William J. O'Brien


Jamie O’Brien does not consider his counsel as a working relationship, but as a partnership. For clients, this means Jamie cares for their future goals and current challenges while also keeping their needs at the forefront.

The experience Jamie gained appearing in state and federal courtrooms across West Virginia, working as a federal law clerk, and in a community legal practice clinic has equipped him with skills to successfully navigate his clients through complex litigation. Jamie’s energy litigation practice is comprised of cases involving condemnation, surface damage complaints, and right-of-way issues. His business litigation practice consists of representing shareholders and members in disputes arising within closely-held companies, and defending companies in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, he represents individuals in litigation arising from estate and trust disputes.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained access and prosecuted condemnation actions for construction of natural gas pipelines
  • Defended claims against oil and gas operators for breach of fiduciary duties
  • Represented clients in estate and trust administration disputes, including to trial verdict and litigation of fiduciary duties
  • Prosecuted right-of-way access matters, including obtaining injunctive relief
  • Sought summary judgment for oil and gas service provider on claims of negligent operations
  • Represented shareholders and members of closely-held business corporations in company operation disputes
  • Defended surface damage claims related to construction of oil and gas wells
  • Assisted in defense of patent infringement actions against pharmaceutical and industrial companies
  • Defended criminal charges for white collar defendants and court-appointed representation
  • Defended at jury trial against federal mine safety criminal charges related to coal mine investigation

Licensed In

  • West Virginia


  • J.D. Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • M.Div. Yale University
  • B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University


  • Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
  • First Vice President, Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce
  • Rules Committee, West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Board Member, United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia
  • Finance Committee, First United Methodist Church, Buckhannon, WV
  • Treasurer, Buckhannon Choral Society
  • Buckhannon Lions Club
  • American Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Condemnation & Eminent Domain in the Appalachians: Updates from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, & Ohio,” Southern Gas Association Operating Conference July 26, 2016, Houston, TX

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