Please Welcome Ted O’Connor to GrowthCounsel!

GrowthCounsel is absolutely thrilled to announce that Ted O’Connor (“Teddy O” to us) has joined the firm as our newest partner.

Ted’s legal acumen and experience speak for themselves; he gives us a breadth and depth that we could have only dreamed of a year ago.

More importantly, he is the type of person that fits perfectly with the collaborative community we are striving to build. Ted’s bio, experience and contact info are at the end of this email, but we really wanted to share our thoughts on Teddy O, the human being, and why it was important to convince him to join GrowthCounsel.

There’s a quote from Almost Famous that has always resonated with us:

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.”

There are a lot of people who look out for you when it’s what they’re supposed to do or when there’s an expected payoff. Great people take care of you even when they have nothing to gain.

When Geoff and I started our careers at our first firm out of law school, we found ourselves in tumultuous times. People were getting fired. People were leaving. People were generally unhappy and wrapped up in their own situations. It’s fascinating to watch people react in those circumstances. Some look out only for themselves, hoard work, stop mentoring and generally stop caring about those in lower positions. As first and second year associates, we were admittedly lost and (if we’re being candid) scared at times.

Teddy O, on the other hand, took us under his wings. He helped us through the turmoil even when we had nothing to offer him back, when it wasn’t in his self-interest to do so. We’ll never forget that. Ted (along with some other great mentors along the way) helped to shape us into the lawyers and people we are today. We are forever indebted to him (and them) for that.

The fact that Teddy O is a tremendous lawyer (and he certainly is that) is just a bonus. We’d have found a way to work with him no matter where his career went.

We’re incredibly excited to see the great work Ted will do for GrowthCounsel clients and partners. We consider ourselves extremely lucky that we were somehow charismatic (or maybe just lucky) enough to convince him to leave a great gig to help us build something in the wilderness.

Ted makes us a bigger firm and a better firm. He gives us more high-end M&A and corporate firepower.  We can’t wait to watch him thrive in our environment.

Please join us in welcoming Ted to the GrowthCounsel family. Let’s continue to grow together.

Onward and upward!


Geoff and Ryan


Ted’s Contact Information: 

Ted O’Connor, Esq.


448 N. 10th Street, Suite 301

Philadelphia, PA 19123

Ted’s Bio:

Ted brings broad and deep in-house and transactional experience to GrowthCounsel, having split his time between a Philadelphia-based AMLaw100 law firm and cutting-edge data/marketing companies. Ted’s focus is serving as outside general counsel to mid-market and emerging companies, as well as guiding his clients through M&A transactions. His clients regularly turn to him for advice on general corporate, commercial contract, data privacy, employment, real estate, and other matters to help them achieve their business and legal goals.

Ted’s mix of legal expertise and pragmatic business acumen are what separate him from run-of-the-mill legal counsel. He serves as a lawyer, advisor, and de facto member of the management team to his clients and enjoys adding value well beyond the typical lawyer-client relationship.

Prior to joining GrowthCounsel, Ted spent over seven years as in-house counsel for private equity-backed marketing services companies. Most recently, Ted served as Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Privacy at global marketing network Engine Group, as well as General Counsel and Secretary of Engine’s global market research firm ORC International, where he advised teams across the US, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. His extensive in-house experience makes him exceptionally qualified to assist his clients with growing and protecting their businesses.

Ted lives in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia with his wonderful wife and two middle schoolers—and the dog. Like Benjamin Franklin, Ted moved from Boston to Philadelphia as a young man, and, while usually displaying great taste, he remains a die-hard Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox supporter. Please do not hold this against him (or us). We have looked into this, and, apparently, New England sports fans have rights, too (for now).


· Juris Doctor, Duke University School of Law

· B.A. (History), University of Pennsylvania

Ryan Wertman