Brian Giovannini has served as a trusted advisor and benefits counsel to a diverse array of clients—from local governments to members of the Fortune Global 500. Brian’s clients have come to value his in-depth technical knowledge and analytical skills as he guides them in developing their employee benefits and compensation packages.
Before devoting himself to the law, Brian was a nationally-distributed cartoonist and award-winning graphic designer. Brian still leverages that creativity in his day-to-day legal practice—whether he’s uncovering a novel solution to his client’s urgent compliance problem, or designing a new type of integrated bonus-pool compensation structure oriented to the client’s business needs. Brian has assisted clients with solving a broad range of benefits-related challenges—from terminating an ESOP to negotiating a Department of Labor investigation to redesigning an integrated global benefit structure.
With a background in teaching and public-speaking, Brian presents complex benefits issues in a simple and straightforward manner. Brian frequently lectures to industry groups, and his clients regularly invite him to train their executives and managers to be ERISA fiduciaries. In response to a recent lecture to the American Petroleum Labor Lawyers Association, one attorney wrote, “I think you all did a great presentation last week. A benefits presentation has never stirred up so much excitement.”
Brian is passionate about animals. When he is not working on client matters, he serves on the Board of Directors of International Primate Protection League, an organization that operates a gibbon sanctuary, funds primate rehabilitation, and fights against poaching and the illegal trade in primates.