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Brian J. Christensen

Office Managing Principal
Overland Park

P 913-981-1018
F 913-981-1019


Brian J. Christensen is the Office Managing Principal of the Kansas City, Missouri, and Overland Park, Kansas, offices 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. He 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.

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 well over 50 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. Mr. Christensen’s litigation practice also includes representing brokerage firms in recruiting and raiding cases before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

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. He is a frequent author and lecturer on topics related to labor relations, employment law, 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)
Best Lawyers Award Badge

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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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

July 13, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Strengthens Employment Practice, Welcomes Shelly Freeman in Kansas

July 13, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, KS (July 13, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Shelly Freeman has joined the firm’s Overland Park, KS office as a Principal.  Ms. Freeman, who joins the firm from Freeman & Fowler, LLC, brings more than 30 years of experience of workplace law to... 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
March 20, 2015

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