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Brian J. Christensen

Office Managing Principal
Overland Park

P 913-981-1018
F 913-981-1019
Brian.Christensen@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Mr. Christensen is a traditional labor attorney who advises unionized and union-free clients on a full range of labor and employee relations matters. He has represented numerous employers during arbitration proceedings and negotiations.  His years of experience have given Mr. Christensen 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.

Mr. Christensen also represents 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.  He 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.   Through the years, Mr. Christensen's clients have included local, regional and national concerns in a wide array of industries such as healthcare, meat packing, transportation, arms and ammunition, not-for-profit, charitable institutions, retail, chemical, construction, cement, professional athletics, public education and various public entities, among others.

Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Christensen 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

  • Missouri Bar Association, W. Oliver Rasch Award (2012)
  • Missouri Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Recognized Practitioner (2018)
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Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas State Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • 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]


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May 3, 2018
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Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2018

May 3, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 3, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 72 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S. The firm... Read More

August 15, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

July 19, 2017
Kansas City Business Journal

Shelly Freeman Discusses Joining Jackson Lewis

July 19, 2017

Shelly Freeman discusses joining Jackson Lewis' Overland Park office as a Principal in "HR lawyer Freeman joins KC office of national firm," published by the Kansas City Business Journal.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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February 20, 2018

Ban-the-Box Laws in Spokane, Washington, and Kansas City, Missouri

February 20, 2018

State and local jurisdictions have continued to consider and enact legislation restricting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application process. Two of the latest enactments are in Spokane, Washington, and Kansas City, Missouri. Some ban-the-box ordinances are... Read More

May 9, 2017

Missouri Legislature Passes Sweeping Reforms to Employment Discrimination Law

May 9, 2017

The Missouri legislature has passed a bill that makes sweeping amendments to the Missouri Human Rights Act, including adopting the “motivating factor” standard for employment discrimination claims and excluding individuals from liability, among other things. The measure, Senate Bill 43, was passed in the House of... Read More

February 6, 2017

Missouri Enacts Right to Work Law

February 6, 2017

Missouri has become 28th state to adopt a right-to-work law. Governor Eric Greitens campaigned on promises to sign “right-to-work” law if given the opportunity and the Missouri House of Representatives gave him that opportunity by passing Senate Bill 19 (SB 19) after hours of floor debates on February 2, 2017. Governor... Read More

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Missouri Federal Court Reminds Employers that Non-Compete Agreements are not Automatically Assignable
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The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri has declined to enforce two employment agreements containing non-competition covenants because the employees who signed them had not contemporaneously assented to their assignment when their employer sold its assets to another company.  Symphony Diagnostic Services No. Read More