Kerry O’Brien

Texas Board Certified in Representing Employees.

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KERRY V. O’BRIEN is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, litigating work injury cases at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels from El Paso to Amarillo to Houston, and everywhere in-between. Kerry is also a former unemployment hearing officer with the Texas Workforce Commission, and is considered the go-to lawyer for unemployment regulations questions and insight by many employment lawyers around the state. Just prior to starting this law firm, Kerry served as a litigation attorney and city prosecutor through a law firm for many cities around central Texas, including Leander, Kyle, Manor, Jonestown, and Lago Vista.
For the past 10 years, Kerry has been in solo practice with the O’Brien Law Firm, taking great pride and pleasure in representing Texas employees who need to leverage the value of a great lawyer in their employment disputes. He is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
From 2011-2014, Kerry was the featured speaker on Employment Law for the annual People’s Law School, sponsored by the Austin Bar Association. In May 2014, he presented “In the Mind of a TWC Hearing Officer” to the Labor & Employment Section of the Austin Bar. In January 2016, he spoke at an employment law conference in Dallas on “Winning Unemployment Appeals” to attorneys from around the state. In April 2016, he presented at the 2016 Texas Poverty Law Conference in Austin to lawyers from around the state who help low-income Texans, on how to win unemployment appeals. In September 2018, Kerry participated as the “employee’s attorney perspective” on an ethics panel presentation with the Austin Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, about properly identifying and handling client representation issues in the context of employment law matters.
Kerry is a 2002 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, where he was active in trial advocacy, competition, and study. He received his undergraduate degree from UT in Music Theory with a concentration on classical guitar performance, studying with Adam Holzman. (Kerry can still play Stairway to Heaven, but will not do so on demand, sorry.)
Kerry is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, the State Bar of Texas Employment Law Section, the Texas Employment Lawyers Association, and the Austin Bar Association’s Labor & Employment and Solo/Small Firm Sections.

He is licensed to practice in all Texas state trial and appeals courts, all four Texas federal court districts, and our local federal appeals circuit court. Kerry volunteers to judge mock trial and debate competitions when he can. For 6 years, he was a youth mentor for children with a parent in prison through the Seedling Foundation, and still continues to support that great organization. Kerry has been married since 2001 and has three boys, and is still active as a musician and songwriter, and is scheduled to release an 8-song album in December 2018.

The firm is a regular financial supporter of CRU, the Navy-Marines Relief Society, the Semper Fi Fund, Refugee Services of Central Texas, the ACLU, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and WorldVision. Using the firm’s successes to help great organizations in the community and the world is one way to make good things come from bad situations. That’s the goal with every client that Kerry helps.

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O’Brien Law Firm helps company VP win $425,000 award in arbitration over breached employment agreement

On August 14, 2020, an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association issued an Interim Award for the firm’s client, for over $376,000. The arbitrator subsequently increased the award to over $425,000 for attorney fees and costs. The firm’s client is a former VP for Revolution Insurance Technologies, Inc., an Austin-based insurance tech company. Then-company president […]

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O’Brien Law Firm protects exploited H1-B visa worker at trial

On January 6, 2020, the O’Brien Law Firm represented an H-1B visa worker from India, who was being sued by Texas-based company Software Global, in a trial in Travis County Court-at-Law No. 2. It appears that Software Global has been engaging in a pattern of promising a job in the United States to Indian workers, […]

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