Brian J. Christensen


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Brian J. Christensen


Brian J. Christensen is a principal in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Brian’s practice focuses on assisting management with union relations issues as well as representation of employers facing employee disputes.

Brian has represented numerous employers during arbitration proceedings and negotiations. His years of experience have given Brian the ability to negotiate innovative collective bargaining agreements that provide his clients with years of stability and low costs. His primary focus is to foster relationships with labor that result in maximizing his clients’ operational flexibility to achieve their profitability and efficiency objectives.

Brian has more than two decades experience assisting employers during union organizing drives. He brings a unique approach to resisting union organizing efforts that have resulted in an enviable win-loss ratio. He also represents clients in labor and employment law proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other federal, state and city administrative agencies. Brian regularly provides advice on a diverse range of workplace issues such as those relating to corporate transactions, best workplace practices and conducts management training on a broad range of topics. 

Brian also represents the interests of his clients with responding to employment disputes.  He has many years of experience handling a wide array of matters before federal, state and local agencies and courts.  His experience includes defense against claims of discrimination and harassment, non-compete enforcement and defense, trade secret litigation, among others. Brian’s years of experience in this area allow him to balance aggressive defense with practical solutions for potential resolution of disputes and claims.

Through the years, his clients have included local, regional and national concerns in a wide array of industries such as: professional employer organizations, healthcare, meat packing, transportation, arms and ammunition, financial services, not-for-profit, charitable institutions, school districts, retail, chemical, construction, cement, professional athletics, public education and various public entities, among others.

Prior to joining private practice, Brian served on active duty with the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps where he was 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. He is a frequent author and lecturer on topics ranging from labor relations and employment law to managing litigation and electronic discovery.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Employment Law - Management" (2017-present)
  • Chambers USA, “Labor & Employment” (2017-2022)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, "Super Lawyer" (2018-2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV Preeminent® - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence" (2017-present)
  • Missouri Bar Association, W. Oliver Rasch Award (2012)
  • Missouri Bar Foundation, Fellow

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the National Labor Relations Act, Regional Co-Chair
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Kansas State Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association, Committee on Labor and Employment, Past Chair

Published Works

  • “The War for Transgender Rights, What Every HR Professional Needs to Know,” Kansas SHRM: HR Kansas Connects Magazine [Author]
  • Employee Duty of Loyalty: A State by State Survey (ABA) [Contributing Editor, Brian Mahlsberger et al.]
  • Covenants Not to Compete: A State by State Survey (ABA) [Contributing Editor, Brian Mahlsberger et al.]
  • The Developing Labor Law: the Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act (BNA) [Contributing Editor, John E. Higgins et al.]
  • Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel (Thompson West) [Chapter Co-Author, Ch. 71 Employment Law: Robert L. Haig]
  • “An Essential Guide to Attorney/Client Privilege and Work Product for the In-House Practitioner,” Journal of the Missouri Bar (January-February 2012) [Author]
  • “Trade Secrets-Kansas,” Practical Law Company (2012) [Author]
  • “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) [Author]