Bryan M. O’Keefe represents employers in labor and employment transactional due diligence and post-acquisition labor and employment counseling, mergers and acquisitions, litigation assessment, and bankruptcy planning and execution. In addition to his transactional and counseling practice, Bryan has also defended employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including National Labor Relations Board proceedings, labor arbitrations, collective bargaining, strikes, pickets, corporate campaigns, wage and hour matters, whistleblower claims, non-compete cases, discrimination claims, and Department of Labor investigations.


Thought Leadership


Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law, 2015–Present (BNA)

Contributing Author, Fair Labor Standards Act, 2012–2014 (BNA)

Contributing Editor, The Employment Law Deskbook, 2010–2014 (Matthew Bender)

“NLRB Franchise Scrutiny Comes To Staffing Agencies,” Law360, June 4, 2015

“Knowing of Protected Activity Essential in the Fourth Circuit,” Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, January 2015

“No Basis for Overturning Arbitration Award Reinstating Discharged Employee,” Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, September 2014

“Wisconsin's Law Limiting Public Sector Bargaining Withstands Second Challenge,” Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, June 2014

“Third Circuit Validates Preeminence of Board's Section 10(k) Rulings,” Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, February 2014

Co-Author “Supreme Court Decision in Mulhall Could Have Broad Implications for Labor Organizing,” CCH Employment Law Daily, November 11, 2013

“Ninth Circuit Upholds Hefty Damage Award Against ILWU,” Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, September 2013

“D.C. Circuit Strikes Down NLRB Posting Requirement,” Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, July 2013

“Board Acts to Protect Employee Rights to Access Social Media,” Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, February 2013

Co-Author “Implementing an Effective Workforce Reduction,” American Bar Association Employment and Labor Relations Law E-Newsletter, January 2013

“Litigation Attaching Job Targeting Program Violates NLRB,” Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, December 2012

“Intent Is Key in Determination of 'Primary/Secondary' Issues,” Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, October 2012

“NLRB Notice to Employees Suffers Setback in Early Court Tests,” Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin, June 2012

Co-Author “New Labor Law Changes Impact the Casino Bottom Line,” Casino Enterprise Management, February 2012

Co-Author “New NLRB Position on Location of Striking Workers,” Lexis-Nexis Emerging Issues Analysis, November 2011, 2011 Emerging Issues 6089

“Different Circuit, Same Result: FMCSA Regulations Lose Again in Federal Court,” Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin, October 2011

“The Employee Free Choice Act’s Interest Arbitration Provision: In Whose Best Interest?” 115 PENN ST. L. R. 1, 2010


“Happily Ever After Following a Merger? Not Always,” American Bar Association Committee on Practice and Procedure under the National Labor Relations Act, 2017 Midwinter Meeting, March 2, 2017

“Employee Handbooks in Maryland: Keeping Your Policies Up-to-Date,” Lorman Educational Services, March 19, 2014


Member, American Bar Association Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (2010–2011)

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association Committee on the Development of the Law under the National Labor Relations Act

American Bar Association Committee on Practice and Procedure under the National Labor Relations Act, Management Co-Chair Region V

American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011Maryland
  • 2016District of Columbia


  • Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of LawJ.D.summa cum laude2011

    Editor-in-Chief, Penn State Law Review

    Woolsack Honor Society

  • The George Washington UniversityB.A., Political Communicationssumma cum laude2004
    Departmental Honors