GRAND RAPIDS – The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers has elected Barnes & Thornburg partner Keith J. Brodie as a Fellow for his accomplishments as a management side traditional labor lawyer. Brodie was inducted into the College as part of the 23rd class on Nov. 10 at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s Continuing Legal Education Conference.
Brodie joins a group of Barnes & Thornburg attorneys who also are members of the College as management side traditional labor lawyers, including Amy Zdravecky and Robert Sikkel, also of the Grand Rapids office, and Kenneth Yerkes of the Indianapolis office. The College was established in 1995 to recognize labor and employment lawyers who, by long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in their field, exemplifying professionalism and integrity to clients, adversaries and neutrals.
In 2018, Brodie was also recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of Labor Law – Management.
Brodie handles traditional labor law matters under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), including collective bargaining negotiations; administration of existing collective bargaining agreements; arbitration proceedings; development of and training management on union free strategies; assessing vulnerability and responding to union organizing; defending against unfair labor practice charges; and analyzing and developing labor law strategies for mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and desired operational changes. He also is a counselor to his clients on employment law issues and regularly conducts supervisor and management training.
Brodie is a frequent speaker and author and, for over a decade, has been the contributing editor for the following American Bar Association/BNA titles and their yearly supplements: Covenants Not to Compete; Employee Duty of Loyalty; Trade Secrets; and Tortious Interference in the Employment Context.
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