James V. O'Brien

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Joplin, MO

Buchanan, Williams & O'Brien, P.C.
 | 1105 East 32nd Street, Suite 5, Joplin, MO 64804
Phone: 417-208-5685
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005, 2008 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (40%),
  • Tax: Business (20%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing his law career on helping those who have suffered from personal injuries, James V. O’Brien is a valued attorney at Buchanan, Williams & O'Brien, P.C. With a career focused on personal litigation, he is prepared to represent the residents of the Joplin, Springfield and St. Louis metropolitan areas with a deep commitment to protecting the best interests of his clients.

A member of the St. Louis County Bar Association and the Cook County Bar Association, Mr. O’Brien first attended Illinois State University, where he graduated with degrees in English literature and business administration. At Southern Illinois University School of Law, he was the SIU Law Journal’s managing editor before graduating cum laude. After earning his Juris Doctor, he went on to study at the Washington University School of Law to earn an LL.M. in Taxation.

Experienced in trying both jury and bench cases in several states, Mr. O’Brien is admitted to practice in the following: United States Supreme Court, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, Central District of Illinois, Western District of Missouri, Eastern District of Missouri, and both Illinois and Missouri. During his career, Mr. O’Brien has worked extensively in appellate courts presenting oral arguments and has handled many cases involving tax controversy, maritime law, Jones Act/FELA and medical malpractice.

When he is not speaking at various seminars around the country, Mr. O’Brien represents those who have been injured at the hands of another in trucking accidents, car accidents, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and any other type of personal injury.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (40%)

Civil Litigation (40%)

Tax (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2005, 2008 - 2018

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About James O'Brien

Admitted: 1981, Missouri

Professional Webpage: http://joplinlawyers.com/attorneys/james-v.-obrien

Honors and Awards:

  • Named as Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant in Missouri

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Maritime Law Association, Member
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Cook County Bar Association, Member  
  • St. Louis County Bar Association, Member  
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Missouri

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer, Catholic Legal Assistance Ministries, 2015
  • Board of Directors, Do The Right Thing of Greater St. Louis, Inc., 1995 – 2002

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Managing Editor of the SIU Law Journal

Educational Background:

  • Washington University School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.), Tax Law/Taxation, 2006
  • Illinois State University, Bachelor of Science, Majors:Business Administration and English Literature, 1977
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Office Location for James V. O'Brien

1105 East 32nd Street, Suite 5
Joplin, MO 64804

Phone: 417-208-5685


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Last Updated: 3/5/2018

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