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Michael Patrick O’Brien Named One of Nation’s 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys


In its sixth edition of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys,” Human Resource Executive magazine and online legal news and rankings site, Lawdragon, have named Michael Patrick O’Brien of Jones Waldo one of the nation’s 100 most powerful employment attorneys. And for the fourth year in a row, O’Brien was the only Utah attorney named to the list.

The selection process is rigorous and begins with the thousands of nominations that are reviewed and scrutinized. The vetting begins by Lawdragon’s staff of researchers, then by the nominee’s peers. Finally, each remaining attorney is vetted by an esteemed editorial advisory board.

O’Brien is a shareholder at Jones Waldo, one of Utah’s most enduring and prestigious law firms; he leads the Employment Law Practice Group and was the former chair of the Litigation department. In his work, he counsels employers on how to minimize and manage risks, including those involving: civil rights, discrimination, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), sexual harassment, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employee benefits, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), affirmative action, unemployment compensation, unfair labor practices, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), employment contracts, noncompetes, defamation, mediation and arbitration.

“Michael’s accolades and recognition are incredibly deserved and show the high caliber of work performed by the attorneys of Jones Waldo,” said firm president, Keven M. Rowe. “We share in his celebrations.”

The complete list of the Human Resource Executive top 100 most powerful employment attorneys in the United States can be viewed here. More information on Human Resource Executive magazine and Lawdragon can be found online. To read O’Brien’s perspective, visit his blog: Working and the Law.