About Kerry

The lawyer dedicated to Texas employees.

KVO.about2KERRY V. O’BRIEN is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, litigating cases at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels around the state for disputes under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act. Kerry is also a former administrative law judge with the Texas Workforce Commission, having handled over 800 appeals related to unemployment insurance. Prior to starting the law firm, Kerry served as a litigation attorney and city prosecutor through a law firm for many cities around central Texas, including Leander, Kyle, Manor, Jonestown, and Lago Vista.

Since August 2008, Kerry has been in solo practice with O’Brien Law Firm PC, taking great pride and pleasure in representing Texas employees who need to leverage the value of a great lawyer.

Every year since 2011, Kerry has been a featured speaker on Employment Law for the annual People’s Law School, sponsored by the Austin Bar Association.

Kerry is a 2002 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, where he was active in trial advocacy, competition and study. He received his undergraduate degree from UT in Music Theory with study of classical guitar. Kerry is a member of the State Bar of Texas Employment Section, the Texas Employment Lawyers Association as well as the Austin Bar Association Employment Section. He is licensed to practice in all Texas state trial and appeals courts, all four Texas federal court districts and our local federal appeals circuit court. Kerry volunteers to judge mock trial and debate competitions at every opportunity and has been involved in youth mentoring through the Seedling Foundation for 6 of the past 8 years. He has been married since 2001 and has three boys, and is still active as a musician and songwriter.

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“Inside the Mind of a TWC Hearing Officer”

On May 7, 2014, Kerry O’Brien was the featured speaker for the Austin Bar Association Labor & Employment Law group’s monthly meeting, speaking to local employee and employer attorneys on the Texas Workforce Commission appeals process. As a TWC hearing officer, Kerry handled over 800 appeals on unemployment benefits. Now, for the past six years […]

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Kerry O’Brien serves as judge for Irish festival

On March 29, 2014, Kerry O’Brien served as one of three community judges for the 10th annual Austin Rose of Tralee Festival, held at the Fado Irish pub in downtown Austin. The Rose of Tralee festival is an international festival that has been based out of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland since 1959. Every year for […]

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