O'Brien & Smith Lawyers


Passion. Empathy. Diligence.



Patrick Gilbert Smith

LL.B. (Hons), B. Int. St., B.Ec., GDLP

Patrick has a steadfast work ethic which he utilises to ensure his clients get the results they deserve.

Patrick was born in Horsham and attended 298 Primary School and Horsham College before moving to Adelaide in 2007 to begin his tertiary studies. Keen to start a family in his home-town, Patrick joined the firm and returned to Horsham with his wife in January 2017.

Patrick is the current President of the Wimmera Law Association. He is also the author of ‘It’s the Law’, a regular column in the Weekly Advertiser. A number of his articles are available to view on our media page.



•High Court of Australia
•Supreme Court of South Australia



Denis James O'Brien

LL.B., B.Com

Denis has extensive experience in most areas of law but gives particular focus to the areas of commercial law, conveyancing and wills & estates.

Having practised law in Horsham for over 40 years, Denis has a deep understanding of the needs of the broader Horsham communities.

Denis consistently delivers exceptional results and proudly maintains a compassionate service to all of his clients.



•High Court of Australia
•Supreme Court of Victoria



Lauren Maree Emblem


Lauren was born and raised in Sydney. She began her tertiary studies in 2013 at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. She relocated with her family to the Mallee in November 2017 and joined O’Brien Lawyers (as it was then known) in 2018. Lauren practises mainly in the area of family law and estate planning. Lauren is detail oriented and focussed on achieving the best outcome for her clients.



•High Court of Australia
•Supreme Court of Victoria


Practice Manager

Lee Elliott

Lee began her career as a medical receptionist and has moved through a variety of positions that have kept her constantly in touch with members of the local community. Lee has superior organisational skills which she has utilised to ensure our office works as efficiently as possible.  Her bright and outgoing personality, along with her determination that clients receive the best service, means that Lee is an invaluable member of the team.



Jenny Haebich

Jenny joined the practice in January 2019 already with decades of experience as a law clerk. Jenny prides herself on providing an efficient, courteous and professional service which means that you can relax knowing you are in safe hands when you trust O'Brien & Smith Lawyers with your property transfer matter.


Law Clerk

Jasmine Kerr

Located at our reception, Jasmine will usually be the first face you will see when you enter our offices. Jasmine's diligence ensures our clients are always well looked after.



Jo Sherry

Jo is an experienced Estate Clerk in with advanced time management skills. Jo works diligently to ensure that estate files are progressed as efficiently as possible.  


Law Clerk

Imogen Chesterfield

Imogen is a bright and articulate graduate of St Brigid's College Class of 2017. Imogen assists our solicitors in all areas of practice and is a warm and enthusiastic presence in the office.