Gregory O'Neill
Executive Partner


Email: goneill@hillbetts.com 

Tel: (212) 589-7520
(212) 466-0514

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Greg O’Neill is an executive partner who has conducted over 100 jury trials and is considered one of the top maritime personal injury defense lawyers in New York City with an almost unblemished trial record.  Certified in mediation, Greg has been an advocate for clients that have included associations, municipalities, marine operators and their insurers.  Some of his high profile cases have involved defending cruise lines with passenger class actions including a class seeking damages for an outbreak of legionnaire's disease aboard a cruise ship.  He served as Special Counsel to the County of Suffolk. obaining a fraud verdict against the Long Island Lighting Company which had a potential judgment of $4.3 billion.  He has also successfully defended the County against a $2.1 billion claim for breach of contract.

Greg has presented papers at various maritime seminars and conferences including the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute and Lloyds London.  He speaks fluent Spanish and is a member of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law.

Greg has dedicated his career to the maritime industry and continues to make important contributions to its overall uniformity. 


New York
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida


Fordham University (B.A. 1967; JD 1972)


Florida State Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey
Comite Maritime International Titulary Membership
Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law



Co-Author, Seaman Status, Defense Research Institute, (Admiralty and Maritime Law Selected Topics)

Selected Reported Decisions:

Desiderio v. Celebrity Cruise Lines, Inc., 1999 A.M.C. 2723 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (class action against cruise line); Colon v. Apex Marine Corp., 35 F.3d 16 (1st Cir. 1994)(injury to seaman); County of Suffolk v. Long Island Lighting Co., 907 F.2d 1295 (2nd Cir. 1990)(RICO claim against nuclear power company); Black v. Red Star Towing & Transportation Co., 860 F.2d 30 (2nd Cir. 1988)(Jones Act and unseaworthiness claim by marine engineer); Silivanch, V. Celebrity Cruises, Inc., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12155


Fluent in Spanish