Brian S. ConneelyPartner
Brian S. Conneely represents and counsels clients in connection with National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) elections, labor strikes, union organizational attempts, collective bargaining, picketing, secondary boycotts and employment law disputes.
A partner at Rivkin Radler, Brian has over 30 years of experience in employment law, labor law, and employment-related litigation in federal and state courts as well as before federal, state, and local agencies.
Brian has been named to the 2017 and 2018 Best Lawyers in America in Employment and Labor by U.S. News & World Report. He was selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment Law in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 and also has been featured in the “Who’s Who in Labor Law” in Long Island Business News. In connection with his legal practice, Brian also received a Martindale-Hubbel AV PreeminentTM rating by his peers in 2015 and in prior years.
Brian’s clients include healthcare providers, securities firms, manufacturers, technology companies, not-for-profits, universities, associations and small businesses. He regularly advises his clients on employment, labor, corporate, contracts and commercial matters. He provides supervisory training to his clients, counselling with respect to mergers and acquisitions, partnership and shareholder agreements and disputes, successor and joint employer issues. Brian is also frequently called upon to draft and update employment contracts, non-compete clauses, separation agreements, employee handbooks, and company policies to comply with new laws, regulations, court decisions, and workplace issues.
He represents clients in labor arbitrations and grievances, unfair labor practice charges, employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, as well as in wage and hour disputes. He regularly appears before the NLRB and in proceedings before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
A former law clerk for a U.S. district court judge, Brian also has substantial experience handling non-compete, trade secret, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), partnership, securities, FINRA, and commercial litigations and arbitrations.
Brian is deeply committed to the practice of labor and employment law. In connection with his practice, Brian received an Award of Recognition from the Suffolk County Bar Association in 2012 for his service and continued dedication to the development of the Suffolk Academy of Law’s continuing legal education program. A former officer of the Suffolk Academy of Law and a former adjunct professor at Hofstra Law School and the New York Institute of Technology, Brian frequently lectures and publishes on critical and emerging legal issues affecting the workplace.
Brian previously served as chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee for the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association and chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
926 RXR Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556-0926
New YorkCourt Admissions
United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts
United States Court of Appeals, Second and Fourth Circuits
Appellate Courts in New York StateBar Affiliations
American Bar Association
Nassau County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Suffolk County Bar AssociationEducation
Hofstra University School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Duke University, B.A. in Economics and Political Science
Honors: Hofstra Law Review