April 09, 2010
Judge Daniel Patrick O’Brien Named OCC’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2010

Troy resident Judge Daniel Patrick O’Brien has been named Oakland Community College’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2010.  The honor will be bestowed at the college’s annual commencement exercises at the Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday, May 15.


Judge O’Brien graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oakland Community College in 1998 with an Associate Degree in Business.  In 1990 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  He then attended the University of Detroit School of Law where he was awarded the Jerome P. Cavanaugh Scholarship.  He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1994.


Judge O’Brien was elected to the Oakland County Circuit Court bench in November, 2002.  He assumed his duties in January, 2003 and currently serves as a judge in the court’s General Jurisdiction Division.


Judge O’Brien had been in private practice since 1998.  At the time of his election he was with the law firm of O’Brien and O’Brien of Sylvan Lake.  Earlier he had served as assistant municipal attorney for several cities and as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Oakland County in 1995 and 1996.  He had also clerked and was a research attorney for his father, the Honorable Francis X. O’Brien and Judge Daniel Sawecki of the Royal Oak District Court.


Judge O’Brien is a member of the Michigan Judges’ Association, the State Bar, the Oakland and South Oakland Bar Associations of Michigan and the Catholic Lawyers.  He is currently a member of the Criminal Assignment and Circuit Court Committees and was a former adjunct professor at Oakland Community College.


Judge O’Brien and his wife, Ann Marie, are the parents of two sons, Daniel Patrick, II and Colin James.


With five campuses located throughout Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s largest community college and the 26th largest in the nation.  OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields, including university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts.  Approximately 76,000 undergraduates attend OCC each year.


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