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Paul C. O’Bryan

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Practice Areas:

  • Probate/Estate Administration
  • Probate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Mediation


Paul C. O’Bryan joined Tilford, Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC in 2022, where he focuses his practice on assisting people in the areas of Probate, Probate litigation, Estate Planning and Family Law. Paul is also a court-approved and certified mediator.

 Prior to joining TD&S, Paul spent 21 years with a small Dixie Highway firm gaining experience in drafting simple and complex estate plans, wills, trust, Power of Attorneys, Deeds and contracts. In District Courts, Paul regularly assisted clients with Guardianships, Probate Administration, Will Challenges and other Probate litigation. He prosecuted Divorces, Domestic Violence Orders, Mediation, Custody and Child Support actions as well as Pre-Divorce Mediation in Family Courts. Paul has experience in Circuit Courts with civil litigation and appeals.

 Paul has written manuals and lectured on various topics, including the Probate Process and Elder Law to attorneys and other professional groups. Paul has also donated his time and legal services to individuals and groups such as GuardiaCare, the Access Center Partnership and Louisville Bar Association. In his spare time, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters (and two dogs!) as well as home renovation projects and mountain biking.  


  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D.
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • B.S.
    • Major: Management
    • Minor: International Business

Bar Admission

  • Supreme Court of Kentucky, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2000
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Kentucky, 2000


  • Donated Legal Services Award, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006
  • Continuing Legal Education Award, 2004 and 2005
  • Kentucky Colonel

Classes & Seminars

  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute
  • Estate Administration from Start to Finish, National Business Institute
  • Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid, National Business Institute
  • Resolving Legal, Financial and Medicaid Issues in Elderlaw, National Business Institute

Past Positions

  • O’Bryan & O’Bryan, Partner, 2000 to 2022

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity
  • University of Louisville Alumni Association
  • St. Xavier High School Alumni Association

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney
  • Certified Mediator