W. Brian Holladay
- National L&E Compliance
- Employment Litigation
- Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets
- Business & Tort Litigation
- J.D., 2006, Duke University School of Law, magna cum laude
- Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy
- B.A., 2003, Furman University, magna cum laude
Brian represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law. As co-chair of the Firm’s National Compliance team, he frequently advises employers on compliance with national, state, and local legal requirements. Brian’s areas of expertise include guiding employers through the disciplinary and termination process, leave and other accommodation requests, pay equity and transparency laws, and fair workweek legislation. Brian drafts employee handbooks and other policies, employment agreements, and restrictive covenants (such as non-compete, non-solicit, and confidentiality agreements).
Brian also defends employers in courts and administrative agencies across the country. Clients rely on Brian for the defense of employment-related claims such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the National Labor Relations Act. Likewise, Brian assists with high-stakes government audits and investigations, including matters before the EEOC, DOL Wage and Hour Division, OFCCP, and OSHA.
Brian has earned a reputation for his expertise in issues related to the use of staffing agencies, including contracting issues, managing co-employment risk, and defending claims filed by staffing agency employees. He also litigates business torts and contract disputes.
Brian grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Furman University, where he was captain of the Track and Field team. Prior to joining the firm, Brian served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerrilyn G. Brill of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Brian earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law. He is now a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law. He teaches a course called A Practitioner’s Guide to Employment Law.
In his free time, Brian enjoys coaching his children’s youth sports teams.
Professional Affiliations and Organizations
Atlanta Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, past Board member
Duke Club of Atlanta, Secretary
Bleckley Inn of Court, Barrister
Brian frequently conducts training and is a sought-after speaker on a wide variety of labor and employment law topics. His recent speeches include:
How to Avoid the Bermuda Triangle of ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation
The Magic of Paper – How Employers Can Reduce Their Liability with Proper Documentation
Do the Right Thing: Sexual Harassment and Bystander Training
What to Expect When Your Employee is Expecting: Complying with Federal/State/Local Laws Concerning Pregnancy and Beyond
Don’t Let Employees Abuse the FMLA Process
Advanced Deposition Strategy for Employment Law Practitioners
Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace without Violating Title VII
Up in the Air: The Right Way for a Manager to Terminate and Employee
Getting in the Weeds: Marijuana Laws and the Workplace
Stop Right There: How to Get Lawsuits Dismissed with Labor Preemption
Recent Trends in Employment Law