Kevin J. O'Brien

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in New York, NY

Ford O'Brien LLP
 | 575 5th Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-858-0400
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%),
  • Securities Litigation (30%),
  • Business Litigation (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    A highly regarded litigation attorney, Kevin J. O’Brien is a co-founder of Ford O’Brien, LLP. From the firm’s offices in New York, New York, he provides representation to individuals and companies throughout the greater metropolitan area and across the country. Mr. O’Brien has been admitted to practice before all New York state courts since 1980.

    A significant portion of Mr. O’Brien’s practice is centered on the representation of investment advisers, brokers, executives and other financial professionals who have been charged by the state or federal government with having committed white collar felony offenses. He has had substantial success in obtaining acquittals or charge dismissals for many of his clients throughout his distinguished career. In one such case, Mr. O’Brien represented the chief executive officer of a New York City-based hedge fund who was facing several felony counts, including investment fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy. After a trial that lasted for more than two months, his client was acquitted by the jury on all charges.

    Mr. O’Brien also assists clients who are the subject of investigations being conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., and other public and private regulatory organizations. He has a thriving civil litigation practice as well, and in all, he has taken numerous trials to verdict and has participated in several proceedings before panels of arbitrators.

    Mr. O’Brien’s successful track record has earned him a great deal of recognition from his fellow attorneys, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Prior to entering private practice, he held several government positions, including serving as an assistant U.S. attorney. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

    *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
    • 40%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 30%Securities Litigation
    • 30%Business Litigation


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    About Kevin O'Brien

    Admitted: 1980, New York

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Harris, O’Brien, St. Laurent & Chaudhry, LLP, Name Partner
    • Office of Independent Counsel, Washington, D.C., Associate Independent Counsel
    • Dechert LLP, Litigation Partner
    • New York State Commission on Government Integrity, Chief Counsel
    • U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Assistant U.S. Attorney
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Southern District of New York
    • New York Bar

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lecturer on criminal defense, securities law, and business law topics., Lecturer, Practicing Law Institute
    • Published, Legal Times
    • Published, Law360
    • Published, New York Law Journal
    • Published, National Law Journal
    • The author of a book, The Art of the Campaign: How Lincoln Won the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Author, The Art of the Campaign: How Lincoln Won the Lincoln-Douglas Debates


    Representative Clients:

    • Amy Elliot, 2019
    • Joseph SanFilippo, 2019
    • Steve Clark, 2019

    Educational Background:

    • Harvard College, A.B. summa cum laude, 1974
    • Ballioli College, University of Oxford, England, M.Phil, 1976
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    Office Location for Kevin J. O'Brien

    575 5th Avenue
    17th Floor
    New York, NY 10017

    Phone: 212-858-0400

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    Last Updated: 6/11/2020

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