Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Former Attorney General; Minister for Commerce

    New judge for the Family Court of WA

    25/02/2016 12:35 PM
    • Appointment commences March 7, 2016 

    Family law practitioner Richard (Rick) O'Brien has been appointed as a judge of the Family Court of Western Australia.


    Attorney General Michael Mischin said Mr O'Brien was highly suited for the role as he had more than 30 years' experience in family law, and had been recognised as a leader in the field both in WA and nationally. 


    The extensive consultation process leading up to the appointment had identified Mr O'Brien as an outstanding candidate for the appointment.


    Mr O'Brien obtained a Bachelor of Laws at The University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia in 1983.


    From 1982 to 1986, he worked at Legal Aid WA, where he was a solicitor in the family law division.


    In 1986, Mr O'Brien joined the firm of Jackson McDonald.  He became an equity partner three years later and was elected as the managing partner of the firm in 1993.   


    In 2001, Mr O'Brien joined specialist family law practice O'Sullivan Davies where he has been an equity partner for more than 10 years.


    He is the current chairman of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, being the first West Australian to be elected to that position.  He was previously the president of the Family Law Practitioners' Association of Western Australia and served on its council for many years. 


    In 2014, Mr O'Brien was recognised by the Family Law Practitioners' Association of WA as its Inaugural Family Lawyer of the Year.


    Fact File

    • Mr O'Brien has played a prominent role in community and sporting activities, having been the captain of the WA men's volleyball team and a member of the volleyball coaching staff at the Sydney Olympics
    • His appointment fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Jane Crisford 

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