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O’Brien gets client $27K in unpaid salary from former employer

In early 2021, after filing for an arbitration with a national arbitration organization, the O’Brien Law Firm obtained a $40,000 settlement of an employee’s claim for unpaid compensation from their former employer, with the employee pocketing $27K after fees and expenses. The client paid nothing out of the client’s pocket to the firm to handle […]

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O’Brien gets client $70K in back compensation from former employer

In early 2021, after filing for an arbitration with a national arbitration organization, the O’Brien Law Firm obtained a $100,000 settlement of an employee’s claim for unpaid compensation from their former employer, with the employee pocketing $70K after fees and expenses. The client paid nothing out of the client’s pocket to the firm to handle […]

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O’Brien Law Firm helps firefighter get $130K settlement for termination

The O’Brien Law Firm has been representing a former firefighter for a Highland Lakes-area city in Austin federal court, over his claim that he was terminated by the city in violation of his rights under the USERRA – the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act – in connection with his military service and frequent […]

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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. The then-company […]

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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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O’Brien Law Firm wins $504,000 jury verdict for former company sales VP

On October 17, 2019, Kerry O’Brien, with the help of Lance Cawthon of Cawthon Law, P.L.L.C., won a $504,000 jury verdict against a company in favor of the company’s former VP of Business Development, in a Waco federal courtroom, after a three-day jury trial, on a breach of contract claim for unpaid commissions. O’Brien and Cawthon […]

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Federal court grants overtime claim notice to 145 Etech Global Services employees

On June 13, 2019, Judge Jane Boyle of the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, granted the O’Brien Law Firm’s request (working with co-counsel Kay Goggin of the Goggin Law Firm of Dallas) to send “notice to participate” to 300 current and former Etech chat representative employees who […]

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Kerry O’Brien selected for Leadership Academy

On December 14, 2019, board certified employment attorney Kerry O’Brien was selected to participate in the 2019 Austin Bar Association Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is dedicated to helping Austin lawyers selected to the program connect with and serve their community and each other in high-quality ways. The group will be working on fundraising for […]

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Kerry O’Brien represents the employee lawyer’s perspective on ethics panel

On September 5, 2018, board-certified employment attorney Kerry O’Brien participated as the “employee lawyer’s perspective” for the “Who is the client?” presentation to the Austin Bar Association Labor & Employment Section. The panel discussion with Kerry and three employer-side attorneys discussed the ethical considerations involved in determining when someone is, and is not, a “client.” […]

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O’Brien Law Firm wins some at trial, continues fighting for the rest

In a two-day trial to the bench on September 11-12, 2017, the O’Brien Law Firm presented its client’s case in a federal trial to the bench in Civil Action No. 4:16-cv-00415, in the Southern District of Texas – Houston Division. The defendants are the legal entities and owners for a chain of car stereo retail stores […]

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O’Brien Law Firm collects $78,000 from irresponsible employer

On October 5, 2017, the O’Brien Law Firm obtained a final judgment against Toolmen Corporation of Georgetown, Texas, for $78,207.55 in lost wages and attorney fees for an engineer who was denied his full salary repeatedly over the course of a year’s time. That case was Cause No. 17-0619-CC2, in Williamson County Court-at-Law No. 2. After […]

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O’Brien Law Firm wins federal appeal for clients

In March 2014, O’Brien Law Firm helped two hard-working employees prevail against federal contractor Stobil Enterprises in San Antonio on claims of unpaid overtime pay and retaliation for filing an overtime complaint under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The federal jury and court awarded our clients over $60,000 in damages, attorneys fees and court costs […]

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O’Brien brings suit for overtime pay against nationwide property manager

On July 10, 2014, O’Brien Law Firm filed suit on behalf of property management company Greystar Partners Services, LP, for failing to pay a former assistant property manager all of her overtime pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. According to the complaint, the company failed to pay overtime in various ways, including requiring […]

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“Inside the Mind of a TWC Hearing Officer”

On May 7, 2014, Kerry O’Brien was the featured speaker for the Austin Bar Association Labor & Employment Law group’s monthly meeting, speaking to local employee and employer attorneys on the Texas Workforce Commission appeals process. As a TWC hearing officer, Kerry handled over 800 appeals on unemployment benefits. Now, for the past six years […]

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Kerry O’Brien serves as judge for Irish festival

On March 29, 2014, Kerry O’Brien served as one of three community judges for the 10th annual Austin Rose of Tralee Festival, held at the Fado Irish pub in downtown Austin. The Rose of Tralee festival is an international festival that has been based out of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland since 1959. Every year for […]

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O’Brien obtains significant judgment against fraudulent music promoter

On March 7, 2014, a Bell County judge awarded O’Brien Law Firm client and retired veteran Michael Williams a summary judgment against Atlanta music promoter Brian Clay for more than $661,000, including $171,000 in attorney fees. In late 2011 and early 2012, Williams invested $263,500 in two concerts to be arranged and promoted by Clay […]

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Federal Court awards overtime to O’Brien client

On February 28, 2014, federal Judge Sam Sparks awarded an O’Brien Law Firm client $36,900 for unpaid overtime wages and liquidated damages.  The client worked as a short-haul truck driver for the employer for many years, and was paid on a per-load basis.  Unfortunately for the employer, the driver was not exempt from the provisions […]

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O’Brien educates the public on employment law

On February 22, 2014, Kerry O’Brien was the selected speaker for the People’s Law School at the UT School of Law to educate the general public on the rights of employees in Texas. The engaging presentation covered practical issues for employees, such as discrimination, retaliation, what it means to work in a hostile work environment, […]

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