Overview

Bryan, a partner in the Labor & Employment group, has experience spanning the spectrum of issues affecting the employer-employee relationship. In addition to defending against numerous claims brought by plaintiffs and the EEOC under Title VII, the ADEA, and the ADA, Bryan has spent significant time advising and defending clients in exempt status and independent contractor matters under the FLSA on both an individual and collective action basis. His experience also includes representing companies and high-level executives in lawsuits involving the enforcement of employment agreements and restrictive covenants. Bryan’s litigation experience covers a variety of administrative agencies, including the DOL and NLRB, as well as state and federal trial courts, and also includes appellate advocacy before multiple federal courts of appeal.

Additionally, Bryan provides guidance on management training, hiring and termination strategies, FMLA leave requirements, disability and religious accommodations, independent contractor classification and employee exemption status, policy and handbook development and revision, union avoidance, and litigation risk management strategies. He also assists companies with responses to EEOC charges and information requests, represents employers during onsite investigations and interviews, manages FLSA audits to assess misclassification risks, and guides companies through DOL audits, investigations, and information requests. In addition, Bryan advises companies during union organizing campaigns and responds to election objections and unfair labor practice charges.

Experience

Examples of Bryan’s experience include:

  • Defeated competitor’s request for TRO against multinational software company’s senior executive, settling the matter in arbitration with the executive remaining employed and the competitor receiving no damages.
  • Won summary judgment in $1 million+ “forced retirement” gender discrimination lawsuit on behalf of nuclear power company sued by the same plaintiff’s attorney four previous times before retaining new defense counsel.
  • Defeated (pro bono) five charges brought simultaneously by the EEOC against nonprofit school for refugees.
  • Prosecuted restrictive covenant litigation against 31 former employees with $40 million in alleged damages.
  • Defended multiple wage-and-hour class/collective actions with 200-600 putative members.
  • Secured confidential resolutions to numerous lawsuits through pre-trial negotiation and mediation.
Publications
Presentations
  • “Rock Star Millennials vs. Bad-Fit Boomers: Technology and the ADEA Collide,” 14th Annual Labor & Employment Law (The Seminar Group, Oct. 2018)
  • Instructor, Certificate in Employee Relations Seminar (Institute for Applied Management & Law, April 2018)
  • Instructor, Certificate in Essentials of Human Resources Management Seminar (Institute for Applied Management & Law, May 2017)
  • “Fair Labor Standards Act: Significant Risk Remains” (April 2017)
  • “You Posted What on Facebook? You’re Fired! Social Media, Monitoring, and our Modern e-Workplace,” 13th Annual Labor & Employment Law (The Seminar Group, Oct. 2017)
  • “The Big 5 Employment Laws: What You Must Know” (May 2016)
  • Instructor, Certificate in Essentials of Human Resources Management Seminar (Institute for Applied Management & Law, May 2017)
  • Instructor, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Seminar (Institute for Applied Management & Law, May 2015)
Distinctions
  • Selected to the Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list, 2015–2018
  • Listed in Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, 2013–2016
  • Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta Volunteer of the Year, 2012
  • Pro Bono Achievement Award, Animal Legal Defense Fund, 2011
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association

Community Activities

  • Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (Advisory Board Member 2015–Present)
  • Dunwoody Nature Center (Board Member 2017–Present; Executive Committee 2019)
  • Dunwoody United Methodist Church (Church Council 2018–Present)
Events