Lynn O'Brien began working in the field of immigration in 1997 prior to attending law school. Her first professional job in the immigration field was with McNary, Morris, & Smalley. Mr. Gene McNary was the former commissioner of the Immigration & Naturalization Service. He was appointed to that position by President George H.W. Bush.
After law school, Ms. O'Brien worked at a boutique immigration law firm in Washington, DC representing multinational corporations. She also began to author publications on the use of E-Verify. (NOTE: E-Verify may become mandatory for every company with the passage of comprehensive immigration reform). Ms. O'Brien also founded the Immigration Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and served as its first Chair. Ms. O'Brien left her position at that DC immigration law firm to take a position working on a project at USCIS (the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services). In this position, she worked closely with USCIS adjudicators and leadership, including representatives of most directorates within UCSIS.
Formerly, Lynn was a partner at the law firm of Orner & O'Brien, LLC located just outside of Washington, DC, where she handled business immigration matters as well as family based green card and nautralization cases.
Currently, Lynn is an attorney with Berry Appleman & Leiden in McLean, Virginia.
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I have known Lynn for more than 15 years, having gone to college and later law school together. Lynn's knowledge of immigration law and practice is superb. For my business clients, if there is ever a question about immigration or work authorization, Lynn is my first and only call.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Plato Papps Summer Scholar||Columbus School of Law Catholic University of America||2001|
|Sutherland Cup National Team||Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America||2001|
|Cum Laude||University of Maryland||1997|
|Elected for Membership||Phi Beta Kappa||1997|
|Managing Partner||Orner & O'Brien, LLC||2012 - 2014|
|Senior Consultant||USCIS Transformation Project||2009 - 2012|
|Associate Attorney||Trow & Rahal||2006 - 2009|
|Corporate Attorney||Interstate Dairy Queen Corporation||2005 - 2006|
|Associate Attorney||Baker & Gaffigan||2003 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association DC Chapter||USCIS Washington District Office Liaison Committee, Vice-Chair||2013 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association, Membership Committee||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association, Immigration Law Committee||Past Chair||2010 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association, Immigration Section||Chair||2007 - 2009|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)||N/A||2006 - 2009|
|H-1B for startup company||Approval|
|Appeal of green card denial||Case was approved|
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|Technically Baltimore||Immigration Innovation Act: U.S. Senate bill ‘I-Squared’ focused on STEM pipeline for reform||2013|
|JD Supra||Pieces of Immigration Reform Relevant to Employers, H-1B Visa Holders & Seekers, Entrepreneurs & Students,||2013|
|Technically Baltimore||Startup Act 3.0: how does this federal legislation encourage immigrant entrepreneurs?||2013|
|Technically Baltimore||124k H-1B immigration visa requests for 85k spots shows reform needed||2013|
|American Immigration, LLC (ILW.com)||Should Employers Sign Up for E-Verify?||2009|
|Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law||Law||N/A||2003|
|University of Maryland at College Park||Government and Politics||N/A||1997|
|International Students at UMBC||Visa Options After Graduation||2013|
|International Students||H-1 Visas and Green Cards||2012|