Sean O'Bryan grew up in Lapeer County, Michigan. He was the 7th of 8 children, and 1 of 7 boys. His father, William O'Bryan, was a World War II veteran, and worked for the Fisher Body Division of General Motors. He died in 2004, at the age of 81. His mother, Mary Jean, was a registered nurse during the war, and homemaker, wife and mother. She died from Alzheimer's disease in 2009.
Sean graduated from Almont High School in 1981, where he was active in Future Farmers of America and worked for the local newspaper, the Tri City Times.
Sean completed his undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University, where he was elected student body president in 1985, and was an active member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Sean attended law school at Texas Tech University, where he received his Doctorate in Jurisprudence in 1991, was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review and the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity for honors students.
He has also studied at several other colleges, including Michigan State University, the University of Detroit Law School, the University of Windsor (Canada), and the University of Texas.
Always an active student of the law, Sean O'Bryan studies several hours each week, and spends many days each year attending professional conferences, including the annual Michigan Estate Planning Institute, to gain a better understanding of complex estate planning issues, and to stay on top of cutting edge planning options. Sean has worked at the well known Dallas law firm of Fanning, Harper & Martinson, and the Texas Attorney General's office before coming back to Michigan, and beginning an estate planning law practice.
Sean has written several articles on law technology and elder law and estate planning issues that have appeared in a variety of publications.
Since beginning his practice in Michigan, Sean has personally handled over 5000 separate legal matters for more than a thousand local families. He has drafted over 3000 trust agreements, which will allow more than $900 million dollars to pass to families without probate.
In 2005, Sean was among the first attorneys in Michigan to complete a certificate for advanced training in the Probate and Estate Planning Program sponsored by the Michigan Bar Association and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Sean currently serves as a trustee of the Four County Community Foundation in his original hometown, Almont, Michigan.
Sean is also an active horseman, and is a member of the Lapeer County Mounted Posse.
Sean was a past Vice Chairman of the Davison Downtown Development Authority, where he worked for the revitalization of Davison’s historic downtown.
Sean is married to Aimee Lintz O'Bryan, a paralegal.
Sean and Aimee have two children, their son Caelán Patrick O’Bryan and daughter Teagán Riley O’Bryan, who both attend the Chatfield School in Lapeer.
They reside at Celtic Ridge, a small farm between Davison and Lapeer where they raise horses, sheep, goats, chickens, cats & dogs.
They are members of the Huntsman Club in Metamora, Michigan, and they attend St. John the Evangelist church in Davison.
The O'Bryan Law Firm is a small town law office located in downtown Davison, Michigan, specializing in Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Estate Administration.
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Attorney O'Bryan is an energetic and compassionate attorney. He is diligent in his work with a great staff of co-workers assisting him and the needs of the client. He works hard to stay abreast of all the new changes in the law. You will find him friendly and approachable for many problems one encounters about people, relationships and law. If he cannot solve the problem he knows who to refer to for a solution. I would not hesitate to send a family member to him. He is community oriented and well known for his skill in Estate Planning and Elder Law. He has a particular passion for Trusts. I have known him for over 10 years and I endorse this lawyer.
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1993||12/13/2014|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.
Sean’s comment: “This very minor incident 20 years ago was a disagreement regarding my willingness to pursue a child custody matter for someone I discovered had a history of substance and physical abuse. I should have withdrawn sooner. That was my mistake, and I learned a valuable lesson from this incident. The Judge in this case even wrote a letter in my support. This incident had absolutely nothing to do with my estate planning practice, which has continued to be successful for over 2 decades.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Chairman||Four County Community Foundation||2014|
|Best Law Firm 5 Years In Row||Davison Index||2014|
|5 Star Estate Planning Attorney||Hour Detroit Magazine||2014|
|5 Star Wealth Manager||Hour Detroit Magazine||2013|
|5 Star Wealth Manager||Hour Detroit Magazine||2011|
|Best of the Best Attorney||Davison Index||2011|
|Best of Genesee County||Flint Journal||2011|
|Best Law Firm||Davison Index||2010|
|Probate & Estate Planning Certificate||Institute for Continuing Legal Education||2005|
|Law Review||Texas Tech University Law Review||1989|
|Attorney||O'Bryan Law Firm, PLC||1991 - Present|
|Summer Associate||Fanning, Harper & Martinson, PC,||1990 - 1990|
|Associate||Texas Attorney General's Office||1989 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Lapeer Mounted Posse||Mounted Posse Officer||2011 - Present|
|4 County Community Foundation||Trustee and Treasurer||2004 - Present|
|Davison Downtown Development Authority||Vice Chairman and Board Member||2004 - 2010|
|Texas Tech Law Review||Law Review||1989 - 1991|
|Phi Delta Phi||Member||1988 - Present|
|Beta Theta Pi||Member||1984 - Present|
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|Booklet||It's Time to Plan||2014|
|Book||Understanding Cabin & Cottage Trusts||2004|
|The Flint Journal||Understanding Wills & Trusts||2003|
|Booklet||Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate||2001|
|Booklet||How to Keep Your Family From Fighting Like Pigs||1998|
|Texas Tech University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|Central Michigan University||Political Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||1986|
|Michigan State University||International Law||N/A||N/A|
|University of Windsor Faculty of Law||International Law||N/A||N/A|
|University of Texas||Political Science||N/A||N/A|
|University of Detroit Mercy School of Law||Law||N/A||N/A|