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Brian D. Carlson


Brian D. Carlson is a Partner at Schwartz Hannum PC.  Before joining the Firm, Brian practiced with major law firms in Boston and New York, counseling businesses in connection with workplace issues and representing employers in litigation, arbitration and agency proceedings.

Brian’s practice involves representing clients in the full gamut of labor and employment matters, including discrimination, harassment and contract claims, union election campaigns, collective bargaining issues, unfair labor practice charges, labor arbitrations, and ERISA claims.  Brian also assists employers with executive compensation issues, employment-related agreements, corporate downsizings, employment issues arising from corporate mergers and acquisitions, and compliance with federal and state employment statutes.

Brian also handles numerous matters for independent schools and other educational institutions, including education-related litigation, student and parent handbooks, enrollment agreements, disciplinary issues, and student policies.  In addition, Brian assists schools and other non-profit organizations with matters such as employment agreements, compensation benchmarking, and governance issues.

Brian is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  He regularly addresses employer and bar organizations on labor and employment law topics and has authored numerous articles published in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, New England In-House, and other publications.


New NLRB Majority Quickly Reverses Course On Obama-Era Holdings

SJC Ruling May Require Massachusetts Employers To Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use

DOJ/FTC Guidance Details Antitrust Pitfalls For Businesses In Employment Context

Gender-Identity Discrimination: Guidance From Massachusetts Agencies

Head Of School Employment Agreements: What Independent Schools Should Know

2017 Brings Increases In State Minimum Wage Rates

Planning For The Worst: Litigation Or Arbitration?

Federal Contractor's Costly Settlement Underscores Hazards Of Pre-Employment Tests

Federal Trade Secrets Statute Offers New Remedies For Employers

Massachusetts SJC Adopts Changes To Discovery Rules


Jane D. v. Hospital

John D. and Jane D. v. Private Club

Hospital v. 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Hospital v. 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

New England Health Care Employees Union v. Westport Health Care Center

New England Health Care Employees Union v. West River Health Care Center

New England Health Care Employees Union v. West River Health Care Center


Association Of Independent Schools In New England (AISNE) 2017 Annual Governance Conference

Employment Law Boot Camp (Day 2 of 2)

Employment Law Boot Camp (Day 1 of 2)

Brian D. Carlson



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  • Harvard Law School, cum laude (1994)
  • Williams College, magna cum laude (1991)

Bar Admissions

New York

U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • First Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association