Deborah F. O'Brien

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in St. Clair Shores, MI

Ihrie O'Brien
 | 24055 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 2000
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
Phone: 586-778-7778
Fax: 586-778-5990
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Deborah F. O'Brien has been a partner at Ihrie O'Brien for more than three decades. Located in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, she provides family law representation to her clients throughout the Detroit metropolitan region. The types of matters that Ms. O'Brien handles include divorce and the accompanying legal issues such as child custody and support, property and debt division, alimony, and order modifications. Many of these matters are resolved through mediation and negotiations. She also has extensive experience with adoptions, child support enforcement, and the obtaining of protective orders for clients who have been the victims of domestic violence or abuse.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in 1979, Ms. O'Brien pursued her legal education at what was then known as the Detroit College of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1983. She is admitted to practice before all Michigan state courts.

Ms. O'Brien is regularly appointed to serve as a parenting coordinator and mediator by family court judges. She is often asked to deliver presentations to groups of attorneys on topics related to her practice area, and she has contributed numerous articles to legal publications. Highly respected by her fellow professionals, Ms. O'Brien has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. An active participant in several legal organizations, she has served as co-chair of the Family Law Committee of the Macomb County Bar Association. Ms. O'Brien has also been a member of the board of directors of the Macomb County Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and she is active with the March of Dimes in her area.

*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
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property


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Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019

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About Deborah O'Brien

Admitted: 1983, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • March of Dimes Woman Citizen of the Year, Southeastern Michigan Chapter in Macomb County, Michigan
  • Life-time Attorney Member, National Registry of the Who's Who
  • Annual Civility Award, Macomb County Bar Association
  • Top Attorney in the Area and Family Law Arena, Business Detroit

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Macomb County Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Family Law Section, Macomb County Bar Association
  • Michigan, 1983

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Director, Macomb Bar Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker and Panel Member, Annual Statewide ICLE Seminar

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Master of Ceremonies and Television Parade Announcer for the Largest Memorial Day Parade in the State

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, Michigan, B.A.
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Office Location for Deborah F. O'Brien

24055 Jefferson Avenue
Suite 2000
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

Phone: 586-778-7778

Fax: 586-778-5990

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Last Updated: 1/8/2020

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