Brian is an associate attorney and is a member of the firm’s School Law, Labor & Employment, and Municipal practice groups. Brian has experience guiding public and private sector employers through a variety of challenging legal situations including: navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, employee separations, employee leaves of absences and accommodations, and discrimination and respectful workplace issues.  In addition, Brian has experience with a variety of public sector issues, including First Amendment rights, and compliance with open meetings and public record laws.

Prior to attending law school, Brian was a music teacher in Illinois and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.  Brian uses his experience as an educator to assist clients, particularly when providing presentations and trainings on a wide range of legal topics. 

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Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

School Law

  • Presenter and Author, “So, You Want Your School District Employees to Work During a Pandemic, Do You?” Council of School Attorneys, 2020
  • Presenter, “Returning School District Employees to Work During COVID-19,” Council of School Attorneys, 2020
  • Presenter, “COVID-19: The Labor & Employment Landscape for Schools,” Council of School Attorneys, 2020
  • Presenter, “COVID-19:  Looking Forward with Lessons Learned and More Questions,” Council of School Attorneys, 2020
  • Presenter, “Emerging Issues During the Pandemic,” Wisconsin Association of School Personnel Administrators, 2020
  • Presenter, “Employee Concerted Activity and Speech,” Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, Online Legal Library, 2020
  • Presenter, “Legal Considerations for Building Administrators in an Election Year,” Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, 2020
  • Presenter, “Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Conditions,” Wisconsin Technical College System, 2019
  • Presenter, “Legal Update: Student Discipline,” CESA 2, 2018
  • Presenter, “Top Special Education Legal Mistakes,” National Business Institute, 2017
  • Presenter, "Help! We've Been Overrun by Federal Guidance," Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services, Spring Conference 2017
  • Author, “Key Legal Considerations Regarding Student and Staff Speech in an Election Year,” Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, 2020
  • Author, “Free Speech in the Racial Justice Era,” Wisconsin School News (Wisconsin Association of School Boards), 2020
  • Author, “Free Speech and Student Clothing,” Wisconsin School News (Wisconsin Association of School Boards), 2020
  • Author, “Liability Waivers and the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Wisconsin School News (Wisconsin Association of School Boards), 2020
  • Author, “The Haze Surrounding CBD,” Wisconsin School News (Wisconsin Association of School Boards), 2019
  • Author, “School Holiday Programs and the Establishment Clause,” Wisconsin School News (Wisconsin Association of School Boards), 2018
  • Author, “A Guide to Nonrenewing Teacher Contracts,” Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, 2017

Private Sector Employment

  • Presenter, “Recent Legal Developments and Important Considerations for Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management, 2020
  • Presenter, “Latest Issues in Wage and Hour Law,” Bagels & Coffee with Boardman Clark, 2020
  • Presenter, “Managing Employees Return to the Workplace During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Verona Area Chamber of Commerce, 2020
  • Presenter, “Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Conditions,” Dane County Bar Association, 2020
  • Presenter, “Navigating Employee Leaves, Disability, and Worker’s Compensation” Blackhawk Area Society for Human Resource Management, 2020
  • Presenter, “Recent Legal Developments: Workplace Law in Action,” Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management, 2019
  • Presenter, “The Annual Legal Update” Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management, Human Capital Conference, 2019 & 2020
  • Presenter, “Avoiding Legal Traps in Employee Handbooks,” Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management, 2019
  • Presenter, “Understanding Employer Responsibilities Regarding Sexual Harassment in the Wake of the #metoo Movement,” Dane County Buy Local, 2018
  • Presenter, “Taking a Closer Look at Harassment Policies and Procedures in the Wake of #metoo,” Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management, 2018
  • Presenter, “Taking a Fun Seriously at Work: The Line Between Humor and Illegal Harassment,” University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies, 2018
  • Presenter, “I Was Just Kidding: Responding to Harassment, Bullying and Humor in the Workplace,” Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management, 2018
  • Presenter, “Legal Issues Surrounding the Opioid Crisis and the Workplace,” Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management, 2018
  • Presenter, "Driving Employers Crazy: Employee Travel Pay and Travel Expense Reimbursement," HRWebAdvisor Webinar, 2017 & 2018
  • Presenter, “Employee Substance Abuse and Alcoholism: Navigating the Legal Labyrinth,” HRWebAdvisor Webinar, 2017

Community Involvement & Board Memberships

  • Greater Madison Area Society For Human Resource Management, Former Vice President of Programming, Current Programming Committee Member

Professional Memberships

  • Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Council of School Attorneys
  • Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services
  • Wisconsin Towns Association
  • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association
  • Wisconsin Public Employer Labor Relations Association
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2016
    • Order of the Coif
    • Wisconsin Law Review, Senior Note and Comment Editor, 2015-2016
    • Gwynette Smalley Law Review Prize, for special contribution to the Wisconsin Law Review, 2016
    • Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Award, for achievement in Professional Responsibilities, 2016
    • Wisconsin Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Scholarship Award, 2016
    • Mardi Gras Sports Law Moot Court Competition, 2015
    • Summer internship with the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights in Chicago, Illinois, 2014
    • Academic Awards for top performance in courses on Public Sector Labor Law, Professional Responsibilities, and Constitutional Law II
  • M.S., Educational Leadership, Northern Illinois University, 2010
    • Certified as a K-12 principal in Illinois
  • B.M., Music Education and Jazz Studies, with highest honors, DePaul University, 2005
    • Certified to teach K-12 music in Illinois

Brian’s Latest Writing & Presentations

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