Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
For the past 19 years, Mr. Harrison has devoted his practice exclusively to the representation of companies in the area of labor and employment law.
Mr. Harrison’s practice includes counseling and advising clients on employment-related matters such as work related investigations, leave and attendance issues, and disciplinary and termination decisions. He has litigated labor and employment-related matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including individual and class action claims under Title VII, the ADA, ERISA, the ADEA, the FMLA, collective action claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and represented employers in labor and employment arbitrations and administrative proceedings. Mr. Harrison regularly counsels clients on employment-related matters, particularly those involving FMLA/ADA workplace issues. Mr. Harrison has extensive experience advising clients in wage and hour audits with the Department of Labor, as well as handling class and collective action claims in state and federal courts.
Mr. Harrison’s practice also includes matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act. Mr. Harrison has assisted both governmental and non-governmental clients with their labor related issues, including labor arbitrations, contract negotiations, and union organizing. He has represented clients in several industries, including the construction, steel, telecommunications, utility, chemical, pharmaceutical, health care, distribution, and transportation industries. He regularly arbitrates cases for clients in these industries, and has worked with clients in resolving issues with various unions, including the Steelworkers, Teamsters, Laborers, Operating Engineers, and Chemical Workers.
In addition, Mr. Harrison has particular expertise in matters arising under the Railway Labor Act, including major/minor disputes, arbitration reviews, strike threats, union representation issues, federal and state law RLA preemption matters, and collective bargaining disputes. He has handled matters in federal courts, as well as before the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and National Mediation Board (NMB).
Finally, Mr. Harrison represents clients in non-compete and trade secret litigation in federal and state courts , including claims for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, computer fraud and abuse, and violation of the Stored Electronic Communications Act. He has helped clients enforce restrictive covenants and helped clients navigate the hiring of employees subject to restrictive covenants. He has served as an adjunct professor at St. Louis University School of Law, where he taught a class on non-compete and trade secret litigation. on non-compete and trade secret litigation.