About Us


In 1987, John B. Floyd established the law firm; Thomas M. Skeren, Jr. joined shortly thereafter, followed by Todd T. Kelly. Over the years, the founding partners have remained dedicated to providing exceptional legal service in a professional, skillful and expeditious manner. Considered one of the most prominent workers’ compensation defense firms in California, FS&K has expanded its practice areas to include employment and labor, criminal, business, litigation, and family. It has also successfully represented Fortune 500 companies, insurance carriers, third party administrators, city agencies, county agencies, and employers. FS&K continues to grow, and now has offices statewide in California. The law firm is also AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


Bernadette M. O’Brien, Esq., SPHR

Attorney at Law, Partner
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
Managing Attorney of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly Employment Law Department

Bernadette M. O’Brien is a partner at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP and an SPHR certified/SHRM-SCP Human Resources Executive. Ms. O’Brien serves as general counsel and executive advisor to the law firm’s Human Resources (HR) Department and is managing attorney of the firm’s employment law department. She is a published author, distinguished speaker, and website content developer.

Ms. O’Brien defends employers in employment related disputes including claims related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, privacy, and leave of absence laws. Ms. O’Brien also assists employers, human resource administrators, and risk managers with numerous HR topics including HR strategic alignment; short range and long range HR operational planning; coordination of HR activities and programs; compliance with federal, state and local employment related laws; tracking and responding to HR trends; developing, organizing and implementing the HR function; training and counseling management and staff; HR policy development, implementation and enforcement; personnel management: hiring, onboarding, performance, discipline, retention, and separation of employment; succession planning; designing competitive compensation and benefit packages; ensuring EEO compliance; managing disability and leave of absence policies and procedures; and, wage and hour compliance. Ms. O’Brien also conducts HR related training sessions throughout California.

Ms. O’Brien is author of the popular LexisNexis publication Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices, co-author of California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers, and co-author of California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Compensation Programs. Ms. O’Brien has been a frequent contributor to, and reporter for, the LexisNexis employment law newsletter Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin. She is also editor and developer of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly’s employment related websites: www.employmentlawweekly.com, www.worklawreport.com, www.employmentlawacademy.com, and www.fskhrtraining.com, which provide the latest news and information related to employment law.

Ms. O’Brien has been a speaker on a variety of employment law topics for numerous organizations including CalPelra, CWC, Ag-Safe, EAC, Northern California Workers’ Comp Forum, Intercare, National Interstate Insurance, CASBO, PIHRA, Strafford Webinars and the Employer’s Fraud Task Force. You can reach Bernadette O’Brien at bernadette.obrien@fsklaw.com, (818) 206-9222, or (916) 838-3332.

Dona Lee Skeren, Esq.

Attorney at Law, Partner
Department Chair of Benefits and Leave Division of Employment Law Department
Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Dona L. Skeren is the assistant managing attorney of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly’s employment law department. After finishing her undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton, Ms. Skeren graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law with her Juris Doctorate degree. While attending Golden Gate University School of Law, Ms. Skeren was a law review staff member and received several academic awards in her studies. Ms. Skeren has been an associate attorney with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly since 1995 and has also assisted in the editing and publication of Judge David W. O’Brien’s California Workers’ Compensation Claims and Benefits handbook and his unemployment insurance treatise. She is also an editor of www.fskemploymentlaw.com and www.employmentlawweekly.com.

Throughout her 15 years as an associate attorney with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, Ms. Skeren has represented employers, insurance entities, and third party administrators in workers’ compensation matters, including standard defense of claims, 132a discrimination allegations, serious and willful allegations and all other related issues. You can reach Dona Lee Skeren at dona.skeren@fsklaw.com, (818) 206-9222 , or (818) 421-4875.