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Eileen M. O’Brien

Member, Lexington

Eileen has been with the firm since 1981, joining after completing her education at Transylvania University and the UK College of Law. She is a member of the Trusts, Estates & Family Law practice as well as the Arbitration & Mediation and Tort, Trial & Insurance Services practices. She also organizes the firm's annual Women at Work conference and has served on its management and finance committees.

Eileen's practice focuses on family law, including business and asset valuation and division, pre- and post- nuptial agreements, child custody and support, grandparent and relative issues with children in dependency/neglect/abuse matters, domestic violence and related issues.  In 2016, after oral arguments, she obtained a favorable decision from the Kentucky Supreme Court for a client seeking appropriate child support in a case of first impression in Kentucky. McCarty v. Faried, 499 SW3d 266.

Eileen is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and has served as chair of the Kentucky Bar's Family Law Section. Eileen is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer for her legal accomplishments. She has presented various seminars for clients regarding family law matters and health and wellness initiatives. Eileen is an experienced mediator for family law, personal injury and civil dispute resolution. She received her mediation training at Harvard Law School and through the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts.

Eileen is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar Associations. She has served on the Editorial Board for Kentucky Bench and Bar since 2000, is a volunteer counselor for the Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program, serves on the KYLAP Commison and is active with the Fayette County Pro Bono Board. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Kentucky Bar Association and is a past president of the Kentucky Bar Foundation Board. To give back to the community, Eileen serves on, and is immediate past president of, the Board of the Chrysalis House and is a past president of the Board of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. She is also President of the board of the Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council and a member of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network board of directors.

In 2010, Eileen was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to serve as one of 10 national members of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.

Harvard Law School
2004, Certificate in Mediation
University of Kentucky College of Law
1981, J.D.
Transylvania University
1977, B.A., summa cum laude
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2010-present
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2015-present
  • Women in Business Champion of the Year 2009 for the Small Business Association (SBA) Kentucky District Office and Regional Women in Business Champion of the Year 2009 for the SBA's Region IV selected from state winners in the Southeast region consisting of Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi
  • Bluegrass Alliance for Women Impact Award, 2011
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Advocate of Trial Advocacy, 2002
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Policy Advocate, 2004 and Woman of Achievement, 2001
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  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Foundation, president, 2012-2013
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, president, 2012-2013
  • Kentucky Bench & Bar editorial board
  • Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program, volunteer counselor, 1998-present
  • Lexington Rotary Club
  • Chrysalis House, Inc., Board Member since 1987, immediate past president
  • Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, board member since 2005, immediate past president
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, past president
  • SKO Women@Work Annual Conference, founder, 1999 -2018
  • Professional Woman's Forum
  • Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council, President, 2010-present
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, life fellow
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News Publications Seminars
Kentucky Civil Practice Before Trial, contributing author; 1997, 2007, 2009, 2017, Dec. 15, 2017
SKO Women@Work, presenter; 1999-2017