Brian J. LaClair

Brian represents unions in both the private and public sectors in a broad variety of labor and employment matters, including collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, National Labor Relations Board proceedings, and litigation. He also represents individual employees in all areas of workplace law, including employment contracts, severance agreements, wage and hour issues, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, and others.

Brian is a member of several professional associations, including the A.F.L.-C.I.O. Lawyer’s Coordinating Committee, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Federal Court Bar Association (NDNY), the Onondaga County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester and went on to obtain his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law, where he served on the Syracuse Law Review. Prior to joining Blitman & King, Brian was Law Clerk to the Honorable David N. Hurd, United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York, and also worked at a major law firm in New York City.

Brian was born and raised in the City of Syracuse and currently resides there with his wife Kate and their three young children.

Brian J. LaClair
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Areas Of Practice
Education
  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
    • Magna Cum Laude
    • Syracuse Law Review, Associate Notes Editor
    • Order of the Coif
    • Justinian Honorary Law Society
    • CALI Award, Appellate Advocacy Skills
    • Thomas Tang Moot Court Team, 2005 Regional Champion, Best Overall Oral Advocate
  • B.A. (History) - University of Rochester

Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
 

Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, “Protected Status vs. Unprotected Disparagement Appeals to Corporations, Customers, and Government,” United Steelworkers Educational Conference, Syracuse, New York (February 2012)
  • Speaker, “The Duty of Fair Representation,” United Steelworkers Educational Conference, Syracuse, New York (February 2013)
  • Panelist, “Bullying: From the Playground to the Workplace,” ABA Employment Rights & Responsibilities Subcommittee Midwinter Meeting, Miami, Florida (March 2013)
  • Panelist, “Bullies in the Workplace,” ABA Labor & Employment Section Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2013)
  • Panelist, “Balancing Interests in a BYOD World,” ABA Employment Rights & Responsibilities Subcommittee Midwinter Meeting, Los Cabos, Mexico (March 2014)
  • Panelist, “Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Essentials Webinar,” ABA Center for Professional Development (April 2014)
  • Panelist, “Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Compliance: Hot Topics,” New York State Bar Association Public Sector Labor Relations Conference, Syracuse, New York (June 2014)
  • Panelist, “College Athletes Players Association v. Northwestern University: Implications of the NLRB Regional Director’s Decision That Scholarship Football Players Are Employees Under the National Labor Relations Act,” Federal Court Bar Association, Northern District of New York, Hamilton, New York (August 2014)
  • Speaker, “Selected Topics in Grievance-Handling & Arbitration,” Union Community Activist Network Training, Utica, New York (November 2014)
  • Speaker, “Selected Topics in Grievance-Handling & Arbitration,” United Steelworkers Educational Conference, Syracuse, New York (February 2015)
  • Panelist, “The Top 10 Things Any Lawyer Needs to Know about Employment Rights,” Onondaga County Bar Association, Syracuse, New York (July 2015)
  • Panelist, “Unionization of College Athletes,” CNY Labor & Employment Relations Association, Syracuse, New York (October 2015)
  • Speaker, “Handling Grievances and Taking a Case to Arbitration,” Union Community Activist Network Training, Utica, New York (January 2016)
  • Speaker, “The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) in the Unionized Workplace,” United Steelworkers Educational Conference, Syracuse, New York (February 2016)

Affiliations
  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section; Employment Rights & Responsibilities Subcommittee)
  • Former Co-Chair, National Programs Subcommittee (Basics), ABA, Labor & Employment Section
  • New York State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Federal Court Bar Association, Northern District of New York
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
  • National Employment Lawyers Association