Easley, Brian West

77 West WackerChicago, IL 60601- 1692

Updated: 01/07/2014


Brian Easley represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His practice is focused on labor management relations, and he has extensive experience representing employers in collective bargaining, union organizing and decertification proceedings, unfair labor practice proceedings, strikes and picketing disputes, corporate campaigns, neutrality and card check agreements, bankruptcy, arbitration proceedings, and labor litigation. His traditional labor practice extends...


Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
  • Global Infrastructure & Project Finance
  • Collective Bargaining, Contract Enforcement & Union Organizing
  • Employment Aspects of Corporate Transactions
  • NLRB Proceedings & Appeals
  • Projects & Infrastructure

Representative Cases

  • Albertson's negotiates industrywide multi-employer collective bargaining agreement , (2009)
  • Alderwoods negotiates collective bargaining agreements involving more than 20 Chicago facilities
  • Alderwoods successfully defends against union organizing petition
  • American Commercial Lines defends against suit alleging violations under LMRA and ERISA
  • American Commercial Lines obtains summary judgment in multi-million dollar retiree medical benefits case , (2010)
  • American Commerical Lines is successful in collective bargaining negotiations with United Mineworkers of America, District 12, Local 2452
  • American Steamship negotiates with American Maritime Officers , (2011)
  • American Steamship negotiates with USW for successor agreement with operating crew of its great lakes fleet , (2010)
  • Arctic Glacier acquires Koldkist Pacific Cold Storage, and K, H & P , (2009)
  • Arctic Glacier acquires operations of Kar Ice , (2009)
  • Arctic Glacier acquires Tropic Ice Partners
  • Arctic Glacier sells business and assets to affiliates of H.I.G. Capital for approximately $435 million , (2012)
  • BOC Group settles favorably in ERISA class action
  • Bridgestone/Firestone defends against NLRB case involving withdrawal of recognition of union
  • Bridgestone/Firestone negotiates collective bargaining and strike activity with union
  • Bridgestone/Firestone negotiates final settlement with USWA and dismisses unfair labor practice charges , (2009)
  • Bulkmatic Transport opposes nationwide union organizing drive by Teamsters
  • Clearlight Cream sells Bocchi Laboratories , (2009)
  • Clearlight Cream sells Medicia Corporation , (2009)
  • Continental Automotive Systems favorably resolves issues in connection with effects bargaining pertaining to closure of Alabama facility , (2011)
  • Continental Automotive Systems obtains ruling to have putative class action case regarding retiree medical benefits transferred , (2011)
  • Continental Automotive Systems successfully negotiates with IAMAW regarding Newport News, VA facility , (2010)
  • Continental Tire appeals judgment compelling arbitration of employee grievances , (2009)
  • Continental Tire is successful against unfair labor practice charge , (2009)
  • Continental Tire obtains favorable outcome in arbitrations involving USW
  • Continental Tire obtains preliminary approval in settlement in ERISA class action
  • Continental Tire obtains reaches favorable settlement in case asserting claims under ERISA
  • Continental Tire successfully defends against unfair labor practice charges , (2009)
  • Continental Tire successfully opposes organizing efforts by union , (2009)
  • Encyclopedia Britannica defeats injunction motion in former officer's ERISA action
  • Federated sells Bridal Group division to Leonard Green and The Men's Wearhouse , (2009)
  • International Steel Group seeks labor advice in acquisition of certain steel manufacturing and related facilities
  • J.F. Lehman acquires ACR Electronics , (2012)
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Doss Aviation , (2012)
  • J.F. Lehman acquires National Response Corporation and affiliated businesses , (2012)
  • Jeffboat, a subsidiary of American Commercial Lines, successfully negotiates with Teamsters Local 89 , (2009)
  • Jones Day prepares report for Bosnia and Herzegovina on anti-discrimination laws , (2012)
  • Kaiser Aluminum negotiates various aspects of labor matters in bankruptcy
  • Levy Company wins summary judgment in collective bargaining agreement dispute with union , (2009)
  • LTV Corp negotiates labor benefits with the USWA
  • Mahle GmbH acquires Siemens VDO Automotive's air intake module and air filtration business , (2009)
  • Matsu acquires Morton Metalcraft , (2009)
  • National Railway Labor Conference goes before Presidential Emergency Board resulting in major victory for rail industry , (2011)
  • National telecommunications company seeks union organizing advice under a Neutrality and Card Check Agreement
  • Northstar Aerospace negotiates labor issues and nine-month strike by the IEU workers , (2009)
  • Parallel acquires Mealey’s Furniture and Mattress , (2009)
  • Parallel fund acquires Superior Auto and SAC Finance , (2012)
  • Patriarch Partners recapitalizes Dura Automotive , (2010)
  • Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company acquires SPi Technologies for $158 million , (2009)
  • Prairie Material Sales acquired by Votorantim Cimentos North America , (2009)
  • Resilience Capital sells business unit of ASC Signal Corporation , (2009)
  • Richland-Stryker, a unit of Quintana Minerals Corporation, acquires two gas-fired peaking facilities from First Energy , (2011)
  • Tetra Pak successfully opposed organizing efforts by USW in Texas , (2009)
  • Veolia Environnement sells U.S. solid waste business to Star Atlantic Waste for $1.9 billion , (2012)
  • Verizon defends against labor arbitrations involving contract administration and enforcement with the IBEW and CWA , (2009)
  • Victor Acquisition Corp., affiliate of Resilience Capital Partners, acquires substantially all assets of Victor Oolitic Stone Company in 363 sale , (2009)
  • Wabash seeks labor advice in acquisition of 31 facilities from Fruehauf Trailer Corp.
  • Wasserstein & Co. sells Meyer Material Company to Aggregate Industries , (2009)
  • Weir Group acquires Novatech for £113m (US$176 million) , (2012)
  • Weir Group acquires Seaboard Holdings for US$675 million , (2011)
  • Westinghouse Government Services obtains injunction to settle strike , (2009)
  • Westinghouse wins summary judgment in FLSA collective action alleging misclassification of supervisory employees
  • Woodward acquires HR Textron Inc. from Textron Inc. for $365 million , (2009)
  • Woodward acquires MPC Products for $383 million , (2009)
  • Woodward sells Woodward HRT, Inc. Fuel and Pneumatics product line to TransDigm , (2009)


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Texas


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1990
  • University of Dallas, 1987
    Honors: with Honors


Published Works

  • NLRB Finds NLRA Violation for Asking Employees to Refrain From Discussing Ongoing Internal Investigations, 2012
  • Rude, Crude and Now Socially Acceptable: Protection of Social Media Communications under the National Labor Relations Act, American Bar Association, Business Law Section, 2012
  • NLRB Acting General Counsel Issues Enforcement Guidance on Social Media Policies, 2012
  • Circuit Court Temporarily Enjoins NLRB's Mandatory Posting Rule, 2012
  • NLRB Extends Date For Mandatory Postings to April 30, 2012, 2012
  • Labor Board Purports to Invalidate Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements, 2012
  • NLRB Issues Controversial Decision on Standard for Unit Appropriateness Determinations, 2011
  • NLRB Issues Rule Mandating Notices Informing Employees About Rights to Organize, 2011
  • Labor Management Law Answer Book 2011-12, Practising Law Institute, 2011
  • Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media in the Workplace—Is The NLRB Your "Friend"?, 2011
  • Labor & Employment Alert: New Process Steel, L.P. v. NLRB: Supreme Court Invalidates Hundreds of Decisions Issued by Two-Member Board, 2010
  • Labor & Employment Alert: Federal Government Contractors Must Post Notice of Employee Rights to Organize, 2010
  • Is Coordinating Medicare-Based Benefits with Retiree Medical-Plan Benefits a Form of Age Discrimination?, 2007
  • Kentucky River Trilogy: Recent NLRB Decisions Clarify the Definition of the Term “Supervisor” Under the NLRA, 2006
  • The Developing Labor Law, contributing editor, 1999
  • Texas Employment Law, contributing author, 1998
  • Creating a Records Management Program, Employee Relations Bulletin, 1996

Office Information


77 West WackerChicago, IL 60601- 1692


  • (312) 782-8585


When viewing a listing, consider the state advertising restrictions to which lawyers and law firms must adhere, as well as our West Legal Directory disclaimers. Some lawyers publish comparative information regarding the services that they provide which may be subject to specific comparative communications restrictions.

Map Location

Please enable JavaScript to view the map.

How do I choose a lawyer?

Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?

Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?

Here are a few to get you started:

  • How long have you been in practice?
  • How many cases like mine have you handled?
  • How often do you settle cases out of court?
  • What are your fees and costs?
  • What are the next steps?

Want to check lawyer discipline?