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Mr. O'Brien's practice is focused upon the defense of claims in commercial litigation. He has had extensive experience in defending maritime claims (including cargo damage, collision, personal injury and death), inland marine claims, non-maritime trucking industry claims (including cargo damage, personal injury, death and coverage issues), claims involving warehousemen, freight forwarders, transportation brokers and terminal operators, as well as claims involving commercial contract disputes.
He has served on the firm's Management Committee and as Chairman of the firm's Litigation Section. He is the author of such articles as Admiralty Jurisdiction Over Pleasure Craft Torts, 36 Md. L. Rev. 212 and What You Need to Know About the Amended Wrongful Death Statute, The Defense Line, Spring 1997. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Baltimore City Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the DRI Trucking Law Committee. Mr. O'Brien has been a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States since 1981 and he is currently a member of the MLA's Maritime Torts and Casualties Committee. Mr. O'Brien has also served as an Assistant Editor of American Maritime Cases since 1981.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Maritime Law Association of the United States||Member||1981 - Present|
|Maritime Law Association Maritime Torts and Casualties Committee||Member||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute, Trucking Law Committee||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Bar Association of Baltimore City||Member||N/A|
|Maryland Review||Admiralty Jurisdiction Over Pleasure Craft Torts||1977|
|Maryland Review||Admiralty-Division of Property Damage||1976|
|University of Maryland School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|Johns Hopkins University||Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1973|