Born and raised in Saint John, Mary-Eileen continues to make her home on the “West side” with her partner Greg and their blended family of amazing teens and young adults. When she is not at work she is happily consumed by all of her family’s various activities, and the many parties and celebrations she and Greg love to host.
Mary-Eileen is a well respected member of the New Brunswick legal community and achieved early career “success” in litigation. As her practice grew, however, so did Mary-Eileen’s awareness that non-adversarial and interest-based processes yield far more benefits for most families in crisis than did positional negotiations and/or litigation. This awareness inspired her to undertake collaborative law, mediation and coaching training and to incorporate these skills and ideas into her family law practice and every aspect of her business life.
Mary-Eileen brings a dynamic, committed approach to her specialty areas of family law, real estate law, wills and estates. She has a unique way of fusing a client’s ideas for problem solving with her own rich fund of professional wisdom and experience – all combined to arrive at the resolution that is customized to each unique client and family.
Mary-Eileen uses her gift of compassionate leadership to contribute to the well-being of the general community and her profession. Currently, she is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sophia Recovery Centre, a director of the NB Board of the Canadian Forces Liason Counsel, a member of the Business Community Anti Poverty Initiative, and regularly teaches Negotiation for the NB Law Society to the Bar Admissions Course. She is the past Chair of the NB Minimum Wage Commission, Collaborative Law Conference, CBA-NB Family Law Section and the Canada Pensions Appeals Tribunal, as well as the past Vice Chair of the Saint John Board of Police Commissioners. She was also appointed by the Minister of Justice to be a member of the Access to Family Justice Task Force in 2008 and as a result of this work received the CBA-NB Pro Bono Award in February, 2009. Mary-Eileen belongs to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Law Societies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and Family Mediation Canada. She is a graduate of St. Vincent’s High School, St. Francis Xavier University and the University of New Brunswick. She retired in 2000 from the Canadian Armed Forces Naval Reserve after a very exciting and rewarding 15 year career in the primary Naval Reserve.
Mary-Eileen’s plans for this next year include mastering online family mediation, becoming a certified Divorce Coach, starting an LL.M and putting more miles on her Harley.
Contact Mary-Eileen O’Brien at: firstname.lastname@example.org