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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.