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Gerard William O'Brien

Practice areas:

Trusts, Business, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Wills & Living Wills

About Me

Gerard W. O'Brien, or Jerry
O'Brien as he is more commonly known, is a California
licensed attorney who began practice in June, 1991.


Jerry earned a Bachelor's
Degree in History at Brooklyn College in 1979. During
his education he had the privilege of studying with Professor Edwin
Burrows,
Pulitzer Prize winning author of “GOTHAM.”


After graduating from Brooklyn College Jerry went
into the culinary arts field,
cooking professionally in New York City, Paris France, and Orange
County,
California.


In 1980 Jerry participated in the New York Restaurant
School's
Culinary Arts Program. Two days after finishing the program, Jerry went
to
France to work as Chef of the MacAdam Restaurant in Paris, where he spent all of 1981.  Returning to
the USA, Jerry cooked in both New York City and Orange County
California.


Jerry created
the Parties by Panache Web Site, which gets about 16,000 visits
per month and published "The Panache Experience", which until the
end of
2007; the Panache Experience ran for 37 issues.


Jerry has written two novels, “The Sweet Water”, and
A Field Guide to
the Angels in Brooklyn
”.  He is currently seeking publication of “A

Field Guide to the Angels in Brooklyn
” . Jerry published the
critically
acclaimed “O'Brien's Literary Speculator”.


 Jerry completed a
certificate program in fiction writing at Cal State Fullerton. Mr.
O'Brien has
over twenty five interviews, articles, and reviews published on
www.Jazzreview.com.


Pertaining to the practice of law:
In 1987 Jerry began Law School at Western State University, College of
Law from
which he graduated in the top quarter of his class in 1990. Jerry won an
AmJur
award for Bankruptcy and placed first in his class in Community
Property. Mr.
O'Brien conducted a solo legal practice in Brea, CA from 1991 to 2000,
at which
point he went in-house at his family's business Parties By Panache, Inc.
While
counsel at Parties by Panache Jerry undertook several projects relating
to
marketing in addition to over seeing contracts, corporate, employment
law
matters.


Member of the California State Bar Association


-
Trust and Estates Section
-
Business Law Section


Member of the Orange County
Bar Association


-
Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
-
Tax Law
-
Trusts and Estates


Member of Wealth Counsel,
LLC


- Mr. O'Brien teaches a
course on Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer for
Financial Professionals

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Languages Spoken: English, Dutch

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Trusts: 50%
    23 years, 100 cases
  2. Business: 25%
    23 years, 5 cases
  3. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 15%
    16 years, 4 cases
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    23 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

27 total 

  • Indu Srivastav

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have referred my clients with nothing but praise for him. Mr. O'Brien takes personal interest in his clients and creats estate plan fit for the individuals needs.

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    Indu Srivastav Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have referred various individuals to Mr. O'Brien for estate planning needs. Everyone that I have referred has been satisfied with his services. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and approachable.

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    Scott Fridley Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Gerard W. O'Brien & Associates, P.C.

2878 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA, 92821-6147

2878 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA, 92821

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199105/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Preeminent 4.9 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
American Jurisprudence BankruptcyBancroft-Whitney1990
Dean's ScholarshipWestern State College of Law1987
Regents ScholarshipRegents of the State of New York1974

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerBrea Estate and Financial Law1992 - 2000

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Wealth CounselMember2007 - Present
Orange County Bar Associationmember1995 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Nabuke vs. North County BancorpPlaintiff took nothing at trial

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Business Succession PlanningIdentifying Client’s Goals and Prospective Transferees2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJuris Doctor1990
Brooklyn CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1979

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Meeting of the Business Connection BreaBusiness Succession Planning2010
Meeting of BNI Prospector'sSmall Business Bankruptcy2010