Kerry V. O’Brien

Representing employees, executives, and independent contractors in Texas compensation and contract disputes.

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I’m Kerry O’Brien, a former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and a former hearing officer for the Texas Workforce Commission. I also previously served as a city prosecutor and assistant city attorney for a group of cities around Austin.

Since 2008, I have been running the O’Brien Law Firm, taking great pride and pleasure in representing employees, executives, and independent contractors who need the leverage of a strong and experienced lawyer in their Texas employment compensation and contract disputes. Our firm is dedicated to helping our clients recover unpaid commissions, bonuses, executive compensation, equity, and overtime. We also step in to protect employees in contract disputes with their former employers, such as non-competition and trade secret disputes. I continuously study ways to get my clients their best results for all of these types of disputes. 

I have been Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2016. That means that I have demonstrated expert-level knowledge and substantial courtroom experience in the employment law arena. In 2023, Thomson Reuters selected me as a 2023 Super Lawyer.

For 4 years, I was the featured instructor on Employment Law for the annual People’s Law School, sponsored by the Austin Bar Association. I have spoken to many lawyer and public groups on employment law issues through the years, and enjoy educating employees, executives, and independent contractors on their legal rights and obligations so that they can make the best decisions to improve their professional lives.

I am a 2002 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, one of the top 20 law schools in the nation, where I was active in mock trial competitions that taught me how to win cases at trial before I even began practicing law in the real world. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory with a concentration in classical guitar from UT Austin’s Butler School of Music. These days, I still perform and record as a musician.

To stay connected with my great colleagues around my city and state, I’m a member of the Texas Bar Foundation (which is by invitation only), 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. I’m licensed to practice in all Texas state trial and appeals courts, all four Texas federal court districts, and the 5th Circuit federal court of appeals.

For 7 years, I was a youth mentor for children with a parent in prison through the Seedling Foundation, and still continue to financially support that great organization today.

My law firm is also a monthly financial supporter of CRU, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, the Semper Fi Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Austin Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community First Austin homing initiative, and WorldVision. Using the firm’s successes for its clients to help great organizations in the community and the world is one way to make good things come from difficult situations. That’s a goal with every client that we help.

  • Phone: (512) 410-1960

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O’Brien files second lawsuit against Equifax for unpaid sales commissions

On May 13, 2024, the O’Brien Law Firm filed a second lawsuit on behalf of a former sales representative for Equifax, for over $356K in unpaid commissions. After the federal government passed the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Equifax saw an opportunity to help companies audit their records to identify […]

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O’Brien Law Firm files suit against Nathan L. Teinert and Graystone Enterprises for trying to slither out of paying a business broker his $120K rightfully-earned claimed commission

On May 14, 2024, the O’Brien Law Firm filed suit against Nathan L. Teinert of Montgomery, Texas, and his legal entity Graystone Enterprises, on behalf of the firm’s client, T.F., a business broker who brokered the sale of an oil-and-gas equipment rental company on behalf of Teinert/Graystone. As alleged in the lawsuit: Teinert engaged T.F. […]

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