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Kevin L. O'Brien

Divorce and separation Attorney at Albany, NY

5.0   180 reviews

Licensed for 33 years

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Mr. O'Brien is now of counsel to O'Brien & Associates Law Firm Firm, P.C. His practice is limited to matrimonial matters, including all aspects of family law. His experience has encompassed litigation through New York State.  Mr. O'Brien received his Maters of Laws and Letters  summa cum laude from Albany Law School Union University, wherein he was inducted into the Justinian Society, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Western New England School of Law. Additionally, he received his Masters of Arts and his Bachelors of Arts cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany.  

      

Licensed for 33 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1989
Updated 06/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  180 customer reviews
Posted by Janine | January 18, 2020
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Don't hesitate to hire
Kevin O'Brien told me from the start that he would have my back and to not worry, and he kept his word. I ended up dealing with both him and his associates and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Kevin laid out the timeline and what to expect every step of the way. His response to phone calls and emails was greatly appreciated, as well as his follow up on the case. He was recommended by a friend and even though his office was an hour away it was worth it! Kevin O'Brien and Associates are top notch and you definitely want them on your side
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Posted by Michael | December 4, 2019
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Life Changing Experience
My experience with Kevin L. O'Brien was crucial to my children and myself getting our lives back to normal in a timely fashion during an incredibly difficult time. Kevin was not only an excellent lawyer, he was a compassionate human being, great listener, supporter and quite frankly a friend. His insight to the situation was spot on with strategic timing in relation to my case. I can not thank Kevin enough for his ability to bring light to such a dark time in my family's struggles. Kevin is more than a great lawyer, he is a life changer. My kids and I are doing great thanks to Kevin and his wonderful partners and staff. Godspeed.
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Posted by Cliff | November 3, 2019
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Exceptional
Kevin assisted me during an extremely difficult divorce. He is knowledgeable, makes himself available and clearly understands how to overcome the opposition. Choosing the right divorce attorney is one of the most critical decisions one can make. I'm extremely satisfied with Kevin and highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2019
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Compassionate Attorney
I struggled so much throughout my family court custody battle, Kevin is the first attorney I have had in 5 years to not only give me honest advice but listen and care. It felt as though he took the struggles personally and fought for my rights. I would recommend Mr. O'Brien to anyone who needs representation in a family matter.
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2019
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Mr
Kevin O’ Brien is a very knowledgeable, fair and level headed attorney. More importantly, he’s very approachable and has a calm demeanor. He made a difficult time for me much easier to get through.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2019
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Choose O'Brien and Associates
From day one, Kevin was an example of how to be a receptive, patient, and thorough advocate. He took his time to understand the ins and outs of my case and was able to produce a positive outcome for my family during one of the most emotional time periods of mine and my children's lives. He and his team are experienced, knowledgeable, and professional, and because of their detailed preparation my case never went to trial and we likely saved thousands of dollars by choosing such a hardworking and loyal attorney who helped to quickly address an increasingly complex issue. I advise anyone who is going through the family court system to choose a representative who isn't only smart and professional, but most importantly attentive to detail and advocacy-driven such as Mr. O'Brien and those at O'Brien and Associates.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2019
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Best family lawyer in Upstate New York
Kevin is well rounded communicator. He has strong EQ that can quickly analyze his client’s strength and weakness. With his client’s perspective in check and best possible approach in mind, he quickly resolved the issues and finalized our amicable divorce. As for fees, he is on the expensive side but worth the money for the bigger picture. His office is busy so occasionally there is glitches in communications but it does not matter with a prepared mind. I highly recommend you hire Kevin.
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Posted by Lisa | May 24, 2019
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Excellent attorney
Kevin and his team provided the absolute highest level of service when representing me. They are all kind, compassionate, substantive and extremely responsive. Kevin and his team helped make a very difficult situation much easier. Kevin truly cares about his clients and treats them as such. I highly recommend his counsel.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2019
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New Season
From the beginning to end, Mr. O’Brien assured me that everything would be ok and he kept his word. This was very hard for me emotionally and he was very empathetic, compassionate and reassuring. He and his staff were very professional and made sure to make this process as easy as possible. They fought to finish it without a long drawn out court process. I am very pleased with the final outcome. He came highly recommended and I would recommend Mr. OBrien and staff to anyone facing divorce and having to start a new season.
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Posted by John | May 21, 2019
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Excellent service
Kevin and his staff's service was excellent. He was responsive, timely and clear with his answers. The legal work was excellent and right on the money. I was very well represented.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2019
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Best attorney ever!
I hired Kevin O'Brien on the recommendation of two friends, one who had been represented by him and another who worked within the legal system. This turned out to be a very good decision, as seen through the contrast with my ex's attorney in the months that followed. I met my ex's attorney only once, at a preliminary conference he told my ex he did not need to attend. Kevin showed up with a significant amount of completed paperwork. My ex's attorney carried only a blank legal pad, if he carried anything at all. I actually think he brought nothing at all to that meeting, a metaphor for how he would conduct himself throughout the case. I was a stay at home mom for many years, and was working only part-time at the commencement of the divorce action. Right after the preliminary conference, Kevin filed papers to request that my spouse pay my legal fees because I was an "impoverished spouse." That truly was genius strategy. Here I was with a more expensive, more competent attorney, and now my husband was paying for him. It really set the tone regarding who would be in charge of negotiations. Ultimately, my ex accepted the deal Kevin crafted, which obviously favored me, because he didn't want to deal with it anymore. I think Kevin wore him down and, with a non-responsive attorney representing him, my ex just wanted to get it over with. When you begin a divorce action, you don't know what you're going to encounter but, if you have Kevin representing you, it doesn't matter because he can handle it. He has a real command of the law, which is not something you can take for granted with other lawyers. Kevin's experience will help you get a better agreement, but it is his wisdom that will help you navigate situations in a way that will foster continued positive relationships with your children. He is a person of integrity, ever-mindful of your goals, both financial and personal. Whatever situations arise, he'll give you alternatives that will help you long-term. In the process, Kevin will always tell you the truth and he will never fail to advocate for you. I think I was truly represented in my case, while my ex was not, and the result speaks for itself. I receive child support, additional money from my ex so he can remain on my health insurance (we are legally separated, not divorced), and I will also get maintenance for the next 12+ years, even if I remarry. I have never even heard of anyone getting that. In contrast, my ex will work many years beyond what he planned to meet the demands of our agreement. I am very happy I hired Kevin O'Brien, and I highly recommend him for any matrimonial matter.
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Posted by Triscia | March 26, 2019
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A hard working, excellent attorney
Kevin O’Brien knows the law, calls you back, and comes to your court proceedings on time and prepared. Mr. O’Brien was able to procure everything I asked for. I would not hesitate to retain again.
Posted by Holly | March 6, 2019
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Excellent
Kevin exceeded my expectations. I have been dealing with visitation and support issues for 15 years on and off and Kevin has been with me every step of the way. I can always count on him to be honest and fight for me and what’s best for my child. He has gone above and beyond for me and I couldn’t be more pleased and grateful. I would highly recommend Kevin.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2019
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Hire him!
Kevin and his staff are experienced, compassionate, and extremely skilled. I would absolutely not want anyone else advocating for me during the crucial moments in family court. In the court house it is clear that Kevin has the respect of his peers as a negotiator, and as an adversary. Kevin didn't just go through the motions, but he seemed to actually enjoy his work of lobbying on my behalf. His obvious ease, comfort and confidence in courtroom helped me to stay focused on my objective in a heavily emotional negotiation. Further, Kevin was the second lawyer I hired, and by the time he was on my case it had become a confusing legal mess. Kevin quickly got everything back on track. He was upfront about the legal process and clearly explained what my realistic options were. Family court can be a very scary place because so many factors seem unknown and uncontrollable. Kevin and his staff did an excellent job to make me feel empowered during an overwhelming process. And, most importantly, Kevin was able to get me a favorable result. If you find yourself in family court, don't hesitate. You want Kevin O'brien working for YOU....not for the opposing party.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2019
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Top Lawyer In Albany New York
Kevin prepared and filed all the necessary paperwork in a timely organized and professional manner. He paid very close attention to the facts and easily seperated the truth from fiction and responded accordingly. Kevin alway had time to take calls and respond to emails. Kevin is an Excellent Attorney, far above most that are simply average. Kevin cares about every client and will always go that extra mile when asked and that is very hard to find.
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Posted by Trisha | February 19, 2019
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Make the right choice!
Finding the right lawyer at the most difficult time is a challenge. I had met with countless lawyers and was ready to give up hope. Then I met Mr. O’Brien. He came highly recommended by a friend and when I met him I understood why she recommended him. I remember the day I walked into his office. I was nervous and scared and I felt as if I was going through this divorce when it was the last thing I ever wanted in life. Mr. O’Brien made me feel comfortable. Mr. O’Brien was not only professional and knowledgeable, but he was kind and compassionate. He was honest and understanding. He was everything I was looking for in a lawyer. I retained Mr. O’Brien that day and I was very thankful for the help and guidance from his office. Mr. O’Brien was hard working and always answered my questions and concerns in a timely manner. His staff was also professional and kind and always made me feel very comfortable. I can honestly say that Mr. O’Brien went above and beyond and he was successful in getting all I asked for in my divorce. No one gets married to get divorced, but when it is your only option, Mr. O’Brien is the right choice. I highly recommend Kevin O’Brien.
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Posted by Scott | February 4, 2019
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A great lawyer during a hard time.
From day one, I have to say that there was a comfort level with Mr O’Brien and his ability to consult with me and understand my mental and emotional state. Moving forward I was always kept in the loop with always my best intentions in mind. Kevin is a great listener and stratagest, explaining delicate issues like custody and child support and retirement issues. It was a long road, no doubt, but through right till the end he was truly professional and courteous. Always found the time to return phone calls or emails promptly. In the world of retaining a divorce attorney we have many choices, I clearly made the right one. A true master of his craft and a good friend through some tough times.
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Posted by Brian | February 1, 2019
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Mr O'Brien is a amazing lawyer
I contacted Mr O'Brien when my first lawyer did not have time for my case. Kevin took me on with no hesitation or reservations. In a short period of time he was able to get all parties together and get the divorce finalized. From the time i hired Kevin to finalizing the divorce was less then a year. Kevin was able to help ensure that the divorce was a fair one and both parties walked away equal. Over the seven years since the divorce, I have called Kevin a handful of time on odd questions or situations that have presented themselves, He has always answered my call and helped me with the advice I needed or the answer to the question I had. Kevin has always been there for me during and after my divorce. I could have not asked for a better lawyer.
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Posted by Tim | January 24, 2019
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Mr
Kevin is Very professional and always confident about achieving his expected outcome! I would definitely hire him again.
Posted by Dave | January 9, 2019
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Extremely knowledgeable and experienced
Kevin and his team were great to deal with during what is probably the most stressful time in a person’s life. He was always easy to get a hold of and did a great job of realistically setting my expectations throughout my divorce. His rates are fair and billing was reasonable. And let’s face it. Do you really want the “discount lawyer” handling the most important and expensive negotiation of your life?! I’m very happy with the agreement that he negotiated for me. I hope to never be in need of his services again, but would not hesitate to use him again if the situation arises.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • O'Brien & Associates
  • 2003 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Western New England University School of Law
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Arroyo Copland Flaherty & O'Brien, LLP
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Teaching Fellow
  • WNE Unisersity School of Law
  • 1987 - 1989
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Education

  • Albany Law School
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2008
  • Western New England University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • Master of Arts
  • 1982
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979
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Legal Cases

  • ZB v. SS, (New York State Family Court, Chemung County, 2017)
  • Father granted sole legal and physical custody with Mother getting one weekend of parenting time per month.
  • In the Matter of T.O. (Albany County 2017-07-11)
  • The Department did not have sufficient evidence to meet the higher evidentiary burden of proof, therefor the relief sought by Appellant was granted and the indication unfounded.
  • B. v. B. (New York State Family Court; County of Saratoga, 2015)
  • After trial, Court granted child's attendance at boarding school. It was in the child's best interest to attend. Father was not credible on direct or indirect testimony. Relocation claim denied as mother's burden for travel.
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Associations

  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Member of Honor Society
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • LLM-Summa Cum Laude
  • Albany Law School
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Certificate of Merit
  • Albany County Bar Accociation
  • 2004
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Albany Law School
  • 2004
  • Teaching Fellowship
  • WNE University School of Law
  • 1988
  • Teaching Fellowship
  • WNE University School of Law
  • 1987
  • Graduate Assistantship
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • 1980
  • BA-Cum Laude
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • 1979
  • Graduate Assistantship
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • 1979
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Publications

  • The Saratoga County Bar Association, Law Notes
  • Game Theory and Domestice Relations Law
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • The New York State Bar Association
  • Matrimonial Law Practical Skills: Preparing for and Conducting Party Depositions
  • 2018
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Matrimonial A-Z
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (11)
Endorse Kevin
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. O'Brien has the experience and knowledge necessary to be a very effective advocate for his clients. He also has compassion and empathy for them. He is a true professional. Highly endorsed."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is well versed in all aspects of matrimonial law. He is very professional and represents his client vigorously and with compassion."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kevin for years. With his extensive knowledge, broad experience and impressive professional skills, he is a well-respected attorney in the legal community. He truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kevin is a well respected in the legal community. Always ready to work out a reasonable resolution, but also willing to fight for his clients. I would highly recommend him for any divorce need."
Family Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. O'Brien is a hard working smart lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kevin has years of experience and a great depth of knowledge. He combines this with his settlement skills and keen sense of professionalism to represent clients vigorously and fairly. Whether going to trial or resolving cases, Kevin can be counted on to engage with counsel and clients with integrity."
Family Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Professional, knowledgeable, and prepared. These are the essentials of a great lawyer and Kevin has them in abundance. We have had many cases over the years and he is a worthy adversary."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Kevin for over twenty five years professionally as we have practiced in the same areas of Divorce and Family Law. He is always a strong advocate for his client, very well prepared, and a true credit to the legal profession."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney, dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. O'Brien is the consummate professional. He is extremely hard working, knowledgeable and deeply cares about his client's best interests. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin O’Brien walks the fine line between extreme professionalism and zealous advocacy for his clients. As his adversary on various occasions, I found Mr. O’Brien’s balance of the same unparalleled! I would, without reservation, endorse Mr. O’Brien for any matrimonial and/or family law matter, and feel honored to stand against him in the courtroom."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have known Kevin for years and have been his adversary on a number of matters. He is a skilled and persuasive advocate. At the same time, he is both professional and courteous."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. O"Brien for more than 20 years, and have had cases in which he was my adversary. He is knowledgeable about the law, efficient and prompt in handling cases, and treats his clients and opposing counsel with courtesy and professionalism."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kevin as an opposing attorney is a civil and courteous adversary."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is dedicated to his clients and the practice of law."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. O'Brien is an excellent matrimonial lawyer. I have known him for decades."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is an expert and prominent matrimonial attorney. I have had many cases with Kevin and, plainly put, his clients are lucky to have Kevin as an attorney. Kevin is diligent, respectful, a perfectionist and an excellent trial attorney. He will work day and night to ensure that his clients achieve optimal results. His expertise is especially beneficial in high net worth and complex asset matters. I look forward to our continued working relationship."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Kevin O'Brien on matrimonial and family law cases throughout my career. He has always been respectful to me, even when I was just starting out in the profession. He is a tough adversary but we have always been able to work together in trying to negotiate a fair settlement for our respective clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Prepared, professional, and personable. Mr. O'Brien is an attorney with whom I am always pleased to see in the courtroom. I endorse Kevin L. O'Brien."
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Albany Divorce and separation Lawyer Kevin L. O'Brien
Kevin L. O'Brien
Divorce and separation Attorney
Albany, NY
Licensed for 33 years