Brian Mead - McDermott Will & Emery


Brian Mead is an employment litigator and transactional advisor. He leads McDermott’s Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants Subgroup. Clients call upon him for his substantial experience prosecuting and defending employee mobility, restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation cases across various industries including private equity, healthcare, professional services, technology and manufacturing.

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  • Successfully litigated for a US healthcare provider on an arbitration related to dozens of employees violating their non-solicit and non-compete agreements
  • Represented an employee of a trucking company on a non-compete issue before the Delaware Chancery Court
  • Successfully affirmed a summary judgment for a manufacturing company on a discrimination case
  • Successfully defended healthcare company against a TRO for claims of trade secret theft and breach of a non-compete
  • Briefed the Fifth Circuit on a petition for rehearing en banc to issue a new, more favorable opinion for a national accounting firm
  • Advising individual physicians on their non-compete and non-solicit agreements in the healthcare


  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law – Management, 2022 to 2024


Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2014
University of Iowa, BA, with highest distinction, 2009


Illinois Supreme Court
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin