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Overview

The entirety of Brian’s legal practice has concentrated on representing management in labor and employment matters. 

He regularly services clients on a wide range of employment/labor matters, including, but not limited to: individual, class and collective wage and hour cases; discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; leaves of absence; domestic violence issues impacting the workplace; disability accommodation; whistleblower claims; unfair competition matters; public and private sector arbitration; employment counseling; drafting and reviewing employment policies, employment agreements, separation agreements, settlement agreements, restrictive covenants, and consulting agreements; and preparing severance plans and related exit program documents for reorganizations.

HONORS, MEMBERSHIPS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Served in the U.S. Air Force, retired from the 403rd Reserve Wing, Master Sergeant

  • Member, Cook County Bar Association

  • Author, “Title VII employment claim carried more punch than standard bias charge”  Chicago Law Bulletin, February 14, 2018

  • Author, “Causation question, other factors tip 7th Circuit against would-be firefighter” Chicago Law Bulletin, May 31, 2018

  • Author, “Military Service and the Law” 2018 Illinois Institute for Continued Legal Education (“IICLE”) Edition – Chapter 2 “Labor and Employment”

  • Author, “Time appears to be running out in class-action tolling requirements” Chicago Law Bulletin, July 12, 2018 

Experience

Experience

Below are representative samples of the types of matters Brian handles on behalf of Laner Muchin clients:

Drafting and enforcing non-competition agreements.

Defending employers in individual and class action wage and hour matters.

Representing employers in employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases in administrative and court settings.

Defending employers in unfair labor practice proceedings.

Representing employers in labor grievances.

Representing public employers in interest arbitration hearings.

Conducting due diligence employment audits for clients acquiring other entities.

Conducting investigations of alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliation, contract violation and other labor and employment matters.

Drafting opinion letters relating to contract interpretation.

Providing advice to employers in various private and public settings, including, but not limited to, those in the personnel management, property management, educational, public transportation, logistics, healthcare, quick food service, construction, packaging, and grocery industries.

Providing management and staff-focused training on employment matters, including, but not limited to, FMLA, disability/pregnancy accommodation, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and the use of background check information.

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Education

Southern University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2005

Southern University and A&M, B.A., Political Science, 1997

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern  Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan 
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
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