Kathleen O'Brien

Kathleen O'Brien has been a trial attorney for over twenty-five years, and has always concentrated her practice in the field of Family Law. After four years of practice associated with one of Northern Virginia's most prestigious larger law firms, she joined Ms. Fite as a partner in 1986.


Ms. O'Brien was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has been a long-time resident of Virginia. She graduated from Suffolk University in 1976 and obtained her law degree at the Catholic University of America in 1981. She was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1981, and to the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, in 1982.


Ms. O'Brien was the first woman President of the Virginia State Bar (1994-1995) and she is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. She has held many positions throughout the State Bar from Chair of the Ethics Committee to delegate to the American Bar Association. Ms. O'Brien is also a member of the McLean, Fairfax, and American Bar Associations, and is a member of the Family Law sections of the American Bar Association, Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax Bar. She serves as a Commissioner in Chancery in the Fairfax County Circuit Court and is active in the local, Fairfax Bar Association. Most recently she served as President of the Fairfax Bar Foundation for 2003-2004.


Ms. O'Brien has extensive experience in the courtroom and has represented clients in both state trial and appellate courts and federal district and appellate courts. She has also been trained in Collaborative Law, another alternative available to parties who wish to settle divorce matters in a private respectful manner. By creating an atmosphere of open communication and cooperation, the Collaborative Law process allows both parties to preserve their dignity while they work toward a settlement that works for everyone involved. Along with Ms. Fite and Mr. Anderson, Ms. O'Brien has embraced this new alternative.  She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia for which she has served as a co-chair.