Francis T. O’Brien, Jr. serves as director of the firm’s criminal practice group. Formerly a founding partner of the Boston trial firm, Wheeler & O’Brien, P.C., Mr. O’Brien brings over thirty years of experience in the field of criminal defense.
A member of the Massachusetts and Florida state bars and the federal bar in Massachusetts, Mr. O’Brien has also represented clients on criminal state and federal matters in more than twenty states.
Mr. O’Brien’s practice concentrates on all areas of criminal defense, including white collar, crimes of violence, fraud, narcotics, motor vehicle offenses and operating under the influence. He has extensive experience in issues relating to search and seizure as well as issues arising in the defense of operating under the influence.
Having successfully handled hundreds of cases of individuals charged with operating under the influence and other motor vehicle offenses, Mr. O’Brien also has considerable experience with related issues involving license suspensions and requests for license reinstatement. He frequently represents clients before the Registry of Motor Vehicles and Board of Appeal for the Registry.
Mr. O’Brien also has extensive state appellate experience, having argued before the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court of Massachusetts as well as the Supreme Court of New Hampshire. On the federal level he is admitted to practice before the First, Second, Fourth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal.
J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1986
B.A., Providence College, Providence, RI, 1983
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
United States District Court for District of Massachusetts, 1987
United States Courts of Appeal for First, Second, Fourth and Seventh Circuits, 1987
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Massachusetts Bar Association
American Bar Association
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Board of Directors: Providence College Alumni Association Boston Chapter, Member: President’s Council of Providence College, Parish Council Member: Resurrection Parish, Hingham, MA, Treasurer: Hingham-Hull Babe Ruth Baseball League, Board Member: Hingham High School Rowing Association, Volunteer Moot Court Judge, Participant: Lawyers Have Heart (for the American Heart Association)