Rachel A. O’Brien



Rachel A. O’Brien


Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Defects
  • Insurance Defense
  • Commercial Litigation

Court Admittance

  • Florida State Courts
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida

Rachel practices in the areas of construction defect, commercial, and insurance defense litigation. She believes responsiveness, attention to detail, and a focus on results creates effective client relationships.

Since the start of her legal career, Rachel’s practice has centered almost exclusively on representing businesses of all sizes, including insurance companies. She helps carriers defend insured contractors from the pre-suit stage through trial against claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, indemnification, negligence, and violation of Fla. Stat. Sec. 553.84. She also defends businesses and their employees against personal injury and property damage claims. Rachel also has extensive experience litigating personal jurisdiction issues for out-of-state and international defendants.

Rachel attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She then moved to Florida and received her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she served as Executive Research Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy. While in law school, she was a teaching assistant for the Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Trial Practice courses. She is currently an attorney coach for the University of Central Florida Mock Trial Program.

Rachel grew up on a small cattle farm in the Midwest. She still enjoys anything outdoors—especially camping, kayaking, and hiking with her husband—and playing with their two  dogs.

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University of Florida, J.D., 2012

Awards and Activities:

  • Journal of Law and Public Policy, Executive Research Editor
  • Gerald T. Bennett Inn of Court, Student Member
  • Book Award (Highest Grade) in Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Pro Bono Certificate Recipient
  • Mentor, Caring and Sharing Learning School

University of Missouri – Kansas City, B.A., Spanish, 2008

Awards and Activities:

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Studied abroad in Uppsala, Sweden
  • Honors Program, President
  • Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, Vice President
  • Member, Cross-Country & Track Teams (Div. I)
  • Mock Trial Gold Flight National Championship

Orange County (Florida) Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section

  • YLS Events Director (2015-2018)
  • Judicial Investitures, Committee Chairperson (2014-2018)
  • Law Student Mentoring Program, Mentor (2013-2017)
  • OCBA Law Day 5K benefiting The OCBA Foundation and Legal Aid, Committee Member (2015-2017)

Florida Bar

  • Student Education & Admissions to the Bar Committee (2016-2019)
  • Young Lawyers Division Student Mentoring Program Mentor (2015-2016)
  • Senior Lawyers Committee (2013-2015)

Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association

  • Guardian ad Litem and Volunteer Attorney (2012-2017)
  • Recognized for pro bono work completed in 2014 by The Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, and The Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association (May 2015)

American Bar Association

  • Young Lawyers Division Women in the Profession Committee Vice-Chair (2016-2017)
  • Florida Delegate to the ABA YLD Assembly (2015-2017)

The Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow

  • Panelist, Practicing with Professionalism Young Lawyer Professionalism Panel presented by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Young Lawyers Division (August 2015, August 2016, February 2017)
  • Co-Author, “Update on the Third Restatement and Its Effect on Commercial Product Sellers, Their Insurance Companies, and Their Lawyers,” presented at the Florida Liability Claims Conference, June 2015