Department of Public Policy
A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Connecticut School of Law, George O’Brien has practiced labor and employment law for more than forty years. His law practice focuses on labor-management relations and employment litigation for clients in healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, higher education and state and municipal government. He negotiates collective bargaining agreements, advises about complex labor issues and tries cases in state and federal court and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and numerous arbitrators.
In January 2007 George helped found the Connecticut office of Littler Mendelson, P.C. Littler is the largest law firm in the world exclusively devoted to representing management in employment, employee benefits and labor law matters. George served for nine years as the office’s original managing shareholder.
In addition to practicing employment law at Littler Mendelson, George teaches graduate courses in collective bargaining and labor relations as an adjunct professor in the Public Policy Department at UConn. He is a longtime member of the New Haven Inn of Court and the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. He has also served on the boards of Connecticut nonprofit organizations involved with the arts, education, legal services and charitable activities.