Brian J. Sutherland

Brian J. Sutherland

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Brian J. Sutherland is an accomplished trial and appellate civil rights lawyer who has won justice for clients at every level, from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brian has deep experience, having represented hundreds of clients in a wide variety of employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, sexual harassment, overtime and minimum wage, and civil rights cases. He has tried multiple cases to juries in the state and federal courts of Georgia, winning substantial relief for working people. For example, Brian won an award of $622,000 for a 911 operator after the jury found violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

More recently, Brian served as lead counsel at the U.S. Supreme Court for Gerald Bostock, the plaintiff in the landmark case of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, which banned workplace discrimination against LGBTQ people nationwide. Prior to Bostock, employees could be fired on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity in several states, but Brian and his co-counsel persuaded the Supreme Court that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination too. Brian was interviewed by national media and invited to the National Press Club to discuss sex discrimination and the Bostock case.

Brian J. Sutherland Speaking at the National Press Club after Oral Argument at the Supreme Court of the United States

Brian has also represented clients in other civil rights cases. His first job as a lawyer was as a Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Voting Rights Project in Atlanta, representing voters and communities of color in voting rights cases. Brian has since continued to represent those seeking to safeguard the fundamental right to vote in Georgia and elsewhere. He represented the NAACP, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), and voters in Gwinnett County in a case brought under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which recognized the right of voters of color join together in coalitions for voting rights lawsuits. As an Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, he helped the Washington State Attorney General’s Office secure a $2.2 million settlement and other relief for immigrants who alleged that a nationwide bus company unlawfully allowed federal agents onboard to question and detain them.

Brian graduated summa cum laude in 2006 from the Seattle University School of Law, an institution known for preparing lawyers to pursue social justice as part of the Jesuit Catholic tradition of Seattle University. After working as a Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Voting Rights Project, he served as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. E.E.O.C. in Miami, Florida, where he litigated cases for the federal government on behalf of victims of employment discrimination and retaliation. Brian then joined and later became partner at Buckley Beal, a highly regarded plaintiff’s employment and business litigation firm in Atlanta. From 2020 to 2022, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, participating in litigation against the Trump Administration and other civil rights cases. He has also published in law journals about civil rights issues and co-authored a book about Georgia employment law.

Brian is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and Washington State, and is admitted to practice in the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court, the federal courts of Georgia and Washington State, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and the St. Thomas More Society of Atlanta. In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling, sailing, and chasing his two young sons around the yard.

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    • "I highly recommend Beal, Sutherland, Berlin & Brown. Brian Sutherland handled my case and walked me through the whole process from what to expect to what kind of timeframe it might take. Always kept me updated on the status of my case and on any settle"
      Raymond M.
    • "Can't thank Brian Sutherland enough for his outstanding representation of me. Brian was responsive, insightful, and clever in the communications drafted on my behalf. He offered spot-on advice, and we ..."
      Chris M.
    • "5 out of 5 just plain doesn't capture the security I felt having Brian in my corner. His advice was sage, I trusted his guidance implicitly, and I felt at ease with the process."
      Former Client
    • "Brian Sutherland is very professional and a great listener. I would highly recommend working with him.
      Karolina G.
    • "Brian was very caring and gave me good advice. I will definitely recommend him and his team."
    • "Brian is a highly professional and compassionate attorney. His thorough analysis of my case was presented with clarity, and he offered helpful suggestions for my next steps."
      Mengmeng X.
    • "Knowing that Georgia had at-will employment, I didn't think I had any actionable case but Brian was quickly able to spot the issues in my situation with his thorough knowledge of the law."
      Nishit P.
    • "Brian was knowledgeable, transparent and forthcoming, he addressed all of my concerns. I wouldn't hesitate to reach out should I need his services again.
      Andrea P.
    • "My experience with Brian has been excellent. He is thorough and extremely knowledgeable on his field."
      Joanna L.
    • "His recommendations were always centered on my financial interests and mental well-being. What sets Brian apart is his dedication to ensuring his clients are well-informed and empowered to make the best decisions for their unique situations."
      Shahid R.
    • "Brian Sutherland is one of the best lawyers I know. He is wickedly smart, incisive, and yet balances it all with passion and humility. Strongly recommend working with him!
      Sean Y.
    • "Mr. Brian Sutherland is an outstanding attorney who is representing me in a complex civil rights/employment case. His caring demeanor, quick responses, and ability to explain the process of what to expect moving forward, have given me peace of mind during "
      Michelle M.
    • "I interacted mostly with Rachel Berlin and some with Brian Sutherland. They were both educated on the topic, concise and informative in world I knew very little about. I felt like I was always in not ..."
      Janine R.
    • "Brian Sutherland is an exceptionally knowledgeable and talented attorney with a passion for representing employees with their claims against employers. He has helped expand legal anti-discrimination ..."
      Gregory S.
    • "I was so pleased at the care Brian Sutherland took in working with me. If you prioritize a lawyer who you know will go the extra mile and truly take the time to understand your case, you will not be ..."
      Luke B.
    • "First-class legal professionals who are personable and responsive. Brian Sutherland is a highly skilled and caring attorney who has been of invaluable assistance."
      Steven C.
    • "Brian provided timely, expert advice and made me feel completely comfortable moving forward. I absolutely recommend working with this firm and would hire them in a heartbeat if needed."
      Benjamin P.
    • "Brian is an honest, hard-working, personable, generous and a very smart lawyer, and he's who I would call (and have called) when someone I care about needs help with an employment issue."
      Scott A.
    • "Brian and his team have been very informative and helpful during the process. Glad we have them on our side."
      Kyle M.
    • "Brian and his team are extremely responsive, transparent, and knowledgeable."
      Stephanie D.

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