David O’Brien joined Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson with extensive litigation experience representing the underdog in New York’s criminal and family courts. After receiving his undergraduate education at Columbia University, David graduated from Fordham Law School, where he continues to be an adjunct professor of trial skills. Mr. O’Brien began his legal career with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, representing children charged in family courts with juvenile delinquent acts, as well as children whose caretakers faced child neglect or abuse charges. Due to the myriad legal positions of his clients, Mr. O’Brien gained experience both defending and prosecuting these cases, often successfully. In 2020, he joined the Juvenile Defense Unit at New York County Defender Services, where he represented adolescents charged as adults with violent felonies, continuing to advocate for underserved youth in a new role. Mr. O’Brien successfully obtained the transfer of a number of cases from New York Supreme Court to Family Court where, through a combination of courtroom advocacy and negotiation, many cases were dismissed or withdrawn.
With a combination of zeal for social justice, trial and litigation skills and courtroom experience, Mr. O’Brien works tirelessly for his clients, whether they have been discriminated against or mistreated at work, or are bringing claims against powerful corporations or institutions in class actions.
J.D., Fordham Law School, 2016
B.A., Columbia University, 2010
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York