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Brian West Easley

Partner-in-Charge Minneapolis


(T) +1.612.217.8845
(F) +1.844.345.3178
(T) +1.312.269.4230
(F) +1.312.782.8585


  • University of Michigan (J.D. 1990); University of Dallas (B.A. with honors 1987)

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, Texas, and Illinois

Brian Easley represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, with a focus on labor-management relations. He has extensive experience representing employers throughout the United States in collective bargaining, union organizing and decertification proceedings, unfair labor practice proceedings, strikes and picketing disputes, corporate campaigns, neutrality and card check agreements, arbitration proceedings, and labor litigation. Brian frequently advises employers on labor and employment aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and advises distressed employers with respect to labor and employment issues in bankruptcy proceedings. His traditional labor practice includes representation of employers in the manufacturing, oil and gas, energy, mining, automotive, aerospace, railroad, transportation, private equity, media, retail, telecommunications, technology, hospitality, health care, and construction industries.

Brian's practice also includes trial and appellate litigation of employment disputes, representing employers before federal and state courts throughout the U.S. In addition, he represents employers in class action litigation pertaining to wage and hour compliance, employee benefits, employment discrimination, affirmative action, and other labor and employment issues.

Brian is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was a contributing author to the PLI Labor Management Law Answer Book 2012-13 as well as to the labor law treatises The Developing Labor Law and How to Take a Case Before the NLRB. He frequently lecturers on such diverse topics as labor-management relations, international labor and employment law, union organizing and corporate campaigns, arbitration, strikes and picketing, decertification and deauthorization proceedings, Railway Labor Act issues, affirmative action, the FMLA, and federal recordkeeping requirements.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for labor-management relations (2013-2016)

    Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2015)

    Illinois Super Lawyers (2013-2015)

    Fellow, College of the State Bar of Texas

    Appointed regional co-chair to the ABA Section of Labor & Employment, Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA

    Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Brian Easley