andrew-obrien-mesothelioma-lawyerAndrew O’Brien

For the past 20 years, Andrew has concentrated his practice in the areas of mesothelioma and asbestos law. As an asbestos lawyer, he has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict.

He is a licensed asbestos attorney in Missouri, Illinois and the Republic of Ireland. A native of Dublin, Andrew graduated from University College Dublin Law School in 1986, working with the firm of Gaffney & Halligan from 1986 until 1990. When he moved to the United States, Andrew graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law and began practicing asbestos law. He founded the O’Brien Law Firm so he could commit all his energy and resources in the fight to gain compensation for victims of asbestos diseases.

In 2001, the Missouri Bar Foundation cited Andrew O’Brien for “outstanding trial work” and presented him with the prestigious Lon O. Hocker Award.

Andrew has also been named to the Judicial Commission for the 22nd Judicial Circuit for the city of St. Louis, Missouri. The commission selects the panel of applicants from which the governor appoints a circuit judge.

Andrew and his wife, Lori, have two daughters and a son. He is an accomplished Irish violin player and has performed professionally.

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Bart Baumstark

Before joining the O’Brien Law Firm to represent the victims of asbestos exposure, Bart enjoyed tenures as a St. Louis city prosecutor and a personal injury attorney representing injured railroad workers. Bart’s accomplishments include having successfully prosecuted and tried to juries cases involving repetitive stress injuries ($900,000 verdict); catastrophic damage to the inner ear ($2.5 million verdict); contractual disputes; drug distribution and possession offenses; guns and weapon offenses; criminal assaults; robberies and home invasions.

“I view my work on behalf of asbestos victims as a natural progression from my work as a criminal prosecutor,” Bart said. “Both disciplines essentially focus on seeking justice for victims harmed by the criminal acts of others. I enjoy coming to work every day knowing that I am representing the grievously injured who are in need of our expertise and help.”

A 1996 honors graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, Bart received American Jurisprudence Awards in Evidence and Trial Advocacy and was a member of the Moot Court Board and Law Review.

Bart lives in University City, Missouri with his wife, Meghan, and two children. He is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois state and federal courts.

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Jerry FitzGerald

Born and raised in St. Louis, Jerry grew up the son of an insulator. Knowing first-hand the damage asbestos exposure can cause, Jerry joined the O’Brien Law Firm in 2005, where he is dedicated to the pursuit of justice for victims of asbestos disease and their families.

“I grew up in a working-class family with my father and many uncles involved in the construction trades,” Jerry said. “I enjoy working closely with families who, like my own, have been affected with asbestos-related illnesses caused by factors beyond their control. Based on my background, work experience, and Midwest values, I am motivated to pursue the best possible outcome for my clients.”

Jerry works closely with many union locals and construction trade organizations located in the Midwest.

Jerry is a 1997 graduate of Saint Louis University High School and graduated with honors from Saint Louis University with degrees in political science and business. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2004. Jerry is licensed to practice law in Missouri and is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Jerry lives in south St. Louis city with his wife, Jill.

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Christopher Thoron

Christopher was born and raised in central Illinois. He attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, where he played varsity baseball and soccer and graduated as salutatorian. He later earned a certificate in Labor/Employment Law from the Saint Louis University School of Law.

Christopher was first introduced to asbestos law while practicing in Illinois. He brought his experience and knowledge to the O’Brien Law Firm, where he continues to represent victims of asbestos exposure in both Missouri and Illinois.

Chris lives in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife Amanda and their six children.

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