KERRY V. O’BRIEN is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, litigating cases at the administrative, trial and appellate levels around the state for disputes under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act. Kerry is also a former administrative law judge 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.
Since August 2008, Kerry has been in solo practice with O’Brien Law Firm PC, taking great pride and pleasure in representing individuals and small/medium-sized businesses in employment, commercial and other litigation-related disputes as well as advising businesses on sound, cost-saving employment practices. Apart from his management of individual cases, Kerry is currently the City Prosecutor for the city of Troy and counsel for the Sam Bass Fire Department in Round Rock.
In February 2012, Kerry was the featured speaker for both the Employment Law for Employers and Employment Law for Employees teaching presentations at the People’s Law School, sponsored by the Austin Bar Association.
Kerry is a 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, Litigation Section and Workers’ Compensation Section, as well as the Austin Bar Association and College of the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts and has been admitted to practice in all four Texas federal court districts. Kerry volunteers to judge mock trial competitions at every opportunity and has been involved in youth mentoring through the Seedling Foundation for 6 years.
The Seedling Foundation is a central Texas non-profit organization that focuses on mentoring children of incarcerated parents, campus beautification, and college admissions preparation and advising. Children with one or both parents in prison are at a much higher risk for one day finding themselves in prison than other children. Seedling serves as a fantastic opportunity to intervene in the child’s life and provide a consistent, positive role model and relationship. A Seedling mentor meets with their student during that student’s lunch period once a week during the school year. For such a small commitment, mentors can make such a difference. Anyone who is looking to influence an at-risk child in a strongly positive way should consider contacting Seedling to become a mentor.