Carrie L. O'Brien
Carrie O’Brien concentrates her practice on education law and local public safety retirement boards. Carrie represents schools, school districts and other educational organizations in all types of legal matters, including data privacy and school finance issues. Carrie also assists education clients with their business needs, compliance reviews, personnel matters, intergovernmental agreements, Public Records Requests, Open Meeting Law compliance, and civil rights matters.
Carrie has substantial experience in the education law area. Prior to joining Gust Rosenfeld, she was the Chief Privacy Officer and Director of Legal Services for the Arizona Department of Education from 2012 to 2016. Carrie was an Assistant Attorney General at the Arizona Office of the Attorney General for six years where she represented the Arizona Department of Education.
While at the Arizona Department of Education, Carrie overhauled the handling of confidential student and teacher data and developed data protection agreements with partner agencies. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to data privacy and public records in schools.
University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1997)
University of Arizona (M.P.A., 1999)
Arizona State University College of Law (J.D., 2004)
State Bar of Arizona
Notre Dame Club of Phoenix (former Board Member)
Biltmore Preparatory Academy Parent Teacher Organization (Former Co-President, 2016-17 school year)