Practice groups

Food and Beverage Industry

Insurance Law and Litigation

Medical Malpractice Defense

Toxic Tort

Transportation Law


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (1994)

Bowling Green State University, BSBA (1988)

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Melvin F. O'Brien


2001 Main Street, Suite 501
Wheeling, WV 26003-2854
T: 800-285-6382
D: 304-233-1022
F: 888-811-7144

Melvin F. O'Brien is a shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. and the Shareholder-in-Charge of the Steubenville and Wheeling offices. He concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation, health care law, product liability law, insurance coverage litigation, food and beverage industry, and transportation law, with a particular emphasis in personal injury litigation.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Litigation Counsel of America™, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • The Best Lawyers in America© since 2012:  Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Representative Matters:

Mr. O’Brien handles professional liability matters for lawyers, accountants, brokers, engineers, and insurance agents and advises them on best practices to use in order to avoid litigation. The types of cases he handles on a regular basis involve:

  • construction site injuries including both minor and catastrophic
  • litigation of numerous catastrophic losses involving commercial vehicles in federal and state courts both locally and nationally
  • matters involving occupational injuries in all industries for companies from big to small with a focus on deliberate intent actions in West Virginia
  • medical negligence matters for physicians and hospitals
  • premises liability matters for national companies
  • representation of volunteer fire departments across the state of West Virginia on injuries, accidents, and catastrophic loss

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Product Law:  What You Need to Know When a Claim is Filed Against Your Product” (Co-Presenter), Pennsylvania and West Virginia CLE, 11/13/2008
  • “West Virginia:  America’s Newest Marketplace for Workers’ Compensation” (Co-Presenter), 4/1/2008 webinar

Admissions and Licenses:

  • Ohio Bar Admission
  • West Virginia Bar Admission
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


  • Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Independent Insurance Agents of Ohio, Inc.
  • Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia, Inc.
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Ohio and West Virginia Trucking Associations
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce in West Virginia


  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1994), cum laude; Journal of Law and Health (Executive Editor 1993–1994)
  • B.S.B.A., Bowling Green State University (1988), Business Administration