James V. O’Brien

Background, Education & Certifications

Hurt Trucker Attorney James V. O’Brien (Jim) was born in western Massachusetts but grew up in Illinois. He is a graduate of Illinois State University with degrees in business administration and English literature. Jim graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the SIU Law Journal. Jim is also a Certified Public Accountant in Missouri, and he has an LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University School of Law.

After graduation, Jim clerked for U.S. District Judge James L. Foreman in the Southern District of Illinois. He later practiced law with Lewis, Rice & Fingersh in St. Louis, where he was a partner before joining BWO. Jim O’Brien is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Illinois, Eastern District of Missouri, Western District of Missouri, Southern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to practicing law, Jim is an avid golfer who claims that a busy law practice keeps his handicap too high, and enjoys outdoor and lake related activities. He is married to the lovely Rita Graham, and has five children, all boys, who have kept him young, four of whom are taller, and all of whom are smarter and better looking.

What Can Attorney James V. O’Brien Do for You?

Jim’s legal career has been centered on commercial litigation, for which he has been named a Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer for many years, and on certain areas of personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice and Jones Act/FELA. He has also spent considerable time in the areas of maritime law and tax controversy work, Jim has tried many bench and jury cases in Missouri, Illinois and other states, and he has appeared in oral argument in numerous appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He has spoken at seminars around the country in areas of his interest.

If you are a trucker who could use the experienced and knowledgeable representation of an attorney like Jim O’Brien, Hurt Truckers Attorneys would proudly review your case. Contact us today by formphone, or email for a consultation. No cost, no obligation.