William J. O'Brien
(304) 933-8181
Office: Bridgeport
J.D. Washington & Lee University
M.Div. Yale University
B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University
Licensure: WV
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Jamie O'Brien focuses his practice in the areas of energy law, business litigation and criminal defense.  His energy practice is comprised of cases involving allegations of subsurface trespass, groundwater contamination, surface damage complaints and right of way issues.  His business litigation practice consists of defending companies in the pharmaceutical and banking industries.  He also has experience in criminal defense in state and federal court.

Work Experience

2009 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2008-2009 Law Clerk, The Honorable Irene M. Keeley, U.S. District Court, N.D.W.V.
2007-2008 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Key Experience

Defended claims of underground water contamination against coal operators
Defended claims against oil and gas operators for breach of fiduciary duties
Sought summary judgment for oil and gas service provider on claims of negligent operations

Memberships & Awards

Super Lawyers® West Virginia Rising Star in Energy & Natural Resources Law
Board of Governors, West Virginia State Bar
American Bar Association