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Professional Profile: Stephen O’Connell


  • Title: Partner/Head of Real Estate Department
  • Company: Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
  • Location: 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10019
  • Birthplace: New York, NY

Education:  New York Law School, magna cum laude 1985

First job outside of real estate: Newspaper delivery – Newsday/LI Press/NY Times

First job in real estate or allied field: Sold cooperative units at the Beachcomber Resort, Montauk, NY

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? Practice law

How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? A glass of wine or single malt

Favorite book or author: Stephen King

Favorite movie: “Godfather,” “Godfather 2”

Last song you purchased/downloaded?  Zac Brown Band

One word to describe your work environment:  Brisk

Rules to live by in business: Client comes first

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead, but not related to you) who would it be and where would you go?  Bruce Springsteen. Wherever my wife is.

What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job).  Teacher or parasailing instructor.