Brian S. Cousin focuses on employment litigation and counseling, ERISA and benefits litigation, executive contract negotiations, complex commercial litigation, and international arbitration. He is head of the Firm’s International Employment Practice Group and co-head of the Firm’s ERISA and benefits litigation practice.

Brian has more than 30 years of experience handling class action and complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, close corporation and partnership disputes and arbitration matters. Brian has successfully handled many types of litigation and arbitration matters involving such claims as theft of trade secrets, fraud, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, defamation, violation of restrictive covenants (including non-competition and non-solicitation provisions), unfair competition, discrimination and retaliation, indemnification and advancement of legal fees, and violations of the following federal statutes: ERISA, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), Sarbanes-Oxley, and the civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

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  • The Legal 500 2014 to 2020, United States: Labor and Employment: ERISA Litigation; Labor and Employment Disputes; Defense
  • Super Lawyers 2013 to 2020, Employment Litigation, New York
  • Martindale-Hubbell since 1998, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Premier Employment Lawyers, 2019 to 2020, Exclusive Listing for New York


  • New York State Bar Association Attorney Well-Being Task Force, Working Group for Physical & Well-Being
  • Bloomberg Law Labor & Employment Technology & Innovation Board, member, 2015 to present
  • Lawyers Alliance for New York, member of the board of directors and finance committee, 2012 to 2018

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Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, JD, 1988
Columbia College, Columbia University, BA, 1985

US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
US District Court for the District of Connecticut
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Northern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York

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