Stephen M. O'Brien, III

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in Lexington, Kentucky

O'Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC
Stephen M. O'Brien, III
O'Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice, Elder law, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in Kentucky since: 1974

Education: University of Kentucky College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023

O'Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC

501 Darby Creek Rd
Unit 54
Lexington, KY 40509 Visit website


Attorney Stephen M. O'Brien III is a senior member of the law firm O’Brien Batten Kirtley & Coomer, PLLC, in Lexington, Kentucky. A confident trial lawyer with about five decades of legal experience, he dedicates his practice to advocating on behalf of those who suffered an injury or lost a loved one as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, including:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Birth injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Vehicle accidents

Serving plaintiff personal injury clients throughout the Lexington metropolitan area and across the state, Mr. O’Brien has helped recover millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for those in need. Recognized for his success and high ethical standards, he holds an AV Preeminent* rating through Martindale-Hubbell and has received numerous positive peer reviews on the platform.

Mr. O'Brien earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1969. Afterward, he completed a two-year tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army and served until 1975. In 1974, he graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law with his doctorate in jurisprudence.

The Kentucky Bar Association admitted Mr. O’Brien to practice that same year, and he practices before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky as well as before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th and 11th Circuits. He is also admitted to practice in Florida since 1976.

Joining the law firm Savage, Garmer, Elliot & O’Brien as a partner in 2000, Mr. O’Brien climbed the ladder to become the sole partner and owner of the firm Stephen M. O’Brien, III, PLLC, about nine years later. In 2017, he became the senior member of his current firm O'Brien Batten Kirtley & Coomer, PLLC.

Mr. O'Brien serves on the adjunct legal faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he teaches courses involving effective litigation skills. He is also highly active in his legal community, as evidenced by his memberships with several local, state and national bar associations, including the Fayette County Bar Association, the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association, among others.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Elder law, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth injury, Motor vehicle accidents, Wrongful death, Trucking accidents

  • 40% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 40% Elder law
  • 20% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1974, Kentucky

Professional Webpage:

  • AV rated, Martindale Hubble
  • Super Lawyer, 2008
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Kentucky College of Law
Educational Background:
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1969
  • J. M. Atherton High School, 1965
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Kentucky, 1974
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • Fayette County Bar, Member
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985
  • Florida, 1976

Office location for Stephen M. O'Brien, III

501 Darby Creek Rd
Unit 54
Lexington, KY 40509

Phone: 859-317-2056


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023

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