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Attorney Michael Patrick O'Brien Named One Of The Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in America


Human Resource Executive magazine and Lawdragon, an online legal news and lawyer-ranking site, have named Jones Waldo attorney Michael Patrick O’Brien as one of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in America.” Recognized as one of the top 100 employment attorneys in the country and as the only lawyer in Utah to earn the recognition, O’Brien was selected on the basis of evaluations by clients and peers, his experience, and the review and vetting of dozens of journalists, lawyers and researchers. This is the third year the two organizations have collaboratively published this list, which appeared in the June 16 issue of the magazine.

O’Brien is an experienced and accomplished employment attorney, media lawyer and courtroom litigator. He consistently receives the highest possible peer reviews from rating services like Martindale - Hubbell (AV rating) and Chambers USA. The Utah State Bar named him as its Employment Lawyer of the Year, and Utah Business Magazine has annually named him one of Utah’s Legal Elite.

O’Brien partners with employers in many industries to prevent and solve employment problems. He counsels employers on how to minimize and manage risks, including those involving: civil rights, discrimination, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), harassment, retaliation, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), payment of wages, overtime pay and exemptions, employee benefits, drug and alcohol testing, workplace violence, affirmative action, unemployment compensation, employee misconduct, investigations, unions, employment contracts, defamation, torts, mediation, arbitration and more. He also represents employers when disputes become lawsuits. He has successfully handled hundreds of cases before trial courts, juries, arbitrators, mediators and appeals courts.

O’Brien is also a recognized media and First Amendment lawyer. He assists news and publishing organizations in obtaining access to places and records and in minimizing risks of defamation, invasion of privacy, tort and other matters related to publishing. His clients have included The Salt Lake Tribune, CNN, the Deseret News, the Associated Press, Newsweek, KUTV News and KSL-TV and radio.