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Ayla Julia O'Brien

Family Attorney at Doylestown, PA

5.0   18 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 15 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 15 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ayla

Learn Ayla’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family

  2. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, child custody and other family law matters can be highly complex and emotionally draining. We will protect your interests, advocate for your rights, and help you find effective and efficient solutions to your family law matter.

  3. Child custody

  4. Child support

My office is located in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  I offer flexible office hours.

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Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C.
87 North Broad
Doylestown, PA, 18901

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Posted by Peter | December 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Caring and thorough
I worked with Ayla through my divorce. She did an excellent job laying out all my options helping me decide what was best for me. She gave me enough time to ask questions and treated me like a person, not a client. I appreciate her guiding me through the hardest time of my life.
Response from Ayla O'Brien December 15, 2020
Thank you very much for the positive feedback. It was a pleasure working with you and I wish you and your family the very best. Please keep in touch.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
A Great Attorney
We quickly had to get legal counsel and we chose Ayla O'Brien. Ayla worked very hard to get us the best outcome for our case. She kept us informed throughout the entire process and explained all the options that were available for us. She was always accessible when we needed her and worked with us financially. She is reliable, knowledgeable, aggressive and professional. Highly Recommended!!!
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Response from Ayla O'Brien December 15, 2020
It was a pleasure working with you and your spouse. I am thrilled that we achieved the very best result in your case! Keep in touch.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Dismissed
Ayla was very Professional! She always showed up on time and was a huge help with my case. She would not back down or take no for an answer! I highly recommend her as a lawye. She will be a huge help with your case! She was forcably able to get my case dismissed. Call her today! do not wait!
Response from Ayla O'Brien October 21, 2020
Thank you so very much for the positive feedback! Please keep in touch.
Posted by Steven | September 9, 2020
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Steven W
I have finally found an excellent lawyer! Ayla is a person that spends time to get to know you and really take the time correctly and expediently represent you. In my situation she got the entire case dropped. I wish I had found her years ago. She truly is excellent!
Response from Ayla O'Brien September 11, 2020
Thank you very much for the kind words and positive feedback!
Posted by Clyde | January 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Friendly
Ms. O’Brien, Esq. worked tirelessly on my divorce case keeping me informed step by step. I am very impressed how she continued to move the process through the Courts even while the opposing counsel continuously stalled.
Response from Ayla O'Brien January 14, 2020
Thank you so much for the positive feedback! Please keep in touch!
Posted by DJ | July 18, 2019
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Excellent service! Highly skilled!
Clear consultation and very efficient in trial. I was able to win everything I was asking for within my custody case.
Posted by Kevin John Ferko | September 21, 2017
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A Savior on South Clinton Street
Ayla was the perfect answer to 'What the hell am I going to do two days before my court date and my lawyer just vanished.' Miss O'Brien was the calming guidance and rock of reassurance I so desperately needed, not only 48 hours before court, but the one I should have gone with from the VERY BEGINNING. Ayla made the time for me to review my case, contact all the proper authorities, and ended up with a resulting judgement far beyond what I thought I might receive. I can never thank her enough, and trust me, you will feel the same way too...
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Posted by BRUCE | May 14, 2016
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she was able to get charges dropped and remaining charges to a misdemeanor. Always kept in touch and was able to explain what was going on in terms I could understand . v
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2016
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A ray of sunshine on a cloudy day!
I would highly recommend Ayla to represent you for your legal issues. I was in a situation facing possible jail time. We worked closely together and she was very prompt returning my calls. She is professional, knowledgeable and most importantly kind and non -judgmental. The results of her defense were in my favor. She looks at home in the courtroom, and made getting through a scary situation easier.
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Posted by Brian | March 20, 2016
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Very professional
Ayla is very professional, but also takes her job on a personal level to ensure her clients are taken care of and receives a fair hearing. I enjoyed working with Ayla with my family Court matter and was greatly pleased with the results.
Posted by Cardoza | July 11, 2015
She's a Great custody attorney
She took my case even though the odds were against me and keep working with the opposing side to come to an agreement! With the custody evaluation against me and my daughter's mother stubborn attitude, I prayed to God to give her the words of truth and we entered the courtroom with hard facts and truth! She kept me calm ( which is very difficult to do)and stuck to her plan! So with strong faith and Ayla on your side you will always have a fighting chance and she will do her best in your corner! I'd use her again if needed!! She's awesome
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Posted by Cardoza | July 3, 2015
Ayla did a great job with custody hearing
She offered her opinion which most time is trying to be fair even when the opposing member isn't! But when it's time for court she is calm and very observant of all testimonies! She does a good job pointing out only the issues that matter to the case!! She's a good lawyer and I'd use her again if needed!
Posted by Erin | April 29, 2015
MY Divorce Case
My attorney Ayla O'Brien showed herself to be an outstanding assistant to me throughout my lengthy divorce. Continually, Ms. O'Brien displayed to me and the court her professionalism while maintaining a caring, compassionate and responsive demeanor throughout my protracted divorce. She continually displayed her knowledge of the Civil Court System while representing me above and beyond my expectations. Ms. O'Brien always responded promptly to my phone calls and any written correspondence in regards to my divorce. My settlement was not only fair but beyond my expectations. Financially, I found her to be personally extremely trustworthy and financially reasonable. I would highly recommend Ms. O'Brien for any family court matters. It is without hesitation that I felt her personal support throughout my recent divorce. Lastly, Ms. O'Brien is not just a lawyer. She is genuinely a good person who represented me in an outstanding manner. Even, after the conclusion of my divorce, I had prompt access to her for several items which came to fruition after my divorce.
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Posted by Marilyn Bonet-Rizzo | February 9, 2015
Ms. Ayla is very professional, concise, knowleageable, informative, very sincere, plus always providing her best to give the client all the necessary support and information to ensure us that we are well informed with all the proper protocol . She continuously and patiently listen to all our concerns, questions, and fears. Ms. Ayla provided much assurance to us and always complied with her promises. We are very pleased with the outcome of our case. My confident level boost beyond my expectation. I wouldn't hesitate to retain her services once again in the near future although she continue to assist us. Thank you so much for all the relief we felt being represented by you. MY FINAL RECCOMMENDATION IS IF YOU NEED A GREAT LAWYER HIRE MS. AYLA JULIA O'BRIEN, you will be in good hands. :-)
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Posted by Matthew | February 5, 2014
Ayla O'brian is a gun in court.
I've been to court for child custady at least 12 times against the most mean women I've ever met in my life.meaning my daughters mother.ayla is the only lawyer in 10 years that knew exactly how to handle this rude ignorant women I call my x.Ayla O'brian is an honest reasonable fighter that in my appinion is an upcoming force to b reconed with! She treated us as if we were family.I will never use another lawyer ever again! We thank her and love her dearly! Thank you so much for your dedacation and your time Ayla!
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Posted by Suzanne | September 28, 2012
Excellent attorney for DUI or ARD help
Ayla was very professional, courteous and always willing to listen to our concerns. She offered valuable advice and helped us to set priorities to meet all the requirements of the law. I never had to wait more than a day for a response to a phone call; in fact, most times I called she was available to answer me within a few hours. I must say I also appreciated her kindness and willingness to spend time answering questions and concerns. I never felt rushed - she always made you feel like she cared greatly about my son, and would do all she could to work to achieve the best case scenario. Her overall personality and professionalism made a difficult situation much easier to deal with. She also was willing to work out a fair and manageable payment plan. I would highly recommend her. We also used her to help with a PFA. Using a good lawyer like Ayla, is the best way to keep the damage to a minimum and achieve a better outcome.
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Posted by stephanie | April 2, 2012
a friend and a lawyer that cares
miss obrien was very very caring n understanding her help was most welcome to me n my family and herknowledge about my case was on point and kept me informed about everything . and yes i would recomenemd her to others.
Posted by Zachariah | March 20, 2012
Myself, but especially my life partner and my daughter, want to express our immeasurable gratitude for your assistance and the positive results, totally unexpected on our part, that you obtained on our behalf.You made me get my job back,get my two charges of simple assault and harassment dismissed,and you went further and represented me on my arrest records expungement hearing in which the judge granted the request.Thank you for all the tireless efforts you made to support us during this difficult times we had,All your phone calls and all your attention made me feel that I had someone working as hard as I was to get through my case.My life has changed so much now that I have peace of mind.and I know I can count on you whenever I need you, either for advice or for other professional services.May God richly bless you for the kind heart that you have
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Philadelphia Consumer Bankruptcy Project
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Local Counsel
  • Citizens Disability, LLC
  • 2012 - 2021
  • Public Defender
  • Montgomery County Public Defender's Office, Special Assistant Attorney
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Owner
  • Ayla O'Brien, Attorney At Law
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Owner
  • Ayla O'Brien Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2021
  • Contract Attorney
  • Solomon Berschler Schatz & Monaghan
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kent & McBride, PC
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Solomon, Berschler, Warren, Schatz, & Monaghan
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Knepper & Stratton
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Pro Se Department Student Volunteer
  • State of Delaware Administrative Office of the Courts
  • 2004 - 2005
  • National Market Loss Prevention Consultant
  • Liberty Mutual Group
  • 2002 - 2004
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  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. C.P.
  • The client was accepted for ARD
  • Estate of C.B.
  • Successful estate administration
  • Estate of A.H.T
  • Successful estate administration
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  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40 For Pennsylvania
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • The Global Directory Of Who's Who
  • 2015
  • 2015 Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (19)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ayla is a strong advocate that works tirelessly for her clients"
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ayla is professional, knowledgeable and easy to work with. ."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can highly recommend Ayla O'Brien. Ayla aggressively pursues the best results for her clients utilizing her problem solving skills and resourcefulness. I endorse Ayle and have referred clients with the knowledge they are in good hands."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ayla is hardworking and committed to her clients interests. A responsive and reliable person to work with, she is an asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ayla is a fine attorney practicing Criminal Defense. I have personally observed her handling a case and can attest that she does a great job. I would definitely recommend him in the area of Criminal Defense."
Family Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ayla because she cares about her clients and getting the best results for them, and she takes her profession seriously."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ayla for five plus years. She's hard working, honest and fights aggressively for her clients. I wouldn't hesitate to refer people to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Ayla when she clerked at my firm while in law school. I have watched her grow into a hard-working, aggressive advocate for her clients. I have referred several cases to her, and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. I wholeheartedly endorse Ayla."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ayla is a very intelligent and aggressive attorney. She fights tooth and nail for her clients. If you are in need of a criminal defense or family law attorney in Bucks County, you should call Ayla. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ayla is a zealous advocate for her family law and criminal law clients. Ayla is prepared and her client's best interest always comes first. I have seen her in court and she has the ability to communicate both persuasively and credibly."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ayla is always prepared and advocates skillfully for her clients."
General practice Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Ayla is a forthright and high energy attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ayla is tough, hard working and goes the extra mile for her clients. I highly recommend Ayla to represent your needs in criminal defense!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ayla O'Brien is one of the hardest working attorneys I know. She is a strong advocate for her client, who enjoys the practice of law."
General practice Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ayla was a law clerk in our office prior to passing the bar and beginning her legal career. She was always very professional and she possessed all the skills that make up a great lawyer."
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