“Thank you for helping us navigate through the challenges we faced with the student’s family and helping us bring it to a successful conclusion. We are truly grateful that we have you as part of our team.”
~ Finance Director, Independent School

“Clear, comprehensive, no hesitation, very experienced.”
~ Workshop Attendee, Independent Schools Association

“Excellent presentation – very approachable and engaged everyone.”
~ Workshop Attendee, Independent Schools Association

Brian B. Garrett

Partner

Brian B. Garrett is a partner and a member of the Firm’s Education and Labor and Employment Practice groups. He has extensive experience in a broad range of education, employment, and complex commercial litigation matters throughout the country, including in state and federal courts, in alternative resolution processes, and before various administrative agencies.

Brian focuses his practice on understanding and serving the needs of independent and boarding schools, colleges and universities, and early child care programs. Brian partners with many of the country’s leading independent and boarding schools to provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of school operations, including establishing new schools, student and parent issues, employment matters, school governance and leadership, and general risk management. He works closely with board chairs, heads of schools, financial officers, and other senior leadership members in tackling complex matters affecting school communities.

Brian advises clients on the full spectrum of student- and parent-related issues, including crisis management and student safety, disciplinary matters, responding to and investigating student interpersonal misconduct, accommodating applicants and students with disabilities, handling complex student mental health matters, supporting transgender, gender non-conforming, and LGTBQ students on campus, and managing challenging parental comportment issues. In the employment context, Brian guides clients with respect to issues involving hiring and on-boarding employees, wage-and-hour compliance, establishing and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries, performance management, and risky terminations. Brian also assists clients with the myriad compliance documents such as enrollment agreements, offer letters and employment agreements, student/parent handbooks, employee and faculty handbooks, trip permission and release forms, student health audits, separation and settlement agreements, and drafting various additional policies and authorizations.

Brian routinely travels to schools, professional development seminars, and school conferences nationwide to speak and provide training and workshops for faculty, staff, and senior leadership. Brian facilitates trainings on topics including establishing and maintaining healthy and appropriate boundaries, child abuse and neglect reporting, conducting thorough investigations into student and employee misconduct, operating safe school campuses, and other issues unique to the private school setting. He has extensive experience guiding investigations of and responses to allegations of sexual abuse and other sexual misconduct allegations.

Brian has advised and represented institutional and individual clients from a wide range of other industries, including restaurants and food services, technology, finance, and health care. He has defended clients in matters involving discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, wage and hour laws, trade secrets, breaches of non-compete or other restrictive covenants, and labor disputes, including election campaigns and unfair labor practice charges. He has considerable experience advising clients on the drafting and enforceability of post-employment restrictions.

Prior to joining the firm, Brian was an associate for four years at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s New York office. Prior to becoming an attorney, Brian worked for five years as a center and masters’ program coordinator at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Education. Brian received his B.A. from Boston College, his M.A. in Higher Education from Boston College, and his J.D., cum laude, from Fordham Law School.
 

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New NLRB Majority Poised To Reverse Important Obama-Era Decisions

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EVENTS

Supporting Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, And LGBTQ Students At Independent Schools

Employment Verification 201: I-9 Basics Refresher, I-9 Audits, And No-Match Letters

Risk Management Strategies For Off-Campus Trips And Activities

National Business Officers Association (NBOA) 2019 Annual Meeting

Accommodating Applicants And Students With Disabilities

The Association Of Boarding Schools (TABS) 2018 Annual Conference

Risk Management Strategies For Off-Campus Trips And Activities

Small Boarding School Association (SBSA) 2018 Conference

National Business Officers Association (NBOA) 2018 Annual Meeting "In Tune With Excellence"

Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) 2017 Annual Conference "Blazing A Trail To Learning"

E-Alerts

NLRB General Counsel Guidance Clarifies Work Rule Landscape Following Boeing

EEOC Report Details Strategies For Employers To Curb Workplace Harassment

Massachusetts Superior Court Adopts Strict Test For Compensating Employee Meal Breaks

Brian B. Garrett

Contact

bgarrett@shpclaw.com

T: (978) 623-0900

F: (978) 623-0908

 

Education

  • Fordham Law School, cum laude (2012)
  • Boston College, M.A. Higher Education Administration (2007)
  • Boston College (2004)

Distinctions

Selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2019)

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
New York
New Jersey

U.S. District Courts

  • Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New Jersey

U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • Second Circuit
  • Third Circuit