W. O'Brien, ESQ.
Gerard W. O'Brien, or Jerry O'Brien as he is more commonly known, is a California
licensed attorney who began practice in June, 1991.
Jerry earned a Bachelor's Degree in History at Brooklyn College in 1979. During
his education he had the privilege of studying with Professor Edwin Burrows,
Pulitzer Prize winning author of “GOTHAM.”
After graduating from Brooklyn College Jerry went into the culinary arts field,
cooking professionally in New York City, Paris, France, and Orange County,
California. In 1980 Jerry participated in the New York Restaurant School's
Culinary Arts Program. Two days after finishing the program, Jerry went to
France to work as Chef of the MacAdam Restaurant in Paris. Returning to the USA, Jerry cooked in both New York City and Orange County
Jerry created the Parties by Panache Web Site, which gets about 20,000 visits
per month and publishes "The Panache Experience", which at the end of
2007 has run to 37 issues.
Jerry has written two novels, “The Sweet Water”, and “A Field Guide to
the Angels in Brooklyn”. He is currently seeking publication of “A
Field Guide to the Angels in Brooklyn” . Jerry publishes the critically
acclaimed “O'Brien's Literary Speculator”. He also hosts the Web sites,
www.obrienzspeculator.wordpress.com. Jerry also completed a
certificate program in fiction writing at Cal State Fullerton. Mr. O'Brien has
over twenty five interviews, articles, and reviews published on
Pertaining to the practice of law:
In 1987 Jerry began Law School at Western State University, College of Law from
which he graduated in the top quarter of his class in 1990. Jerry won an AmJur
award for Bankruptcy and placed first in his class in Community Property. Mr.
O'Brien conducted a solo legal practice in Brea, CA from 1991 to 2000, at which
point he went in-house at his family's business Parties By Panache, Inc. While
counsel at Parties by Panache Jerry undertook several projects relating to
marketing in addition to over seeing contracts, corporate, employment law
Member of the California State Bar Association
Trust and Estates Section
Business Law Section
Member of the Orange County Bar Association
Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
Trusts and Estates
Member of Wealth Counsel, LLC
- Mr. O'Brien teaches a course on Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer for
Jeremy O'Brien is currently assisting Gerard W. O'Brien in the operation of his Brea Law Office and is studying estate planning techniques and strategies. Jeremy does not plan to be a lawyer.
Jeremy has spent several years studying cinema and movie making technique with an emphasis on Film Noir, Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy film making. He is currently at work on a history of the American influence on Japanese animation arts.
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