Brian T. Farrington



Labor and Employment attorney Brian T. Farrington is a Shareholder and Section Head of the Cowles Thompson Employment Law section. His practice consists of transactional work and litigation advising and representing management concerning employment law, and particularly in the areas of Fair Labor Standards Act and Equal Employment Opportunity laws.  He consults with employers to assist them in compliance and to represent them in investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division.  Brian also advises clients on compliance with state wage and hour laws and represents them in investigations by state Departments of Labor.  He also advises on matters related to Texas Workforce Commission unemployment eligibility, government contracts labor standards (Davis Bacon Act, Service Contract Act), OSHA 11(c), and state wage payment laws.  Brian has represented clients in litigation under the FLSA, Title VII, the ADEA, and the ADA.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Brian spent 12 years working with the US Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division.  He has served as an Expert Witness in FLSA employment matters, and is a trained employment-related mediator.

Prior to joining Cowles Thompson, Brian led his own solo practice, Law Offices of Brian T. Farrington, for 18 years.

Representative Matters

  • Successful total victory for 10 clients in a Department of Labor matter where debarments from the H-2B program were completely reversed. 2023
  • Successful representation of fast-food restaurants in Texas in a Wage-Hour investigation.  The agency originally demanded approximately $1.5 million in back wages and another $1.5 million in liquidated damages, and proposed another $250,000 in civil money penalties.  After lengthy negotiations, the case was closed with a total payment of $50,000 (or abo