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Brian M. Stolzenbach

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5551
Fax: (312) 460-7551
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Mr. Stolzenbach is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is a creative yet practical counselor, litigator and negotiator.  Capable of designing and executing different strategies and tactics for different situations, he seeks first and foremost to understand his client’s objectives before charting a path forward. Consistent with his adaptable approach, Mr. Stolzenbach has significant experience representing and counseling employers in many different industries, including hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, energy, warehousing and distribution, telecommunications, financial services, waste management, print and broadcast media, airline and ground transportation, higher education, and retail.   

Mr. Stolzenbach is particularly well versed in the field of labor relations law and serves as Vice Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employee Relations Practice Group.  He represents his clients in labor negotiations, unfair labor practice proceedings, grievance and interest arbitrations, Section 301 and 303 litigation, NLRB representation proceedings, and litigation involving the Railway Labor Act.  Over the years, he has dealt with every major private sector labor union in the country.  He also provides employers with legal and practical advice on a wide spectrum of labor relations issues, including lockouts and strikes, neutrality agreements, corporate campaigns, traditional organizing campaigns, withdrawal liability and other employee benefits matters, successorship and other subjects related to mergers and acquisitions, leased employees, employee committees, and labor-related bankruptcy issues.  

In addition to his labor relations practice, Mr. Stolzenbach maintains a robust employment litigation practice.  Equally comfortable pursuing victory on a motion or at trial, equally at ease before a jury, a private arbitrator, a trial judge, or an appellate panel, Mr. Stolzenbach defends employers against any kind of legal claim their employees and former employees can imagine.  He has defended claims of discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, fraud, promissory estoppel, defamation, and breach of fiduciary duty.  He has defended federal claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Section 1981 and Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA), and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  He has also defended claims under a variety of state and local laws in California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.  All that said, he works with his clients on a daily basis to avoid litigation by training and counseling them on employment law and sound employee relations.

Although Mr. Stolzenbach’s practice is focused on labor and employment law, it is not strictly limited to that realm.  In a related practice area, he defends lawsuits brought by students against their current or former educational institutions.  He has also represented his clients in litigation involving municipal contracting and the Fourteenth Amendment, the separation of powers within local government, and the alleged intimidation of witnesses.  During law school, he served as a Felony Trial Division Intern in the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for Washtenaw County, Michigan, where he tried and won several cases and provided substantial assistance in the successful prosecution of murderers and sex offenders.  In addition, he served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Patrick J. Duggan of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Mr. Stolzenbach is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is a creative yet practical counselor, litigator and negotiator.  Capable of designing and executing different strategies and tactics for different situations, he seeks first and foremost to understand his client’s objectives before charting a path forward. Consistent with his adaptable approach, Mr. Stolzenbach has significant experience representing and counseling employers in many different industries, including hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, energy, warehousing and distribution, telecommunications, financial services, waste management, print and broadcast media, airline and ground transportation, higher education, and retail.   

Mr. Stolzenbach is particularly well versed in the field of labor relations law and serves as Vice Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employee Relations Practice Group.  He represents his clients in labor negotiations, unfair labor practice proceedings, grievance and interest arbitrations, Section 301 and 303 litigation, NLRB representation proceedings, and litigation involving the Railway Labor Act.  Over the years, he has dealt with every major private sector labor union in the country.  He also provides employers with legal and practical advice on a wide spectrum of labor relations issues, including lockouts and strikes, neutrality agreements, corporate campaigns, traditional organizing campaigns, withdrawal liability and other employee benefits matters, successorship and other subjects related to mergers and acquisitions, leased employees, employee committees, and labor-related bankruptcy issues.  

In addition to his labor relations practice, Mr. Stolzenbach maintains a robust employment litigation practice.  Equally comfortable pursuing victory on a motion or at trial, equally at ease before a jury, a private arbitrator, a trial judge, or an appellate panel, Mr. Stolzenbach defends employers against any kind of legal claim their employees and former employees can imagine.  He has defended claims of discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, fraud, promissory estoppel, defamation, and breach of fiduciary duty.  He has defended federal claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Section 1981 and Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA), and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  He has also defended claims under a variety of state and local laws in California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.  All that said, he works with his clients on a daily basis to avoid litigation by training and counseling them on employment law and sound employee relations.

Although Mr. Stolzenbach’s practice is focused on labor and employment law, it is not strictly limited to that realm.  In a related practice area, he defends lawsuits brought by students against their current or former educational institutions.  He has also represented his clients in litigation involving municipal contracting and the Fourteenth Amendment, the separation of powers within local government, and the alleged intimidation of witnesses.  During law school, he served as a Felony Trial Division Intern in the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for Washtenaw County, Michigan, where he tried and won several cases and provided substantial assistance in the successful prosecution of murderers and sex offenders.  In addition, he served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Patrick J. Duggan of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan, cum laude
    ABA-BNA Labor Law Award
    Book Award in Law & Bioethics
  • A.B., University of Missouri, cum laude with Honors in History
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Curators Scholar
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee 

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section, Committees on Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA, and Railway and Airline Labor Law)