Judith A. O'Brien

Of Counsel
Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Education, Government & Civil Rights
  • Labor & Employment
  • Insurance
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8219
University Wheeling Jesuit College, B.A., magna cum laude
Law SchoolEmory University School of Law, J.D., with distinction Executive Notes and Comments Editor, Emory Law Journal, Order of the Coif; London School of Economics, LL.M.
Admitted1978, Georgia

Professional Activities

Pro Bono General Counsel, Communities in Schools of Georgia
Board Member and Past President, Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Chairman of the Board, Georgia Community Loan Fund
Board Member, Georgia Appleseed
Former Board Member, Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network
Former Board Member, Men Stopping Violence
Member, Advisory Committee, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
Former Member, Legal Committee, ACLU Foundation of Georgia
Master, Bleckley Inn of Court, Georgia State University College of Law (1997-2010)
Past President, Federal Defenders Board
Former Board Member, Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund

BornMelrose, Massachusetts, April 11, 1944

With more than 30 years of experience, Judy O'Brien is a seasoned attorney who has worked primarily in employment and education litigation. In addition to serving as the board attorney for a large urban school district in the metropolitan Atlanta area, Judy also handled specialized litigation on behalf of large and small school districts in Georgia and elsewhere. She represented various private schools, a college and other education-related organizations. Judy's practice includes school personnel and student matters, state and federal constitutional issues, school policy issues, Open Meetings and Open Records laws, school tax laws, reapportionment, voting rights and other specialized aspects of Georgia school law.

Judy has handled a full range of employment litigation in federal and state courts, representing employers in lawsuits brought under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, ERISA and other federal and state statutes, as well as claims based on breach of contract and tort theories. She also represents employers in cases pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state employment agencies.

Former chair of Sutherland's Pro Bono and Public Service Committees, Judy worked with more than 400 attorneys in the firm's Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C., offices to engage them in serving clients who otherwise could not afford legal representation. A long-time champion of community service, Judy has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is a past president of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Selected Experience
Sutherland successfully defends public school district in reverse-discrimination case.
Sutherland obtains reimbursement judgment against State of Georgia.
Sutherland aids school district in ending federal court supervision.

Awards and Rankings

Recipient, Georgia State University College of Law's Ben F. Johnson, Jr. Public Service Award (2013)

Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network's Volunteer Partner of the Year (2011)

Recipient, Men Stopping Violence's Kathleen Carlin Justice Seekers Award (2009)


Honorable Elbert P. Tuttle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


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Office Information

Judith A. O'Brien

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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