Colleen K. O'Brien: Lawyer with Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation

Colleen K. O'Brien

Phone410.576.4794

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Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • Eminent Domain & Condemnation Proceedings
  • Life & Health Insurance & ERISA Claims
  • Litigation
  • Maritime
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Torts & Environmental
  • Transportation
 
University University of Delaware, B.A. in English, cum laude, 2003
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011 Heuisler Honor Society
 
Admitted2011, Maryland; 2013, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; 2012, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
 
Memberships 

Affiliations, Associations & Special Achievements

•Maryland State Bar Association
•Maryland Defense Council (MDC)
•DRI (Defense Research Institute)

•Women in the Law Committee

•Faculty Coordinator and Speaker Liaison (2013 Seminar)
•Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Committee

•Paper: Beneficiary Designations-Show Me the Money!!: Presented at the Life, Health, Disability & ERISA Claims Seminar in Chicago, IL (April 25, 2012)
•Senior Editor, The University of Baltimore Law Review
•Regional Champion (Washington, D.C. Region), ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition (2010)
•President, Moot Court Board (2010-2011)
•Law Scholar, Constitutional Law (2009)
•Research Assistant, Constitutional Law (2009)

 
Born1981
 
Biography

Experience

Colleen K. O'Brien is an associate in the Firm's Litigation Department. Her practice generally focuses on civil litigation in the areas of insurance defense, products liability, negligence based torts, toxic torts, business litigation, and life, health and ERISA claims. Prior to joining Semmes, Bowen & Semmes as an associate, Colleen interned for the Honorable George L. Russell III at Baltimore City Circuit Court. She was also a summer associate and law clerk with the Firm.

Affiliations, Associations & Special Achievements

• Maryland State Bar Association

• Maryland Defense Council (MDC)

• DRI (Defense Research Institute)
Women in the Law Committee
- Faculty Coordinator and Speaker Liaison (2013 Seminar)
Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Committee
- Paper: "Beneficiary Designations-Show Me the Money!!": Presented at the Life, Health, Disability & ERISA Claims Seminar in Chicago, IL (April 25, 2012)

• Senior Editor, The University of Baltimore Law Review

• Regional Champion (Washington, D.C. Region), ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition (2010)

• President, Moot Court Board (2010-2011)

• Law Scholar, Constitutional Law (2009)

• Research Assistant, Constitutional Law (200

 
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ERISA Preempts Plan Participant’s Attempt to Impose State Law Constructive Trust on Ex-Wife’s Vested Survivor Annuity Benefits
Colleen K. O'Brien, March 27, 2015
In Vanderkam v. Vanderkam, No. 13-5163, 2015 WL 233686 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 20, 2015), the Court examined ERISA preemption in the context of an employer’s annuity pension plan. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) entitles spouses of pension plan participants to a survivor...

In Medical Malpractice Case, Plaintiff’s Certificate of Qualified Expert and Report Were Legally Sufficient, and Thus, Trial Court Erred by Dismissing Complaint
Colleen K. O'Brien, March 27, 2015
In Powell v. Wurm, Slip Op., No. 0782 (Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Jan. 29, 2015), the Court examined the sufficiency of the medical malpractice Plaintiff’s certificate and report of qualified expert, which is a threshold requirement connected with filing a medical malpractice action...

In Product Liability Case, Trial Court Abused Discretion by Admitting Opinion of Plaintiff’s Expert
Colleen K. O'Brien, March 27, 2015
In Hyundai Motor Co., Ltd. v. Duncan, No. 140216, 2015 WL 110597 (Va. Jan. 8, 2015), a product liability case involving an automobile crash, the Supreme Court of Virginia held that Plaintiff’s expert’s opinion that the automobile was unreasonably dangerous based on the location of the...

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Colleen K. O'Brien

25 S. Charles Street, Suite 1400
BaltimoreMD 21201




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