Brian S. ConneelyPartner
Brian represents and counsels clients on employment disputes, litigations, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, arbitrations and employment terminations.
A partner at Rivkin Radler for over 20 years, Brian has over 35 years of experience in all facets of employment law, labor law and litigation in courts, arbitrations and government agencies.
Brian was named 2021 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law for Long Island by Best Lawyers. This recognition is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Brian was also named 2022 and 2023 Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law and Labor Law for the 5th consecutive year and was also selected a 2022 New York Metro Super Lawyer for the 6th consecutive year. Brian has also previously been featured as a “Who’s Who in Labor Law” in Long Island Business News and has received a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating by his peers in 2020 for the 22nd consecutive year. Additionally, Long Island Business News recognized Brian with the Leadership in Law Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
Brian’s clients include healthcare providers, law firms, manufacturers, technology companies, financial firms, professionals, executives, associations and small businesses. He regularly advises his clients on employment, labor, corporate, contracts and commercial matters. He provides supervisory training to his clients, counseling 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 restrictions, separation agreements, employee handbooks, and company policies to protect client rights and trade secrets and 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 handles matters before the National Labor Relations Board (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 has received an Award of Recognition from the Suffolk County Bar Association 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