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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. He 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 202-467-2470 or jim@obhrlaw.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.