Chris O’Brien


Chris O’Brien has been a successful trial lawyer for over 25 years. He has represented thousands of people hurt in car crashes, sexual assaults, slip and fall incidents and dog bite attacks. For every client, he gives them the personal attention that they deserve. Chris believes that every client has a right to understand what is going on in their case at all times; that’s why he gives every client his personal cell phone and often takes calls at night. Chris limits the number of cases handled by each lawyer at the firm to ensure that clients’ calls are returned promptly and to move cases to completion properly.

Besides practicing law, Chris has been a trial technique instructor since the early 1990’s. He knows that teaching law students and other lawyers requires him to stay current on the latest thinking and tactics involved in trial practice. Chris has taught at more than thirty seminars in eighteen states and two countries, from Massachusetts to Georgia to California to Puerto Rico. He is a member of the National College of Advocacy, is Co-Director of Trial Advocacy at the University at Buffalo School of Law, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has been named a New York State SuperLawyer for the last seven years and is regularly recognized by Business First as one of the top trial lawyers in Western New York.

In the past fifteen years, Chris has had more than ten verdicts or settlements in excess of one million dollars. Through his national network of trial lawyers and trial consultants who teach at seminars, Chris has access to a wide of variety of experts and demonstrative evidence creators, who help him prepare the best presentation possible of cases for trial. Though less than 2% of his cases go to trial, Chris knows that preparation is the key to success.

Chris lives in Amherst, New York with his two younger children as the two older children have gone to college and beyond. He spends his spare time reading trial technique books and thinking of new ways to teach trial advocacy to lawyers and law students.



25 Years in Personal Injury Law



Washington & Lee Law School in Lexington, Virginia – Graduated 1988