Michael O’Brien


I am an employment law expert with over
18 years’ experience in New Zealand.


Employment law advice requires a tailored solution that successfully navigates the legal issues, while considering commercial, interpersonal, and reputational issues.
Your desired outcome will set the strategy as we work through your employment law issue.

I am recognised in international legal rankings:

Chambers and Partners

Michael O’Brien is noted as tenacious and technically very able.”

“His particular skill in collective bargaining cases was evidenced by his handling of the Jetstar group’s successful collective bargaining with pilots and cabin crew.”


Legal 500

“…the exceptionally personable and succinct Michael O’Brien gives brilliant practical advice”.

As an employment lawyer I practise across the full spectrum of employment law, with particular skill-sets in:

  • Collective bargaining and union issues
  • Restraints of trade and confidentiality
  • Restructures
  • Workplace investigations
  • Employment issues arising in business acquisitions

I look forward to working with you to achieve the outcome you seek.

Barrister & New Zealand Employment Lawyer

Michael O’Brien Barrister

Employment Law Specialist
+64 21 380273