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Laura M. O’Brien

  • Associate
Fairfax, VA


Laura M. O'Brien
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Laura M. O'Brien has been practicing law since October 2010, and she has exclusively practiced in the area of family law. Her entire law career has been spent with the attorneys of Kelly Byrnes & Danker, PLLC.

Laura received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in May 2003, where she graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Laura earned her law degree cum laude from George Mason University School of Law in May 2010, where she served on the Board of Editors of the George Mason Law Review and was chosen as a Writing Fellow, teaching first-year law students within the school's esteemed Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis program. She also was chosen as a student member of the George Mason American Inns of Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law


  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis program, Writing Fellow
    • Honors: George Mason American Inns of Court, Student Member
    • Honors: The Honorable Stanley P. Klein (Ret.), Domestic Relations Legal Clinic
    • Honors: The Honorable Jan L. Brodie of the Fairfax Circuit Court, Legal Intern
  • Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee
    • Bachelor of Arts - 05/2003
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Virginia State Bar – Young Lawyers Conference, Board of Governors, Former Member, 2018
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Member
  • Loudoun Bar Association, Member
  • 2016 Chief Justice Harry Carrico Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, Recipient, 2016
  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia's Rule 6.1 Society, Gold Member, Present
  • Young Lawyer's Conference Significant Service Award, 2014, 2018
  • Steering Committee of the Attorney of the Day Program, Fairfax Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • United States House of Representatives, Staff Member
  • United States Senate, Staff Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia
  • Loudoun County Leadership in the Law Camp