Hon. Heather K. O'Brien See Rating Details

County Court
Osceola County
9th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.7 - 4 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   9.0 - 2 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Heather K. O'Brien



Comment #: FL6237
Beyond fair and knows the law. She was very respectful to everyone in her courtroom. She even questioned the District Attorney when she felt offers were not consistent.


Comment #: FL6205
One of the best young judges in the State of Florida. An absolute pleasure to be in front of a judge that is always prepared and evenhanded in all that she does.


Comment #: FL6199
Judge O'Brien is extremely knowledgeable, well prepared and unbiased. She is an asset to the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL6196
Judge O'Brien is an excellent judge. She is extremely smart and well versed in the law. She does her own research and is always prepared for pretrial matters as well as for trial. She runs a very efficient courtroom. She is fair in her sentencing and treats everyone with respect. Based on her written orders, you can tell that some gives considerable thought to both arguments and always makes a fair ruling based on the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL6191
As a criminal defense attorney who has practiced before this judge many times, I feel qualified to make the unbiased opinion that Judge Heather O’Brien is extremely patient, very knowledgeable in law, and compassionate to both the victim and my clients.
She is adept and fully receptive in listening to both sides before making a decision, regardless of small or large the action may lead to.
I feel confident when I have a case assigned to her bench that my client will receive a fair hearing without the preconceived dread concerning what my client is allegedly accused of.
Finally, the Judge’s empathy and sympathy for both sides is only eclipsed by her legal knowledge. Judge O’Brien is skillful and efficient when deciding on objections, motions and even complicated matters such as incompetency hearings.
You can feel confident in her courtroom that every aspect will be a thoughtful and careful decision.


Comment #: FL6163
Rating:Not Rated
Judge O'Brien is a fair Judge. She listens to all parties and runs one of the most efficent courtroom in the Ninth Circuit .

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4006
No compassion. Makes up lies as she goes without warrant. Goes out of her way to destroy families. Will not listen to defense at all. Never encountered such a mean-spirited, cold and biased judge in my life. Appointed, not elected. Running for appellate court. Please citizens of Osceola do not vote for her. You do not want someone like that on the bench. A disgrace to the legal profession and even to the constitution of the United States.