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Mr. David P. O'Brien

Department: Bldg. 52 Rm. 478
Title: Director, Career & Professional Development
Phone: (202) 274-5722

David O’Brien joined the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in 2016 as Director of the Office of Career & Professional Development. In this role, David oversees the office and manages career related functions and programs, including interview programs, student professional development, employer outreach and relationships, career counseling, UDC’s student and alumni jobs database, career services data and technology, and placement reporting to the ABA and other organizations.

David comes to UDC with over 20 years of experience as a practicing attorney and career services professional. Prior to joining UDC, David served as Director of Career Development at the University of Georgia School of Law for 4 and ½ years. He also served as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he taught legal ethics and externship seminars.

Before moving to the academic world, David practiced law for 15 years, specializing in securities litigation, SEC enforcement matters, white collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation and international and domestic family abduction law. He has served as Chief Counsel for the Missing Children Division of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Wachovia Securities, the nation's third largest securities broker-dealer at the time; and as Associate and Special Counsel for the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California and Reston, Virginia.

David earned his bachelor's degree cum laude from Harvard College and his law degree cum laude from Cornell University Law School, where he was a notes editor for the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and also was admitted to practice law in California and Virginia (currently holding inactive memberships in those jurisdictions).
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