Brian Shaw focuses his practice on commercial litigation, business disputes, and employment law, including wage-and-hour violations, discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims.

Brian practices before state and federal courts and arbitration panels throughout the United States. He has authored and argued dispositive motions on novel legal issues, deposed technical experts in high-exposure matters, and served in key roles on trial teams in California and Florida. Brian also has an extensive background in representing technology companies and manufacturers in claims arising out of product liability.

Before joining Payne & Fears, Brian was an associate for five years at Buchalter, where he was a member of the Products Liability and White Collar and Investigations practice groups. At Buchalter, he participated in a patent jury trial in the Middle District of Florida, secured a defense award in a breach of contract dispute, and obtained a dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage in a real estate matter. Brian also worked closely with the Insurance practice group, where he authored dispositive motions and coverage analyses.

Brian earned his law degree from Loyola Law School, where he received the First Honors Award in federal income taxation, externed for the United States Attorney’s Office, and was a member of the Hobbs Trial Advocacy Program. While in law school, Brian also conducted preliminary hearings for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Brian earned his B.A., cum laude, in economics from Clemson University.

Outside of the office, Brian enjoys skiing and surfing with his wife.

Representative Matters

  • Helped secure a defense award in a breach of contract dispute, where he argued evidentiary motions and examined percipient and expert witnesses.
  • Participated in the defense of a multinational manufacturer in a two-week jury trial in the Middle District of Florida.
  • Authored a demurrer that was sustained without leave to amend on all causes of action brought in a real estate dispute.