Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien


Professional Overview: 

I teach business law to business administration and accounting students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

School of Economics and Business Administration » Business Administration
School of Economics and Business Administration » Graduate Business Program
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Galileo Hall - 321

Office Hours

Tuesday 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Email: mjo5@stmarys-ca.edu
Phone: (925) 631-8602
Fax: (925) 376-5625

Mailing address: PO Box 4230, Moraga, CA 94575


Professional Licenses & Certifications:

Professional Experience

Professional Experience:

  • Attorney - Law Office of Michael O'Brien (July 2011 - Present)
    Draft patent applications, responded to office actions, completed searches for prior art. Assist small business owners in obtaining patent protection.

Courses Taught

Regularly Taught:

  • Advanced Legal Issues and the Regulatory Framework (ACCTG 208)
  • Advanced Legal Topics in Business (BUSAD 121)
  • Law and Business (BUSAD 120)


College Service

Community Service:

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
    (2006 - 2008)
    Assisted military personnel with filing state and federal tax returns (2006) and managed a clinic for low-income filers as Lt. Governor for the American Bar Association – Law Student Division (2007-08)
  • Judge ECybermission
    (2005 - Present)
    Evaluated community design projects for students in grades six through nine

Military Service:

  • U.S. Coast Guard
    (May 2003 - May 2008)


Selected Presentations

  • O’Brien M. and Papagiannis, G. (2016), Teaching Bankruptcy with cases, Proc. W. Acad. L. Stud. Bus. Best Paper Award.
  • O’Brien M. (2015), Effective Declarations under Rule 1.132, Proc. W. Acad. L. Stud. Bus.
  • O’Brien M. (2014), Curing the Computer Conundrum, Proc. W. Acad. L. Stud. Bus.
  • O’Brien M. (2013), A Matter of Standing in Walker Process Claims, Proc. W. Acad. L. Stud. Bus. Best Paper Award.


  • O’Brien, M. and Molina, I. (2016), Utilizing Signal Theory to Determine Patentability, J. Intel. Prop. L. 23(2) 241-260.
  • O'Brien, M. and Papagiannis, G. (2016) I Declare Bankruptcy: Examining the Law and Ethics of Lewellen vs. Access Group, Sage Business Case retrieved from http://sk.sagepub.com/cases/examining-the-law-and-ethics-of-lewellen-vs-.... doi: 10.4135/9781473997837.
  • O’Brien, M. (2015),  Harmonizing Competing Legal Theories in Patent Law, Antitrust Law and the First Amendment, Journal of Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Issues, 19(2).
  • O’Brien M. (2011), Derivation and the Patent Reform Act of 2009, 4(2) J. L. Phil. & Culture 155-181.
  • O’Brien M. (May 2011), Developments in Walker Process Litigation, AIPLA Antitrust Newsletter.
  • O’Brien M., & Webb, J. (2009), Cardinal Avery Robert Dulles, SJ, J. L. Phil. & Culture 3(1) 3-8.

Active Research Projects

  • O'Brien M. and Margitas-Becht, A.  (2017, forthcoming) Strategic Approaches to the Legal Environment of Business (BrownWalker Press).