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Elise O’Brien

Elise OBrien Rynn and Janowsky

Elise O’Brien


Elise O’Brien

Elise joined Rynn & Janowsky, LLP in 2004 and became a partner in 2015.  Elise O’Brien has extensive experience representing employers in in federal and state court litigation involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims.  She has successfully represented management in various administrative forums, including the Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement, the California Employment Development Department, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.

Elise devotes a significant portion of her practice to advising employers on a broad spectrum of employment matters, including employee discipline, terminations, leaves of absence, and wage and hour issues.  Elise regularly assists employers in drafting employment policies and handbooks to ensure compliance with California and federal law.

In addition to her employment practice, Elise practices agricultural law and has experience 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.


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

Professional Memberships

Orange County Bar Association
California Lawyers Association (Chair of the Agribusiness Committee, Business Law Section)

Practice Areas

Admitted to Practice

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