Mr. O’Brien is a dedicated associate attorney with experience counseling businesses with employment law issues and advocating for clients in commercial disputes and litigation. His broad range of experience includes representing clients in commercial litigation involving automotive supplier disputes, noncompetition agreements, employment discrimination, trade secret misappropriation, and complex contract disputes. As a fourth-year associate, Mr. O’Brien has managed cases from inception to resolution to clients’ satisfaction.
Mr. O’Brien has broad range of experience in a variety of civil litigation and business disputes. He has worked on cases during all stages of litigation, including injunction proceedings, in state and federal courts, and in alternative dispute resolution. Mr. O’Brien represents clients in various stages of litigation and has significant experience conducting legal research, handling discovery matters, and drafting pleadings and motions, including dispositive and pretrial motions. Mr. O’Brien also provides tailored legal advice on employment issues, including navigation through the COVID-19 pandemic, to a variety of local and multi-state businesses.
Before joining HHBJS, Mr. O’Brien interned for Federal District Judge Gerald E. Rosen in the Eastern District of Michigan during the Summer of 2016. During his time in Judge Rosen’s chambers, he analyzed complex jurisdictional issues and assisted with ERISA and employment discrimination cases. Before graduating law school, Mr. O’Brien also worked with Whirlpool Corporation’s legal team in Benton Harbor, Michigan. During his time there, he helped navigate Whirlpool through employment discrimination and contract disputes as well as update Whirlpool’s non-compete and confidentiality agreements for new and promoted employees.
Throughout his undergraduate and law school career, Mr. O’Brien worked for and managed a research project at the University of Michigan Law School called The Probate Project. During his six years there, he led a team of undergraduate and law school researchers to determine the effects of each states’ legal regimes, tax rules, and economic conditions on testamentary choices. During his three years of law school, Mr. O’Brien commuted on the weekends to Ann Arbor to help create and finish one of the country’s largest collections of testamentary rules and documents. In 2014 during his senior year at the University of Michigan, Mr. O’Brien interned for Speaker Jase Bolger in the Office of the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives where he was one of the first interns to work on and speak on the House floor during session. He graduated from Detroit Catholic Central in 2010.
Awards & Recognition
2014 Bob Waldron Scholarship Award Winner at the University of Michigan