Brent Knight has more than 20 years of experience advocating for employers in class action labor and employment matters. Brent has represented clients in state courts, federal courts, and before administrative agencies throughout the United States on claims brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the National Labor Relations Act, and a variety of state law counterparts, including extensive experience defending claims brought under the California Labor Code and the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
Much of Brent's work is at the cutting edge of labor and employment law, impacting not only clients' businesses but setting precedent for employers nationwide. For instance, Brent has successfully defended several cases involving claims that McDonald's was a joint employer of its franchisee's employees under both state and federal law. He has successfully defended overtime claims at trial under California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). He also has served as lead attorney on mass arbitration matters, strategically guiding clients through hundreds of individual cases. And he regularly advises clients regarding arbitration agreements and noncompetition agreements. Representative clients in recent public matters include McDonald's, Ecolab, Publix Super Markets, Abbott Laboratories, Service Corporation International, and CrossCountry Mortgage.
Brent is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts, a nonpartisan, independent research and advocacy organization that seeks to promote social justice by proposing solutions to barriers and inequities affecting vulnerable populations within the court systems. He also belongs to the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Illinois Employers Face Significant New Requirements, Penalties Under Equal Pay Act, Business Corporation Act Amendments
Fifth Circuit Requires "Rigorous Scrutiny" Before District Courts Authorize Notice in FLSA Collective Actions
- September 2016
Creative Strategies For Protecting Your Confidential Information and Employee Data: Trade Secret, Illinois Non-Compete Agreements, and Biometrics, 2016 Jones Day Labor & Employment Law Discussion Group
- September 30, 2011
Overtime Exemption Litigation Targets the Pharmaceutical Industry, Class Action Watch
- September 14, 2017
How to Beat Plaintiff Lawyers at Their Own Game: Tips for Defending and Trying Cases Under California's Private Attorneys Genera Act, 2017 Annual Labor & Employment Law Discussion Group
- June 9, 2016
Workplace Compliance in 2016: Pay Equity, Overtime Regulations, and the New Wave of Biometrics Lawsuits, Jones Day MCLE University
- 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
- September 14, 2011
Law Bulletin Seminars Employment Law Conference
- April 28, 2007
Complex Litigation: Working with Expert
- University of Michigan (J.D. magna cum laude 1998; Order of the Coif; Michigan Law Review; B.A. with high distinction 1994)
- Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Seventh Circuits, and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, Southern District of Indiana, and District of Colorado