Robert P. O'Brien, Jr.

Robert P. O'Brien, Jr.

Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP

Recognized since 2010

Baltimore, Maryland

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law

Transportation Law

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Mr. O'Brien's practice is focused upon the defense of claims in commercial litigation. He has had extensive experience in defending maritime claims (including cargo damage, collision, personal injury, and death), inland marine claims, non-maritime trucking industry claims (including cargo damage, personal injury, death and coverage issues), claims involving warehousemen, freight forwarders, transportation brokers and terminal operators, as well as claims involving commercial contract disputes.

He has served on the firm's Management Committee and as Chairman of the firm's Litigation Section. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Baltimore City Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the DRI Trucking Law Committee. Mr. O'Brien has been a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States since 1981 and he is currently a member of the MLA's Maritime Torts and Casualties Committee. Mr. O'Brien has also served as an Assistant Editor of American Maritime Cases since 1981. He is the author of such articles as Admiralty Jurisdiction Over Pleasure Craft Torts, 36 Md. L. Rev. 212 and What You Need to Know About the Amended Wrongful Death Statute, The Defense Line, Spring 1997.


  • 111 South Calvert Street, Suite 1400
    Baltimore, MD 21202


  • University of Maryland , J.D. , graduated 1977
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A. Philosophy, graduated 1973

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, Maryland


  • Maritime Law Association Maritime Torts and Casualties Committee - Membre
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Transportation Law

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