Brian West Easley

Brian Easley represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His practice is focused on labor management relations, and he has extensive experience representing employers in collective bargaining, union organizing and decertification proceedings, unfair labor practice proceedings, strikes and picketing disputes, corporate campaigns, neutrality and card check agreements, bankruptcy, arbitration proceedings, and labor litigation. His traditional labor practice extends nationwide and includes employers in the manufacturing, media, retail, telecommunications, oil and gas, private equity, transportation, health care, and construction industries. Representative clients include American Commercial Lines, Arctic Glacier, Brockway-Moran & Partners, Continental Tire, Continental Automotive, General Mills, Jeffboat, Edw. C. Levy Company, Northstar Aerospace, PotashCorp, Resilience Capital Partners, Tetra Pak International, Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless, and The Washington Post.

Brian's practice also includes trial and appellate litigation of employment disputes, including representing employers in employment litigation before the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuit Courts of Appeals and U.S. District Courts in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, California, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He also represents employers in class action litigation pertaining to wage and hour compliance, employee benefits, affirmative action, and other employment issues. In addition to his litigation practice, he counsels employers regarding labor and employment issues, including hiring issues, compensation and benefit practices, reductions in force, mergers and acquisitions, employment and severance agreements, wage and hour compliance, occupational safety, and other labor and employment issues.

Brian is a member of the American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section and the subcommittees on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA, Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Employee Rights and Responsibilities, and Employee Benefits), the State Bar of Illinois, The Chicago Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section), and the State Bar of Texas (Labor and Employment Section). Brian is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Brian is a frequent author and lecturer on employment-related issues. He is a contributing author to the labor treatises The Developing Labor Law and How to Take a Case Before the NLRB and to the employment law treatise Texas Employment Law. He has spoken on such diverse topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment discrimination, religious discrimination and accommodation, sexual harassment, affirmative action, wage and hour compliance, the Family and Medical Leave Act, federal recordkeeping requirements, and union avoidance programs.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Labor & Employment, 2) Collective Bargaining, 3) Contract Enforcement & Union Organizing, 4) Employment Aspects of Corporate Transactions and 5) Projects & Infrastructure
Law School The University of Michigan Law School
Admitted Year 1990
Education University of Dallas (B.A. 1987)
Bar Member / Association Texas and Illinois
Most recent firm Jones Day
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