Clerk to the Hon. James C. O’Shea, Utica, New York, and to the Hon. Thomas J. Lowery, Syracuse, New York; subsequently as Senior Law Clerk to the Hon. Harold E. Koreman, Presiding Judge of the New York State Court of Claims; later as Executive Assistant and Senior Law Clerk to the Hon. Donald J. Corbett, Presiding Judge of the New York State Court of Claims. During this period Mr. O’Connor also served in a Senior Law Clerk capacity to the Hon. Louis C. Benza, of the New York State Court of Claims, in the Public Improvement Contracts Part.

During the past 44 years, Mr. O’Connor’s legal career has extended to all aspects of commercial transactions, including condemnation and tax certiorari proceedings; the negotiation of contracts for physician groups and for highway and building contractors; also serving as counsel in real estate and business acquisitions financing, and as bank counsel on commercial mortgages and syndicated loans, and representing borrowers in loan and securitized transactions. He has also served as receiver in judicial dissolution proceedings, as counsel in adversary proceedings in Bankruptcy Court and as a Court appointed guardian in Supreme and Surrogate’s Courts.

Bar Admissions
  •  New York 
  •  United States District Court, Northern District  of New York
  •  United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit    
  • J.D., cum laude, Albany Law School of Union University, 1980            
    • Albany Law Review Member (1979-1980)
    • Member, Justinian Society          
  • B.A., cum laude, Union College, 1977
  • Fordham University, 1973-1974 
Professional Associations
  • American Bar  Association
  •  New York State Bar  Association
  •  Albany County Bar  Association
Community Involvement
  • Member, Board of  Directors, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, 2018-Present (Treasurer 2019-2020;  Vice President 2021; President 2021-Present)
  • Member, Board of  Directors, TD Banknorth (New York Advisory Board), 2004-2006
  • Past President, St.  Madeliene Sophie Mens’ Association
  • Past President,  Guilderland Parent Teacher Association
  • Member, Fort Orange Club, Albany, New York
  • Member, BPOE Lodge No.  2480
  • Past President, Chi  Association of Phi Gamma Delta
Notable/Reported Cases
  • Golub Corp. and K-Mart  Corp. v. Curry Rd. Ltd., 94-9213 (U.S. Ct. of App., 2d Circuit)
  • Kunker v. Isle Harbor  Estates, 292 AD2d 679 (3d Dept. 2002)   
  • Morgan v. Kunker  Trust, 268 AD2d 749 (3d Dept. 2000)
  • Pinnacle Environmental  v. R.W. Granger, 245 AD2d 773 (3d Dept. 1997)
  • Matter of Proper v.  Sterling Ins. Co., 221 AD2d 751 (3d Dept. 1995)   
  • Ingber v. State of New  York, 187 AD2d 826 (3d Dept. 1992)
Who We Are
GDWO is committed to providing excellence in legal representation.

Located in New York's capital – Albany, our highly skilled and experienced attorneys are admitted to all state and federal courts in New York, as well as Connecticut, and the United States Supreme Court. We have the experience, knowledge and integrity to represent our clients in a competent, vigorous and professional manner.

Client success is our mission.