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Jamie Lee O'Brien

Divorce and separation Attorney at Brighton, MI

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2001
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Jamie

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I  began  my career by working as a Research Attorney for a Family Court Judge in March 2001, after graduating from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  After working for a Family Court Judge for five years and watching what trials do to families, I decided that I would do whatever it takes to avoid high conflict divorces that ended in divorce trials.  After joining a firm in March 2006 that had a quality reputation for their dedication in helping families through divorce as amicably as possible, I completed my Family Mediation training in April 2006 and my domestic violence training in May 2006.  I competed  Collaborative Practice training in May 2008.  I completed the ICLE Family Law Certificate Program in May of 2008.  


I am now working for Gerkin & Decker, PC, with offices in Flint and Brighton.  We handle cases in Livingston, Genessee, Lapeer, Shiawassee and Oakland Counties.


I am a firm believer that when cases are mediated, especially before or soon after filing, the children are much less negatively affected by the divorce.  I believe that mediation or Collaborative Practice are a wonderful alternative to Court.  I am dedicated to being a fair and neutral mediator that will assist the parties in obtaining an agreement that both parties are able to live with.   




Couling Law & Mediation, PLLC
720 W. Grand River
Brighton, MI, 48116

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Posted by deb171717 | December 13, 2013
An Angel
There are not enough or sufficient words to express how great she is - She is caring, supportive, informed, knowledgeable, sweet, that is a person not a business- She provided me help when I called and filled out request forms of numerous attorneys in two different counties and no one would even call back- I found her through this awesome site (which I am also very grateful to have come across) she answered her own phone she talked and listened- She will go above and beyond for you- I can honestly say I would trust her with any legal matter- She doesn't practice in the county I was having legal issues in and she even took the time to look up some laws in that area to help me - There is no way you can go wrong if she is your choice- I have used many attorneys over the years and she is the only one I would ever recommend- My experience with her was so positive I am going to seek out as many avenues as possible to give her positive reviews - Many lawyers I contacted said their free consultation is only if you plan on retaining them as your attorney, I simply needed some advice and fast and was willing to pay for it- She knew I couldn't retain her for my legal issues but still the consult time was deducted when I was completely prepared to pay for all of my consultation knowing I couldn't put her on retainer- She is a woman of her word and has patience for even the most frazzled people :) Truly a godsend that you cannot go wrong!
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Posted by Dee | September 29, 2010
Jamie, puts you at ease and was just the person I needed when facing the worst news of my life.
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2010
Warm and focused
You focused on the issues that needed to be addressed, keeping my case on track and costs to a minimum. Jamie was a lifeline to me, and the warmth of her office and staff made me feel calm, collected and important. I had great confidence in the handling of my case.
Posted by Denise Couling | August 2, 2010
Highly recommended family law attorney
Jamie is a real listener and doer. She extremely attentive to her clients' priorities and needs. Jamie also is excellent about prompt and efficient work that produces excellent outcomes.


  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Couling Law & Mediation, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Gerkin & Decker, P.C.
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Attorney and Mediator
  • Jamie L. O'Brien, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach, & Buiteweg, P.C.
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Research Attorney
  • Livingston County Probate Court
  • 2001 - 2006
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  • Thomas Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Arizona State University
  • Bachelors of Science
  • 1995


  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Livingston State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Livingston County Family Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
  • Washtenaw County Family Law Section
  • Past Co-Chair
  • N/A
  • Livingston County Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyer- Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer- Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers!
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Divorce Options Seminars
  • Divorce Options
  • 2010
  • Therapist Seminar
  • Family Law and Mediation
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Jamie
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had a divorce case with Jamie. She is a conscientous lawyer who was always prepared for court. She is a strong advocate for her client and very familiar with Michigan law pertaining to family law."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jamie is a conscientious, hard-working lawyer that always tries to help her clients remain calm in a hard situation. Her relationships with other attorneys are excellent; her ability to gain rapport with clients and advise to their best interests phenomenal."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jamie is extremely hard-working, caring and creative. She knows the court system very well, but is also very skilled at alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and collaborative practice."

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Brighton Divorce and separation Lawyer Jamie Lee O'Brien
Jamie Lee O'Brien
Divorce and separation Attorney
Brighton, MI
Licensed for 22 years