Ed Gleason Named as General Counsel for International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Mar 24, 2022 | Branstetter Stranch & Jennings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The law firm of Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC of Nashville (BS&J) announced today that member Ed Gleason, who was recently selected as general counsel for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, formally began his duties for the organization March 22, 2022.

Gleason comes from a family with an established history of working in the trades and is a lifelong labor attorney. His decades of experience include work in a wide range of labor law sectors, including the trucking, warehouse, parking, airline, railroad, and maritime industries. He has represented labor unions in federal trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies, arbitrations, and national, regional, and local collective bargaining. 

“The Teamsters have a rich history of protecting workers and families and helping them receive the wages and benefits that are fairly theirs,” Gleason said. “As the son and grandson of tradesmen, I am honored to be selected for this role and to go to work on behalf of those who produce goods and services and keep them moving across this nation.”

Gleason previously served as a member of the legal department of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing the Carhaul and Airline Divisions, and was the general counsel for the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. He was also an adjunct professor of labor law at the Georgetown University Law Center, and taught advanced labor law and practice and procedure before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to J.D. and L.L.M. degree students.

Gleason joined BS&J in 2021 as the member in charge of the Washington, D.C., office, and will remain with the firm while serving as the Teamsters’ general counsel. 

“Ed is a man of character and integrity who has spent his career fighting for the rights of workers both in America and internationally,” said Gerard Stranch, managing partner for BS&J. “Our firm has represented Teamsters since our founding, and we are proud and honored that Ed has been selected to serve in this way. We look forward to supporting him and the Union as they vigorously and proactively defend our nation’s workers.” 


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For more than 65 years, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC has been known for the quality of its advocacy and the integrity of its attorneys. The firm enjoys a national reputation of prominence in the complex litigation arena for its work in class actions, shareholder derivative claims, securities, ERISA, labor and employment, and other complex cases, both at the trial and appellate levels.

Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC is dedicated to providing a full range of legal services to its diverse clientele. In addition to providing quality legal services, the firm is proud of the professional and civic leadership its members have provided, both locally and nationally. The firm’s former managing partner, Jane Branstetter Stranch, was nominated by President Obama to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and now serves as a judge on that court following her confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and was named among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report for 2019, receiving the highest possible Nashville ranking as a Tier 1 in two practice areas.



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