Marina Veljanovska O'Brien

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Marina Veljanovska O'Brien is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and is a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Ms. O'Brien's practice focuses on regulatory compliance, with an emphasis on aviation and international trade law.

Ms. O'Brien advises airlines, airports, aviation service providers and pilots on compliance with applicable state, federal, foreign and international transportation, and trade-related laws and regulations. These include economic licensing, consumer protection, airport sponsors' obligations, airport privatization issues, transportation safety standards, antitrust and competition compliance and risk assessment, export and import control and sanctions.

Additionally, Ms. O'Brien assists clients interested in operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) and those in need of obtaining special permits for transporting hazardous materials (HAZMAT).

As part of her conflict resolution practice, Ms. O'Brien represents clients in adversarial administrative proceedings and enforcement actions before government agencies. She has handled matters before the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), U.S. Department of Homeland and Security's Transportation Security Agency (TSA),U.S. Customs and Border Control (CBP), and U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). She has also assisted clients in resolving contractual and other disputes in state and federal courts or by using alternative dispute resolution methods.

Ms. O'Brien is also experienced in assisting clients on a wide range of commercial and business matters by conducting due diligence, negotiating and drafting various agreements, including settlements, as well as documents related to the sale and purchase of aircraft, aircraft parts and interest in companies.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. O'Brien served as a judicial law clerk in the Magistrate Judges Chambers of the D.C. Superior Court, where she successfully managed a civil docket of more than 2,000 cases.

During law school, Ms. O'Brien was hired by the World Bank to research and analyze foreign legal materials from several Balkan countries.

Not yet admitted to the District of Columbia Bar; admitted to the Virginia Bar only and practicing under the supervision of lawyers licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • Texas Lutheran University, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Women in Aviation International
  • United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA)
  • Georgetown Women's Legal Alliance
  • United Macedonian Diaspora, Co-Founder and Board Member, 2004-2008
  • The William B. Bryant American Inn of Court, Executive Board Member and Team Co-Leader, 2011-2015
Honors & Awards
  • Outstanding Program Award, American Inns of Court, 2015
  • Best Team Presentation Award, The William B. Bryant Inn of Court, 2012
  • Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution, Georgetown University Law Center, 2011
Spoken Languages
  • Bulgarian
  • Croatian
  • English
  • Macedonian
  • Serbian


Speaking Engagements