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Brian R. Garrison

  • Labor & Employment
    • Discipline, Discharge & Restructuring
    • HR Compliance & Risk Management
    • Investigations
    • Labor Management Relations
    • Leave & Disability Management
    • Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition
    • Wage & Hour
  • Litigation & Advocacy
    • Class Actions
    • Employment Litigation
  • Regulatory
    • Labor Regulation
  • Sports & Entertainment
    • Social Media

About Brian's Practice

Brian Garrison represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters. A significant portion of his practice involves representing management in collective bargaining, arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, and unfair labor practice and representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Brian also advises employers about labor issues that arise in connection with mergers, acquisitions, relocations, closings and other business transactions involving unionized facilities.

Additionally, Brian's practice involves representing employers in litigation and administrative matters before federal and state courts and agencies. He has handled appellate work before multiple federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and argued before the Indiana Supreme Court. Brian has handled labor and employment matters for employers in a variety of industries, including the automotive, construction, gaming, health care, hospitality, logistics, manufacturing, medical device and utility.

Brian regularly counsels clients on day-to-day human resources matters, including advising on disciplinary and termination issues, drafting and enforcing employment agreements, implementing and administrating employment-related policies, and complying with state and federal employment-related statutes, regulations and ordinances. He is a frequent author and presenter to employer and trade groups on employment-related issues, including union avoidance, labor relations, wage and hour compliance, workplace harassment, equal employment opportunity, hiring and firing, and other human resources and personnel-related topics.

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Brian served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael M. Mihm in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He also was a member of Teach for America and taught social studies in the Chicago Public Schools.

  • University of Illinois College of Law J.D., magna cum laude (2006)
  • DePauw University B.A. (2000)

Major Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Editor, Indiana Employment Law Letter
  • Contributing Editor, Great Lakes Employment Law Letter
  • Quoted, "New Biden Nominee Is First Step Toward Democrats Gaining NLRB Majority," HR Daily Advisor, May 27, 2021
  • Quoted, "Quick Firing of NLRB General Counsel Seen as Unmistakable Sign of Prolabor Shift," HR Daily Advisor, January 22, 2021
  • Quoted, "Expect Labor Policies to Be More Employee-Friendly Under Biden," HR Daily Advisor, November 16, 2020
  • Quoted, "Comment Period Extended Again On NLRB Joint-Employment Rule," HR Daily Advisor, December 12, 1018
  • Quoted, "NLRB Takes Next Step Toward Employer-Friendly Rule on Joint Employment," HR Daily Advisor, September 17, 2018
  • Quoted, "3 Steps to Protect Information While Leveraging Social Media," HR Daily Advisor, November 28, 2017
  • Quoted, "New NLRB standard exposes more employers to union, other pressures," Human Resources News, August 27, 2015
  • Author, "NLRB rejects common handbook policies barring 'negativity'," Indiana Employment Law Letter, May 2014, and HR Hero Line, June 13, 2014
  • Author, "Another setback for NLRB's proposed posting rule," Indiana Employment Law Letter, June 2013, and HR Hero Line, June 19, 2013
  • Quoted, "Gift-Giving Policies for the Workplace," HR Hero Line, December 6, 2011
  • Quoted, "NLRB Expands Social Media Crusade to Twitter," Technology for HR Blog, June 3, 2011
  • Author, "Addressing employees' religious beliefs and practices in the workplace," Indiana Employment Law Letter, September 2009, and HR Hero Line, October 2, 2009
  • Author, "Changing political tides and federal labor law: the potential impact of the new NLRB," Indiana Employment Law Letter, June 2009, and HR Hero Line, August 14, 2009
  • Presenter, "Drafting Employment Contracts: Covenants Not to Compete, Independent Contractor Agreements, IP Rights Agreements and Other Employment Contracts,
    Contract Drafting Seminar and Webcast, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, December 2015
  • Moderator, "Practice Tips from NLRB Leaders Rik Lineback and Colleen Maples,"
    Labor Law Seminar, Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis, July 2015
  • Presenter, "Title VII and ADA Case Update: Recent Developments in Employment Law," ICLEF, December 2014
  • Presenter, "10 Things You Can Do Today to Stay Out of Court Tomorrow," Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association Value-Added Series, October 2014
  • Employee Policies and Work Rules: Up-to-Date Best Practices for Employers
    Indiana Electric Cooperatives HR & Administrators Seminar, October 2014
  • Labor Law in a New Era: Understanding and Applying the NLRB's Recent Decisions Affecting Employee Handbooks, Work Rules and Policies
    Labor Law Seminar, Indianapolis, October 2014
    Labor Law Seminar, Minneapolis, August 2014
    LeadingAge Indiana HR Day, June 2014
    Tippecanoe Area Human Resources Association, May 2014
  • Overview of Employment Discrimination and the Law
    Successfully Litigating Employment Discrimination Seminar, National Business Institute, Indianapolis, July 2014
  • Top 10 Ways to Ensure Legal Action Under Wage and Hour Laws
    Tippecanoe Area Human Resources Association, May 2014
  • Six Things Every Employment Lawyer Should Know About Labor Law
    54 Practical Issues, Tips and Traps for Employment Lawyers, ICLEF, April 2014
  • Best Practices for Managing Both Union and Non-Union Operations: A Panel Discussion Among In-House Professionals
    Moderator, Labor Law Seminar, Chicago, April 2014
  • Common Ways to Get Into Trouble After Deciding to Terminate an Employee 
    20th Annual Indiana Chamber Employment Law Seminar, Indianapolis, 2014
  • Unions Revitalized: Maintaining Non-Union Status Following 2012 Election
    Labor Law Seminar, Indianapolis, July 2013
  • Employment Law Seminar
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2013
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Case Law Update
    Tippecanoe Area Human Resources Association, September 2012
  • The Scoop: Hot Topics in Employment Law
    Tippecanoe Area Human Resources Association, September 2012
  • Labor Unions and the National Labor Relations Act
    Hoosier Owners and Providers for the Elderly Annual Administrator's Training Course, June 2012-14
  • Separation of Employment
    National Business Institute, May 2012
  • The Hiring Process
    National Business Institute, May 2012
  • The Changing Landscape of Labor Relations: Unions & the NLRB in a New Age
    Leading Age Indiana Conference, Spring 2012
  • The Scoop: Inside Perspectives on Right-to-Work and Other Hot Topics in Labor Law
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Conference, Spring 2012
  • Ticking Time Bombs: Identifying and "Defusing" Wage and Hour Problems That Lead to Class Action Lawsuits
    FX Conferences, December 2011
  • Developing a Comprehensive Social Media Policy
    ACI Conference on Social Media, Business, Technology and the Law, October 2011
  • Practical Pointers on the ADAAA
    Tippecanoe Area Human Resources Association, September 2011
  • Protecting Your Bread & Butter: What Every Employer Should Know About Restricting Competition by Former Employees and Protecting Confidential Business Information
    Tippecanoe Area Human Resources Association, September 2011
  • The Hiring Process
    Baker & Daniels Chicago Employment Law Seminar, August 2011
  • Union Access to Employer Property: Management's Rights and Obligations With Respect to Off-Duty Employees & Non-Employees
    IU/NLRB Labor Law Seminar, June 2011
  • Knocking on Your Door: Unions Continue to Target Health Care Employers
    Indiana Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Conference, May 2011
  • Ticking Time Bombs: Identifying and "Defusing" Wage and Hour Problems That Lead to Class Action Lawsuits
    Tippecanoe Area Human Resources Association, September 2010
  • Practical Pointers on Handling Unique Employment Discipline Issues
    Tippecanoe Area Human Resources Association, September 2010
  • Interviewing and Hiring
    Hoosier Owners and Providers for the Elderly Annual Administrator's Training Course, June 2010
  • Employment Law Essentials for Young Companies
    Purdue Research Foundation, June 2010
  • The Keys to Effective Hiring & Firing
    M. Lee Smith Audioconference, 2010


Professional Recognition
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Employment & Labor, 2015-16
  • University of Illinois College of Law — Order of the Coif; Rickert Award; Harno Scholar; National Moot Court Team; Frederick Green Moot Court, Best Brief, 2004; Dean's List; CALI Award for Excellence in Sports Law
  • DePauw University — Charles and Mary Beard Senior Seminar Award, 2000; William Wallace Carson History Scholar

Admitted to Practice
  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

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