Brian focuses on employee benefits and employment law, both as an adviser and as a litigator.
He advises plan sponsors, fiduciaries and service providers regarding the establishment and administration of pension and welfare plans. In providing these services, Brian draws on a broad range of substantive experience regarding ERISA and other laws that affect the operation of these plans. In addition, he represents clients before the federal agencies that regulate employee benefit plans, including the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Brian also has extensive experience counseling employers on a broad range of employment-related matters, including discrimination and harassment, retaliation, reductions in force, whistleblower claims, restrictive covenants, accommodation of disabilities, and the development, promulgation and enforcement of policies to comply with the federal and state laws regulating the workplace, including disability and mandated leaves of absence.
In addition to advising clients regarding employee benefits and employment law, Brian has extensive experience as a litigator in both areas. He has successfully represented plan sponsors, fiduciaries and service providers in a broad range of ERISA-related litigation involving claims of alleged breach of fiduciary duty, withdrawal liability, reporting and disclosure violations, partial plan terminations, and benefit denial claims. Similarly, he successfully represents employers in suits involving allegations of discriminatory discharge, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower claims and restrictive covenants. Brian's litigation practice includes jury trials, class-action and appellate work.