Community Involvement

The O'Brien Law Firm influencing the community.

Charitable Donations of Attorney Fees

Either way, we want good things to come from a bad situation. One of the ways we now make this happen is by donating a portion of our contingency attorney fees on non-referral-fee cases to a local charity, usually around 5%. Our clients often choose the charity that receives the donation. Between January 2017 and January 2018, this allowed the O’Brien Law Firm to make special donations of over $12,000 to very worthy organizations in Austin and Dallas, including Caritas of Austin, VNA Meals on Wheels, the Seedling Foundation, Austin LifeCare, and the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center. Our clients know that others’ needs are being met through their justice and that good things can come from a bad situation. And each client can also make the private decision on whether to make a donation of their own. While we donate to make others’ lives better, we find that giving to others makes our lives better as well.

The firm is also a regular financial supporter of CRU, the Navy-Marines Relief Society, the Semper Fi Fund, Refugee Services of Central Texas, and WorldVision.

 Community Activism for Public Accountability

We also believe in the power of attorneys to make a better community. In April 2013, the Travis County District Attorney was arrested for DWI (3x the legal limit), coupled with an uncooperative and threatening attitude toward the arresting officers. In response, Kerry filed the initial lawsuit to remove her from office under state law. Despite the fact that over 300 Austin lawyers filed a statement in court disagreeing with Kerry’s position, Kerry continued to lead the public charge to make the case on why she needed to be removed or resign. To Kerry, this was an issue of integrity and public safety that required a strong community response. You can read more about that saga here. Kerry intends to be active in the future with using the power of his law license to ensure that our public officials (regardless of party) are held to high standards of honesty, transparency, and ethics.

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O’Brien Law Firm settles overtime claim for CAD drafter

One job position commonly treated as exempt from overtime, but which appears to be non-exempt under the law (must be paid overtime pay), is a CAD (computer-aided design) drafter. CAD drafters typically use programs such as AutoCAD, IntelliCAD, and Siemens Solid Edge. While CAD drafters typically work on technical designs for complex machinery and structures, […]

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O’Brien Law Firm files suit for unpaid quarterly bonus

On May 18, 2022, the O’Brien Law Firm filed suit in a Travis County court on behalf of a former employee of an Austin-based technology startup geared towards governmental entities. The employee was laid off, but the company failed to pay his promised bonus for the 4th Quarter of 2021. At first, the employee’s manager […]

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