Brian was selected as one of the Best Lawyers by U.S. News inaugural survey of Best Law Firms in 2010 and Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson received the highest possible national “first tier” ranking of its employment and insurance law practices. Additionally, Brian has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the nation's Best Litigators in Employment Law.
For over 30 years, Brian has advised and represented employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including individual and class discrimination litigation; union representation and grievance avoidance; collective bargaining; arbitration cases before federal and state courts, agencies and arbitrators; wrongful termination litigation; whistleblowing, retaliation, non-competition, contract and pay equity cases; affirmative action and compliance matters; and general employment advice, training and counseling.
Admitted to Practice
- Illinois (1977)
- United States Supreme Court (1980)
- United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (1993), Seventh Circuit (1977), Eighth Circuit (1992)
- United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1977)
- Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP (1994 – Present)
- Katten Muchin Zavis LLP (1987– 1994)
- Pope, Ballard, Shepard & Fowle (1977 – 1987)
U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief — Brian filed an amicus brief in a 2013-2014 Supreme Court case regarding Presidential Senate recess appointment powers and interpretation of Fair Labor Standards Act's "clothing" exemption under collective bargaining agreements.
Brian also appeared before the Supreme Court as amicus counsel for the Illinois State Chamber in Oubre v. Entergy Operations, Inc.
Nationwide Class Action for Major Financial Services Company — Brian was co-counsel in nationwide class action for major financial services company in successfully defending against class certification by female managers alleging pay and promotion discrimination
Presented National Association's Challenge to Hospital Bargaining Unit Rules — Brian presented national association’s challenge to hospital bargaining unit rules promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board and obtained temporary restraining order and permanent injunction against National Labor Relations Board regulations defining health care bargaining units.
Defended Professional Sports Team in Arbitration and Court Proceeedings — Brian successfully defended professional sports team against attempts to invalidate player contract by national association in arbitration and court proceedings.
Negotiated Plant Shutdown and Workforce Contraction Agreements — Brian negotiated a plant shutdown and workforce contraction agreements in connection with construction of a new $500 million facility for a major U.S. company.