Mr. Daniel J. O'Brien

Mr. Daniel J. O'Brien: Attorney with O'Brien & Padilla, P.C. AV stamp icon
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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 31 years and has successfully prosecuted more than 90 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.

New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization Recognized Specialist in Civil Trial

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Insurance Law
  • Auto Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Commercial Liability
  • Insurance Bad Faith

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
505-883-8181  Phone
505-883-3232  Fax
University Attended:
University of New Mexico, B.S., 1975; University of New Mexico Anderson Graduate School of Business, M.B.A., 1980; Hastings College of Trial Advocacy
Law School Attended:
University of New Mexico, J.D., 1983
Year of First Admission:
1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1984, U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico; 1983, New Mexico; 1993, Texas
Albuquerque and American Bar Associations (Member, Standing Committee, Bar Services and Activities, 2007-2009; President, National Caucus of Bar Associations, 2009); State Bar of New Mexico (President 2004); New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association (President - 1999-2000); New Mexico Client Protection Commission (Chair, 2007, 2011); Western States Bar Conference (President, 2009); American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate - 90 Jury Trials).
Reported Cases:
Gulf Insurance Company v. Michael J. Cottone, Docket NO. 25, 354 (Ct. App. 2006); Nusret Demir v. Farmers Texas County Mutual Insurance Company, 2006-NMCA-91; Dora Atler v. Murphy Enterprises, Inc., 136 N.M. 701 (Ct. App. 2004); Tom Dellaira v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, 136 N.M. 552 (Ct. App. 2004); State Farm Mutual Auto Ins. Co. v. Progressive Specialty Ins. Co., 2001-NMCA-101, 35 P.3d 309; Goodloe v. Bookout, 127 N.M. 327, 980 P.2d 652 (Ct. App. 1999); State Farm Mutual Ins. Co. v. Blystra v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Arizona, 86 F.3d 1007 (10th Cir. 1996); Amica Mutual Ins. Co. v. Maloney, Silva v. Farmers, 120 N.M. 523, 903 P.2d 834 (1995); State Regents of New Mexico v. Siplast, 117 N.M. 738, 877 P.2d 38 (1994); Gallegos v. Yeargin Western Constructor, 107 N.M. 623, 725 P.2d 599 (Ct.App. 1986); Baxter v. Gannaway, 113 N.M. 45, 822 P.2d 1128 (Ct. App. 1991); Delgadillo v. City of Socorro, 104 N.M. 476, 723 P.2d 245 (1986); Carmona v. Hagerman Irrigation Company, 125 N.M. 59 (1998).
( New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization Recognized Specialist in Civil Trial )
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Minority - Owned

Peer Reviews

4.8/5.0 (4 reviews)
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Albuquerque, New Mexico

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