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Brian Morrison has concentrated his practice in labor and employment law for over 30 years. Prior to joining Garvey Schubert Barer in 1981, he practiced for four years at the National Labor Relations Board.

He has extensive experience in labor relations, including: formulating and coordinating labor relations strategies for companies; acting as chief spokesperson and strategist in collective bargaining negotiations; assisting companies in responding to union organizing campaigns; providing counsel regarding administration of union contracts; and litigating arbitration disputes.

Brian also assists clients in their implementation of personnel policies; provides counsel on all aspects of the employment relationship; and furnishes advice on the legal and employment aspects of business decisions, such as acquisitions and workforce reductions.

He conducts seminars for clients on a variety of employment topics including union campaigns, labor relations guidelines, employment practices, discipline of employees and recent legal developments.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Labor Law Section, American Bar Association, 1985-present
  • Member, Washington State Society of Hospital Attorneys, 1986-2005
  • Member, Board of Directors, Washington-Oregon Shippers Cooperative Association, 1994-2000
  • Chair, Executive Committee, Garvey Schubert Barer, 1997-2000
  • Member, Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference Committee, 1980-1993

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Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances

  • "How to Manage the Minefield of Wage and Hour Regulations as a Healthcare Employer," Garvey Schubert Barer
    Portland, OR, 5.25.11
  • "The Employee Free Choice Act: Preparing Before It's Too Late," Garvey Schubert Barer
    Seattle, WA, 1.14.09
  • "Seizing the Initiative Following San Manuel: Preparation for Union Activity at Tribal Enterprises," Garvey Schubert Barer
    Seattle, WA, 5.24.07


  • Washington, 1977


University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1977

College of William & Mary, B.A., with honors, 1970

Honors | Recognitions

  • Recipient of the Oregon LERA "Management Practitioner of the Year" award, 2010
  • Named a "Top Lawyer" for Labor and Employment in Seattle Met magazine, 2010
  • Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Labor and Employment, 2010-2017; Labor Law - Management, 2018-2020
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2000, 2002-2003 and 2005-2015; named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2014-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated


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