Cara L. O’Brien
The Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg P.A.
Ms. O’Brien has dedicated her legal career for over a decade to representing and advocating for individuals that have been injured by the negligence of others in complex personal injury litigation. Ms. O’Brien has extensive courtroom experience and has successfully represented hundreds of individuals injured through the negligence others, obtaining millions of dollars for her clients and multiple seven-figure verdicts.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. O’Brien attended Loyola University Maryland and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, summa cum laude, with a major in economics and minor in mathematics in 2004. She attended the University of Maryland School of Law and received a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in 2007. After graduation, Ms. O’Brien served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stephen M. Waldron in the Circuit Court for Harford County.
Over the years, with the team at Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A., Ms. O’Brien has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict on behalf of her clients including obtaining a verdict for over $5,000,000 on behalf of two clients. Ms. O’Brien has changed the lives of her clients through hundreds of six- and seven-figure settlements as well. She has also represented clients at the appellate level.
Ms. O’Brien was selected to the 2017, 2019 and 2020 Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, an honor bestowed upon only 2.5% of Maryland’s lawyers. She is also a member of the American Association for Justice, Maryland Association for Justice, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Baltimore City Bar Association, Anne Arundel County Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland. Ms. O’Brien currently co-chairs the Women’s Caucus for the Maryland Association for Justice and serves on the Board of Directors for the organization. Ms. O’Brien has been invited to speak and has presented at national lead litigation conferences over the years. Ms. O’Brien was selected by The Daily Record as a 2019 Leading Women awardee, which recognizes women age 40 or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their career based on professional experience, community involvement and a commitment to inspiring change. She is also part of The Daily Record’s Women Who Lead initiative, participating in a year-long program focused on topics that affect women leaders and building strong connections that will make a positive impact across Maryland.
Ms. O’Brien loves coming to work each day to achieve justice for her clients. Ms. O’Brien enjoys learning about her clients as well as staying up to date on the current legal and medical issues affecting her cases. Her compassionate yet aggressive approach to her cases allows her to obtain the best possible outcome for each client and build relationships with her clients that often continue after the case is resolved.
Ms. O’Brien is involved in several community groups and associations and was involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake as a mentor for over 7 years. Ms. O’Brien serves on the Board of Directors for Community Law in Action, a non-profit organization that develops young people to be leaders and participate in the process of positive community change. She also serves on the Peer Review Committee for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland.
When she is not aggressively fighting on behalf of her clients and managing the firm, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, yoga, doing anything outside and cheering on the Ravens and Orioles.
Ms. O’Brien is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.