Since Brian O'Neill began immigration law practice in 2002 he has acquired a strong reputation among his colleagues and adversaries for excellence and attention to detail. His informal "mentoring" of colleagues in the immigration bar, who have sought his advice on difficult cases over the years, has resulted in a number of attorneys having a more formal association with him. At present Brian O'Neill has no less than six “of counsel” lawyers who maintain their own practices, but who work with him on different matters.
Brian D. O'Neill is a highly experienced attorney celebrating nearly 40 years as a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars. In 1971 he graduated from the University of Maryland with High Honors and a B.A. degree in Government & Politics. After service in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1974, he attended Rutgers-Camden School of Law, where he was on the Editorial Board of the Rutgers-Camden Law Journal. He obtained his J.D. Degree with Honors in 1977.
Brian O’Neill first worked as a litigator with Rawle & Henderson, a well-known firm in Philadelphia. In 1980, he joined the legal staff of Curtiss-Wright Corporation in northern New Jersey, where he quickly mastered defense procurement law, contract law and employment law, and became the chief legal officer of the Company in 1999.
In 2001 Brian O'Neill left corporate life and began a private practice that combines business, employment and immigration law. He is now a highly respected immigration advocate. He has proved time and again that he can handle difficult, life-and-death cases that go far beyond routine immigration applications.
Brian O’Neill’s immigration practice covers virtually all areas of this complex field of the law. He and his Of Counsel team handle complex asylum and family immigration matters, waivers, immigration criminal consequences issues, defenses to removal in immigration court, Special Immigrant Juvenile matters, business immigration and naturalization matters. He also handles employment claims and commercial cases.
Brian O’Neill is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, New Jersey Chapter; the National Employment Lawyers Association, New Jersey Chapter; and the New Jersey Bar Association.
Outside the law, O'Neill has authored and edited a number of well-received books about American aviation in World War II. Half A Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer: B-17s Over Germany(McGraw-Hill, Special 2nd Ed. 1999) has been continuously in print since the first edition was published in 1989. O'Neill's illustrated history of the U.S. Eighth Air Force's 303rd Bombardment Group (Osprey Publishing Ltd. 2002) is a popular title in Osprey's Aviation Elite series of unit histories. O'Neill also edited and wrote the Forward to Mrs. Jeanne Spencer's World War II-based inspirational autobiography, The Journey (One World Press 2005) .