Client Focus

Hospitals and Healthcare
Public Sector
Food Services
Building Management Services
Retail Establishments

Government Experience

  • Solicitor of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington DC

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1984
  • B.A., Manhattan College, 1980
  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 1979


  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law, Litigation Sections
    New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section

    New York City Bar Association

    Fordham Law School Alumni Association

    The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in the City of New York

    The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in the County of Westchester

    New York Athletic Club
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Brian J. Clark


A partner in Venable‚Äôs Labor and Employment Group, Brian Clark has an extensive and impressive labor and employment background with over 25 years of experience.  His portfolio encompasses both the private and public sector in areas including trial work, labor negotiations, arbitrations, client counseling and administrative proceedings before federal, state and local agencies.

Brian serves as chief labor negotiator for a number of clients in both the private and public sectors.  He frequently represents clients in state and federal courts in a variety of labor, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, ERISA and non-competition litigation.  He has litigated a significant number of cases through trial.  Brian possesses a strong background in administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the NYS Public Employment Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and various state and local government agencies.  He has extensive arbitration experience.  Brian also frequently counsels clients on the prevention and resolution of workplace disputes, on their compliance with the variety of laws governing the workplace and on the labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions.  

Throughout his career, Brian has represented a diverse assemblage of companies including Fortune 500 companies, various private companies across multiple industries, state and governmental entities, nonprofits, public and private healthcare organizations, educational institutions and public private partnerships (PPP) stressing client service and relationships.  Brian came to Venable from a boutique New York City firm which devoted its practice to representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law.  He began his career with the U.S. Solicitor of Labor in Washington, DC.

Brian also has a long history of pro bono legal service and charitable and civic involvement.  He currently serves as a Board Member for the CJ Foundation for SIDS, a national non-profit devoted to eliminating the tragedy of sudden unexpected infant deaths and early childhood deaths; as a Trustee for Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, New York, an all-boy Marist high school and middle school in the Bronx that offers students subsidized tuition and financial sponsorship; and as General Counsel and Secretary for Sammon-BUILD Center HDFC, a transitional housing shelter for single mothers in the Bronx.  He also is Co-Founder and Board Member of the Pelham Community Rowing Association, a nonprofit organization devoted to making rowing available to the general public, which has built and continues to operate a boathouse in Glen Island Park, Westchester County.