New York Life Insurance Company has announced that Katherine O’Brien has been promoted to senior vice president and deputy general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, reporting to Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Sheila Davidson. Ms. O’Brien is now responsible for managing the Employment, Litigation, ERISA, Contracts, Intellectual Property, Corporate Transactions and Administrative units of the Office of the General Counsel.
Previously, Ms. O’Brien was first vice president and deputy counsel in the Office of the General Counsel after serving as the company’s chief diversity officer in the Human Resources Department for two years. Prior to that, she held positions of increasing responsibility for the Office of the General Counsel, having joined New York Life in 1995 as a litigator, specializing in employment litigation and benefits compliance. Prior to joining New York Life, Ms. O’Brien worked with several law firms in New York, including Christy and Viener, in general commercial litigation.
Ms. O’Brien earned a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University. She resides in New York City.