384 Forest Avenue, Suite 17 in Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Mark O'Connor: Founder
Mark O’Connor has nearly 30 years of experience in automotive litigation. He began his career defending manufacturers, working for two of the premier automotive defense firms in the country. For the last twelve years, Mark has used his experience and expertise to represent consumers. During that time, he has actively litigated hundreds of automotive cases, successfully defending consumers in fraud actions, warranty actions, and injury-related product liability actions.
Having both successfully prosecuted automotive companies and defended automotive companies, Mark is uniquely able to represent consumers. Not only does he possess extensive legal and technical knowledge in automotive law, he is an impassioned and effective trial lawyer – able to distill complex issues and theories into language that a jury can easily understand.
Mark tirelessly advocates for his clients, and his attention to detail is second to none. He is the accomplished trial attorney that you want on your side.
- Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ – B.A. Political Science with Honors, 1986
- Rutgers University School of Law, Camden NJ – J.D., 1989
Larry S. Castruita: Attorney
Larry S. Castruita joined O’Connor Law Group in July 2019. Mr. Castruita has been practicing since 2011 focusing on complex civil litigation and entertainment transaction. He worked on the landmark case, Flo & Eddie v. SiriusXM for owners of pre-1972 sound recordings in the amount of $100,000,000 in the Central District Federal Court of California.
He has spent the past five years as a plaintiff’s consumer protection attorney focusing on trial related matters in almost every county and federal jurisdiction in California. Mr. Castruita has extensive litigation, and courtroom experience. He also speaks Spanish and is passionate about championing the rights of consumers and individuals, and prides himself on his tenacity, thoroughness, and creative ability under pressure. Mr. Castruita is also licensed in Colorado where he grew up skiing and snowboarding.
- University of Southern California – B.S. Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, 2002
- Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA – J.D., 2011
Elizabeth Wagner: Attorney
Elizabeth A. Wagner joined O'Connor Law Group in October 2019. Elizabeth has been practicing since 2017 and joins us with experience in consumer litigation where she worked primarily on matters involving consumer credit reports and identity theft. She is very comfortable in the courtroom. Elizabeth is admitted to practice in every state and federal court in California and she is passionate about consumer rights and fiercely advocating for the underdog.
Ms. Wagner was born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana and spent four years in Morehead, Kentucky where she played Division I softball. After college, Elizabeth moved to San Diego to attend law school and eventually moved to Orange County. She is excited to be part of Team OLG. When not in the office, Elizabeth enjoys anything that gets her outside or takes her somewhere new.
- Morehead State University, Morehead, KY - B.A Criminology, 2013
- California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA – J.D., 2017
Rebecca Goethals: Office Manager / Paralegal
Rebecca started with O’Connor Law Group in 2011 after moving back to her hometown of Laguna Beach from a stint on the east coast and abroad for graduate school. What started as a part-time job to pay back school loans, quickly turned into a natural fit with the team and environment of the law firm. While her right brain continues to work after hours with her photo and graphic design clients, the left side of her brain craves the fast-paced and detailed oriented environment of civil litigation.
When Rebecca is not in the office managing day-to-day activities, she works alongside the trial attorneys to make sure they are fully prepared to bring home a victory for our clients.
- Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – B.A. Studio Art & Japanese, 2002
- Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA / Hong Kong – M.A. Photography, 2011
- Coastline Community College – Paralegal Studies Certificate (ABA Approved), 2017
David Womack: Paralegal
Prior to working at O’Connor Law Group, David taught creative writing at UC Riverside and National University. He is also the author of two books: Mountain Bike! Orange County and The Stand-Up Paddler’s Guide to Southern California.
Working at the law firm has been a significant departure from writing and teaching, and the process of starting a new career has been both challenging and rewarding. One of the most exciting aspects of being at O’Connor Law Group has been witnessing the results achieved for the firm’s clients.
Outside of work, David enjoys a myriad of sports and outdoor activities including windsurfing, mountain biking, surfing and stand up paddling. He is often tired at the end of the weekend.
- University of California, Irvine – B.S. Economics, 1986
- University of California, Riverside – M.F.A. Creative Writing, 2005
- University of California, Irvine – Certificate of Paralegal Studies, 2016
Kristin Arndt: Paralegal
- Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI - Mechanical Engineering, 2004 - 2008