The Billings Outpost

O’Connor runs for judge

Bill O’Connor, a Billings attorney for 33 years, has filed as a candidate for district judge. Here is his campaign statement:

“Billings needs judges who can bring breadth and depth of experience and knowledge to the bench,” O’Connor said. “While some vying for a judgeship in Yellowstone County know a great deal about one area of law, I bring three and a half decades of experience representing individuals and businesses across countless topics. I have practiced extensively before Montana’s state and federal trial courts, and I have successfully argued numerous matters of constitutional law before our Supreme Court.”

O’Connor seeks a seat being vacated by current Judge G. Todd Baugh this November.

O’Connor was also among several attorneys in contention for the appointment to the seat vacated by Susan Watters last year. Watters was appointed to the federal bench here in Billings.

“Being judge is about ensuring a just and equitable outcome for those in your court. That requires knowledge of your community, the law, and the people who live here. I raised three children in Billings. It is my home. It would be an honor to continue serving this community as judge.”

His website is


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