Brian J. Christensen is the Office Managing Principal and Litigation Manager of the Kansas City Region, Kansas, 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. 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. 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 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
•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]
December 12, 2014
Fix for Unions' Declining Membership? NLRB Issues Quickie Election Rule
December 12, 2014
A divided National Labor Relations Board (3-2) has issued its long-awaited final rule governing the conduct of representation elections, reducing the time between the filing of a representation petition and the election through procedural changes. The 700-page rule will take effect April 14, 2015. The Board also provides a chart
Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report
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.
By Brian J. Christensen
In the News
March 16, 2015
Brian Christensen and Rick Connors Discuss Kansas City Region Expansion
March 16, 2015
Brian Christensen and Rick Connors are quoted in Law 360's Jackson Lewis Adds Ex-Stinson Leonard Employment Atty. View Article (subscription may be required)
March 11, 2015
Jackson Lewis Adds Richard Connors in Kansas City
March 11, 2015
KANSAS CITY, KS (March 11, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Richard L. Connors has joined the firm's Kansas City Region office as Shareholder. Mr. Connors, who was previously with Stinson Leonard Street, has over 25 years of experience
February 8, 2015
The Telegraph Herald
Brian Christensen Discusses Jackson Lewis' Billable Hour Initiative
February 8, 2015
Brian Christensen discusses Jackson Lewis' billable hour initiative in The Telegraph Herald's Performance evaluations just got a bit tougher. View Article (subscription may be required)
Bar Fellowship: of the Missouri Bar Foundation
Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute Member:
bar & professional association memberships
American Health Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
International Association of Defense Counsel