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Christopher J. O'Brien

also known as Chris O'Brien

About me

Chris O’Brien is the leading attorney at the Buffalo personal injury law firm, The O’Brien Firm, 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 the representation of  The O’Brien Firm, PC, Mr. O’Brien will use his extensive understanding of New York personal injury laws and his 25 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 The O’Brien Firm, PC today. 


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 55%
    27 years, 600 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 35%
    27 years, 250 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    27 years, 100 cases



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  • Vincent LoTempio

    I endorse Chris. He is very knowledgeable in the law and cares about his clients and ensuring they receive the best legal outcome.


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  • Justin David Kloss

    Chris is consummate professional who approaches a case not just from a legal perspective, but from a human perspective.


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Contact info

The O'Brien Firm, PC

4925 Main Street
Suite 222
Buffalo, NY, 14226

3117 Military Road
Niagara Falls, NY, 14304

365 Market Street
Lockport, NY, 14094



NYCurrently registered 198903/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Elite’s Top 10: Best of the BestBuffalo Law Journal2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
New York Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
New York Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
New York Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
New York Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
New York Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
New York Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
DiplomateNational College of Advocacy2005
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe O'Brien Firm, P.C.2012 - Present
Co-Director of Trial Advocacy ProgramUniversity of Buffalo Law School2009 - Present
PartnerO'Brien Boyd, P.C.2001 - 2012
PartnerBallow, Braisted, O'Brien & Rusin, P.C.1995 - 2000
AssociateCorey J. Hogan & Associates1992 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1992 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A1992 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyN/A1989 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers, Western Region AffiliatePresident2004 - 2004
Western New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector2002 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
TM vs. PH$4,240,000.00 verdict
SH vs. RM$5,000,000.00 settlement
CW vs. Estate of JH$2,025,000.00 settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial (American Association for Justice)Building Credibility in Jury Selection2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
College of the Holy CrossEnglish/Theater ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Ultimate Trial Advocacy ProgramAdvanced Trial Skills2012
Mid-Winter ConventionMIcroexpressions and Body Language2012
Advanced Deposition CollegeDeposition of a Corporate Representative2010
The Ultimate Trial Advocacy CollegeOpening Statements2009
Weekend with the StarsJury Selection2008
Ultimate Trial CollegeTrial Skills2007
Deposition SkillsDeposition College2007
Annual ConventionCross-Examination2007
Depositions CollegeDeposition Skills2006
Case Workshop ProgramFocus Groups2006
Depositions CollegeDeposition Skills2005
Ultimate Trial CollegeTrial Skills2003
Trial CollegeTrial Skills2000