Brian partners with employees of all sizes – from small family-owned businesses to multi-national Fortune 500 companies – to help them effectively manage the issues they face on a daily basis in an increasingly regulated workplace. Brian focuses much of his practice on educating and assisting employers in their use of 21st century technology in their workplaces and its impact on cybersecurity, employee privacy, and trade secret protection. Brian also counsels employers on the wide range of federal and state employment laws, including the Family & Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

When employment-related disputes escalate to litigation, Brian represents management interests in employment and workers’ compensation matters in both union and non-union environments. In fact, he devotes a large portion of his practice to defending employers in litigation involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, allegations related to workplace injuries and occupational diseases (including employment intentional tort litigation), as well as claims arising under ERISA. Brian also has significant experience advising employers and litigating the enforcement of rights and obligations under non-compete agreements and laws relating to misappropriation of trade secrets.

In the workers' compensation discipline, Brian helps both state-funded and self-insured employers manage their Ohio workers’ compensation programs and defend against individual claims. Viewing workers’ compensation from a general employment law perspective, he helps employers understand how their approach to workers’ compensation is impacted by federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and ERISA and state law concepts addressing workers’ compensation retaliation and employment intentional tort.

Brian is a Certified Information Privacy Professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world’s leading association of privacy and security professionals, and is a Certified Specialist in Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law by the Ohio State Bar Association.

As editor of the firm’s Employer Law Report blog, Brian is constantly reviewing recent cases, legislation, and other employment law developments and helping our clients understand how these changes may impact their organizations. More information and updates can be found on his Twitter feed @BrianDHallEsq, including employment law news, resources and views.

Brian is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment and Workers’ Compensation - Employers and has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation Law.


  • University of North Carolina School of Law  (J.D., 1985)
  • State University of New York at Albany  (B.S., 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Ohio Court of Appeals
  • Ohio Court of Common Pleas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Honors & Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Workers' Compensation Law - Employers


  • Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Member, Community Board
  • Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Member, Board of Commissioners, 2011-2017