Brent Knight has nearly 20 years of experience advocating for employers in class action labor and employment law matters. Brent has represented clients in state courts, federal courts, and before administrative agencies throughout the United States on claims brought pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the National Labor Relations Act, and a variety of state law counterparts, including extensive experience defending claims brought under the California Labor Code.
Much of Brent's work is at the cutting edge of labor and employment law, impacting not only his 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 also successfully defended overtime claims at trial under California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). And he regularly advises clients regarding the enforceability of noncompetition agreements throughout the country, navigating the constantly evolving area of restrictive covenants. Representative clients in recent public matters include McDonald's, Publix Super Markets, Abbott Laboratories, Service Corporation International, and CrossCountry Mortgage.
Brent is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, a nonpartisan, independent research and advocacy organization that seeks to promote social justice by proposing solutions to barriers and inequities affecting vulnerable populations within our court systems. He also belongs to the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
DOL Mandates 100% Increase in Minimum Salary to Satisfy Fair Labor Standards Act White Collar Overtime Exemptions
Supreme Court Rules Class-Action Wage-and-Hour Plaintiffs Can Rely on Statistical Analysis to Calculate Average Uncompensated Work Time
U.S. Supreme Court Extends Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections to Employees of Private Contractors
- 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