Michael Patrick O達rien
Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough

Five Practical Ways to Minimize the Risk of a Million Dollar Lawsuit

Presentation Summary
Employers today face a world of more litigious employees and more and more employment laws to litigate about. No employer can avoid litigation altogether, but this session will give you five practical tips you can use to minimize both the risk that you will be sued and the risk that you will lose in court.

Michael Patrick O達rien was born in Orleans, France and attended lower and secondary school in Ogden, Utah. He attended the University of Notre Dame and in 1983 was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Theology. In 1982, Mr. O達rien was selected as the Harry S. Truman Scholar from the State of Utah. Mr. O達rien received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1986 from the University of Utah College of Law.

While at the College of Law, he served on the staff and as Executive Editor of the Utah Law Review. In 1986, he served as a judicial extern for Justice Michael D. Zimmerman of the Utah State Supreme Court. Mr. O達rien serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah College Law and is active in a number of community activities, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He was the 1999 National SHRM Capital Award recipient for legislative and legal service to SHRM. He also serves as an editor of The Utah Labor Letter.

Mr. O達rien痴 practice includes litigation of first amendment, commercial, employment and employee benefits cases. He is a member of the Utah State Bar and is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in the state of Utah, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.