Brian has obtained summary adjudication in class action alleging unpaid overtime against national provider of in-home respiratory care services.
Obtained dismissal of nation-wide collective action alleging violations of Fair Labor Standards Act by class of delivery drivers.
Defeated certification in class action alleging “off-the-clock” work by store managers of national photocopier company.
Prevailed in administrative trial upholding the independent contractor status of a class of adjunct faculty and lecturers at one of nation’s leading film schools.
Successfully negotiated numerous favorable class action settlements for national and international companies.
Obtained summary judgment of pregnancy discrimination claims against leading on-line postage company.
Successfully used anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss sexual harassment and defamation claims.
Successfully defended employer against claims for theft of trade secrets and unfair competition arising out hiring competitor’s employees.
Advising clients daily in compliance with California law concerning wage and hour, equal employment, disability accommodation, arbitration and unfair competition.
University of California at Hastings College of the Law (J.D., cum laude, 1991)
University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, 1988) National Merit Scholar
Founding Partner, Van Vleck & Zaller LLP
Partner, Carlton DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Assoc./Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Assoc., Graham & James, LLP
Assoc., Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
Judicial Extern to Hon. Vaughn Walker, United States District Court, Northern District of California (1990)
Admitted To Practice In
All California State Courts
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Eastern District of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California