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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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  • Matthew Scott Johnston

    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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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Berry Appleman & Leiden, LLP

7901 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA

Orner & O'Brien, LLC

10411 Motor City Drive
Suite 500
Bethesda, MD, 20817



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Plato Papps Summer ScholarColumbus School of Law Catholic University of America2001
Sutherland Cup National TeamColumbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America2001
Cum LaudeUniversity of Maryland1997
Elected for MembershipPhi Beta Kappa1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerOrner & O'Brien, LLC2012 - 2014
Senior ConsultantUSCIS Transformation Project2009 - 2012
Associate AttorneyTrow & Rahal2006 - 2009
Corporate AttorneyInterstate Dairy Queen Corporation2005 - 2006
Associate AttorneyBaker & Gaffigan2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association DC ChapterUSCIS Washington District Office Liaison Committee, Vice-Chair2013 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Membership CommitteeMember2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)N/A2012 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Immigration Law CommitteePast Chair2010 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Immigration SectionChair2007 - 2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)N/A2006 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
H-1B for startup companyApproval
Appeal of green card denialCase was approved
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawLaw2003
University of Maryland, College ParkGovernment and PoliticsBachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
International Students at UMBCVisa Options After Graduation2013
International StudentsH-1 Visas and Green Cards2012