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John A. O'Brien


Detroit, MI




John A. O'Brien is a Partner with Blake, Kirchner having joined the Firm in February 2009.  John is a member of the Firm's Workers' Compensation Group. While he concentrates his practice primarily in the area of workers' compensation litigation, he is also involved in third-party litigation and matters involving no-fault claims.

Mr. O'Brien represents a variety of self-insured, workers' compensation funds, including the Metalworking Industries of Michigan Workers' Compensation Self-Insured Fund, the Lumberman's Fund, the Michigan Horticulture Industries Workers' Compensation Fund, as well as a variety of credit unions and insurance companies.

Areas Of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation Litigation
  • Appellate
  • No-Fault

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1989


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1989
  • Albion College, Albion, Michigan
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1986

Representative Clients

  • Metalworking Industries of Michigan Workers' Compensation Self-Insured
  • The Lumberman's Fund
  • Michigan Horticulture Industries Workers' Compensation Fund

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan, Workers' Compensation Section
  • The Michigan Self-insured Association
  • American Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section
  • American Inn of Court


  • Sigma Chi
  • Delta Theta Phi
Super Lawyer
AV Peer