Stephen M. O'Brien, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Lexington, KY

O'Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC
 | 921 Beasley Street, Suite 150
Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: 859-317-2056
Fax: 859-523-4713
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Elder Law (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)


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Attorney Profile

Attorney Stephen M. O'Brien, III, is a senior member of the O'Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC, law firm in Lexington, Kentucky. A top-rated trial lawyer with over 44 years of legal experience, Mr. O'Brien 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.

Serving plaintiff personal injury clients throughout Fayette County and across the state, he has helped recover millions of dollars in settlements and awards for those in need. Recognized for his success and high ethical standards, Mr. O'Brien holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received numerous other awards for his professionalism and service.

Mr. O'Brien earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1969. Afterwards, he completed a two-year tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army and remained a member of the reserves until 1975.

A Louisville native, O'Brien returned to his home state and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1974. The Kentucky Bar Association admitted him 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.

Widely regarded as a leader in trial advocacy, 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 and the American Association for Justice, 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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (40%)

Elder Law (40%)

Personal Injury - General (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020

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921 Beasley Street
Suite 150
Lexington, KY 40509

Phone: 859-317-2056

Fax: 859-523-4713

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