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About me

Gerard W. O'Brien, or Jerry
O'Brien as he is more commonly known, is a California
licensed attorney who began practice in June, 1991.

Jerry earned a Bachelor's
Degree in History at Brooklyn College in 1979. During
his education he had the privilege of studying with Professor Edwin
Pulitzer Prize winning author of “GOTHAM.”

After graduating from Brooklyn College Jerry went
into the culinary arts field,
cooking professionally in New York City, Paris France, and Orange

In 1980 Jerry participated in the New York Restaurant
Culinary Arts Program. Two days after finishing the program, Jerry went
France to work as Chef of the MacAdam Restaurant in Paris, where he spent all of 1981.  Returning to
the USA, Jerry cooked in both New York City and Orange County

Jerry created
the Parties by Panache Web Site, which gets about 16,000 visits
per month and published "The Panache Experience", which until the
end of
2007; the Panache Experience ran for 37 issues.

Jerry has written two novels, “The Sweet Water”, and
A Field Guide to
the Angels in Brooklyn
”.  He is currently seeking publication of “A

Field Guide to the Angels in Brooklyn
” . Jerry published the
acclaimed “O'Brien's Literary Speculator”.

 Jerry completed a
certificate program in fiction writing at Cal State Fullerton. Mr.
O'Brien has
over twenty five interviews, articles, and reviews published on

Pertaining to the practice of law:
In 1987 Jerry began Law School at Western State University, College of
Law from
which he graduated in the top quarter of his class in 1990. Jerry won an
award for Bankruptcy and placed first in his class in Community
Property. Mr.
O'Brien conducted a solo legal practice in Brea, CA from 1991 to 2000,
at which
point he went in-house at his family's business Parties By Panache, Inc.
counsel at Parties by Panache Jerry undertook several projects relating
marketing in addition to over seeing contracts, corporate, employment

Member of the California State Bar Association

Trust and Estates Section
Business Law Section

Member of the Orange County
Bar Association

Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Member of Wealth Counsel,

- Mr. O'Brien teaches a
course on Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer for
Financial Professionals


Languages spoken: English, Dutch, French

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Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 40%
    25 years, 100 cases
  2. Business: 20%
    25 years, 5 cases
  3. Elder Law: 20%
    10 years, 20 cases
  4. Probate: 20%
    20 years, 40 cases



Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Gerard W. O'Brien & Associates, P.C.

2878 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA, 92821-6147

2878 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA, 92821



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 4.9 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
American Jurisprudence BankruptcyBancroft-Whitney1990
Dean's ScholarshipWestern State College of Law1987
Regents ScholarshipRegents of the State of New York1974
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerBrea Estate and Financial Law1992 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wealth CounselMember2007 - Present
Orange County Bar Associationmember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nabuke vs. North County BancorpPlaintiff took nothing at trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Business Succession PlanningIdentifying Client’s Goals and Prospective Transferees2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
City University of New York, Brooklyn CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Meeting of the Business Connection BreaBusiness Succession Planning2010
Meeting of BNI Prospector'sSmall Business Bankruptcy2010