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BriennaChristiano

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Associate

"I represent each of my clients with passion and dedication to bring about practical and effective resolution to their complex legal issues."

Overview

Biography

Brienna represents businesses, community organizations, municipal entities, and individuals in civil litigation, labor and employment law, and municipal law in federal, state, and appellate courts throughout New York State. She also counsels clients on regulatory and compliance matters.

Bar Associations

  • Federal Court Bar Association for the Northern District of New York, Trustee and First Decade Committee Co-Chair
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Capital District Women's Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in a municipal liability case involving claims of constitutional violations.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in a case alleging constitutional violations against a municipality.
  • Represented an autism services provider being charged for allegedly violating Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by terminating an employee in retaliation of the employee's protected concerted activities. After investigation, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found no evidence of concerted activities nor animus toward individual concerns the complainant expressed about staffing and other workplace issues. The NLRB found that our client discharged the complainant because she refused to sign a performance improvement plan.

Prior Experience

  • Carter Conboy, Associate
  • Carter Conboy, Law Clerk
  • Albany City Court, Legal Intern to Judge Rachel Kretser
  • Schenectady County Supreme Court, Legal Intern to Justice Christine Clark

Selected Community Activities

  • Legal Project Domestic Violence Legal Connection, Pro Bono Legal Service Provider

Selected Honors

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™: Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2022–2023
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars: Employment & Labor, 2021–2022
  • Albany Law School of Union University, Dominick Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition Winner
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • "Labor & Employment Law: A Select Overview of Key Topics," Carter Conboy CLE
  • "Issues of State and Federal Employment Litigation," Carter Conboy CLE
  • "Federal Civil Rights: Litigating a 1983 Claim," Carter Conboy CLE
  • "No-Fault Law Update," FAZ Insurance Forum

Selected Publications & Media

  • Trucking Industry Defense Association Newsletter, "Revisiting the Discovery and Admissibility of Preventability Determinations and Post-Accident Investigations"

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Selected Podcasts

Featured Media

Alerts

NYS Submits 1115 Waiver Amendment (Health Equity Reform) to CMS

Alerts

Federal Court Sanctions Party Where Corporate Representative Answered "I Don't Know" over 100 Times During 30(b)(6) Deposition

Alerts

COVID-19 Business Interruption Update: Second Circuit Issues Decisions in Favor of Insurers Dismissing Claims

Alerts

NYS Governor Hochul Signs Bill Expanding the Decision-Making Rights of Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Alerts

Board of Regents Adopts Emergency Regulations on the Mental Health Diagnostic Privilege

Alerts

Utility Companies Not Liable for Substations They Do Not Own, Operate, or Supervise

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