David P. O'Brien

Director of Career Development

A.B., Harvard University
J.D., Cornell University

Biographical Information: 

David P. O'Brien joined Georgia Law in 2011 as its director of Career Services. In this role, O'Brien is responsible for the management of the Office of Career Services, which includes overseeing on-campus and off-campus interview programs, administering fall and spring recruiting programs, maintaining a legal recruiting database and jobs board, providing career counseling and guidance to Georgia Law students and alumni, and promoting the school and its graduates in markets in the Southeast and beyond.

O'Brien comes to UGA with almost 20 years of experience as a practicing attorney in addition to having served as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he taught legal ethics and externship seminars.

He has represented individual and corporate clients in litigation in state and federal courts across the country, served as in-house counsel for a large financial services company and a major nonprofit, and has managed teams of professionals as a senior manager in a variety of settings.

O'Brien's areas of specialization include securities litigation, SEC enforcement matters, white collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation and international and domestic family abduction law.

He has served as chief counsel for the Missing Children Division of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; as senior vice president and chief litigation counsel for Wachovia Securities, the nation's third largest securities broker-dealer at the time; and as special counsel for the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, Calif., and Reston, Va.

O'Brien earned his bachelor's degree cum laude from Harvard College and his law degree cum laude from Cornell University Law School, where he was a notes editor for the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.