Robert O’Brien is the partner-in-charge of the Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration, including intellectual property, entertainment and complex business disputes for Fortune 500 corporations, privately held companies and individuals. He also has significant private practice and government experience in international legal matters.
Robert has defended, in motion practice and through jury trial, corporate clients in breach of contract, fraud, breach of implied contract, right of publicity, copyright, trademark and employment cases. He has also obtained preliminary injunctions and significant settlements in high-profile infringement cases on behalf of intellectual property rights holders.
Robert has represented both domestic and foreign-based companies in complex transnational litigation and arbitration cases involving breaches of joint-venture agreements, construction and oil and gas matters, among other areas. He has obtained several multimillion dollar settlements in such cases.
He has served as counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitration and foreign claims proceedings. Robert is on the panel of neutrals for the International Center for Dispute Resolution/American Arbitration Association as well as several other international panels. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the United States Department of State’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan.
President George W. Bush nominated and the US Senate confirmed Robert as the US Alternate Representative to the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which met in New York 2005-2006. In addition to his other duties as a US delegate, he addressed the General Assembly on the question of Palestine and represented the United States in the General Assembly’s Sixth Committee, which considered the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.
Robert served as a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Army Reserve. In 1990, he was a judicial extern-clerk to the Honorable J.P. Vukasin Jr. in the Northern District of California.