Gould Cooksey Fennell

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Eugene O’Neill

Board Certified Civil Trial Law
Board Certified Business Litigation
Board Certified Construction Law
Circuit Court Mediator

The Florida Bar Association
Indian River County Bar Association, past President

Merrimack College (B.S., 1972)
Western New England University, College of Law (J.D., 1976)

Eugene O’Neill

Eugene O’Neill enjoys a wide-ranging professional background with a superior reputation as a dedicated law practitioner. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Mr. O’Neill joined Gould Cooksey Fennell in 1977, becoming a partner in 1980 until becoming “of Counsel” in 2017. His practice areas include construction lawbusiness and real estate litigation and probate litigation.

He holds the rare distinction of being triple board-certified in areas of specialty by The Florida Bar. In 1983, he became a member of the first group of Florida attorneys ever board-certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer. In 1996, Mr. O’Neill became a member of the first group of board-certified Business Litigation Law attorneys in Florida. In 2005, Mr. O’Neill obtained a third certification in Construction Law, being in the first group so certified. He is also listed among Florida’s “Super Lawyers”, a service that identifies the top 5% of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.

After receiving his Civil Engineering Degree from Merrimack College in Massachusetts, Eugene J. O’Neill attended law school at Western New England College School of Law, while working in the construction and legal fields.

Mr. O’Neill’s knowledge on subjects related to construction, real estate and probate litigation make him an invaluable asset to our firm. Additionally, he is an Associate Member of the National Association of Home Builders, the American Society of Civil Engineers, a panel arbitrator of the American Arbitration Association and a former adjunct professor of Business Law at Florida Tech Graduate School and Warner Southern College. In 2003, he was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Civil Mediator.

Mr. O’Neill is authorized to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and in Florida, as well as in several Federal Districts Courts, the United States Court of Appeals, 5th and 11th Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Blogs By: Eugene J. O'Neill
The School on John’s Island 1898

The School on John’s Island 1898

In the reception room at Gould Cooksey Fennell there is a photograph entitled, The School on John’s Island 1898. A large number of the people…

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Is a Contractor’s Qualifying Agent Liable for Building Code Violations?

Is a Contractor's Qualifying Agent Liable…

Many construction companies question whether its “Qualifying Agent” (QA) can be liable for building code violations as a result of that person holding the license…

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Beachland Casino Tides Cabana, 1930

Beachland Casino Tides Cabana, 1930

  This is a photo of the  Beachland Casino Tides Cabana/Windswept Hotel in the 1930’s (subsequently the Holiday Inn) on the northeast corner of Sexton…

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