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David O'Connell

David O'Connell
Adjunct Professor of Law
Attorney at Law

Commander David O’Connell is a Coast Guard JAG Officer assigned to the United States Naval War College. Prior to arriving at the Naval War College’s International Law Department, he was on a two year detail to the Department of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division, Environmental Crimes Section, as a trial counsel. While there he prosecuted several vessel pollution cases against vessel owners and operators, and he prosecuted individual mariners for violations of international and domestic pollution regulations. From 2006 to 2010, he served in the Coast Guard’s Office of Maritime and International Law working on international law, ocean policy, marine safety and security and environmental protection issues. From 2002-2006, he worked as a Coast Guard Marine Inspector performing both domestic and foreign vessel inspections of deep draft cargo vessels. He also served as a Marine Casualty Investigator and performed license suspension and revocation hearings, as well as becoming a fully qualified Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Officer.