Brian is the co-chair of the firm’s California Class Action Practice Group. He devotes his practice to high-stakes litigation for employers in a variety of industries, including technology, transportation and logistics, airline, manufacturing, food and beverage, and hospitality. In his class and collective action practice, Brian has successfully defended employers against claims of discrimination, misclassification, and alleged wage-and-hour violations related to minimum wage, overtime, regular rate, meal and rest breaks, business expenses, and wage statement statutes. He has also defeated class certification and won victories on the merits in class cases brought under California’s Unfair Competition Law (Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 17200 et seq.) and Consumers Legal Remedies Act (Civ. Code §§ 1750 et seq.).
Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Brian practiced complex commercial litigation for nine years in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins and spent several years at a commercial litigation boutique in San Francisco. In addition to employment law, his background includes substantial experience in antitrust and competition, business torts, and intellectual property.
Brian received his J.D. with Honors in 2003 from the University of Texas-Austin, where he also earned a M.A. in philosophy with a focus on the philosophy of law. During graduate school and law school, he regularly taught courses on the philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, and the history of philosophy. Brian was admitted as a PhD candidate in the philosophy of law before leaving academics to practice law.