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Christopher J. O'Brien

Car accident Attorney at Buffalo, NY

5.0   41 reviews

also known as Chris O'Brien

  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    30%

    35 years, 600 cases

  2. Personal injury
    30%
    Sexual Assault, food poisoning, slip and fall

    35 years, 250 cases

  3. Trucking accident
    30%

  4. Wrongful death
    10%

    35 years, 100 cases

Chris O’Brien is the managing partner at O’Brien + Ford, PC. He is dedicated to the practice of personal injury law, and has obtained a number of multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients. By limiting the number of cases he takes on, Attorney O’Brien is able to devote the amount of individualized attention and compassionate service that every client deserves.

 

 

When an individual retains O'Brien + Ford, PC, Mr. O’Brien will use his extensive understanding of New York personal injury laws and his 30 years of experience to build the strongest case possible on their behalf. He will take immediate action to ensure that all no-fault and insurance forms have been properly completed and submitted, and he will focus on handling the aggravations and insurance companies on the client’s behalf. Attorney O’Brien is prepared to represent clients with the filing of a variety of personal injury claims including those involving a vehicular accident, drunk driving accident, head injury, neck and back injury, catastrophic injury, and traumatic brain injury. In addition, if you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, Mr. O’Brien has the ability to assist you in filing a wrongful death claim. Regardless of what your accident entailed or the severity of your injuries, you can be confident in the services you will be provided with in working with Attorney O’Brien. To learn more about retaining the representation of a Buffalo injury attorney, be sure to contact O'Brien + Ford, PC today. 

Location

O'Brien + Ford, PC
4549 Main Street
Suite 201
Buffalo, NY, 14226
O'Brien + Ford, PC
465 Market Street
Lockport, NY, 14094
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dog Bite Injury
Chris O’Brien (& his team) are incredibly honest people and tenacious lawyers. After working with him for ~2 years, I can confidently say they’re in this for the right reasons and you want them on your side. I was viciously attacked by a dog (leaving permanent scarring even through layers of clothing) — and the dog owners not only showed no regard for my injuries they tried every trick in the book to avoid taking any responsibility (including moving out of state after the bite was reported). Chris didn’t give up on fighting for me — and ultimately was kind enough to even waive his fees given the final settlement value. Chris truly cares about the well being of his clients, which is something you’ll need when you’re at your most vulnerable. He’s a straight shooter yet also very charismatic — I would recommend him to any of my friends & family.
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Posted by Jen | January 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Auto Accident
Chris came highly recommended for a personal injury case from a number of people. He expressed concern for how I felt and helped me weed through referrals for doctors through my recovery. He was very patient with me and helped me understand the lengthy process of litigation. He clearly knew the ins and outs of the system and was thorough in his correspondence with me so I knew what was happening. Everyone in his office was professional and kind. I would recommend him to friends and family.
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Posted by TXLineman | September 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Roger That TEXAS
Let me start by saying that Chris and his Team are top notch professionals. While visiting the Buffalo Niagara area I was involved in a life altering accident. After hours of research I contacted and hired Chris. Chris and his Team kept me informed, were there when I needed them , and by far exceeded my expectations with a 7 figure settlement. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing a personal injury attorney. Contact Chris. You will not regret it. One of the smartest decisions I have ever made was contacting The O'Brien Firm. RH Texas
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Posted by Kevin | September 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He knows what he is doing!!!
Living in New York there are rules, regulations and realities which, when filing a personal injury lawsuit, you should be aware of. Some of these realities limit awards and most are not designed for the benefit of the plaintiff (that would be you if you initiated a personal injury lawsuit). It is my personal belief that the system favors the defendants and the defending insurance companies. The defending insurance companies have the job of saying no. The defending insurance company will delay, attack you, file senseless reasons for your injuries, etc.; all of which is designed to get you to give up or take whatever is offered. It is up to you, the plaintiff, to prove that you are injured and have suffered an economic loss. So, it was with great trepidation I stepped into the personal injury lawsuit world. I called one of the two big tv advertising personal injury firms. I went through two attorneys and the case languished. Since the lawsuit was filed, I needed to find someone else to be my champion. Interestingly enough several of my trusted friends mentioned The O'Brien Firm. I am glad they did and proud to say that Chris O'Brien was my attorney. If you are considering hiring an attorney to be your champion, do not hire Chris O'Brien if you do not want the truth. If you are looking for an attorney who will always tell you what you want to hear, go somewhere else. Chris is an anomaly in the world of personal injury attorneys, especially large case volume firms – He’s honest and forthright. He may tell you things you do not want to hear and there are going to be things you do not want to believe … but listen. He knows what he is talking about. He will explain everything. We enter the realm of personal injury lawsuits with dreams of millions of dollars dancing in our heads. Well achieving that may or may not be possible. Chris will tell you what you can expect; and it is an honest assessment based on your case and his years of experience. Chris has a “take no prisoners” approach when working for you. Chris is always thinking how best to counter act whatever the other side files or tries. He will line up the necessary documentation to counter. He will assemble the necessary expert doctors or other experts to counter. Each step in implementing his strategy is well thought out and expertly executed. While you may not understand why he is doing what he is doing – trust it. As I said, I do not trust the system. I do trust Chris O’Brien. I trust his knowledge, experience and brilliant strategic mind. The best part of working with Chris is that he does not give up until he gets the full extent of what you can be awarded.
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Posted by Scooter | May 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look No Further: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust the O'Brien Firm
In what seems like an unjust world, you would be hard pressed to find, or better yet, it would be impossible to find better representation on your road to justice than this firm offers. I am having a hard time figuring out how to put this into words. It isn’t that I can’t string sentences together; it’s that there is most likely a character limit on reviews and I could write a 50-page essay on how incredible my representation from this team of lawyers was for my case. I was injured nearly 4 years ago. A driver turned left in front of me while I had the right of way. I was on my 150cc scooter and was knocked from the bike. The insurance company claimed that their insured wasn’t at fault, offering measly settlement amounts. Chris and his team felt that these offers weren’t worthy of consideration and the case went to trial. I had respected John and Chris before seeing them on the battlefield, figuring they couldn’t rise any higher. I was sorely mistaken after seeing them work creatively and cohesively, catapulting us to a win with a jury verdict. It was strange to be asked to put a price on pain and suffering. It is something that I hope I never have to do again. However, Chris and John were there every single step of the way to recovery both physically and monetarily. They were thrown some wicked knuckleballs during pre-trial, jury selection and trial and handled them all with ease, exceeding expectations. I wish there were a review like this when I obsessively Google searched every aspect of personal injury, eventually finding Chris. You are going to be scared, maybe doubt your own injuries and feel pretty low at points. It was one of the saddest times in my life. I couldn’t have made it through without the support I received from Chris, John and Sid. I am indebted to this amazing group of people forever and wish them and their families the best. They kept telling me it was a pleasure to work with me and I am truly honored and humbled that this excellent group of people would think so highly of me. I truly see them as heroes. Thank you to everyone at the O’Brien firm, especially Patrice, who always welcomed me warmly and asked about my kids.
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Posted by Mary | January 7, 2017
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Fought for me
Almost 6 years ago I was in an awful accident that changed everything. A family member referred me to Chris and for 5 years this man fought for me. He was compassionate, honest, and straightforward. He kept me informed and up to date with the smallest of details. Any time I had a question he was there with an answer. Because of his hard work and dedication my case finally settled this past August. My accident, surgeries, loss of work and the constant roller coaster ride of the lawsuit did a number on myself and my family, but because of Chris we have finally moved on. If you are looking for an attorney that has your best interests in mind then call Chris. He's absolutely amazing.
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Posted by Lisa | December 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Supportive and Successful
I can honestly and genuinely say that my attorney, Chris O'Brien helped me navigate through a very emotional and painful time of my life. From the moment I met Chris and his team, I knew that he would help me figure out the "normal fault" process. The O'Brien team helped me with every piece of paperwork, took over all communication with the insurance companies and attended each and every medical appointment....right by my side. When my lawsuit started, the insurance company offered me $15,000 and Chris unequivocally declined that amount. Instead he went the extra mile and was successful in reaching the maximum amount the policy covered....which was much more than their original offer. The O'Brien Firm consists of an amazing staff....all around!
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Posted by Chris | March 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer!!
Chris went above and beyond for my family and I during a very difficult time! I truly trust in this wonderful man and his amazing firm. His staff was top notch! Chris was available whenever we needed him. His staff is always helpful and their firm makes you feel like you are part of the family. I highly recommend Chris to anyone who needs a personal injury lawyer!!
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Posted by Abbey | March 9, 2016
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Went Above and Beyond for Me!
Chris O'Brien recently helped settle my case from a car accident that occurred 4.5 years ago! Not only did he somehow win the maximum amount offered in the case, but he never gave up on helping me despite how frustratingly long this process took. He consulted with me first with every move we made, and truly cared about the healthcare I was receiving throughout this entire time. I was incredibly nervous about being in front of a jury, but Chris and Sidney's approach for easing my nerves came across very clear with their confidence, expertise, and humor when I needed it most. I realized that I was not nervous of the final outcome of the case because I was extremely confident in his skills and approach to win this case. Chris would dispute specific issues that proved that he genuinely cared about me as a person and not simply a client. That fact alone came to be one of the countless reasons that I am thankful to have worked with him. I consider Chris and Sidney to be great friends now because they proved to be very protective of me. His (and Sidney’s) personal investment in seeking compensation and responsibility for my injuries for over four years is incomparable to what any other law office could have ever provided. Again, Chris and Sidney are so talented that they were responsible for winning the full amount possible in my case. For that reason and many more, I will recommend them to many for years to come!
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Posted by Lindsay | March 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever!
I was hurt in a car crash. Chris met with me two days later and handled my case with his staff all the way to jury selection. He told me we had to go that far to make sure GEICO paid what they owed. The insurance company finally gave me the money I deserved after stalling and playing games. Chris and his paralegal Mary helped me through the hardest time in my life. I cannot thank them enough.
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Posted by Kailey | February 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Chris not only cared about my case, but also my well being throughout the process. He was always there to walk me through the steps we were taking and answer any questions I had. He has become a close friend, and is the only lawyer I would trust for any of my family members.
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney that gets results.
I've known Chris as a colleague for years. I've always known him to be a hard-working, exceptional attorney. When my husband was in a car accident, there was no one that I trusted more than Chris to help us. He got results that exceeded our expectations. Chris and his office were the best. They always answered our calls, were courteous and compassionate. I highly recommend Chris.
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Posted by Deanna | October 26, 2015
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Chris helped when I needed help.
After months of them doing hard work and answering our questions and being available, Chris got the result that we deserved. We first went to Chris after another lawyer told us we had no case. Chris told us that our case would be difficult but that he believed it was worth pursuing. I always felt like my questions were answered and nothing was shady like those car chasers you see on TV. The staff, Mary, Judy and Patrice were all awesome. I always felt like I was dealing with a reputable place. At the end, they all feel like family. The new lawyer at Chris' place, John Ford, also really cares about what he does and is a passionate fighter.
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Posted by Edward | September 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Chris O'Brien
I was injured in a car accident in 2013. I found Chris by going online. It was the best 2 hours I ever spent on a computer. From my first meeting with Chris until he handed me my lawsuit award he was always honest, kind, straightforward, poised, prompt, and professional. He was also unrelenting in dealing with insurance companies and their lawyers. He's a pitbull. He will not give up, he will fight for you harder than you will fight for yourself. Chris will always tell you the truth, even if it is something you do not want to hear. Honesty and straight talk, three words I thought I would never use to describe a lawyer. If you get hurt in an accident and you don't hire Chris O'Brien to represent you be prepared for a long, angry ride with an attorney of lesser ability and passion.
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Posted by Diane | July 31, 2015
best law office in town
Following a car accident in which I was deemed guilty of reckless driving I met with Mr O'Brien who from the moment I walked into the office took my case on spec and made me feel that he believed in me. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Chris and his assistant Patrice and the rest of the staff who gave of themselves whole heartedly. And we won.
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Posted by William | July 28, 2015
Thanks Chris
Chris is a great lawyer! Also a very patient one. I had 2 personal injury cases where the accidents both occurred within 1 year of each other which dragged the process way out. Through all that he never sugar coated anything. He gave it to me straight and told me exactly what to expect. He made sure to answer all of my questions. I highly recommend him. The end result was even better than I expected or planned. Thanks again Chris.
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Posted by William | July 27, 2015
Glad I was referred by another lawyer.
In August of 2011, I was in a head on collision with a drunken driver. At which time, I received multiple injuries to my body. As the TV bombards you with advertisements for personal injury lawyers, I did not know what avenue to take. I consulted my personal lawyer and he suggested I contact a Chris O'Brien, who he felt was one of the top personal injury lawyers in Buffalo. Since my association with my lawyer has been over thirty years I trusted him that he was sending me to a competent person. Mr. O'Brien became not only my personal injury lawyer, he became a FRIEND. His interest and compassion and concern went above and beyond what I expected. He fought diligently to get the maximum restitution I was entitled to. He was open at any time of the day or night to receive my call and get back to me one way or the other. I've recommended Mr. O'Brien to other people who have been involved in accidents and they were very well pleased. I would advocate him to anyone and everyone in need of a personal injury lawyer because he will treat and respect you as family not just a client.
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Posted by Dominique | July 10, 2015
A Lawyer Who is Just Like a Family Member
He is very responsive and attentive, nice and respectful. He always had documentation about my case and he took the time to make sure I understood the documents. Mr. O'Brien handled my car case and the result was excellent. We went to arbitration instead of having court and he got me the highest possible result. I recommend him to anyone who has a car crash and needs a lawyer.
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Posted by Moneque | May 5, 2015
Chris O'Brien is one of Best Lawyers in Western New York
For nearly a month I had no idea what I was suppose to do after being immobile from a car accident. After calling Mr. O'Brien ,I was happy he offered to come to my home to view my injury,since I could not walk. Chris and his firm made me feel that no question was unanswerable. The Law firm worked with me to get the best answers and settlement that Chris felt I deserved.I am now on my way to getting back on my feet and continue to strive for a better life. He fought for my rights and won a wonderful settlement that took me out of the debt I accumulated. He gets a 10 star rating!
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Posted by Kelly | March 30, 2015
The Obrien firm
I was referred to the Obrien firm and was a little nervous but Chris and the rest of his staff made me feel very comfortable , and guided me through every step. I was always informed and received updates often. The legal aspect can be so scarey and confusing and I am glad that i had great representation with Chris O'Brien and his law firm. I will recommend the Obrien to everyone!
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-33%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • O'Brien + Ford, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • The O'Brien Firm, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Co-Director of Trial Advocacy Program
  • University of Buffalo Law School
  • 2009 - 2018
  • Partner
  • O'Brien Boyd, P.C.
  • 2001 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Ballow, Braisted, O'Brien & Rusin, P.C.
  • 1995 - 2000
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Education

  • Washington & Lee Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • The College of the Holy Cross
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • SH vs. RM
  • $5,000,000.00 settlement
  • PH vs. DR
  • $1,500,000.00 settlement.
  • EB vs. DR
  • $1,200,000.00 settlement
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Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • 1992 - Present
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • 1989 - Present
  • National College of Advocacy
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2016 - 2020
  • New York State Trial Lawyers, Western Region Affiliate
  • President
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Western New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Director
  • 2002 - 2005
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1992 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite Top Ten
  • Buffalo Business First
  • 2016
  • Best Law Firm
  • U.S News Best Law Firms
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite’s Top 10: Best of the Best
  • Buffalo Law Journal
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • New York Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • New York Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • New York Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • New York Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • New York Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • New York Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Diplomate
  • National College of Advocacy
  • 2005
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 1999
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Publications

  • Trial (American Association for Justice)
  • Building Credibility in Jury Selection
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Deposition College in New Orleans, LA
  • Advanced Deposition College-Exhaustion in Questioning
  • 2023
  • Deposition College in Buffalo
  • Course Advisor
  • 2022
  • Advanced Deposition College in New Orleans, LA
  • Advanced Deposition College-Experts
  • 2022
  • AAJ Ultimate Trial Advocacy College at Harvard
  • AAJ Ultimate Trial Advocacy College at Harvard
  • 2014
  • The Ultimate Trial Advocacy Program
  • Advanced Trial Skills
  • 2012
  • Mid-Winter Convention
  • MIcroexpressions and Body Language
  • 2012
  • Advanced Deposition College
  • Deposition of a Corporate Representative
  • 2010
  • The Ultimate Trial Advocacy College
  • Opening Statements
  • 2009
  • Weekend with the Stars
  • Jury Selection
  • 2008
  • Ultimate Trial College
  • Trial Skills
  • 2007
  • Deposition Skills
  • Deposition College
  • 2007
  • Annual Convention
  • Cross-Examination
  • 2007
  • Depositions College
  • Deposition Skills
  • 2006
  • Case Workshop Program
  • Focus Groups
  • 2006
  • Depositions College
  • Deposition Skills
  • 2005
  • Ultimate Trial College
  • Trial Skills
  • 2003
  • Trial College
  • Trial Skills
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (54)
Endorse Christopher
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an outstanding trial lawyer. He is also giving of his time to other attorneys at seminars and with mock trial teams. If you have been injured, Chris will make sure your case is in good hands. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having practiced in the same community and for the common cause of injured citizens for more than 20 years, I can say that Chris O'Brien represents his clients with the same compassion, skill, experience, zeal and dedication with which I seek to represent my clients. If your case is with Chris, your case is in good hands. And in the process, you will probably come to consider Chris O'Brien a friend, as I do."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Friend
"Chris is an outstanding advocate and a great mentor and teacher. If I had family in Buffalo and they needed an attorney, Chris would be my guy."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Chris at both the law school and within the legal community. Aside from being a very good lawyer, Chris is compassionate and puts forward such energy toward helping his clients and students."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Chris. We have had numerous cases together and he has always represented his clients aggressively and fought for their interests."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Chris. He is very knowledgeable in the law and cares about his clients and ensuring they receive the best legal outcome."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is consummate professional who approaches a case not just from a legal perspective, but from a human perspective."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highest degree of professionalism. Will refer any matters in Buffalo to Chris O'Brien."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris has successfully handled many personal cases over his career. He truly cares about his clients and is an excellent choice if you are seeking a personal injury attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris was an adjunct professor while I was in law school. His skills and ethics are beyond reproach."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer public education efforts against drunk drivers"
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris O'Brien is truly a gifted and committed lawyer. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"if you have been injured and live in New York , Chris is the "go to" guy , especially in western new york . i have seen chris in action and he is dynamic , caring and prepared . You can't go wrong and you can't get any better either!"
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is one of the best advocates I've had the pleasure of working with. He is one of the "Good Guys"."
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