Brian Corman is an Associate at Cohen Milstein and a member of the Civil Rights & Employment practice group. Mr. Corman’s practice focuses on litigating federal fair housing and employment class actions, as well as wage and hour cases under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2015, Mr. Corman was a Litigation Associate at a top-tier defense firm. There, he focused on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act internal investigations for Fortune 500 clients, as well as pro bono cases in federal district court and before the Supreme Court.
Mr. Corman’s current high-profile cases include:
- Thompson, et al. v. Trump, et al. (D.D.C.): The NAACP and Cohen Milstein represent 11 Members of Congress in a suit alleging that Donald J. Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers conspired to prevent members of Congress from carrying out their duty to certify the results of the 2020 election on January 6, 2021.
- Long Island Housing Services, Inc., et al. v. NPS Holiday Square LLC, et al. (E.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein is representing Long Island Housing Services (LIHS), Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO) and Suffolk County residents in a Fair Housing Act race and disability discrimination class action against a prominent Long Island-area property management company.
- Lopez, et al. v. Ham Farms, LLC, et al. (E.D.N.C.): Cohen Milstein represents migrant seasonal and H-2A farm labor workers in a wage and hour dispute under the FLSA, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), and the North Carolina Wage & Hour Act. On September 21, 2020, the Court preliminarily approved a $720,000 settlement and certification of the class and collective action. Final approval of the settlement is pending.
- Castillo v. Western Range Association (D. Nev.): Cohen Milstein represents H-2A shepherds in a class action against Western Range Association in a wage and hour dispute.
- Arroyo v. CoreLogic Rental Property Solutions (D. Conn.): Cohen Milstein, Connecticut Fair Housing Center and the National Housing Law Project are representing an individual plaintiff against CoreLogic, a tenant-screening company, for race-based discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act related to its criminal record check.
- Walmart: Cohen Milstein represents female Walmart workers in multiple federal district and appellate court cases alleging gender-based discriminatory pay and promotions practices in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. These individual actions stem from Dukes v. Walmart, a seminal class action that went before the Supreme Court.
Recent notable litigation successes include:
- Sutton v. McCoy (N.D. Ga.): Cohen Milstein and the ACLU represented a plaintiff in a race-based Fair Housing Act discrimination lawsuit, where the plaintiff claimed she was unjustly evicted for inviting an African-American family to her home. In February 2020, Cohen Milstein and the ACLU settled the case, requiring that the landlords admit to their discriminatory actions and making racist statements in violation of the Fair Housing Act, apologize for the harm they caused, and agree to pay the plaintiff $150,000.
- Gentiva Health Services (N.D. Ga.): Cohen Milstein represented hundreds of health care workers in a nationwide class action against Gentiva, one the country’s largest home health care service providers. Plaintiffs sought unpaid overtime wages under FLSA. In June 2017, the court granted final approval of a confidential settlement.
- Long Island Housing Services, Inc., et al. v. Village of Mastic Beach (E.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein represented LIHS and African American tenants in a Fair Housing Act race discrimination case. The case settled in August 2017 for $387,500.
Following law school, Mr. Corman clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then participated in a D.C. Bar Association Pro Bono Fellowship at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, working on education, voting rights and fair housing cases.
Mr. Corman earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he was an editor of the California Law Review, a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, co-chaired the Berkeley Law Expulsion Clinic, and externed for the Honorable William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Corman received his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science from Columbia University School of General Studies.
Mr. Corman was a professional ballet dancer for eight years, performing with the Houston Ballet and Washington Ballet, among other companies.