Barry

(617) 500-8671

bguryan@beckreed.com

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 – 2006, 2010, 2015 – 2017) and the New York Metro Super Lawyers list (2009) in the areas of Employment & Labor and Employment Litigation: Defense.

Barry Guryan is an experienced, highly-skilled labor and employment lawyer who represents employers in a wide array of matters.

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 a Massachusetts Certified Mediator and Arbitrator.

Litigation Experience

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 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 has been a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, serving as past co-chairman of its Labor and Employment practice group.

For the last ten 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, as well as outreach programs designed to educate the public on these critical issues.

Speaking, Writing, and Teaching

Mr. Guryan is an experienced speaker on trade secrets and other employment law topics at conferences and seminars.

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.

For nearly a decade, Mr. Guryan has served as a trial advisor to the Trial Practice Course at Harvard Law School.