Kelly Byrnes & Danker, PLLC

Laura M. O'Brien has been practicing law since October 2010, and she has exclusively practiced in the area of family law.  Her entire law career has been spent with the attorneys of Kelly Byrnes & Danker, PLLC.

Laura received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in May 2003, where she graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  Laura earned her law degree cum laude from George Mason University School of Law in May 2010, where she served on the Board of Editors of the George Mason Law Review and was chosen as a Writing Fellow, teaching first-year law students within the school's highly esteemed Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis program. She also was chosen as a student member of the George Mason American Inns of Court.  

During her third year of law school, Laura participated in the Domestic Relations Legal Clinic under the direction of The Honorable Stanley P. Klein (Ret.), where she assisted low-income litigants in obtaining uncontested divorces in the Fairfax Circuit Court.  She also served as a legal intern to The Honorable Jan L. Brodie of the Fairfax Circuit Court.  Prior to law school, Laura served as a staff member with the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

Laura is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and the Virginia State Bar – Young Lawyers Conference, where she currently serves on the Board of Governors.  In June 2014, Laura was recognized for significant service to the VSB Young Lawyers Conference. Laura is also dedicated to pro bono work, having presented a webinar through the VSB Special Committee on Access to Legal Services to recruit and train pro bono attorneys to conduct uncontested divorces.  She has also presented at the Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) Uncontested Divorce Clinic and is an active volunteer with LSNV's Attorney of the Day program, which represents low-income victims of domestic violence in the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court.

Laura is also a member of the Fairfax and Loudoun Bar Associations and has participated as a mentor and a mock trial witness with the Loudoun County Leadership in the Law Camp, an annual camp held for local high school students. She is also involved with the alumni program of George Mason University School of Law, having participated in mock interviews with first and second year law students and having served as a speaker and panel member before the Family Law Society.