Hollingsworth LLP Welcomes Fern P. O'Brian to Firm Partnership

Hollingsworth LLP is pleased to announce Fern P. O’Brian has joined the Firm as a Partner.  Ms. O’Brian has been in private practice for over thirty years, including serving as Managing Partner in London.  Prior to private practice, Ms. O’Brian served as a law clerk to The Honorable Kenneth W. Starr of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Ms. O’Brian focuses her practice on legislative work, regulatory matters, and litigation before various federal and state courts and agencies in the areas of mass tort, products liability, class action, and regulatory litigation.  She counsels and litigates on behalf of clients in matters concerning liability prevention, regulatory compliance, and liability-related transactional issues involving medical and pharmaceutical products, consumer products, and environmental exposures.  In addition, she represents emerging technology companies and research organizations, assisting them in the development and commercialization of innovative consumer and life sciences products.  Ms. O’Brian has led numerous legal teams and managed outside and local counsel relationships on a variety of litigation, regulatory, and legislative matters.  She has also played key roles on legislative and policy matters on behalf of life sciences and consumer product companies.

Among numerous awards and recognitions, Ms. O’Brian was named "Product Liability Star" by LMG Life Sciences (2016), was listed in the 2016 Expert Guides as a leading practitioner in Litigation and Product Liability, and in Euromoney’s 2013 “Women in Business Law Expert Guide.”  She was recognized three years running by LMG Life Sciences as a “Star Attorney” in non-IP Litigation and as a “Life Science Star”, and she is recognized in the Washington, DC edition of Super Lawyers.

Ms. O’Brian is a frequent author and speaker on life sciences, products liability, and mass tort issues such as class actions, expert testimony, and products liability prevention.

Ms. O’Brian is a member of the American Law Institute; the Women in Law Empowerment Forum Global Advisory Board; the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association Advisory Board; and the University Club of Washington, DC Board of Governors, where she also served as President of the Board of Governors in 2016.  She previously served for ten years as Chair of the Board of Overseers at Searle Civil Justice Institute at George Mason University Law School, and for five years as a board member of Tahrih Justice Center.  While holding the position of Managing Partner at a previous firm's London office, Ms. O’Brian served as Chair of the Child Care Committee and led the development of one of the first on-site childcare centers in a private law firm.

She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“We are delighted to have Fern O’Brian join the partnershipʺ, said Donald W. Fowler, Managing Partner at Hollingsworth LLP.  ʺShe has a wealth of experience in regulatory matters, legislative work, and litigation involving medical and pharmaceutical products, consumer products, and environmental exposures.  She represents a number of life science companies, as well as emerging technology companies and research organizations, and we are confident that the complementary nature of our practices will benefit all of our clients.ʺ


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