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Joseph Pierce O'Brien

Divorce and separation Attorney at Wheaton, IL

5.0   238 reviews

also known as Joe O'Brien

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    95%
    I practice in all areas of family law, including but not limited to divorce, paternity, orders of protection, adoption, child custody, removal litigation, and appeals.

    16 years

  2. Appeals
    5%

I have focused on the practice of family law for my entire legal career.  I have opened up my own firm Opal O'Brien LLC where we do things differently than most other law firms.  Our level of service is paramount, and our clients will be able to tell, above all else, that we genuinely care about our clients and getting them the best possible results.  

I practice all areas of family law, including, but not limited to, divorce, paternity, child custody, visitation, removal litigation, grandparent visitation, adoption, child support, maintenance and spousal support formerly known as alimony, orders of protection, enforcing court orders and judgments, guardinaship, and  post-judgment litigation, in DuPage, Kane, Will, Kendall, and Cook County.   I do not generally charge my clients for any travel time or parking related expenses. 

I also handle appeals. I have argued in front of the Second District Court of Appeals and I have drafted numerous briefs at the Appellate Court level.   

I pride myself on keeping my clients informed and in the loop during the divorce process.  Communication is paramount in having a successful attorney-client relationship.  I have substantial experience trying cases and putting on hearings.  I also have the skills to succesfully negotiate cases so as to avoid the expense of a full-blown trial. 

My firm also handles criminal defense cases.  We handle just about every criminal case, including but not limited to domestic battery, DUI, traffic tickets and other felonies.  

I am proud of my recent award of emerging lawyer, a distinction earned by fewer than two percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois who are 40 years old or less or practicing 10 years or less. 

Contact me by phone or by email.  My email is and my phone number is.  Consultations are free (on the phone or in person).  I will make myself available to meet with you after normal business hours or on weekends.

 

 

 

 

Location

Opal O'Brien LLC
310 S. County Farm Road Suite D
Wheaton, IL, 60187

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Reviews

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Posted by Michael | April 2, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Finally Found My Lawyer
My ex-wife filed for divorce in 2016. We were finally divorced after years of litigation in 2019. Was not at all happy with my lawyer at the time or my $23K per month maintenance requirment. Moved to modify my maintenance in 2020 (due to COVID). Second lawyer not much better. Then I met Joe. Was taken aback a bit because he looks young. But he had a lot of good ideas about my case and made it immediately known he was a hard worker. I quickly discovered he is friendly, sociable and very comfortable in the courtroom. Seems to have a rapport with the local judiciary - which is always a good sign. But he can also be adversarial when needed - which is also a good thing. After hearing about my case Joe recommended we try to terminate my maintenance based on my ex-wife’s cohabitation. After three years of litigation and a 7-day bench trial - we won! It is nearly impossible to terminate maintenance in Kane County - but Joe made it happen. Very grateful I found him and would hire him again (although hoping I won’t have to!)
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Posted by Danielle | February 12, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
If you're looking for the best, call Joe!
I am so grateful I had Joe in my corner! He is confident, competent, and considerate. Joe always responds in a timely manner, and answered every question big or small. He gives sound advice and listens to his clients. His billing is fair, I never felt like I was being charged frivolously. I trusted Joe had my back completely throughout the whole process. I can not recommend Joe enough, he is just incredibly impressive. Do not hesitate, call Joe. You will be so happy you did!
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Response from Joseph O'Brien February 14, 2024
Thank you so much!
Posted by Kim | February 1, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Representation!!
Joe was an absolute pleasure to work with, quick to respond to my concerns, and supremely effective. My ex-husband filed to reduce support for me and kids, and I was very worried, but I didn't need to be! Joe was recommended to me by an attorney friend and he did not disappoint. I will never again have to worry about my financial ability to care for my children. Highly recommend, his confidence carried me through the entire process.
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Response from Joseph O'Brien February 2, 2024
Thank you so much for the review-I appreciate it!
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Allison
Joe was a pleasure to work with. He addressed all my questions and concerns, and we reached the outcome we were hoping for. Highly recommend!!!
Response from Joseph O'Brien November 30, 2023
Thank you!!
Posted by Tara | November 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Results Driven Attorney!
Joe did an incredible job representing me in my divorce case. He was extremely knowledge regarding family law and always presented different options for navigating the entire process. He provided comfort and reassurance during a difficult and emotional time and kept my main concerns a priority throughout. His experience and patience helped me reach a settlement that I felt comfortable with. I will definitely hire Joe again for future needs regarding family law.
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Response from Joseph O'Brien November 30, 2023
Thanks Tara!
Posted by Raquel | November 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Peace of Mind with Joe
I did not worry whether I was going to win the case. With Joe, I knew it would be a much more certain process and without doubt easier for me and the kids. Thank you Joe!
Response from Joseph O'Brien November 30, 2023
Thank you so much!
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Does what’s right for you and your child(ren)!
I had an amazing experience with Joe - in and out of court! I actually had to go to trial and he was a rock star. Very good at cross exam and asking the right questions.
Posted by Doris | August 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Litigation
Joe was hired to represent our son in a custody case with my son and his girlfriend. She was making crazy accusations that caused big problems. Joe was right by his side, always easy to contact & communicate with and honestly shows he cares. I would highly recommend Joe for any family that loves theirs as much as I love mine. He will fight for you.
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Posted by Pamela | August 9, 2023
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Extremely satisfied with the service I received
Joe provided excellent communication throughout the process. He explained what and how services would be provided thoroughly. He was very responsive to any and all questions/concerns I had. I found Joe to be pleasant to work with and quite knowledgeable. He definitely has his client's interest at heart and works to keep costs reasonable. With Joe, you're not just a client, you are a person that matters. I am very pleased that Joe represented me.
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Response from Joseph O'Brien August 9, 2023
Thank you. It was a pleasure working with you on your matter!
Posted by James | June 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
James - Hired Joe O'Brien
I was actually referred to Joe by a friend of a family member of mine who had nothing but good things to say about Joe following an experience he had with him personally. Right from the start it was obvious Joe is very intelligent, educated, personable, and really knows his job well. The 14 months I worked with Joe he did an outstanding job at every turn. I would aboslutely return if I ever needed to, as I would also highly recommend him to anyone I know who was in need of his services. Fantastic human who made the whole process much less painful than it could have been otherwise.
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Response from Joseph O'Brien June 26, 2023
Thank you so much!
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2023
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Julie & Joe
Joe and Julie were always kind, prompt, and listened. They had to deal with an unresponsive lawyer and didn’t let up. It encouraged me to be proactive as well. Joe is kind and his office had a lighter feeling than most other practices. Julie, was always responsive and again professional. Thank you for helping me through a difficult time.
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Response from Joseph O'Brien June 26, 2023
Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
A true partnership
Joe was my second divorce attorney. He stepped in when the first one couldn't handle the unprofessionalism and drama-filled antics of opposing counsel. I was worried that I wouldn't find a high-quality lawyer to take my case, since it was already in progress, but the tremendous amount of reviews on this website were the reason I reached out to him . So many people were impressed enough to write a review and many of their stories echoed mine. That gave me hope. From day one, Joe remained calm, confident and put me at ease. If only I had hired him from the beginning! There is no air of superiority when talking with him, which made me feel comfortable asking questions and voicing my opinion. I also appreciated being treated as an equal. He respected my ideas, opinion, and the work I did behind the scenes to provide the information he needed. Joe is a moral and ethical attorney who genuinely cares about his clients. Unfamiliar with what the divorce process entailed, he and his staff (Jenn is his paralegal and she is so personable!), always answered my questions quickly and clearly. On any given day, I knew what was happening and what the next steps would be. Staying informed allowed me to confidently move forward with my own goals and priorities, while embracing change as an inevitable part of life. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my case. I think my ex-husband and his attorney were shocked by how quickly Joe flipped the script and held his ground. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone who wants a fair and just divorce without stooping to a low level. I'm walking away with my dignity intact. That's not only empowering but a good lesson for my children.
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Response from Joseph O'Brien June 14, 2023
Thank you so much!
Posted by Jesse | June 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Joe O’Brien
Joe helped work with me in getting this resolved in an orderly fashion. He was prompt, knowledgeable, and (dresses impeccably), Lol. No but seriously. I would refer anyone going through a custody battle to retain Joe in a heartbeat!
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Positive experience through a trying time.
I recently had the opportunity to work with Joe O’Brien. First and foremost, his thoroughness was evident in every aspect of his work. He reviewed all relevant documents, ensuring no detail went unnoticed and took the time to gather all necessary information. His attention to detail instilled confidence and reassurance throughout the process. Additionally, Joe’s reasonableness was a breath of fresh air. He approached negotiations and discussions with a calm and level-headed demeanor, always seeking fair and equitable solutions. He is adept at finding common ground, encouraging amicable resolutions when possible. His reasonable approach helped alleviate tension and fostered a more collaborative atmosphere during a challenging time. What truly impressed me was Joe’s unwavering commitment to my best interests. He consistently advocated for what was best for me, providing sound advice and guidance every step of the way. It was evident that he cares about achieving a favorable outcome for his clients, both emotionally and legally. Overall, working with Joe was a positive and reassuring experience. His thoroughness, reasonableness, and unwavering dedication to my best interests deserves attention. I highly recommend his services to anyone in need of a divorce lawyer who will prioritize their clients and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome.
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Response from Joseph O'Brien June 14, 2023
Thank you!
Posted by Dan | May 31, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great work!
I recently hired Joe Obrien to assist with my divorce. Joe and his team were very honest and responsive throughout the entire process. I can’t imagine it going smoother and would be glad to refer him to anyone I know seeking legal assistance in the future.
Response from Joseph O'Brien June 14, 2023
Thanks Dan!
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Joe -- The only Pro you need for your case!
Attorney Joe is an excellent lawyer who successfully handled my complex case with exceptional strategy and wit. He defeated a money-hungry opposing counsel who built their case on malice and greed. In just one year, Joe accomplished what five previous high-ranking attorneys couldn't in eight. Joe is astute, sharp, smart, and a powerful attorney you want on your side. He knows the law and is respected by Judges, GALs, and fellow attorneys in the legal community. He doesn't engage in any BS when dealing with bad actors/counsels and is relentless in pursuing justice for you. He is the Ali on the court and won't give up until the final knockout. Off the court, Joe has an outstanding ability to empathize and establish a powerful rapport with his clients, which makes them feel understood and supported during difficult situations. He is truly amazing in his understanding of his clients and their cases. Despite all of his great qualities, Joe is still affordable and doesn't run up his clients' bills like many family attorneys today. I am grateful to Joe for winning my unwinnable case and delivering results beyond my expectations. Thank you Joe.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2023
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Divorce Assistance
I was very happy with the services provided by Joe O'Brien. He was very responsive, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. Joe made going through a difficult situation manageable. I am glad he was on my side.
Posted by Patrick | January 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Exemplary Attorney
Words cannot express my appreciation for Joe's expertise, knowledge, guidance and professionalism toward resolving my maintenance issue. His availability and communication with clients is second to none. In addition, his paralegal support is outstanding. I without reservation provide my highest recommendation for his services and support.
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Posted by Karissa | January 18, 2023
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Will fight hard for you!
I found Joe through a recommendation and I’m so glad I did! We had a huge uphill battle after my first attorney really screwed everything up. But Joe believed me and fought hard even though the odds were stacked against us. And we ended up winning! I got full decision making authority for my child and primary custodian. If you want an attorney that actually cares about you, I highly recommend Joe!
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2023
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Excellent attorney
After interviewing five divorce attorneys, Joe O’Brien stood out as the one I wanted to represent me. I’m very glad I chose him! I had a very difficult and stressful divorce case and Joe was with me every step of the way with his professional advice and support. He guided me through some very difficult issues during the divorce and was always honest and direct. Joe always kept me informed of any developments in the case and was always available by phone, text or email. I highly recommend Joe if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Opal O'Brien LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Roberts PC
  • 2010 - 2015
  • 711 assistant
  • Cook County State Attorney's Office, Felony Trial Division
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Denis J. McKeown and Associates
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Research Assistant
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Civil Actions Bureau
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Law clerk
  • The Honorable Richard J. Elrod
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Cook County Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2006
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Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Marquette University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Will County Hearing
  • Successful
  • Oral Argument-Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • successful
  • Motion to Terminate Maintenance Based Upon Cohabitation
  • Successful-maintencance terminated retroactively
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Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Inns of Court
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • DuPage County Legal Access Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Young Lawyers Committee
  • 2011 - 2012
  • John Marshall Law Review
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 2017 Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 2015 Top Contributer Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • 2016 Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 2014 client's choice award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Featured Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Cali Award-Secured Transactions
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • 2008
  • Dean's List
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • 2007
  • Law Review
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • 2007
  • Dean's List
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • 2006
  • Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honors Society
  • Marquette University
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Inns of Court
  • Alternative Fee Arrangements
  • 2014
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Family Law Intake
  • 2014
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • (Assisted) Section 503(g) Trusts and "Adult" Child Support under Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (62)
Given (162)
Endorse Joseph
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe has always focuses directly on the client and what they want!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joe is kind and compassionate attorney. While he is a zealous advocate for his client, he does take the time to consider peaceful solutions for everyone. He will not simply bend to someone's will, but he is reasonable, kind, funny, and smart. He is almost always a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Joe is both a terrific person and an attorney. In a very difficult business, Joe practices with integrity and honesty and STILL EFFECTIVELY advocates on behalf of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. O'Brien is an extremely talented attorney; I did not qualify my endorsement by stating his age, as his skill level is highly advanced for his number of years in practice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe is a top notch lawyer and human being. It is rare to find an attorney who knows the law, court system, and how to relate to clients in an effective, down to earth manner. I've known Joe for many years, and have recently worked with him successfully. I recommend him highly and without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. O'Brien is truly an expert in the area of family law. He is very competent and responds to his clients quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend Mr. O'Brien."
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is always a gentleman in court and I would recommend him to any potential client."
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