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Brian S. Greig

Of Counsel

Brian S. Greig

Austin

T:+1 512 536 4510

After retiring from the partnership at the end of 2015, Brian Greig remained as Of Counsel to the firm.  As an attorney in the Austin office, Brian focuses in the employment and labor law area representing management. He has considerable experience in trade secret, restrictive covenant and similar litigation relating to efforts to protect employers' assets and expertise possessed by departing employees. Brian also has extensive experience in complex litigation and, in 1980, was certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment Law.

In addition to litigation, his employment practice includes management training; design of personnel systems; policies and handbooks; advice on reductions in force and other employment terminations; and investigations of alleged employee misconduct such as sexual harassment and whistleblower claims.

Prior to joining the firm, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Joe Fisher, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In the early 1980s, he served as special counsel to the Attorney General of Texas in the landmark Ruiz v. Estelle prison conditions litigation.

Brian, the former US Head of Employment and Labor, is a frequent author and public speaker on issues related to labor and employment law.  He has a long history of civic involvement in the Austin area, and has served numerous charitable and non-profit organizations as a board member.

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  • Education

    1975 -  J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
    1972 -  B.A., Economics, Washington & Lee University

    While in law school, Brian was editor of the American Journal of Criminal Law and a member of the Phi Delta Phi honor society.

     

  • Representative experience
    • Tried over 20 jury cases to a verdict as first chair counsel
    • Represented a major semiconductor manufacturing company against the industry leader in a trade secrets case using both actual misappropriation and inevitable disclosure theories
    • Counseled clients on creation of systems to identify employees for layoff and vetting of client selections considering EEO laws
    • Defended unfair labor practices in an NLRB case involving a cement company in an 8 year proceeding
    • Defended wage and hour claims, including overtime, independent contractor v. employee, and classification issues
    • Litigated multiple unfair labor practice charges to a settlement of withdrawal of complaint and ultimate decertification of a union for a Fortune 100 company
    • Successfully defended an age discrimination suit by the EEOC involving a laid-off salesman through multiple trials
    • Sued to enjoin use of trade secrets using a rapid action package of pleadings and expedited discovery
    • Secured favorable jury verdict for client sued for failing to pay overtime to highly compensated employee
    • Responded to strike suit like demand from high profile minority group threatening public claims to impact market cap
    • Assisted clients in maintaining non-union status in the face of organizing activity
    • Defended race, national origin, sex, ADA, and age cases in federal and state jury trials
    • Argued appeals in federal and state court
  • Admissions
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Global, USA: Labor & Employment, Chambers & Partners, 2014-2015
    • Chambers USA, Texas: Labor & Employment, Chambers & Partners, 2003-2017
    • Endorsed Lawyer - Cross-border Labour and Employee Benefits Handbook, PLC Which Lawyer?
    • Who's Who Legal, labour and employment, Law Business Research Ltd., 2013-2014
    • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2013-2014
    • Nation's 50 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon, 2008
    • Top 100, Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon, 2010-2016
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 1987-2018
    • Lawyer of the Year, labor and employment law, Best Lawyers, 2012-2013
    • World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyer, Expert Guides, 2014
    • Texas Super Lawyer, employment & labor, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2016
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Top 10 Texas Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Top 100 Texas Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2009, 2011-2012
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Top 50 Central & West Texas Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2013
    • Go-To-Guide, top-notch labor and employment lawyers, Texas Lawyer, 2007
    • Lawdragon 3000, Lawdragon, 2006
    • Best of Business Attorneys & Corporate Counsel, best lawyer in labor & employment law, Austin Business Journal, 2005
    • Best of Business Law, labor and employment, Austin Business Journal, 2004
    • AV Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
    • Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Marquis
    • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis
    • Who's Who in the World, Marquis
    • Who's Who in America, Marquis
  • Publications

    Editor:

    • Editor-in-Chief, Texas Employment Law Handbook - A Guide for Employers, Texas Association of Business (annual publication) 
    • Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law
    • Former Member, Editorial Review Board for The Texas Labor Letter (monthly publication for employers)

    Author:

    • Co-author, "The Unsettled World of Retaliation Claims under Dodd-Frank," Texas Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section's Winter Newsletter, January 2012
    • Co-author, "Texas Employees Get Ammunition: New Law Permits Guns in Employee Parking Areas," Fulbright Briefing, August 3, 2011
    • Co-author, "Supreme Court Deals a Heavy Blow to Colossal Discrimination Class Actions," Fulbright Alert, June 22, 2011
    • Co-author, "Technology Industry Hiring Practices: New Target for Antitrust Enforcers," Fulbright Briefing, June 2009
    • Contributor, The Developing Labor Law, Labor and Employment Law, ABA Section
    • "Giving Employees a Say at Work - Is It Legal?" The Texas Labor Letter, August 1999
    • "Texas Workforce Commission Adopts Payday Act Rules," The Texas Labor Letter, January 1999
    • "Trade Secrets - Have You Protected Your Assets?" The Texas Labor Letter, February 1997
  • Speaking engagements
    • "The Buck Stops With You!  How Worker Misclassification Affects The General Contractor," Associated General Contractors Texas Building Branch, San Antonio, Texas, July 2012 
    • "George Bush Lives: Regulatory Reform Under the ADA," Texas Employment Relations Symposium, Texas Association of Business, San Antonio, Texas, July 15-16, 2010
    • "Labor & Employment Update/A New Administration and Court Decisions: The Pendulum Swings Back," 21st Annual IEHRA Conference, October 2009
    • "Covering Your Assets: How to Protect Your Confidential and Trade Secret Information," Texas Association of Business SHRM Employment Relations Symposium, July 2009
    • "Unions Target Texas," Union Avoidance Training for Public Hospitals, May 2009
    • "Trade Secrets - What is Protected?" American Conference Institute's Expert Forum, May 2009
    • Co-presenter, "Understanding the ADA Amendments Act," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. National Web Seminar, October 2008
    • "Whose Right is Most Right; Guns in the Workplace," American Petroleum Labor Lawyers Association, Denver, Colorado, September 2008
    • "Labor Law Applies, Union or Not! What Nonunion Employers Need to Know About the National Labor Relations Act," 15th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, May 2008
    • "Employment Law and Union Issues, What Healthcare Lawyers Need to Know in 2007," Health Care Law, University of Houston Law Foundation, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Texas, Spring 2007
    • "Financial Leadership; Alternative Fee Arrangements," presented at the 8th Annual Conference of General Counsel, Texas General Counsel Forum, San Antonio, Texas, November 10, 2006
    • "Union Organizing in Your Own Backyard?" presented at the Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Second Annual Health Law Symposium, Austin, Texas, June 9, 2006
    • "Military Leave," Seventeenth Institute for Human Resource Management in Government, Austin, Texas, March 13, 2006
    • "Unions and the Healthcare Industry in Today's World," The Central Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Texas Hospital Association, Austin, Texas, February 22, 2006
  • Memberships and activities
    • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    • American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
    • American Employment Law Council
    • American Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas
      • High Tech Litigation course, Course Director
    • Travis County Bar Association
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
    • Travis County Bar Foundation, Founding Fellow
    • Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce
      •  Employment Relations Committee
    • The University of Texas Law School Employment & Law Symposium, Former Chair
    • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
    • Certified in Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1980)
    • Austin Area Research Organization, member of the Healthcare Committee
    • Texas General Counsel Forum, member of the Annual Meeting Committee
    • Headliners Club of Austin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Past President
    • Headliners Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees
    • Associated General Contractors of Texas, Building Branch, Legal Affairs Committee
    • Texas Association of Business, Board of Directors, member of the Executive Committee, member of the Employment Relations Committee
    • Capital of Texas Public Communications Council (KLRU-TV), Board of Directors, former President
    • Laguna Gloria Art Museum, former Chair and former President
    • Austin Museum of Art, former President
    • Zachary Scott Theater, former Vice-President
    • Institute of Texan Cultures, former member of the Board of Directors
    • St. Stephen's Episcopal School, former member of the Board of Directors
    • St. Andrew's School, former member of the Board of Directors
    • Austin Tomorrow Ongoing Committee, former Member
    • Austin Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, Founder
    • Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, Houston, co-Founder