Daniel O'Brien

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Fort Worth, Texas

Dan O’Brien has almost 15 years of experience representing individual and corporate clients in state and federal courts throughout Texas. Mr. O’Brien represents both plaintiffs and defendants, with an emphasis on business law and commercial law cases involving real estate fraud, commercial and residential lease matters, business torts, partnership disputes, and commercial collection actions. Mr. O’Brien also handles personal injury, property damage, and probate cases.

Mr. O’Brien was born near Houston and raised in San Antonio. Dan earned his undergraduate degrees in Economics and History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. His preparatory education also includes studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Chicago.

Dan graduated from Baylor University School of Law in 2001 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2001. Following law school, Mr. O’Brien served as briefing attorney to Justice Davie L. Wilson and the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas in Houston. From his time with the court of appeals, Mr. O’Brien has worked on over 75 appeals ranging from complex civil matters to capital murder cases. Dan O’Brien also brings over 7 years of experience gained while working in the commercial litigation and general litigation sections of two large law firms, including one of the largest firms in Austin’s history.

In 2009, Dan completed his primary mediation at The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law and his advanced mediation training involving family law matters in Fort Worth. With this training, Dan is qualified for appointment as a mediator in all civil disputes in the Texas, including suits affecting the parent-child relationship.

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi Honors Legal Fraternity
  • University of Texas, Austin
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Major: Economics and History

Published Works

  • "Lawyers Still Trying to Do Math: Proportionate Responsibility, Including the New HB4 (2005 Update)" Co-Author: Craig Duewall, Austin Young Lawyers Las Vegas CLE, 2005
  • "They Stole My Identity. Now What Do I do?--An Orverview of the Texas Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act.", Hays County Bar Association, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized as Top Attorney (Litigation) by Fort Worth Magazine, 2007- 2008, 2011-2012, 2014
  • Recognized as a Texas Rising Star a Thomson Reuters service, as published in Texas Monthly Magazine (The Rising Star designation recognizes no more than 2.5% of Texas Lawyers under 40), 2010 - 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hays County Bar Association, Member
  • Travis County Bar Association, Member
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas, Past Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board member, HCWC (Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center), a non-profit organization that serves victim of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Caldwell County and Hays County in central Texas
  • Board member, Belterra Community Association, Inc., a non-profit homeowners association comprised of 1,400 homes near Austin, Texas
  • Past Member (2003-2006), Austin Young Men’s Business League (YMBL)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Volunteer Legal Services of Austin, 2002 - 2006