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Joseph Pierce O'Brien

Divorce and separation Attorney at Wheaton, IL

5.0   222 reviews

also known as Joe O'Brien


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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.

    15 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.

 

 

 

 

Licensed for 14 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2008
Updated 01/06/2023

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

Contact Joseph

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

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  222 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2022
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For Divorce
Joe handled my divorce and he did an exceptional job. From the beginning, he was attentive, listened, returned my phone calls and emails quickly and worked diligently on my case. His in-depth knowledge and attention to details surpassed my expectations. Very efficient, communicative in dealing with my divorce from opposing council & spouse that behaved as if rules did not apply to them, Joe provided a consistent & hopeful advocate. After the divorce was finalized, I was able to call him with any follow-up questions to which he responded quickly. I highly recommend Joe to represent you.
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Posted by Ashley | December 5, 2022
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Highly Recommend
Joe and his team handled my complex 4 year case effectively, always handling each obstacle with professionalism and the right firm approach towards opposing counsel. Throughout the 4 years Joe was always responsive to my calls, texts and emails and even on weekends when it was an urgent matter. He fought for my son and I and we won. I am so grateful for him and his team!
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2022
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The voice of reason
Joe was a referral from a referral. I am so fortunate to have hired him to handle my three year divorce. He was the voice of reason throughout the entire process. He and his staff treated me with respect and were extremely responsive to phone calls, emails and texts. It wasn’t uncommon to get an immediate reply from Joe even after hours and on the weekends. His billing practices are honest and fair and you always know where you stand. I feel he genuinely tried to keep my fees to a minimum. He fought for a settlement that was fair and equitable, always with my input. He is respected by both his peers and the Judge in our case who specifically mentioned his professional conduct at the conclusion. I would hire him again without hesitation.
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Response from Joseph O'Brien November 15, 2022
Thank you so much! It was a true pleasure working with you on this matter!
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2022
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Joe O'Brien
My case was very difficult and unusual. Mr. O'Brien turned over every rock to find answers. He took time with me to explain the issues. He is the type of a lawyer, that will speak up for you and defend you. He is great to have in your corner. He is very knowledgeable and to the point, with solving problems. He sees what needs to be done, and gets it done. He is very compassionate about his clients and their needs. I hired him for relocation and guardianship. My case ended better than both of us expected. I would hire Joe again, and, highly recommend him. He is truly, one of the best attorneys out there. Family Law is very hard to maneuver through. Joe knows what it takes to get the job done, and does it.
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Response from Joseph O'Brien October 24, 2022
Thank you so much. It was a true pleasure helping you through this case!
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Joe!
Joe and his team were very patient and helpful guiding me through my divorce. They always took the time to answer my questions and the rates are extremely fair. Joe came highly recommended and I am so grateful for everything he did to help.
Response from Joseph O'Brien October 24, 2022
I really appreciate the review. Thank you for hanging tough through the case and not giving up!
Posted by Mine | September 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Phenomenal experience. Joe is a professional through and through. Joe offers sensible advice, and is extremely efficient. I felt comfortable working with Joe and his staff at all times throughout the divorce process. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone looking for a competent divorce attorney!
Response from Joseph O'Brien October 24, 2022
Thank you so much!
Posted by Michael | September 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Communication
Mr. O'Brien and his team were great at keeping me up to date on what what going on with my case. They are all very knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend them.
Posted by Kirsten | September 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Joe is very knowledgeable and gives great advice. He is easy to reach and talk to as issues arise.
Posted by Matthew | May 31, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Wish I started with Joe!
Joe was able to clean up the mess my previous divorce attorney left me in. He fought for what was fair and made sure my rights as a father were upheld. His no nonsense approach led to many wins in my case. He does not suffer all the emotional drama the opposing counsel attempted to create and his focus on facts really put them in their place. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He bills fairly, communicates easily, and is savvy with the law. Be upfront with him and he will fight the fight for you.
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Posted by Flor | May 18, 2022
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Best Decision I ever made!!
I can't say enough good things about Joe!! I felt very comfortable with him from the very first consultation. He explained the process to me every step of the way. He was great with communication and responded to all my text messages even on the weekends or late at night. He was very reasonable with his fees as well. When I hired Joe, he had to come in and basically fix a huge mess from a horrible attorney I made the mistake of hiring. Joe cleaned everything up and I was able to re-gain custody of my son which was my ultimate goal. Joe was an absolute professional and I'm so happy I had the best attorney to advocate for my son and I. He was not afraid to stand up to the GAL or the judge and always looked out for the best interest of my son and me. I recommend Joe to all my friends and family and would hire him again in a heart beat. I am forever grateful for his all efforts!
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Posted by Lisa | May 11, 2022
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Best in Class Attorney!
Best in Class Attorney! Joe O’Brien and his firm Opal O’Brien and Associates are the Best in Class! Joe is an impressively remarkable lawyer who gets results in and out of the courtroom! The dynamics of my case were complex for a multitude of reasons. The original attorney and law firm I hired provided terrible advice and tanked the first pre-trial. When I hired Joe, he immediately turned my case around! He exposed the nefarious acts and false statements by my x-wife. Joe held my x wife and opposing council accountable for filing a multitude of unfounded motions. Joe provided practical, logical solutions that helped me get through one of the most challenging experiences. He worked tirelessly, utilizing facts to turn around my case, preventing my ex from continuing her nefarious behavior of filing frivolous, unfounded motions. Joe exposed opposing counsel and my x’s inconsistencies before and during the second pre-trial. My ex realized I now had a best-in-class attorney protecting me, I could no longer be bullied, and any future dirty tactics would fail. If you need a tenacious, professional attorney that gets things done, Joe O’Brien is who you should hire! Thank you, Joe, for everything you did to help turn my case around.
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Posted by Janell | March 31, 2022
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Efficient and Fair
Joe was easy to get ahold of, and quick to respond to my questions and worries. There was no unnecessary charging for his time, and he worked to get my case complete without any additional funds outside the retainer fee. Joe gave me honest legal advise, and worked very well with my ex’s lawyer. I didn’t once have to go to court until the final court date when I was granted divorced. I’d highly recommend Joe if you are looking to get things done quickly and fairly.
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Posted by Scott | March 15, 2022
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Diligent and Fair Minded
Joe was persistent in getting obtaining the documentation we needed to bring transparency and fairness to my case.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2022
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Fantastic Attorney
Joe was everything you could as for in an attorney. He is very responsive to any form of communication. He took the time to explain everything clearly. He came up with an excellent strategy and executed it. I couldn't ask for a better outcome or recommend him enough.
Posted by Matthew | February 16, 2022
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Need the best? Right here...
I was referred Joe from another attorney for my needs. Joe has been the fairest, most tenacious attorney I have ever used. Always available to interact whether email or call, but never left any request unanswered. Treated me with respect, and advocated for me better than I could have ever asked. If you need a family law attorney, and I hope you never do, but if you do, Joe O'brien is the one you want representing you. Thank you for all you've done for me Joe. Your professionalism and expertise is unequaled. I cannot express how much your help has eased the difficulty of my situation.
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Posted by Dhananjay | February 15, 2022
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Truly a lifesaver!!
I went to Joe after a previous attorney pretty much screwed up my divorce. He jumped in right away with an amazing attitude, lots of energy and resourcefulness and guided the process smoothly and efficiently. Without him, I was lost, but he is the key reason behind a successful and smooth divorce in the end.
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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

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 (157)
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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