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Stephen M. O’Brien, III

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Lexington, KY





Stephen M. O’Brien, III, grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended high school at J. M. Atherton High School, graduating in 1965. He attended the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia and graduated with a B.A. in 1969. He then served two years in the U.S. Army on active duty, completing a tour in the Republic of Vietnam in 1971. He remained in the active reserves in the Army until 1975.

Mr. O’Brien attended the University of Kentucky College of Law, graduating with the degree of Juris Doctor in 1974. He began his practice of law with the firm of McDonald, Alfred & Rosell, where he was an associate from 1974 until 1976. He then joined the firm of Landrum, Patterson & Dickey (now Landrum & Shouse) where he practiced as a trial attorney. He also served as managing partner of the firm for many years. He left Landrum & Shouse in 1993 and began a solo practice in Lexington, representing only those clients who had been injured in some fashion by negligence. His practice included medical negligence, nursing home negligence and products liability.

From 2000 to 2004, he was a partner in the firm of Savage, Garmer, Elliot & O’Brien. From 2004 to 2009, he was a partner in the firm of Garmer & O’Brien. From 2009 to 2017, Mr. O’Brien was the sole partner and owner of the firm of Stephen M. O’Brien, III, PLLC. Since January, 2017, Mr. O’Brien is the senior member of the firm of O'Brien Batten Kirtley & Coomer, PLLC.

Since 1993, Mr. O’Brien’s practice has focused solely on representation of people injured by the negligent acts of others. He is a member of many trial lawyer organizations and is licensed to practice in all courts in Kentucky and is licensed to practice in Florida. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubble. Since 2008, he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer. He also serves as an adjunct professor of litigation skills at the University of Kentucky College of Law. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Trucking Accident
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death
  • Litigation & Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1974
  • Florida, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1981


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • 00/1974
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1969
  • J. M. Atherton High School
    • 1965

Classes / Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Kentucky College of Law

Honors And Awards

  • AV rated by Martindale Hubble
  • Recognized as Super Lawyer, since 2008

Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Fayette County Bar, Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army
  • McDonald, Alfred & Rosell, Associate, 1974 to 1976
  • Landrum, Patterson & Dickey (now Landrum & Shouse), Trial Attorney
  • Savage, Garmer, Elliot & O’Brien, Partner, 2000 to 2004
  • Garmer & O’Brien, Partner, 2004 to 2009
  • Stephen M. O’Brien, III, PLLC, Sole Partner and Owner, 2009 to 2017

Fraternities / Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi