Gwyneth O'Neill
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Gwyneth joined the firm in the fall of 2019 and represents clients in criminal and civil matters, including matters involving allegations of fraud, bribery, corruption, and other forms of misconduct.

In 2014, Gwyneth graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers School of Law – Newark.  She was Order of the Coif and the Symposium Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.  While in law school, Gwyneth practiced criminal and civil rights law on behalf of indigent and incarcerated adults and juveniles as part of Rutgers’ Criminal and Youth Justice and Constitutional Litigation Clinics.  After law school, Gwyneth clerked for the Honorable Brian A. Jackson in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.  She then represented indigent clients accused of crimes in D.C. Superior Court as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, while also supervising third-year law students in the Criminal Justice Clinic.  After completing the fellowship, Gwyneth returned to New Orleans where she worked as a staff attorney at the Orleans Public Defenders, representing indigent clients accused of serious felonies, including homicide, sexual assault, and armed offenses.   

Before law school, Gwyneth was a teachNola corps member, where she taught middle and high school social studies. In 2007, Gwyneth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College.

Gwyneth is an advocate for criminal justice reform and is an Advisory Board Member for the Welcoming Project.  She is from New Orleans and lives in the lower Garden District with her husband, Geoff, and their two pitbull rescues, Boogie and Weezy.

EDUCATION:

  • Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, D.C.), L.L.M. in Advocacy, 2017
  • Rutgers School of Law School (Newark, NJ) Juris Doctor, 2014, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Boston College (Chestnut Hill, M.A.), B.A., 2007

HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Order of the Coif, 2014
  • Eli Jarmel Prize for Proficiency in Public Interest, 2014
  • Frank and Marilyn Askin Award for Clinical Excellence, 2014
  • Symposium Editor, Rutgers Law Review (2013 – 2014)
  • Editor, Rutgers Law Review (2012 – 2013)
  • Rutgers School of Law School (Newark, NJ) Juris Doctor, 2014, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Boston College (Chestnut Hill, M.A.), B.A., 2007

EXPERIENCE:

  • Schonekas, Evans, McGoey & McEachin, LLC (New Orleans, Louisiana)
    Associate, 2019 – Present
  • Orleans Public Defenders, 2017 – 2019
  • Barrett Prettyman Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center, 2015 – 2017
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Law Clerk to the Honorable Brian A. Jackson, 2014 – 2015

BAR ADMISSIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:

  • District of Columbia, 2016
  • Louisiana, 2014