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Civil Litigation Attorney - Austin, Dripping Springs, Hays County and Travis County


Dan O'Brien has practiced law for over 12 years representing individuals and corporations.  His practice assists both defendants and plaintiffs in a wide variety of cases.  Immediately following law school, Dan was selected for appointment as a briefing attorney for Justice Davie L. Wilson at the First Court of Appeals in Houston where he worked on numerous criminal and civil appeals ranging from capital murder cases to complex civil cases. 


After his stint at the court of appeals, he joined the Commercial Litigation Section of a large Austin law firm.  There, his practice included diverse civil litigation experience with cases involving business law and commercial law (contract disputes, commercial collection actions, business torts, trade secrets / intellectual property disputes, deceptive trade practices), family law, real estate law, and personal injury law (including products liability and premises liability).  In 2006, Dan married a Fort Worth native and relocated to North Texas.  Dan joined a Fort Worth firm where he continued his practice in commercial and civil litigation.  Dan now maintains his own practice between Austin and Dripping Springs, Texas. From time to time, lends his expertise and experience to the firm of Lovelace Killen & Ribitzki, PLLC in an of counsel capacity.


Dan is licensed to practice law before all state courts in Texas, all federal district courts in Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  Dan is a qualified mediator able to accept appointment as meditor of all cases pending in Texas state courts, including suits affecting the parent-child relationship.



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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    15 years
  2. Real Estate: 10%
    15 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    15 years
  4. Business: 10%
    15 years



Hourly ($295/hour), contingent (33-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Rachel Green Crutchfield

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked "of counsel" on several matters with Dan. He is a great lawyer - smart, thorough, and effective. I recommend him highly.


    Rachel Crutchfield Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Stephen W. Stewart

    I endorse this lawyer. I have have Daniel O'Brien for several years. Dan is an exceptional commercial litigation lawyer. Dan is experienced and creative at thinking outside the box. I consider Dan to be a "go-to" lawyer.


    Stephen Stewart Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Office of Daniel O'Brien, P.C.

13062 Hwy 290 West
Suite 107
Austin, TX, 78737


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200108/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperlawyers -- Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly Magazine)2012
Top Attorney List (Civil Litigation)Fort Worth, Texas -- The City's Magazine2012
Rising StarSuperlawyers -- Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly Magazine)2011
Top Attorney List (Civil Litigation)Forth Worth, Texas -- The City's Magazine2011
Rising StarSuperlawyers -- Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly Magazine)2010
Top Attorney List (Litigation)Fort Worth, Texas -- The City's Magazine2008
Top Attorney List (Litigation)Fort Worth, Texas -- The City's Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBrackett & Ellis, P.C.2006 - 2009
AttorneyClark, Thomas & Winters, P.C.2002 - 2006
Judicial Law ClerkTexas First Court of Appeals, Houston2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Top Trial Lawyers in America. (R)Life Member2014 - Present
The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Top Trial Lawyers in America. (R)Life Member2014 - Present
Hays County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
State Bar College of TexasMember2010 - Present
Johnson County Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2013
Travis County Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2006
Austin Young Lawyer's AssociationMember2002 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brackens v. Texas Roadhouse; Case No 1:2005CV01074, in the U.S. District Court (W.D. Tex.)Dismissal (in favor of client) affirmed on appeal
Nashville Texas, Inc. v. City of Burleson, et al; Case No. 3:10-cv-01210-G in U.S. District Court (N.D. Tex.)Obtained summary judgment in favor of commercial landlord
Daimler Chrysler Services, N.A. v. Carl Rogers, et al.; Case No. C200900460, in the 249th Dist. Ct. (Johnson County,TX)Summary judgment in favor of client
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Texas System, AustinEconomics & HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
University of Texas School of LawMediation certificationNon degree studiesN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hays County Bar Association"They Stole My Identity. Now, What Do I Do?" - An Overview of the Texas Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act2013
Young Lawyer's CLE (Las Vegas, Nevada)Proportionate Responsibility, Including HB 4 (2005 Update) Co-Presenter2005