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 every in-between. Kerry is also a former hearing officer with the Texas Workforce Commission, having handled over 800 appeals related to unemployment insurance. Prior to starting the 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 7 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.

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 study of classical guitar. Kerry is a member of the State Bar of Texas Employment Section, the Texas Employment Lawyers Association as well as the Austin Bar Association Labor & Employment Section. 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 at every opportunity and has been involved in youth mentoring through the Seedling Foundation for 6 of the past 8 years. He has been married since 2001 and has three boys, and is still active as a musician and songwriter.

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