James P. O'Brien
Mr. O'Brien joined Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP in 1980 and is a Partner in the firm. Mr. O'Brien's 33 plus years of civil litigation experience includes intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters. Mr. O'Brien has been the lead counsel in a number of large business and intellectual property cases. His experience also includes commercial litigation and representation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases, defense work for insurance carriers and individuals and corporations. Mr. O'Brien has successfully prosecuted numerous lawsuits in the areas of intellectual property, business litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability and medical malpractice.
Mr. O'Brien is a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is the Vice President of the Southern Tier Affiliate of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. O'Brien is a member of the Committee on Premises Liability/Labor Law for a section of the New York State Bar Association, is a member of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law section, and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the General Practice Section, representing the Sixth Judicial District, and also chairs its Litigation Committee. Mr. O'Brien is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Broome and Tompkins County Bar Associations and the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, Inc., and is on its Executive Committee. Mr. O'Brien is also a charter member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.
Honors & Awards
- Listed, U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers in America©, 2012 – 2016
(2016: Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants)
- Life Member Designation/Award from Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, 2010 – Present
- Appreciation Award from the Southern Tier Zoological Society, Inc.
- Justinian Society (Member)
- Moot Court Board (Member)
Leadership & Community Involvement
- Board of Directors of the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, 1998 – Present