Brian WestEasley

Partner-in-Charge Minneapolis

Minneapolis + 1.612.217.8845 Chicago + 1.312.269.4230

Brian Easley has more than 25 years of experience representing employers in complex labor and employment matters, with a focus on labor management relations. Brian has represented employers in the manufacturing, oil and gas, energy, mining, automotive, aerospace, railroad, transportation, private equity, media, retail, telecommunications, technology, hospitality, financial services, health care, and construction industries. Brian has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of clients throughout the United States and has represented clients in connection with strike contingency planning and strike response, union organizing and decertification proceedings, unfair labor practice litigation, arbitration proceedings, and labor litigation.

Brian also advises employers on the labor and employment issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions and bankruptcy proceedings. He has advised corporate and private equity clients on hundreds of mergers and acquisitions — including multihundred million and multibillion dollar transactions — and he advised the City of Detroit through bankruptcy proceedings and restructuring efforts. Brian also maintains an active pro bono practice, having represented organizations such as the Grant Park Orchestral Association and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in collective bargaining negotiations. Brian is an active member of the American Bar Association Committee on Practice and Procedure under the National Labor Relations Board.

Brian is a frequent speaker on labor and employment topics. He is a contributing author to the PLI Labor Management Law Answer Book 2012-2019 as well as to the labor law treatises The Developing Labor Law and How to Take a Case Before the NLRB.

Experience

  • Shiseido acquires Drunk Elephant™ for $845 millionJones Day advised Shiseido Americas Corporation in its $845 million acquisition of Drunk Elephant™.
  • Riverside sells ProSites to Rockbridge Growth EquityJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the sale of digital marketing provider ProSites, Inc., to Rockbridge Growth Equity.
  • Conagra Brands sells Direct Store Delivery snacks business to Utz Quality Foods, LLCJones Day advised Conagra Brands, Inc. in connection with its divestiture of its Direct Store Delivery snacks business to Utz Quality Foods, LLC.
  • NEP Group acquires SOS Global ExpressJones Day advised NEP Group in its acquisition of SOS Global Express, an independent international freight forwarding and full-service logistics company that specializes in supporting clients in broadcast, entertainment, music, and professional sports teams and leagues.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires JRG Advisors, LLCJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Wexford, Pennsylvania-based employee benefits services firm, JRG Advisors, LLC.
  • Charkit Chemical acquires Custom Ingredients and CA SpecialitiesJones Day advised Charkit Chemical Company LLC in its acquisition of Custom Ingredients, a manufacturer of specialty ingredients, and CA Specialities, a South Carolina-based distributor of ingredients in the personal care market.
  • Milliken & Company acquires PolartecJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Polartec, a strong global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management, LLC.
  • High Road Capital acquires John Henry Foster MinnesotaJones Day represented High Road Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and related financing of John Henry Foster Minnesota, Inc., a leading value-added distributor of motion control parts and accessories, compressed air systems, collaborative robots, industrial robotics, and electrical automation products to manufacturers in the Upper Midwest.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Employee Benefit Concepts, Inc.Jones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Employee Benefit Concepts, Inc., one of the largest employee benefit consulting and human capital management firms in western New York.
  • Riverside acquires Champion Healthcare TechnologiesJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and related financings of Champion Healthcare Technologies, a SaaS provider that enables hospitals to manage surgical implants throughout their life cycle.
  • International Wire Group acquired by affiliates of Atlas HoldingsJones Day advised International Wire Group Holdings, Inc. ("IWG") in connection with its acquisition by affiliates of Atlas Holdings LLC.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLCJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of New York-based retirement, benefits and risk management advisory firm, Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC.
  • Timken acquires The Diamond Chain CompanyJones Day advised The Timken Company in its acquisition of The Diamond Chain Company, a supplier of high-performance roller chains for industrial markets, from Amsted Industries.
  • Wabtec and GE Transportation merge in $11.1 billion transactionJones Day advised Wabtec Corporation in a Reverse Morris Trust merger with GE Transportation, valued at $11.1 billion.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires GFI Insurance BrokerageJones Day advised USI Insurance Services, a world leader in insurance brokerage and risk management, in its acquisition of GFI Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
  • Emerald Textiles acquires assets of Mediclean Linen & Laundry and 3D CleanJones Day represented Pacific Avenue Capital Partners and Highland Avenue Capital Partners in connection with the add-on acquisition and related financing of the assets of Mediclean Linen & Laundry Inc. and 3D Clean, LLC, healthcare linen providers, by portfolio company Emerald Textiles.
  • NEP Group acquires Broadcast Sports International, LLCJones Day advised NEP Group in its acquisition of Broadcast Sports International, LLC, a leading provider of radio-frequency audio-visual solutions to the live sports and broadcast television industry.
  • Conagra Brands acquires Pinnacle Foods for $10.9 billion in cash and stockJones Day advised Conagra Brands, Inc. in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Pinnacle Foods Inc. in a $10.9 billion merger.
  • Babcock & Wilcox sells MEGTEC and Universal for $130 millionJones Day advised Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. in the $130 million sale of its Universal/Megtec businesses to Dürr AG.
  • NEP acquires Fletcher Group, LLCJones Day advised NEP Group in its acquisition of Fletcher Group LLC, a Chicago-based company that provides high-end specialty ultra-slow motion and robotic camera systems in the sports and entertainment industry.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 17, 2016
      The R Case Process: Procedures and Impact of New Rules and Bargaining Unit Determinations after Specialty Healthcare, Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • April 30, 2015
      PLI's Understanding Employment Law 2015 - Chicago
    • October 8, 2014
      2014 Labor & Employment Law Discussion Group
    • March 26, 2014
      Bargaining Benefits: Bargaining Health Care and Pension Changes
    • March 1, 2014
      The New Board: Recent Developments and What’s Next? And What Would An Ideal World Look Like? Academic, Union & Employer Perspectives, Midwinter Meeting, ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure Before the National Labor Relations Board
    • May 8, 2013
      PLI's Understanding Employment Law 2013 - Chicago
    • April 9, 2013
      2013 Government Contractor Labor & Employment Discussion Group
    • February 7, 2013
      The Noel Canning Decision - The D.C. Circuit's Holding That the President's Recess Appointments to the NLRB were Constitutionally Defective: Legal, Policy and Practical Considerations Webinar
    • December 13, 2012
      What to Expect From the NLRB During President Obama's Second Term: Impact on Both Union and Non-Union Workplaces
    • November 15, 2012
      Planning for 2013 Labor and Employment Law Change: The Impact of the Presidential Election on Your Workforce, Jones Day North Shore Wine Tasting and CLE
    • June 7 - 8, 2012
      Jones Day 2012 Railway Labor Act Symposium
    • May 10, 2012
      2012 Hospitality Labor & Employment Discussion Group
    • January 24, 2012
      2012 Speaker Series
      Social Media and Its Impact on the Workplace
    • April 14, 2011
      2011 Annual Hospitality Labor & Employment Discussion Group
    • March 2, 2011
      Update on NLRB Representation and Unfair Labor Practice Case Developments, Midwinter Meeting, ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure Before the National Labor Relations Board
    • October 29, 2010
      When Employee Support for a Union Wanes: Decertification, Deauthorization and Withdrawal of Recognition, American Conference Institute National Advanced Forum on Labor-Management Relations
    • November 4, 2009
      Recent Developments at the National Labor Relations Board, 2009-2010 Jones Day Federal Legislative and Regulatory Briefing
    • November 4, 2009
      2009-2010 Federal Legislative and Regulatory Briefing
    • April 30, 2009
      Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, ABA Section of Labor & Employment, Technology in the Practice & Workplace Committee, 2009 Mid-year Meeting, Seattle University School of Law
    • February 25-26, 2009
      Latest Developments in Anticipated Labor and Employment Legislation, Jones Day 2009 Labor & Employment Legislative Briefing
    • January 8, 2009
      Employee Free Choice Act Briefing - Los Angeles
    • December 12, 2008
      How to Avoid EEOC Claims and What to Do If You Can't, Lorman Education Services
    • April 27, 2007
      Significant Developments in Traditional Labor Law, Jones Day Labor & Employment Practice Group
    • December 5, 2006
      Labor & Employment Briefings: Electronic Communications and Data: The Impact on Employment Litigation
    • November 15, 2006
      New Frontiers in the Electronic Age: Blogging, the Internet, E-mail and Electronic Remedies, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Best of the 2006 Midwinter Meetings Teleconference Series
    • March 4, 2006
      Electronic Remedies and Other Electronic Issues Under the National Labor Relations Act, Midwinter Meeting, ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure Before the National Labor Relations Board
    • 2003-04
      Legal Writing, guest lecturer, DePaul University School of Law
    • December 2, 2004
      Overtime Issues in Today's Workplace: Fixing the Problem, Jones Day Wage-Hour Law Conference
    • October 15, 2004
      Recent Developments under the National Labor Relations Act
    • October 1, 2004
      Recent Developments under the National Labor Relations Act
    • June 22, 2004
      Overtime Issues in Today's Workplace: Fixing the Problem,  Jones Day Wage-Hour Law Conference
    • May 20, 2004
      Ten Things Employment Lawyers Ought to Know About the National Labor Relations Act
    • May 20, 2003
      Recent Developments in Union Organizing, National Tank Truck Carriers Association Annual Meeting
    • April 8, 2003
      Union Organizing: Preventive Strategies for a Union-Free Workplace
    • March 25, 2003
      Union Organizing: Preventive Strategies for a Union-Free Workplace
    • October 18, 2002
      Arbitration: A Nuts and Bolts Overview
    • September, 1998
      Religious Discrimination and Accommodation, Texas Employment Law Council Annual Meeting
    • November 8, 1995
      Federal Recordkeeping Requirements, Society of Human Resource Managers Annual Meeting
    • November 9, 1994
      Employment Discrimination Update, Austin Human Rights Commission
    • March 17, 1994
      Employer Compliance with Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Texas Association of Business
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