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Mr. O'Brien

James O'Brien

Founding Member, O'Brien Law LLC

James Joseph O'Brien is Founding Member of O'Brien Law LLC. Mr. O'Brien is an accomplished counselor to business executives in operations, management and human resources with respect to all areas of U.S. business immigration law.

Mr. O'Brien represents national and international clients in establishing corporate visa programs and accomplishing the lawful hiring in the United States of human resources talent from abroad, with maximum speed and cost-efficiency. He is also well-accomplished in achieving U.S. permanent residence (green card) and citizenship status.

Mr. O'Brien possesses wide experience with respect to the defense of I-9 audits by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), H-2B visa audits by the Department of Labor, and site-visits by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He also provides counsel to businesses on measures which employers can take to avoid or limit exposure by proactively being prepared for such audits.

The distinguishing feature of Mr. O'Brien's counsel to businesses is a highly practical, outcome-based approach within the bounds of the law - "the shortest route to daylight."

Mr. O'Brien presents both webinars and seminars on business immigration issues from the business operations, management and human resources perspective, including such topics as the universe of viable U.S. business immigration visa types (both temporary and permanent residence), I-9 and E-Verify compliance, and emerging trends in government enforcement. He has been a featured speaker for conferences held by various industry associations.

Mr. O'Brien holds a Juris Doctor degree from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a member of the Bar of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. O'Brien is also a member of the American Bar Association, and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

In service to others, Mr. O'Brien dedicates substantial time to volunteering as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Christian Relief Services Charities, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving the charitable needs of Native Americans, domestic and international relief, and housing for low income Americans, through its programs Running Strong for American Indian Youth, Bread & Water for Africa, and Americans Helping Americans.

Please visit http://www.obhrlaw.com for more information.

Mr. O'Brien can be contacted at +1 202-467-2470 or jim@obhrlaw.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.