Overview

Sean O'Brien focuses his practice on labor and employment matters. 

Prior to joining Littler, Sean was a litigation attorney at a Germantown, Tennessee, law firm where he focused on construction and consumer protection litigation as part of a general litigation practice. Sean's practice included appellate work in the Tennessee Court of Appeals and an application for a writ to the Tennessee Supreme Court. He also served as that firm’s human resource director and information technology coordinator.  

During law school, Sean was the symposium editor for The University of Memphis Law Review. He externed for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and clerked for the Tennessee attorney general and the Shelby County attorney's office. His student note, The Highly Sensitive Person’s Redress for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Utilizing Experts in the Court Room, was published and awarded Best Student Note, Runner Up in 2019. 

Recognition

Recipient, Humphreys Fellowship

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

2018-2019

Recipient, Excellence for the Future Award in Consumer Law

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

2018

Recipient, Meek Leadership Award

University of Tennessee at Martin

2016

University Scholar

University of Tennessee at Martin

2012-2016

Books & Book Chapters

  • Note, The Highly Sensitive Person’s Redress for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: Utilizing Experts in the Court Room, 49 U. Mem. L. Rev. 533, 2019

Speaking Engagements

Using Spending Preferences as Policy Preferences to Support Partisanship and Ideology

Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

April 8, 2016

Using Spending Preferences as Policy Preferences to Support Partisanship and Ideology

Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico

January 9, 2016

Education

  • J.D., University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 2019cum laude
  • B.S., University of Tennessee at Martin, 2016cum laude

Bar Admission

Tennessee

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee