Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien BA, Dip. Crim, LLB, LLM
Principal Lawyer
Phone: +61 3 8600 6050
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Michael is a principal with Aitken Partners and has extensive experience in insolvency law. 

His current practice involves a variety of dispute resolution work involving mediation, arbitration, complex negotiations and conducting large commercial cases in the Supreme and Federal Courts. He has represented parties in informal dispute resolution processes and conducted proceedings in a broad range of jurisdictions, including acting for overseas clients with business interests in Australia and disputes involving cross-border issues.

Michael also has experience in competition and consumer protection law matters under Federal and State based legislation.

Prior to working in private practice Michael was a senior lawyer in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department (Australian Government Solicitor) for several years, where he acted for a variety of government departments, including the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (and its predecessor the Trade Practices Commission), the Australian Taxation Office, Department of Health, Insolvency and Trustees Service Australia and the Department of Defence. Much of his work involved representing the Commonwealth Government in legal proceedings as well as providing advice on Commonwealth legislation.

Key experience

  • Advising a client in the electronics industry, with a commercial advice around distribution, intellectual property protection, supply agreements and licensing agreements. Also providing advice on international expansion, with the business growing from its Australia-New Zealand base to now include South Africa, the United Kingdom and the USA.
  • Advising insolvency firms, receivers and managers, administrators, registered trustees and private clients on insolvency matters.
  • Advising in a Singapore-based family dispute over more than $100m assets held in Australia, this has involved dealing with the Singapore High Court as well as dealing with the issues of a client that lives and works in another country. This action has been part settled by negotiation.
  • Advising a client in the real estate industry in a franchise dispute.