Our Legal Staff
John M. O'Brien and Associates, P.C. was formed with one thought in mind: justice for injured victims. Our record over the past eighteen years proves how successful we have been in achieving that goal. It remains our singular mission even today.
We handle a wide variety of Sacramento and Elk Grove personal injury cases, ranging from automobile and construction site accidents to products liability and medical malpractice actions. We have the experience, expertise and resources to take on any defendant, large or small, to ensure justice for our clients.
As a firm, we pride ourselves on giving each client the individual attention he or she deserves. You are not a case number to us. You are someone who is deserving of our utmost attention and skill. We take the time to learn about you and what makes your case unique, so that we are always prepared when it comes time to negotiate a resolution or present a closing argument to a jury.
Aside from experienced trial counsel, our staff is also highly qualified. Our paralegal, Kathy Long, and legal assistant, Brenda Marchant, have over 40 years of experience between them in the Sacramento legal community. They are always willing and eager to assist the firm's clients with their questions or concerns.
John M. O'Brien is a proven trial attorney with more than 22 years of experience in the area of personal injury. He started his own law firm in 1996. Mr. O'Brien enjoys an excellent reputation as a personal injury lawyer in the Elk Grove and Sacramento area.
He graduated from the University of the Pacific (B.A., Honors, Magna Cum Laude, Political Science/Economics, 1987) and the University of Southern California, Law Center (J.D., Honors, 1990).
Mr. O'Brien loves reading, traveling, scuba diving, mountain bike riding and playing tennis and golf.
Prior to joining John M. O'Brien and Associates, Mr. Zehnder spent three years as a defense-side civil litigator with a practice focusing primarily on personal injury and management-side labor and employment matters.
Prior to his civil litigation experience, Mr. Zehnder also worked as a law clerk for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and served as a Certified-Student-Attorney for the Federal Defenders Office in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Brenda moved to the Sacramento area in 1987 after deciding to make a career change into the legal field. She has been working at John M. O’Brien and Associates since 2000 as a legal assistant and office manager. Her responsibilities at our firm include assisting clients, scheduling, working with insurance companies, other law firms and their staff, as well as managing the office. Brenda enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to tropical destinations and playing with her dog, Holly.
Jillian graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She moved to the Sacramento area in 2011.
She joined the team at John M. O'Brien and Associates in April 2012. Jillian's job responsibilities include assisting clients, filing, general office work and handling medical claims. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, and running.