Significant Recent Appellate Decisions
- Represented Plaintiff seeking to bar a third party from objecting to the adoption of a child.
- Represented the Defendant in a successful challenge to exclude the medical causation opinion of plaintiff’s expert using Daubert in a personal injury action.
Significant Recent Cases
- Secured a trial verdict for plaintiff/owner whose historic, multi-million-dollar, downtown building was destroyed by a large gas explosion and fire.
- Secured wrongful death settlement against Fortune 500 company for parents whose child was strangled by a defective product.
- Secured various, significant, confidential settlements for sexual harassments plaintiffs against their employers.
- Managed and defended a book of 170 toxic tort cases for Fortune 500 client across multiple jurisdictions in U.S., securing 68 court dismissals.
- Secured multi-million-dollar summary judgment for a policy holder who was seeking insurance coverage on a boiler machinery policy.
- Secured summary judgment for City of Omaha in multi-million-dollar contract case concerning Kerry Pedestrian bridge.
- Secured summary judgment dismissing legal malpractice action against lawyer in a multi-million-dollar estate/will claim.
- Secured a defense trial verdict for a railroad whose employee alleged deep vein thrombosis was caused by his work.
- Secured a defense verdict at trial for a railroad whose employee claimed serious injury from a hand brake.
- Secured a defense verdict at trial for a railroad whose employee alleged she was injured in a revolving door.
- Secured a defense verdict at trial for a railroad on a statute of limitations case.
- Secured a defense verdict at trial for a railroad whose employee claimed his night shift job caused him to develop diabetes.
- Secured summary judgments in various cases finding that a railroad is not at fault for causing an auto/train crossing accident.
Ms. O’Brien received her bachelor’s degree in classical humanities from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. She was a recipient of St. Mary’s University Academic Scholarship and was enrolled in the St. Mary’s University Honors Program. She received her law degree from Creighton University School of Law. At Creighton University, she was awarded the Roscoe Pound Scholarship and Award for Moot Court achievement and took Second place at the U.S. International Moot Court Competition.
Admitted to Bar and Courts
Nebraska State Bar
Missouri State Bar
8th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Eastern & Western Districts of Arkansas
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
United States District Court for the District of Idaho
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Eastern & Western Districts of Missouri
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
United States District Court for the District of Nevada
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
United States District Court for the Northern & Southern Districts of Texas
Ms. O’Brien has also been admitted pro hac vice in various State and/or Federal Courts in California, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, and Texas.
Ms. O’Brien is a member of the Nebraska and Missouri State Bar Associations, and member and current President of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC). She served as an executive member of the Omaha Bar Association in several capacities and as Past President of the Omaha Bar Association. She is presently a Board Member of the Creighton University School of Law Werner Institute, and recently Past-President of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors. She has served as a board member on multiple non-profit boards in and around Omaha for several decades.
Ms. O’Brien is a past recipient of the Omaha Corporate Achiever Award, Archbishop’s Outstanding Volunteer Award and Archbishop’s Award of Excellence.