George E. O'Brien represents and counsels employers on a wide variety of labor matters, including:

  • Collective bargaining
  • Unfair labor practice proceedings
  • Labor representation cases and elections
  • Grievances
  • Injunction proceedings
  • Arbitrations
  • Mediation
  • Union relationships
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Breach of contract
  • Discrimination claims
  • Jury trials

He appears in state and federal courts and represents management before the National Labor Relations Board and other administrative agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations, and the Connecticut Board of Mediation and Arbitration. He has handled claims arising under:

  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • The Connecticut Municipal Employee Relations Act
  • State and Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws
  • State and Federal Wage & Hour Laws

George recently argued at the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to have the court invalidate a controversial ruling of the National Labor Relations Board restricting the rights of employers to regulate employee conduct that is offensive to customers.

George tried the first federal court case in Connecticut involving a claim of sexual orientation discrimination, obtaining a defendant's judgment for a major insurance company. He represented a large Connecticut municipality in connection with the privatization of the town golf course, defeating union attempts to obtain a court injunction against the transaction. On behalf of a regional transportation company, he obtained a precedent-setting decision by the National Labor Relations Board defeating a union's successorship claim, and on behalf of an acute care hospital in New York he obtained multi-million dollar contract concessions from a registered nurses' union.

He won a defendant's verdict on behalf of a Connecticut acute care hospital in a jury trial involving discrimination and retaliation claims based on race and national origin. He has negotiated severance agreements with departing high-ranking officials for numerous major employers in Connecticut, and represented a Massachusetts acute care hospital in an NLRB representation case and election in which the union was soundly defeated.

George's clients include:

  • Hospitals
  • Manufacturers
  • Physician Practices
  • Colleges and Universities

The office managing shareholder and a founding member of Littler Mendelson's New Haven office, George is a core team member of the firm's Health Care Industry Practice Group and a member of the Good Business Practices Committee. Prior to working at Littler, he was a partner in a major Connecticut general practice firm, where he chaired its labor and employment practice. He was the law clerk for Chief Judge T. Emmet Clarie of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut after serving as editor-in-chief of the Connecticut Law Review while in law school.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Executive Committee

Labor and Employment Section

Connecticut Bar Association

Member, Executive Committee

Federal Practice Section

Connecticut Bar Association


Former Chair

Annual Meeting Program

Connecticut Bar Association

Former Chair

Human Rights and Opportunities Committee

Connecticut Bar Association

Former Chair

NLRB Liaison Committee

Connecticut Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

Long Wharf Theatre


Secretary, Board of Trustees

Long Wharf Theatre


Member, Board of Directors

Friends of New Haven Legal Services



New Haven Inn of Court

Former Co-Chair

Special Masters Panel

United States District Court, District of Connecticut

Former President

Alumni Association

University of Connecticut School of Law

Former Member, Board of Directors

Whitney Center

Former Member, Board of Directors

Gateway Community College Foundation

Former Chair, Board of Directors

St. Mary's High School

Former Member, Strategic Planning Committee

St. Thomas More Chapel


Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating - Healthcare


Publications & Press

Laid-Off Labor Relations Official Considers Legal Action

Connecticut Law Tribune

December 5, 2014

Clerical and Administrative Roles in Firms Are Changing

Connecticut Law Tribune

February 21, 2014

Is Sick Leave Law Having Ill Effect On Businesses?

Connecticut Law Tribune

January 24, 2014

Veto Halts Law Change For Non-Compete Agreements

Connecticut Law Tribune

July 26, 2013

Pharmaceutical Reps Found Exempt From OT Rules

Connecticut Law Tribune

July 18, 2012

Anti-Bias Agency Feels Sting of State Budget Crisis

Connecticut Law Tribune

July 11, 2011

Mayo Clinic Case Difficult to Diagnose

Connecticut Law Tribune

April 26, 2010

Speaking Engagements


  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law With Honors
  • B.A., Princeton University cum laude

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Connecticut Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut