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Ms. O'Brien represents public and private sector employers in numerous areas including collective bargaining negotiations, union election campaigns, drafting and implementation of harassment and discrimination prevention programs, drafting and implementation of non-competition and other restrictive covenant agreements, drug testing policy and practice issues, grievance handling and arbitrations, and compliance obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Workers' Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and all other state, federal and local employment and labor laws.
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Illinois Supreme Court
Year of Birth: 1964
Law School: The John Marshall Law School,J.D., 1989
Law School Honors/Involvement: Editorial board, John Marshall Law Review
Undergraduate School: Western Illinois University, B.S., law enforcement administration, 1986
Upon graduation from law school, Ms. O'Brien joined Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin and Tominberg, Ltd. in 1989.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Ms. O'Brien has served as chairperson of the Labor and Employment Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association (2003-04) and chairperson of the Committee on Mentoring (2007-08). Ms. O'Brien is a past co-chair and she is currently an Executive Committee member of the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women. She has served as past event coordinator of the "Women Everywhere: Partners in Service" Project, a community service project involving 500 lawyers and judges who devoted their time to women in need in the community. She is also serves on the board of governors of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago, the board of directors of the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, the advisory board of the Children's Oncology Services, Inc. (COSI), and the board of directors of the Women's Leadership Exchange.
Ms. O'Brien is an adjunct faculty member of Loyola School of Law, where she teaches employment discrimination law.