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Chris O'Brien
Chris O'Brien

Chris O'Brien

Chris O’Brien, a personal injury attorney in Buffalo, NY, maintains a legacy of advocacy and excellence in personal injury law in Buffalo, New York. For more than three decades, Chris O’Brien has been a stalwart advocate for personal injury victims in Western New York, leaving an indelible mark on the legal landscape. As a founding partner of O’Brien & Ford Buffalo Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers, Chris, alongside John Ford, has achieved remarkable success, settling or trying over 25 million- or multi-million dollar cases on behalf of their clients.

Chris is more than a seasoned Buffalo personal injury lawyer; he is a national figure and educator, contributing significantly to the legal community. He is experienced with cases involving dog bites, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, and more. His reputation as a trial lawyer extends beyond the courtroom, where he has generously shared his expertise across the United States and Canada. As a Diplomate of the National College of Advocacy and a 25-year member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Chris is recognized for his exceptional contributions to the field. Buffalo Business First has further acknowledged his standing by naming him one of Western New York’s Top Ten Lawyers.

Beyond his legal achievements, Chris continues to find fulfillment in community involvement and family life. His residence in Amherst, shared with his wife and children, reflects a harmonious blend of professional excellence and personal commitment to family. Chris extends his responsibilities beyond legal matters to include sharing the care of Moose, a Bernedoodle, with any of his kids who are willing to help.

With an impressive 33-year tenure in Personal Injury Law, Chris has accumulated numerous accolades, including a perfect 10.0 Avvo rating, membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and an “AV – Preeminent” recognition by Martindale-Hubbell. His legal journey began at Washington & Lee Law School in Lexington, Virginia, where he graduated in 1988.

Every case is a unique journey, and Chris emphasizes this by acknowledging that past results do not guarantee future success, though he always strives for excellence. As a founding partner of O’Brien & Ford Buffalo Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers, Chris underscores their commitment to ethical legal practices and client-centric approaches. 

Chris is experienced in a variety of practice areas and is prepared to handle complex cases and seek positive results. Trust O’Brien & Ford Buffalo Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers for personalized attention and a track record of excellence in personal injury law. Contact our law firm to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our car accident attorneys.


Washington & Lee Law School
JD – Juris Doctor

The College of the Holy Cross
BA – Bachelor of Arts

Areas Of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Automotive
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Fees and Provisos

At O’Brien & Ford Buffalo Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers we work on contingency fee, which means you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case!

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • National College of Advocacy
  • New York State Trial Lawyers, Western Region Affiliate
  • Western New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association