Bryan Benard regularly represents both private and public clients in wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination claims in both federal and state courts, as well as in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies.
His employment litigation experience includes jury trial success and significant wage and hour class action success in both Utah and California. He provides sound counsel to clients regarding employee relations, employee contracts, and employee handbooks, with extensive background with non-compete and non-solicitation provisions.
He also has national level experience in advising employers related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and reasonable accommodations, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Bryan has experience with several different industries including temporary staffing agencies, start-up and tech companies, health and medical fields, package delivery industry, oil, gas and mining operations, and mortgage/lending institutions. Bryan frequently conducts highly interactive public and in-house seminars, workshops, and training on various labor and employment related issues.
Currently, Bryan serves as the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group leader, leading the largest management-side group in the Mountain West. Bryan completed a three-year term as a member of the firm’s five-person Management Committee in 2014.
Bryan is in his second term as an elected City Councilman for South Ogden City. Prior to joining the Salt Lake City office of Holland & Hart in May 2001, Bryan practiced law in Southern California. Bryan is fluent in Spanish. He is also a volunteer speaker on transracial adoptions and related adoption issues for both private and governmental entities.
- Weber State University, B.A., 1994
- University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1997
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
Professional and Civic Affiliations:
- American Bar Association, Member
- California State Bar Association, Member
- Utah State Bar Association, Member
- Salt Lake County Bar Association, Member
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