John M. O’Bryan is a Partner in the Litigation and Insurance Practices of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. Mr. O’Bryan was a Partner at Freeborn & Peters, which combined with SGR in 2023.
Mr. O’Bryan focuses his practice in Insurance Coverage, Reinsurance, Unfair Competition, and Commercial Litigation. In addition to his extensive litigation experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the U.S., Mr. O’Bryan has arbitrated to award investment disputes before the American Arbitration Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, and the FINRA Dispute Resolution Center, as well as numerous insurance/reinsurance disputes before ad hoc panels.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. O’Bryan worked for the Smith Richardson Foundation in New York City, and the European Journalism Network in Prague, where he helped young journalists in Central and Eastern Europe publish independent newspapers.
Mr. O’Bryan earned his AB from Cornell University and his JD from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Presenter, “Managing the Evolving Risks and Expectations Regarding Corporate ESG Disclosures,” 2022 AIRROC Forum Education Day (October 2022).
Presenter, “A look at the Legal Landscape – Covid BI Claims,” 2021 AIRROC Summer Membership Meeting (July 2021).
Co-Author, “COVID-19 Claims: Single Or Multiple Occurrences?,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Reinsurance, June 5, 2020.
Co-Author, “Client Alert: COVID-19 Claims – Single or Multiple Occurrences?,” Freeborn & Peters LLP (May 26, 2020).
Co-Author, “Client Alert: Reinsurance Implications of Politically Expanded COVID-19 Coverage,” Freeborn & Peters LLP, March 25, 2020.
Presenter, Negotiation Workshop, Brokers & Reinsurance Markets Association’s Committee Rendezvous (April 2019).