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Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV

Mr. O’Brien is “AV” rated by his peers. He defends and prosecutes tort, malpractice, employment and bad faith actions and specializes in trial and appellate work and insurance coverage matters. He has practiced law for the last 39 years and has successfully prosecuted more than 100 jury trials. He is one of the first New Mexico lawyers to be recognized as a civil trial specialist. He served as President of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association in 1999, and is an “Advocate” member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) and served as President of the New Mexico Chapter of ABOTA in 2014. He was given the “Quality of Life – Legal Employer Award” by the State Bar of New Mexico in June 2001. He served as the President of the State Bar of New Mexico in 2004.

Bar Status

  • State Bar of Texas (Admitted 1994)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (Admitted 1984)
  • United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (Admitted 1987)
  • Recognized Civil Trial Specialist by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization


    • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • J.D. Degree, 1983
    • Honors: Law Review; Honor Roll

Anderson Graduate School of Business

    • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
      M.B.A., August 1980
    • Honors: Honor Roll; President of the Graduate Association of Business Students; Recipient of Levi Strauss Scholarship (1979/1980); Washington Campus Program Fellowship.

University of New Mexico

    • Albuquerque, New Mexico B.S., May 1975
    • Honors: Honor Roll; Scholarship
Mr. O'Brien's Memberships
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association — President 1999
  • State Bar of New Mexico — President: 2004
  • Western States Bar Conference — President: 2009
  • ABA National Caucus of Bar Associations — President: 2009
  • American Bar Association — Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services 2006 to 2009
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • New Mexico State Board of Bar Commissioners: Commissioner — 1994 to 2005
  • Founding Commissioner — New Mexico State Bar Client Protection Fund Commission, Chair 2008, 2011
  • Albuquerque Bar Association