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Brian has concentrated his practice in labor and employment law for more than 30 years.

Brian has extensive experience in labor relations, including: formulating and coordinating labor relations strategies for companies; acting as chief spokesperson and strategist in collective bargaining negotiations; assisting companies in responding to union organizing campaigns; providing counsel regarding administration of union contracts; and litigating arbitration disputes.

Brian has assisted clients in their implementation of personnel policies and provided counsel on all aspects of the employment relationship. He has also advised on the legal and employment aspects of business decisions, such as acquisitions and workforce reductions.

Brian has conducted seminars for clients on a variety of employment topics including union campaigns, labor relations guidelines, employment practices, discipline of employees and legal developments.

Prior to joining legacy firm Garvey Schubert Barer in 1981, he practiced for four years at the National Labor Relations Board.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Member
    • Labor Law Section, 1985-present
  • Garvey Schubert Barer, Chair, Executive Committee, 1997-2000
  • Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference Committee, Member, 1980-1993
  • Washington-Oregon Shippers Cooperative Association, Member
    • Board of Directors, 1994-2000
  • Washington State Society of Hospital Attorneys, Member, 1986-2005

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances

  • "How to Manage the Minefield of Wage and Hour Regulations as a Healthcare Employer," Garvey Schubert Barer
    Portland, OR, 5.25.11
  • "The Employee Free Choice Act: Preparing Before It's Too Late," Garvey Schubert Barer
    Seattle, WA, 1.14.09
  • "Seizing the Initiative Following San Manuel: Preparation for Union Activity at Tribal Enterprises," Garvey Schubert Barer
    Seattle, WA, 5.24.07


  • Washington, 1977


J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1977

B.A., College of William & Mary (with honors), 1970

Honors & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America©  Labor and Employment, 2010-2017; Labor Law - Management, 2018-present
  • Washington Super Lawyers list, 2000, 2002-2003 and 2005-2015
    • Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2014-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated
  • Recipient of the Oregon LERA "Management Practitioner of the Year" award, 2010
  • "Top Lawyer" for Labor and Employment in Seattle Met magazine, 2010


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