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Brian Hayes counsels clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour claims, employee mobility and trade secrets, breach of contract, and defamation. Brian has deep experience advising clients on severance and release agreements, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, worker classification, creating employee handbooks and policies, reductions in force, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, and other employment law developments.

Prior Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Brian worked for two Am Law 100 firms focusing on employment, labor and workforce management. Recently, he has advised clients on issues related to COVID-19 including workplace safety plans, vaccine mandates, testing programs and return to office programs.

Before attending law school, Brian worked as a human resources and labor relations professional in the energy and telecommunications industries for nearly a decade. He uses that experience to help clients find solutions to their employment problems.

Personal Interests

Brian enjoys travelling in his free time.

Analyzing the Impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to End Affirmative Action
Analyzing the Impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to End Affirmative Action

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Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New Jersey
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


Boston University School of Law
J.D. cum laude (2017)

London School of Economics and Political Science
MSc in International Employment Relations & Human Resource Management, with Merit (2006)

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations (2004)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Dissecting challenges to employers’ diversity programs
    Indiana Employment Law Letter, September 1, 2023
    Great Lakes Employment Law Letter, Vol. 4, No. 9, September 2023

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • The Keith B. Hayes Foundation – Co-founder and Director
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