O'Brien Law LLC is a client-centric law firm specializing in human resources legal support. From talent acquisition from abroad (business immigration), employee handbook and policy development, advice in support of claims avoidance in employee discipline, termination, layoff and severance situations, to defense of government audits and employee claims, our focus is to help you accomplish your business objectives when your human resources concerns need legal support.

As a human resources law firm with a deep background in both employment law and business immigration law, O'Brien Law offers something many attorneys in either specialty do not: an integrated approach to your human resources legal support needs that anticipates and addresses both of these interrelated human resources issues.

Every Day, We Fiercely Dedicate Ourselves to:

  • Listening to our clients’ business objectives when presented with a human resources legal need.

  • Practicality in structuring our legal advice so that it not simply incorporates legal compliance – but also helps to accomplish the goals of your business.

  • Availability to rapidly respond to urgent needs, and to the often fast-changing circumstances of human resources concerns.

  • Legal Acumen to develop proportional responses to human resources legal needs, from a light touch to an aggressive posture – and the experienced judgment to know which is most likely to succeed.

  • Sensitivity to the unpredictable nature of human resources interactions in order to craft legal solutions flexibly, with an understanding that one size does not fit all.

  • Success defined as meeting our clients’ business objectives, not the all-too-common opposite of meeting the lawyer’s business objective of maximizing billings.

  • Become a client and experience responsively delivered solutions to your human resources legal needs.



      O'Brien Law LLC works with HR executives and professionals, in-house counsel, business owners, and other key personnel to serve the human resources legal needs of employers large and small, in all industries. Based in Alexandria, Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C., we serve business clients nationwide.

      Our expertise covers the range of human resources law, including:

    • Talent Acquisition from Abroad (business immigration)

    • E-1/E-2 Visas for Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors

    • E-3 Visas for Professionals from Australia

    • H-1B Visas for Professionals

    • H-1B1 Visas for Professionals from Chile and Singapore

    • H-2B Visas for Nonagricultural Temporary Workers

    • L-1 Intra-Company Transfer Visas

    • O-1 Visas for persons of Extraordinary Ability

    • TN Visas for Professionals from Canada and Mexico

    • U.S. Permanent Residence Sponsorship Based on Employment (EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Visas)

    • Employment Authorization

    • Advance Parole

    • Reentry Permits

    • U.S. Citizenship Applications

    • Employment policy development

    • Employee Handbook, initial drafting or legal compliance review

    • Employee onboarding guidance and legal review of documentation

    • Wage and Hour compliance

    • Personnel action guidance and documentation

    • Workplace training

    • HR legal Compliance friendly audits

    • Workplace internal investigations

    • Defense of Government Investigations and Audits of the Workplace

    • Separation guidance, including individual terminations, layoffs, severance, and release of claims agreements



        James J. O'Brien

        Founding Member

        (202) 467-2470

        Jim O’Brien is Founding Member of O’Brien Law LLC. Jim is an accomplished counselor in the area of human resources law to business executives in operations, management and human resources.