Brian O’Dwyer, Chair of the Board of Directors

Brian O’Dwyer is a Senior Partner at O’Dwyer & Bernstien LLP, a law firm specializing in Labor Relations, Employee Benefits, Personal Injury, and General Litigation. In addition to serving as Chair for Tepeyac, Mr. O’Dwyer also serves on the Boards of numerous charities including Cristo Rey School and the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. He has been named to the Board of Visitors of the Law School of the City University of New York. He also serves as a member of the Board of the Charles Lawrence Keith and Clara Miller Foundation, which funds civil rights and immigration rights groups.

Consistent with his firm’s immigrant-centric approach to the practice of law, Mr. O’Dwyer is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award and the Outreach Project Annual Service Award. During his career, Mr. O’Dwyer has received numerous awards and commendations for his work. He was cited by the Governor of Puerto Rico for his work on behalf of Puerto Rican farm workers. He and his wife Marianna were given the Humanitarian Award of the Catholic Home Bureau for their work in child services. He has three times been awarded Papal Honors, most recently being named Knight of the Holy Sepulcher (Grand Cross) in a ceremony presided over by Cardinal Edward Egan and Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

He has received the New York City Council Spirit of New York Award for his work in bringing New York’s ethnic community together, and was honored with the Director’s Citation for Exemplary Public Service by the Office of Personnel Management, United States and Government, citing his work as Commissioner on the President’s Commission on White House Fellows.

Mr. O’Dwyer currently serves as Counsel to the Benefit Funds of The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Service Workers Union Local 74, Bricklayers International Pension and Health Benefits Funds, and numerous other ERISA benefit plans.

Mr. O’Dwyer is a frequent lecturer at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Funds, where he has spoken on such topics as fiduciary responsibility and plan administration. He is regularly called upon to be a commentator on legal issues for Fox TV, Court TV, CNBC, New York 1, and CNN en Español.