The three founding partners of De Feis O’Connell & Rose, P.C., were friends and colleagues long before they started their law practice together. Nicholas De Feis and Gregory O’Connell met in the early 1980’s, when Nick was a summer associate and Greg a practicing attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a prominent Manhattan law firm. In the mid-1980’s, they both joined the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where they met future law partner Charles Rose. While serving as federal prosecutors, Nick, Greg and Charles became close friends and worked on a number of significant matters together. They also developed strong relationships with law enforcement and excellent reputations within the Courthouse as zealous and fair trial lawyers.
In 1994, Nick, Greg and Charles founded De Feis O’Connell & Rose, P.C. From the outset, the firm distinguished itself both by the quality of its advocacy and the close relationship of the founding partners. Clients appreciate the firm’s collegiality and benefit from its team approach toward the practice of law. Most clients know all of the attorneys and staff at the firm; and a significant matter will be efficiently staffed by professionals familiar to the client. In a recently published work, one former client wrote about the firm: “They had done an amazing job, especially when it had mattered most. If someone I loved were in trouble, I would recommend the law offices of De Feis O’Connell & Rose and never look back.”
Sadly, Charles lost a long battle with cancer in late 1998. His passing was noted in newspapers, and an episode of “Law & Order” was dedicated to his memory. In 2002, at a special ceremony in the Eastern District Courthouse a plaque was dedicated in his honor. The plaque, which now graces the attorneys’ lounge in the new Eastern District Courthouse, reads in part:
Assistant U.S. Attorney and Distinguished Member of the Bar. In memory of his loyalty and passion for the law and justice. His positive spirit lives on in those whom he touched.
In 2003, Andrew J. Maloney, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, joined the firm as counsel.