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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.


Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 25%
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
  4. Admiralty & Maritime: 25%

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Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP

111 South Calvert Street, Ste 1400
Baltimore, MD, 21202


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesMember1981 - Present
Maritime Law Association Maritime Torts and Casualties CommitteeMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Trucking Law CommitteeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Bar Association of Baltimore CityMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Maryland ReviewAdmiralty Jurisdiction Over Pleasure Craft Torts1977
Maryland ReviewAdmiralty-Division of Property Damage1976
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Johns Hopkins UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1973