O'Neil Law

       Phone:    401 667-7111

James E. O'Neil

    Prior to the Formation of O’Neil Law, Mr. O’Neil as Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island from 1987-1992.  His career as a trial attorney began with the United States Department of Justice where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island.  Mr. O’Neil conducted hundreds of grand jury investigations and successfully tried a myriad of cases including narcotics, major fraud and white collar crime matters.  He has successfully argued before the First Circuit Court of Appeals on twenty-two occasions. 


James E. O’Neil currently appears on a regular basis before the Federal and State Courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, representing defendants charged with general crimes as well as high profile offenses.  He has represented high profile public officials charged with violations of the public trust (Hobbs Act and Honest Services Doctrine Offenses)

He is an Arbitrator, certified by the American Arbitrators Association. 

James E. O’Neil enjoys an A.V. (very high to pre-eminent) Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating.  He attended the University Of Notre Dame, graduated from Providence College and New England School of Law.  He is an honorably discharged member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  

Early in his career, Mr. O’Neil served as an investigator with the United States Senate and as a consultant to the White House.  He also served as a consultant with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Freemont California Police Department. 

Certain of the criminal matters, Jim O’Neil has handled both as a prosecutor and more recently as defense counsel have been the subject of documentary films.  He has personally appeared in a minor role in the television series, “L.A. Law”. 

Jim O’Neil continues to utilize the skills and experience he has acquired during his thirty plus years as a trial attorney to aggressively protect his clients’ interests, whether the matter is civil or criminal in nature.