Richard O’Brien

Richard J. O’Brien has practiced with Linnell, Choate & Webber since 1982.  His practice is focused on bankruptcy and reorganization, and on estate planning and probate matters.  In his bankruptcy practice, he has represented individuals and businesses, debtors and creditors, as well as trustees and creditors committees.  His estate planning practice includes wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health directives, and general succession planning.

Rick lives in Winthrop with his wife, Ellen, who is a hydrologist, geologist and professional engineer, and has three grown children. He and his wife are avid hikers, campers, bicyclists, nordic skiers, and general outdoor enthusiasts.  They also share a love of music and theater, having performed in the chorus of the fall musical production at the Theater at Monmouth for many years.  He also sings tenor with the Maine Music Society Chorale, although his true love is bluegrass music.


Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA

Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 1982

  • Editor, Annual Review of Banking Law
  • Author: “The Government in the Sunshine Act and the Federal Reserve Board: A Need for Greater Exposure,” Annual Review of Banking Law, 1982.

Harvard College, Cambridge, MA

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, English and American Literature, June 1977

  • Maine Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Maine Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Reorganization Section
  • Androscoggin County Bar Association


  • Town of Winthrop Planning Board, chair and board member
  • Maine Music Society, board member
  • Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Foundation, treasurer and board member
  • Great Falls Balloon Festival, past president and board member

Contact Richard O’Brien

Phone: (207) 784-4563
Fax: (207) 784-1981
Linnell, Choate & Webber LLP
Attn: Richard J. O’Brien
83 Pleasant Street
Auburn, ME 04210

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