Timothy J. O’Brien has over 25 years of litigation experience. As a former prosecutor and in the course of his work in civil litigation, he has tried numerous cases before judges and juries. His practice focuses on the many issues confronting businesses and individuals in today’s litigious society including employment, information security and collegiate sports law issues.
Mr. O’Brien regularly handles a wide variety of employment issues including wrongful termination and discrimination claims, harassment claims, wage and hour claims, non-competition matters, theft of trade secrets and proprietary information, contract disputes, whistle blower and retaliation claims, OSHA violations, and labor law issues throughout New England. He handles matters on both an individual and class action basis. He also counsels employers on privacy and data security issues, training and polices as well as hiring and promotion decisions. He guides employers through employee performance, disciplinary and termination decisions. Mr. O’Brien provides training on employment law and information security topics and conducts internal audits and investigations. With cyber security issues becoming one of the most significant employment related concerns, Mr. O’Brien assists employers in implementing safeguards to protect against the theft or misappropriation of information by current and former employees and competitors.
Mr. O’Brien also advises universities and conferences on topics including Title IX, NCAA rules compliance, eligibility, coaches’ compensation, pay equity, harassment, hazing, and disability discrimination issues. He provides training for institutions and conferences on all sports and employment law subjects. He has participated in and moderated programs for the ABA, the NCAA, athletic conferences and educational institutions on many sports law topics involving athletic departments. He is an editor of a daily website focusing on topical collegiate sports business news and issues: www.collegesportsbusinessnews.com.
Mr. O'Brien is admitted to State and Federal Courts in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as to the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.