Upon graduating law school, Attorney Tom O’Brien worked as an associate in a small firm in Providence where in enjoyed success in a variety of matters to include Landlord & Tenant evictions, divorce cases, zoning matters and DEM appeals.
Attorney O’Brien spent the next 16 years as a criminal prosecutor in the RI Department of Attorney General. As a Special Assistant Attorney General, he tried bail hearings and probation/bail violation hearings in Rhode Island District Courts. Tom also tried countless numbers of DUI and breathalyzer refusal matters before moving on to Superior Court jury trials.
Attorney O’Brien’s felony trial experience includes over 30 jury trials with a history of success in Capital cases to include Murder, Sexual Assault, Burglary, Robbery and Narcotics Delivery cases. He was one of few prosecutors to successfully prosecute multiple Life without Parole murder cases. In his 16 years in criminal justice system, Tom handled nearly every felony chargeable under Rhode Island Law in courtrooms throughout the State of Rhode Island.
New England School of Law Boston, MA Juris Doctor 1996
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI Bachelor of Arts 1992
Rhode Island Bar, 1996 - Federal District Court
District of Rhode Island - 1997
Massachusetts Bar, 1997
Lecturer on Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminal Constitutional Law – CCRI (2007 to present)
Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys – RIACDL
Tom began his career as a Special Assistant Attorney General assigned to the District Court unit in Providence. Later promoted to an Assistant Attorney General, Tom was chosen as Chief of Kent County and then Chief of the District Court unit in Providence, where he supervised the newest prosecutors in their first assignment in the Department. He finished his career as the Departmental liaison to the fledgling Veterans Court program in the Kent County courthouse.