O'Brien, Robert P.

111 South Calvert StreetSuite 1400Baltimore, MD 21202

Updated: 09/30/2016


Mr. O'Brien's practice is focused upon the defense of claims in commercial litigation. He has had extensive experience in defending maritime claims (including cargo damage, collision, personal injury and death), inland marine claims, non-maritime trucking industry claims (including cargo damage, personal injury, death and coverage issues), claims involving warehousemen, freight forwarders, transportation brokers and terminal operators, as well as claims involving commercial contract...


Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Maritime Law
  • Trucking Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Personal Injury and Death - Defense
  • Commercial Litigation


  • 100%

Representative Clients

  • Gard P & I
  • North of England P & I
  • Swedish Club
  • American Club
  • Japan P & I
  • Hartford
  • Chubb
  • St. Paul/Travelers


Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1977
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1980

Other Affiliations

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, 1981 - Present
  • Maritime Law Association (Maritime Torts and Casualties Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute (Trucking Law Committee)
  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Baltimore City Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, 1990 - Present

Past Positions

  • American Maritime Cases, Assistant Editor, 1981 - Present


  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, 1977
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: With Honors
    Law Review: Maryland Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor, 1975 - 1977
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1973
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Philosophy


Published Works

  • Admiralty Jurisdiction Over Pleasure Craft Torts, 36 Maryland Review, 1977
  • Admiralty-Division of Property Damage, 35 Maryland Review, 1976

Office Information


111 South Calvert StreetSuite 1400Baltimore, MD 21202


  • 410-783-6363


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