Robert C. O'Brien named one of the Daily Journal's Top 100 Lawyers in California

Robert C. O'Brien, previous chair of the Los Angeles Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, has been named one of the Daily Journal's Top 100 Lawyers in California for 2011. The Daily Journal, California's leading provider of legal industry news, selected its Top 100 from more than 1,000 nominations. The California State Bar currently has a membership of 232,943. O'Brien is managing partner of Arent Fox's Los Angeles office.

In addition to noting O'brien's work on a number of high profile litigation matters in California, the newspaper also recognized his work as a leader of the U.S. State Department's Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, which is charged "with the difficult task of rebuilding and solidifying the law" in the war-torn nation.

O'Brien was appointed co-chair in 2007 by then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and had the rare distinction of being asked to remain in his position by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"I think she was impressed by the progress that we were making,' O'Brien said. 'We wanted to ensure that this effort had bipartisan support ... We thought that establishing the rule of law in Afghanistan was a cause that lawyers from all political backgrounds could support, and it worked out well.'"

His practice focuses on commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration, including intellectual property, entertainment, complex business disputes, and election law matters for Fortune 500 corporations, privately held companies and individuals. He also has significant private practice and government experience in international legal affairs.

In October 2011, O'Brien was named to Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team as Co-Chair of the Working Group devoted to International Organizations. He assists in preparing Romney for potential questions regarding the United Nations, and advises regarding the build-up of the U.S. Navy. In 2008, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. He reviewed and made recommendations to the President regarding the protection of cultural property for different states including Greece, Nicaragua, and Italy.

LawDragon magazine named O'Brien one of the nation's 500 Leading Lawyers in America in 2008, 2010, and 2011. He was also honored with the "2009 Outstanding Lawyer Award" by the L.A. Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. According to O'Brien, receiving the award was a "highlight of his professional career." He said that the attorneys in the Society "inspire me to practice law at a higher level."

O'Brien resides in the La Crescenta, California, where he serves as a gospel doctrine teacher in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Lo-Mari, have three children. O'Brien credits his wife for making it possible to succeed in his professional life, saying she has been incredibly supportive. Robert also acknowledges the help of his partners at Arent Fox and his firm's emphasis on public service. To check off all of the items on his "to do" list each day, O'Brien frequently gets up when his kids go to seminary, or works late on the computer. You can follow Robert on Twitter @robertcobrien.

By Julie Smith