Drawing on more than 25 years of litigation experience representing employers and executives in a diverse array of industries, Robert G. Lian Jr. represents clients in their most challenging workplace legal issues. These include class and collective action claims, internal and regulatory investigations, disputes with executives, and restrictive covenant and competitive hiring claims. He also provides strategic advice to companies on a range of workplace legal issues. Bob also works with clients on a full range of occupational health and safety matters.
Bob has spent his entire legal career at Akin Gump, beginning in 1992 as a summer associate. For over a decade, he has led the firm’s labor and employment practice, which has four times in the past six years been named as Law 360 Employment Practice of the Year.
- Has since 2008 led the firm’s labor and employment practice.
- Focuses on class and complex labor and employment litigation, workplace investigations, restrictive covenant disputes, executive disputes, and strategic advice.
- Defended a financial services firm in a nationwide collective action challenging the independent contractor status of sales professionals.
- Representing CEOs, company founders and other senior executives in hiring, separation and restrictive covenant issues.
- Representation of numerous clients in federal and state occupational safety and health regulatory investigations and citation actions, including high-profile “mega-fine” cases, criminal investigations and on advice matters.
- Represents high-profile retailers in statewide and nationwide wage and hour litigations.
- Represented nationwide restaurant chain in lawsuit against former executives over violations of restrictive covenants.
- Represented Wall Street financial services firm on internal investigation into allegations of misconduct by executives.
- Member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor and Employment Committee.
- J.D., The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, with distinction, 1993
- B.A., Colby College, 1990
- District of Columbia
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