BARRY A. GURYAN is Of Counsel in the Health Care & Life Sciences and Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practices of Epstein Becker Green and the Managing Shareholder of the firm's Boston office. He is a member of the firm’s Trade Secrets and Non-Competes Subpractice Group, the Labor Management Relations Group, and the Hospitality Group. He is also a co-founder of the Health Employment And Labor (HEAL) Group, which combines the firm's two premier, national practices—labor law and health law. Mr. Guryan is a frequent contributor to the blogs published by these groups.
Referred to as “first rate” in Chambers USA (2015) for his extensive trial and labor and employment skills in representing employers, Mr. Guryan provides practical and strategic advice to major U.S. and international corporations, to assist them in achieving their goals in labor and employment matters, including developing labor and employment policies to avoid litigation, managing union relations, and maintaining union-free status. He has also negotiated collective bargaining agreements and withdrawal liability issues and is an American Health Lawyer and Massachusetts Certified Mediator and Arbitrator.
Mr. Guryan is a recognized litigator of complex cases, such as class and collective actions and labor injunctive proceedings, primarily in the health, hospitality, and financial services industries. Some recent representative cases include:
- Represented one of the top 50 banks in the United States in a misappropriation case involving precedent-setting rulings
- Obtained a verdict dismissing 20 separate retaliation claims against a telecommunications company
- Obtained a jury verdict for a financial services company in defense of an age discrimination allegation
- Obtained a dismissal prior to discovery brought by a whistleblower against a Fortune 100 company alleging more than $100 million in damages
- Obtained an order denying class certification and the subsequent dismissal in a complex ERISA case for a major telecommunications company
- Represented a large home-care company with multiple locations and a food service wholesaler/ retailer in maintaining union-free status
- Obtained the dismissal of race and disability discrimination claims against a national financial services company alleging violation of the Massachusetts Public Assistance Law
- Represented a non-unionized corporation in an asset purchase of two unionized companies, involving complex successor and pension withdrawal issues
Mr. Guryan has also represented employers in administrative and judicial proceedings, including:
- Employment and retaliation litigation
- Restrictive covenants and non-solicitation litigation and counsel
- Independent contractor issues
- FINRA cases
- Arbitrations and mediations
- Wage and hour litigation
Government, Industry, and Board Experience
Mr. Guryan brings years of diverse experience, including prior employment in the Office of Appeals of the National Labor Relations Board and as in-house Area Counsel reporting directly to a Senior VP of The General Electric Company.
Mr. Guryan has served on the Board of Trustees of AtlantiCare Corporation and Union Hospital, as Treasurer and Chairman of various committees. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, serving as past co-chairman of its Labor and Employment practice group.
For the last several years, Mr. Guryan has served on the Board of Trustees of a not-for-profit organization, REACH, with appointments to its finance and strategic planning committees. REACH is committed to providing shelter and education to victims of domestic violence and communication of these issues to the public.
Speaking, Writing, and Teaching
An experienced speaker on trade secrets and other employment law topics at conferences and seminars, Mr. Guryan writes client advisories and posts on the firm's blogs, including the Trade Secrets & Noncompete Blog, the Health Employment And Law Blog, and the Hospitality Labor and Employment Law Blog.
Mr. Guryan has also written many articles for various publications of the American Health Lawyers Association, and since 2011, he has authored and updated the Practical Law Company's chapters on Massachusetts trade secret and non-compete laws. He has also authored and maintained the Massachusetts section of Epstein Becker Green's Wage & Hour Guide app, one of the first of its kind produced by a law firm.
For nearly a decade, Mr. Guryan has served as a trial advisor to the Trial Practice Course at Harvard Law School.
Accolades and Honors
For more than 15 years, Mr. Guryan has received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest level of professional excellence. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has named Mr. Guryan among the "Leaders in Their Field" in Massachusetts for Labor & Employment (2012, 2014, 2015).
Mr. Guryan was also named to Boston Magazine's "Top Attorneys in Massachusetts" in 2015 and 2016, based on peer recognition and professional achievement. He was also selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list (2004 to 2007, 2010, 2015, 2016) and the New York Metro Super Lawyers list (2009) in the areas of Employment & Labor and Employment Litigation: Defense.
Mr. Guryan's personal interests include oil painting, skiing, kayaking, golf, and reading history and biographies, mostly in the area of American history.
- Boston College Law School (J.D., 1971)
- University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1968)
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- New Jersey
- New York
- American Health Lawyers Association, Past Vice Chairman, Labor and Employment Practice Group
- AtlantiCare Corporation, Board of Trustees, Member (1987-1997)
- Boston Bar Association, Labor Section
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Subcommittee on Disability Guidelines
- Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Guidelines
- Massachusetts Restaurant Association
- New Jersey Bar Association
- New York Bar Association
- REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
- Union Hospital, Board of Trustees, Member (1984-1985)
- University of Pennsylvania Club