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Michelle Renee O'Brien

Oil and gas Attorney at Scranton, PA

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Michelle O'Brien, Missy O'Brien

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  • State Years
    New York - NY 8 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 21 years
    Maryland - MD 21 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 20 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2015
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2003
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    We can help you start a new business, raise capital for your existing business, draft and interpret your business' contracts, deal with employees, transfer ownership in a business, buy or sell a business, dissolve your business, or any other business related issue.

    21 years

  2. Oil and gas
    We represent hundreds of oil and gas land and royalty owners with all of their oil and gas and real estate related needs such as reviewing and negotiating oil and gas leases, pipeline right of way agreements, ensuring royalty payments are made correctly, buying and selling oil and gas rights, severing rights from surface rights, preparing and filing oil and gas deeds, oil and gas title searches and title opinions, formation of limited partnerships, and anything else our clients may need.

    18 years

  3. Real estate
    Our real estate practice includes representing clients when buying and selling properties, gifting properties, estate planning related property transfers, title insurance, closings, boundary line disputes, closings, easements, subdivisions, and much, much more.

    21 years

  4. Debt and lending agreements
    We represent many financial institutions and private lenders to document and review due diligence for their commercial loan transactions. We help clients from structuring the loan through the due diligence, loan documentation and title insurance process and finally through closing and all post-closing issues. We often document loan amendments and modifications as well. We are familiar with the perfection requirements for various forms of collateral and can help with title insurance needs.

    21 years


Michelle R. O’Brien is an attorney and the owner of O’Brien Law.  She received her undergraduate degree in 1999 from The Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2002.  She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York.  Attorney O’Brien’s legal practice focuses on the areas of business law, real estate, commercial lending, and energy and oil and gas law.

Attorney O’Brien has also been an adjunct instructor at the University of Scranton since 2010 teaching both undergraduate and Masters of Business Administration classes in the topic of Business Law.

Attorney O’Brien has been named a Rising Star by Law and Politics and was recognized in Philadelphia Magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition every year since 2013.  Attorney O’Brien has previously been named one of the Top 20 under 40 and one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.  She is also a graduate of Leadership Lackawanna.


The O’Brien Law Group LLC
2800 Stanford Avenue
Box 3034
Scranton, PA, 18505


5.0 / 5.0
  2 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Small Business Help
Listened to my concerns closely. I had a very complicated situation with my small business regarding back taxes as well as sale of assets. They helped my walk through the situation beautifully. I could not recommend better!
Response from Michelle O'Brien November 7, 2019
Thank you. I am glad I could provide you with helpful guidance and I appreciate your positive review.
Posted by Barbara | January 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Our go to attorney
Michelle helped us with several gas and oil related matters as well as personal issues We were extremely happy with the results and felt she handled these matters professionally and promptly. We would highly recommend this law firm and will continue to use them in our future.
Response from Michelle O'Brien February 1, 2017
Thanks Barbara! I appreciate you taking the time to give this review. I always strive to help my clients accomplish their goals and I appreciate the opportunity to help you reach yours. Michelle


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-300 per hour
  • Contingency 5%-34%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered
  • 2021 - Present
  • Attorney and Owner
  • The O'Brien Law Group LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Solicitor
  • Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services
  • 2017 - 2022
  • Adjunct Professor - Entrepreneurship
  • University of Scranton
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Certified Mineral Manager and Owner
  • O'Brien Mineral Management LLC
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Adjunct Professor - Business Law
  • The University of Scranton
  • 2010 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd
  • 2002 - 2005
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  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Demchak Partners Liimited Partnership et al v. Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C.
  • Settlement Pending Court Approval


  • National Association of Royalty Owners
  • 2011 - 2019
  • Circle 200
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Association of Women Lawyers of Lackawanna County
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2013
  • Northeast Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Top 20 Under 40
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2006
  • Top 25 Women in Business
  • Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal
  • 2006
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  • NARO PA Newsletter
  • Is Marcellus Shale Gas a “Mineral?” The Pennsylvania Superior Court thinks it May Be
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • PA/NY NARO PA Annual Conference
  • Oil and Gas: What Issues are Affecting Landowners Today
  • 2012
  • Lackawanna County Bar Association CLE
  • Oil and Gas Post Leasing Issues
  • 2012
  • Hot Topics in Oil and Gas
  • Mid Stream Operations
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Michelle
Business Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Family member
"I have worked for, referred business to, and had Attorney O'Brien consult with me on a number of issues throughout the years. She has a knack for finding straight forward solutions that are easy to understand and implement. She has a practical approach to issues and is a masterful negotiator. She is a superb attorney and I recommend her above all others in Pennsylvania."
Oil and gas Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney O'Brien is an excellent attorney and I have referred her a number of clients over the years. If you are seeking legal representation pertaining to your business, real estate, and/or oil and gas rights; you will not be disappointed if you contact Attorney O'Brien. I highly recommend her."