Michael J. O'Brien, Esq.

Michael J. O'Brien, Esq.: Attorney with The O'Brien Law Firm LLC


Michael J. O’Brien is a practicing attorney and a founding partner of Cleveland-based The O’Brien Law Firm LLC. Mr. O’Brien’s firm emphasizes estate and trust planning and administration, probate, corporate planning, family business, family limited partnership and charitable trust and private family foundation planning. Mr. O’Brien has a particular expertise in planning for families with children with disabilities. Mr. O’Brien has worked with many family businesses with regard to family transfers and succession planning. In addition, Mr. O’Brien is admitted to practice in Florida and has administered many Florida estates with attention to special probate and tax concerns involving property disposition in multiple states. He serves as a Trustee of several charitable foundations that include North Coast Community Homes, The Giles Foundation and The DeWeese Foundation.
Mr. O’Brien is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Holy Cross College and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Mr. O’Brien is an active member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and of the Ohio and Florida Bar Associations. Mr. O’Brien is married to Dawn Kern O’Brien and lives in Shaker Heights with their three children, Darby, Murphy and Miles.

Areas of Practice (41)

  • Contested Trusts and Estates
  • Decedents Estates
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning for Parents of Handicapped Children
  • Estate Planning for the Disabled
  • Estate Planning for the Elderly
  • Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples
  • Estate Settlements
  • Family Trusts
  • Family Wealth Transfer
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Financial Planning
  • Living Trusts
  • Personal Planning
  • Pet Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Retirement Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Trust Administration
  • Trust and Estate Collections
  • Trust Law
  • Trust Litigation
  • Trust Planning
  • Wealth Planning
  • Wealth Preservation
  • Elder Abuse
  • Ancillary Probate
  • Probate Administration
  • Probate Litigation
  • Probate Taxation
  • Contested Wills
  • Inheritance
  • Living Wills
  • Successions
  • Adult Guardianship
  • Advance Directives
  • Conservatorship
  • Elder Guardianship

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
216-472-1500  Phone
(216) 472-1600  Fax
University Attended:
College of the Holy Cross, B.A., cum laude, 1979
Law School Attended:
Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1983
Year of First admission:
1983, Ohio; 1986, Florida

Ohio Florida 1986.

Birth Information:
Cleveland, Ohio, March 14, 1956
( Member of American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA) )

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