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Fax: (949) 225-4766
Email: elise@rjlaw.com

Elise O’Brien joined Rynn & Janowsky, LLP in 2004 as a law clerk, became an associate attorney in 2006, and became a partner in 2015.  Ms. O’Brien practices both agricultural law and employment law.  A significant portion of her practice is devoted to enforcing trust rights of produce sellers under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) in U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts throughout the United States, including managing complex, multi-party PACA litigation.  She also represents produce companies in administrative proceedings before the PACA Branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ms. O’Brien has extensive experience representing employers in employment disputes.  In addition to the defense of wrongful termination and wage and hour lawsuits, she has successfully represented management in wage and hour hearings before the California Labor Commissioner and in connection with unemployment claims before the California Employment Development Department, discrimination claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and numerous other administrative proceedings. She provides preventative litigation advice on problematic workplace situations and has particular expertise in the classification of workers and the use of criminal background checks in the workplace.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. O’Brien was a Judicial Extern to Justice Richard M. Aronson, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three. 

Chapman University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2006); Notes Editor, Chapman Law Review; Dean’s Fellow
Wright State University (B.S., magna cum laude, 2003); Beta Gamma Sigma

Admitted to Practice:
All California state courts
U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California

Practice Areas:
Employment law
Agricultural law

Professional Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association
State Bar of California

Awards and Recognitions: 
Orange County Women Lawyers Association's "Everyday Hero" - August 2013



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