Our Team


Denis O'Brien - Principal

LL.B., B.Com

Denis has extensive experience in most areas of law but gives particular focus to the areas of commercial law, conveyancing and wills & estates. Denis purchased the firm in 1975 and has continued to build the practice into the well respected and trusted organisation it is today. Having practised law in Horsham for over 40 years, Denis has a deep understanding of the needs of the broader Horsham communities. Denis consistently delivers exceptional results and proudly maintains a respectful and compassionate service to all of his clients.

Patrick Gilbert Smith - Solicitor

LL.B. (Hons), B. Int. St., B.Ec., GDLP

Patrick was born in Horsham and attended 298 Primary School and Horsham College before moving to Adelaide in 2007 to begin his tertiary studies at the University of Adelaide. Keen to start a family in his home-town, Patrick joined O'Brien Lawyers and returned to Horsham with his wife in January 2017.  Clients and colleagues alike have found Patrick to have a steadfast work ethic and appreciate his clarity and honesty. Patrick’s focus is dispute resolution and enjoys advocating on his client’s behalf in court when necessary.

Lauren Maree Emblem - Solicitor


Lauren was born and raised in Sydney. She began her tertiary studies in 2013 at the University of Notre Dame Australia. She relocated with her family to the Mallee in November 2017 and joined O’Brien Lawyers in December 2018. Lauren is keen to mainly practise in the areas of family law and criminal law. She is detail oriented and focussed on achieving the best outcome for clients.

Lee Elliott - Practice Manager

Lee began her career as a medical receptionist and has moved through a variety of positions that have kept her constantly in touch with members of the local community. Lee has superior organisational skills which she has utilised to ensure our office works as efficiently as possible  since commencing work at O'Brien Lawyers in February 2016.  Her bright and outgoing personality, along with her determination that clients receive the best service, means that Lee is an invaluable member of the team.

Jenny Haebich - Conveyancer

Jenny joined O’Brien Lawyers in January 2019 already with decades of conveyancing experience.  Jenny's extensive conveyancing experience means that you can relax knowing you are in safe hands when you trust O'Brien Lawyers with your property transfer matter.

Jasmine Kerr - Law Clerk

Located at our reception, Jasmine will usually be the first face you will see when you enter our offices. Jasmine has been with O'Brien Lawyers since April 2016. In addition to fulfilling many of our receptionist duties, Jasmine assists our solicitors in a wide range of areas but especially in the drafting of wills and powers of attorney. Jasmine's diligence ensures our clients are always well looked after, while her innate kindness and friendliness make her a pleasure to work with.

Jo Sherry - Probate Clerk

Jo joined O'Brien Lawyers in January 2017 after several years experience as an Estate Clerk in Geelong.  Jo's advanced time management skills and experience mean that estate files are progressed as efficiently as possible.  

Imogen Chesterfield - Law Clerk

Imogen is a bright and articulate graduate of St Brigid's College Class of 2017, who joined our practice  in January 2018. Imogen assists our solicitors in all areas of practice and is a warm and enthusiastic presence in the office.