Brian J. Christensen is the Office Managing Shareholder of the Kansas City office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice includes representation of management in traditional labor relations matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations, union campaigns and matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Mr. Christensen’s practice also includes litigation of a wide array of matters affecting his clients' business in state and federal courts.
Mr. Christensen has tried numerous lawsuits to verdict from coast to coast. His employment litigation experience includes representing employers before state and federal regulatory agencies as well as defending Title VII discrimination and retaliation cases, wage and hour collective and class actions, Family Medical Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Americans with Disabilities Act cases and enforcing arbitration and employment agreements. As a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR©), he is uniquely suited to not only protect his clients’ interests in litigation, but to provide practical advice designed to avoid costly disputes altogether.
Mr. Christensen also has been involved in a wide variety of commercial cases including multi-district class actions and large disputes in some of the most challenging jurisdictions around the country. His litigation experience ranges from obtaining restraining orders in trade secrets and non-competition cases to state and federal regulatory investigations and lawsuits. His cases have involved issues such as breach of fiduciary duty, consumer fraud, predatory lending, breach of contract, truth in lending and misrepresentation, among others.
Mr. Christensen has substantial management-side traditional labor expertise that includes dozens of arbitrations, involvement in more than fifty representation elections, collective bargaining, union avoidance training, pre-petition resistance, defending unfair labor practice charges, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in the federal judiciary. Through the years, Mr. Christensen's clients have included local, regional and national concerns in a wide array of industries such as meat packing, transportation, health care, not-for-profit, charitable institutions, retail, construction, professional athletics, public education and various public entities, among others.
Mr. Christensen has significant experience representing businesses in all manner of franchise-related matters. His practice includes representing one of the largest franchisors in the United States in matters ranging from dispute resolution, franchise acquisitions and operations to the preparation of Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars. His experience also includes franchise terminations, encroachment claims, non-compete enforcement, employment, principal-agent liability and litigating trade secret protection cases.
Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Christensen practiced with the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps where he served as a legal advisor to an overseas base commander and where he also tried numerous cases. He later served as the Vice President for Litigation, Records Management and Legal Systems for a Fortune 500 diversified financial services company. Mr. Christensen has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Missouri Bar Labor & Employment Law Committee. He is a frequent author and lecturer on topics related to labor relations, employment law, managing litigation and electronic discovery.
ABA Developing Labor Law Contributing Editor
Effective Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, Employment Law Chapter (Thomson Reuters)
An Essential Guide to Attorney/Client Privilege and Work Product for the In-House Practitioner, Journal of the Missouri Bar, January-February 2012
The Expanding National Labor Relations Act and the Non-Union Workplace, Journal of the Missouri Bar, November-December 2011 (Selected as Bar Journal Article of the Year by the Missouri Bar Foundation)
Practical Law Company, Trade Secrets-Kansas (2012)
2012 recipient of the W. Oliver Rasch Award from the Missouri Bar Association
Fellow of the Missouri Bar Foundation
Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) by the Human Resources Certification Institute
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- Chair of the Missouri Bar Committee on Labor and Employment