John O'Brien & Associates

JOHN (ALEXANDER) O'BRIEN has been a lawyer since 1973. He is a sole practitioner and practises under the business name, JOHN O'BRIEN & ASSOCIATES. He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and has extensive practical experience acquired over many years in most areas of the law which impact on the lives of ordinary people and their families. During a lifetime of legal practice John has acquired the knowledge, skills, and ability to quickly identify the important legal issues that arise in most situations and has the maturity and life experience to advise his clients about their legal position within common sense and commercial reality. He conducts a small, friendly, and well-regarded legal practice which provides highly personalised legal advice and services relating to a wide range of common and uncommon private client matters. ALL INITIAL CONSULTATIONS ARE FREE OF CHARGE and without obligation, and legal services are undertaken in a timely focused and efficient manner and at an AGREED AND FIXED COST.

JOHN O'BRIEN & ASSOCIATES provides legal advice and services including court representation to a large clientele Australia wide and is in Box Hill North where he is conveniently positioned to service clients throughout Melbourne and Melbourne's Eastern Suburbs.

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Below appear the words which are my inspiration. It is a quotation which I reproduce with thanks and affection from the speech by the REVEREND JESSE JACKSON (8 October 1941- ) disciple of that great martyr for freedom, the REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR (15 January 1929 - 4 April 1968), given on 18 July 1984 to the Democratic National Convention in his bid that year for the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States.

"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, and 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 truest self. Please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart. My head - so limited in its finitude; my heart, which is boundless in its love for the human family. I am an imperfect creation doing my best against the odds. As I develop and continue to serve, be patient with me: God is not finished with me yet."



In my practice of the law, I hold to the view that it ought to be the ambition of a lawyer to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his client. His client's wishes ought to have great weight with him; his judgements high respect; his business unremitted attention. It is a lawyer's duty to sacrifice his repose, his pleasure, and his satisfactions to those of his client, and above all and in every case, to prefer his client's interest to his own. However, his learning, his reasoned and dispassionate analysis, his sophisticated judgment, and his enlightened conscience; these he ought not to sacrifice to his client nor to any man; for he does not derive these qualities from his client's pleasure, nor from the law or the constitution. They are a trust from Providence for the abuse of which he is deeply answerable.

It is my firmly held conviction that as your lawyer I owe you not only my industry but my judgment; and it would be to betray you, rather than to serve you if I were to sacrifice that judgement to your opinion.