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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 November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.