D.J. O’Brien’s practice is constantly evolving to advise and represent employers in commercial litigation, employment law, and regulatory enforcement actions. He has deep experience in all levels of federal and state appellate and trial courts in North Carolina, including the N.C. Business Court.
D.J. represents businesses in a variety of employment-related litigation cases, including discrimination and wage-and-hour claims, before state and federal agencies and courts. He has worked with companies in a broad variety of industries, including technology companies and franchises. D.J. also advises employers on creating appropriate employee policies and procedures and the best way to communicate those policies with workers.
D.J. represents businesses and individuals in a range of sophisticated business disputes, including litigation involving the False Claims Act , securities, real estate, and shareholder disputes.
D.J. represents executives and companies who are under criminal or regulatory scrutiny concerning their business practices. He has extensive experience conducting sensitive internal investigations for companies, big and small, in a wide-range of practice areas, including banking, health care, and securities.
As part of his criminal and civil litigation practice, D.J. regularly represents individuals and corporations from a variety of industries, including the health care, construction, and technology sectors, in claims asserted under the False Claims Act.
Member, Greensboro Police Community Review Board, 2016-present
Member, Board of Directors, Greensboro Rotary Club, 2015-present
Member, Board of Trustees, AbolitionNC, 2017-present
Member, Our Lady of Grace Church Finance Council, 2015-present
Secretary, Federal Bar Association, Middle District of North Carolina Chapter, 2016-present
Youth Soccer Coach (YMCA), 2012-present
Member, Board of Directors, HandyCapable Network, Inc., 2013-2016
Member, Labor & Employment Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Labor & Employment Law and Litigation Sections, American Bar Association
Member, Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court, 2003-06, 2008-10
Prior to law school, I worked for five years in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as a press secretary and legislative assistant. On Capitol Hill, I learned the importance of taking the complex and making it simple to understand. That’s often the key to success in litigation. We handle complicated cases, but I always strive to persuade by delivering a message or telling a story that compels the best result for my client.
When I’m not advocating for my clients, you can find me coaching youth soccer, serving in my church and community, and chasing my children around North Carolina’s beaches and mountains.