About Jamie O’Brien
Jamie is uniquely qualified to successfully navigate family legal issues. Jamie has nearly two decades’ experience as an Attorney and Mediator. She holds certificates in Family Law, Collaborative Practice and Parenting Coordination.
Jamie’s knowledge and experience are no accident; she knew she wanted to be an attorney since the seventh grade. She pursued her career goals with the energy and commitment necessary to reach that goal -- and she brings that same level of determination and follow-through in assisting clients achieve excellent results.
Understanding that family matters require special care, Jamie's philosophy is to emphasize non-adversarial approaches whenever possible. Jamie’s philosophy enables her to use a broad range of alternative dispute resolution approaches to reach fair, amicable settlements outside the courtroom. Jamie’s empathetic, approachable style helps parents understand their options and keep their children’s interest as a top priority. Having worked in the family court system as well as in private practice, Jamie also is an experienced family law litigator, successfully using court processes when litigation is the most effective option for the client. Based on her extensive experience in and outside of the court system, one of Jamie’s many strengths is her ability to quickly and efficiently assess a family legal situation, assist the client in evaluating their options, and taking the most appropriate and cost-effective action to advance their goals.
Jamie was born and raised in Michigan. She attended Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree. Jamie then attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she received her Juris Doctor.
During and after Law School, Jamie worked in various Courts gaining an insider's perspective of the workings of the State Court system. She held positions such as: Criminal Clerk in the District Court, Legal Secretary in the Family Support Division of the Prosecutor’s Office, Courtroom Video Operator in the Circuit Court, and Research Attorney in the Probate and Family Court. Lastly, Jamie served as a research attorney for a local Family Court Judge, an experience which confirmed to her that it is essential for couples and families to have meaningful avenues to resolve their divorce and legal issues other than through filing a lawsuit and putting them on a path toward trial -- when better legal options are available. This awareness also helped hone Jamie’s communication and negotiation skills, always with a focus on helping parties reach the most productive, forward-looking resolution possible.
Jamie is a mother of two children and understands the importance of prioritizing the protection of the children’s interests in divorce matters. Jamie has deep personal ties to the Genesee and Livingston County communities. Jamie's community involvement includes serving as the treasurer on the Board of the Fenton Football Boosters from January 2016 through July 2017 and prior to that as the Secretary on the Board of Fenton Youth Football. She also served as the Board Chairperson and member of the Livingston County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAP), an organization that focuses on educating the community to help prevent and stop child abuse and neglect, for over ten years.
Jamie is a member of the Michigan State Bar Association, Livingston County Bar Association, and Genesee County Bar Association. Jamie was a founder of LIPA (now Mediate First), a Livingston-county based organization which focuses on mediation and positive problem-solving in divorce. Jamie also was the co-founder of the Family Law Section of the Livingston County Bar and past co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Washtenaw County Bar. She has received her Certificate of Completion in the area of Family Law issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.