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Brian Greig

Brian Grieg

Brian Greig is a retired attorney in Austin, Texas, where he devotes his time to community service.  He is currently the Chairman of the Headliners Club of Austin, a downtown business club, and until recently Capital Academies, Inc., a non-profit organization coordinating career and technical education programs for high school students and young adults in Central Texas.       

 

Greig practiced law with Norton Rose Fulbright US LP for nearly forty years before retiring from the partnership at the end of 2015.  He headed the Firm’s Employment and Labor Practice and served as an elected member of management.  His practice involved trials in both state and federal courts around the United States, as well as providing counselling and advice on all aspects of the employment relationship.  Much of his work involved trade secret, restrictive covenant, and similar litigation relating to efforts to protect employers’ assets and expertise possessed by departing employees. Greig was of counsel to the Firm until 2018.

He is a native Austinite, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School.  Greig then attended Washington & Lee University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in economics and was elected President of Fancy Dress.  Subsequently, at the University of Texas School of Law he received his JD.  While in law school he was editor of the American Journal of Criminal Law and a member of the Phi Delta Phi honor society.  Prior to joining what was then Fulbright, Crooker, Freeman, Bates & Jaworski he clerked for the Honorable Joe J. Fisher, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In the early 1980s, while still with the law firm, he served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Texas in the landmark Ruiz v. Estelle prison conditions case.  He has been named one of the top ten attorneys in Texas.

 

Civic and professional associations past and present include:

  • Chancellor’s Council, The University of Texas

  • Austin Area Research Association

  • Headliners Foundation of Texas

  • Executive Committee, Texas Association of Business

  • Former President, Capital of Texas Public Communications Council (KLRU-TV)

  • Former Chair, Laguna Gloria Art Museum

  • Former President, Austin Museum of Art

  • Former Vice-President, Zachary Scott Theater

  • Board of Directors, Institute of Texan Cultures

  • Board of Trustees, St. Andrews Episcopal School

  • Board of Trustees, St. Stephens Episcopal School

  • Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates

  • American Bar Association

  • Federal Bar Association

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

  • Founding Fellow, Travis County Bar Foundation

  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation

  • Austin Tomorrow Ongoing Committee

  • Founder, Austin Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

  • Co-founder, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

  • Legal Affairs Committee, Associated General Contractors of Texas, Building Branch

 

Professional recognition has included:

  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

  • Nation’s 50 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive and Law Dragon

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers 1987-present

  • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2003-present

  • Texas Super Lawyer, Top 10 Texas Lawyers, Tomson Reuters, 2008

  • Lawdragon 3000, Lawdragon, 2006

  • Best of Business Attorneys & Corporate Counsel, Austin Business Journal, 2005

  • Best of Business Law, Austin Business Journal, 2004

  • AV Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

  • Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Marquis

  • Who’s Who in American Law, Marquis

  • Who’s Who in the World, Marquis

  • Who’s Who in America, Marquis

  • Chambers Global, USA: Labor & Employment, Chambers & Partners

  • Chambers USA, Texas: Labor & Employment, Chambers & Partners

 

Publications

  • Editor-in-Chief, Texas Employment Law Handbook – A Guide for Texas Employers, Texas Association of Business

  • Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law

  • Editorial Review Board, The Texas Labor Letter

 

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • United State District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas

  • State Bar of Texas

 

Brian is married to retired newspaper columnist Jane Greig, and he has two children and four grandchildren.  He enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time in the mountains of Western North Carolina at NoBears.