JOHN O'BRIEN ASSOCIATES

I have been a lawyer since 1973 and practise under the business name JOHN O'BRIEN ASSOCIATES. I am a member of the Law Institute of Victoria. I have extensive lived experience in the law as it impacts ordinary people. During a lifetime of legal practice, I have acquired the knowledge, skills, and ability to quickly identify the critical legal issues that arise in most situations. I have the maturity and life experience to advise my clients about their legal position within a context of common sense and commercial reality. I conduct a small and friendly legal practice and provide personalised legal advice and services relating to a wide range of common and uncommon private client matters.

IF YOU TELEPHONE ME, I WILL ALWAYS ANSWER YOUR CALL PERSONALLY, UNLESS I AM IN COURT OR ENGAGED WITH ANOTHER CLIENT.  ALL CONVERSATION WITH ME BY TELEPHONE OR IN PERSON ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

ALL LEGAL SERVICES WHICH YOU INSTRUCT ME TO PERFORM WILL BE UNDERTAKEN AT A COST WHICH IS FIRST AGREED, FIXED AND UNCHANGING, AND THIS WILL BE SET DOWN IN WRITING AS REQUIRED BY THE UNIFORM LAW.

 

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I CONFESS

If in my high moments, I have done some good, offered some service, shed some light, healed some wounds, rekindled some hope, or stirred someone from apathy and indifference, or in any way along the way helped somebody, then my life has not been in vain. For friends who loved and cared for me, for a God who spared me, and for a family who understood, I am eternally grateful. If, in my low moments, in word, deed or attitude, through some error of temper, taste, or tone, I have caused anyone discomfort, created pain, or revived someone's fears, that was not my most authentic self. Please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart. My head is limited in its finitude, but my heart is boundless in its love for the human family. I am an imperfect creation doing my best.

Rev. Jesse Jackson (1941 -).  

I ASPIRE

I RECOMMEND THAT YOU READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONSULT ME

In my practice of the law, I believe that it should be my ambition to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with my client. My client's wishes will carry great weight with me; my client's judgements will be given my high respect; my client's business will be given my unremitted attention. I will sacrifice my rest, my pleasure, and my satisfaction to those of my client, and, in every case, I will always, and every time prefer my client's interests to my own.

HOWEVER, I have practised the law for half a century. This long time has not been without impacting my capacity to make wise decisions and draw intelligent conclusions. I will not sacrifice my enlightened conscience, my learning, my dispassionate analysis, my extensive experience, and my sophisticated judgment to any client or any man or set of men living because these qualities do not derive from a client's pleasure or the law. They are a sacred trust from Providence for the abuse of which I am deeply answerable.

AS YOUR LAWYER, you will have my industry and my judgment because it would be to betray rather than serve you if I were to sacrifice my judgment to your opinion.

ACCORDINGLY, I expect you to follow my advice because I will not merely follow your instructions.