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The ‘outstandingGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLPgets good results in difficult matters’; it is particularly standout in employment class actions and recently has been active in cases challenging independent contractor status. Michele Maryott in Orange County and Theane Evangelis in Los Angeles represented Grubhub in a wage-and-hour case alleging that independent delivery partners in California were misclassified as independent contractors. Washington DC-based department co-head Jason Schwartz and Theodore Boutrous in Los Angeles represented Credico in in a minimum wage and overtime class and collective action brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), New York Labor Law, and Arizona Labor Law. Boutrous, Evangelis and Washington DC-based Joshua Lipshutz obtained two significant appellate wins for Uber: one in a class action alleging driver misclassification, and the other in a class action regarding the enforceability of its arbitration agreements with drivers. Department co-head Catherine Conway and Jesse Cripps in Los Angeles represented Chevron USA, alongside Maryott and Boutrous, in a nationwide FLSA collective action brought by former well-site managers alleging that Chevron misclassified them as independent contractors. Eugene Scalia in Washington DC obtained a significant victory for Ford Motor Company in a case under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Dallas-based Karl Nelson, Gabrielle Levin in New York, and Katherine Smith in Los Angeles, are also key contacts.

Jones Day’s ‘knowledgeable, responsive and practical’ team comprises ‘problem solvers’. Michael Gray - who heads the team with New York-based Matthew Lampe - Elizabeth McRee, Brent Knight, Michael Rossman and San Diego-based of counsel Cindi Ritchey represented McDonald’s in a state-wide class and representative action under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act. Willis Goldsmith and Doreen Davis in New York as well as Jonathan Linas, Michael Ferrell and Rossman are also representing McDonald's, which is being prosecuted by Region 2 of the NLRB in Manhattan as an alleged joint employer with its franchisees. Dallas-based Brian Jorgensen represented AirTouch Cellular dba Verizon Wireless in a store manager misclassification case, and David Birnbaum represented Kraft Heinz Foods in arbitration involving plant closure retiree medical benefits. Key contacts in the Washington DC office include Jacqueline Holmes, Eric Dreiband, Donald Munro and Patricia Dunn. Also recommended are the ‘outstanding’ Steven Zadravecz in Irvine, New York-based Terri Chase, who has ‘strong trial expertise’, Stanley Weiner in Cleveland, who is ‘excellent at assessing cases and defends aggressively’, Deborah Sudbury in Atlanta, who ‘inspires confidence’, the ‘brilliant’ of counsel Lawrence DiNardo, and Efrat Schulman. Atlanta-based Craig Friedman and Los Angeles-based Liat Yamini were recently promoted to the partnership. Recent hires include Amanda Sommerfeld in Los Angeles from Winston & Strawn LLP and Joseph Hammell in Minneapolis from Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Elizabeth Dougherty joined Business Roundtable in 2017. Named attorneys are based in Chicago except where indicated otherwise.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP delivers ‘superior performance’ and its ‘financial services industry expertise is outstanding’. Department head Grace Speights in Washington DC and Terry Johnson in Princeton secured a jury verdict for Cablevision in a case involving alleged race discrimination and retaliation. Richard Rosenblatt in Princeton represented Amazon in a long-running lawsuit alleging that Amazon workers should be paid for time spent passing through security screening during meal breaks and after the end of a shift. New York-based Samuel Shaulson represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch in an employment class action against allegations of wrongful termination, unjust enrichment, breach of contract, fraud, and other related torts and contract claims. The Boeing Company, ExxonMobil and North American Services are also key clients. In Philadelphia, key contacts include the ‘brilliantMichael Banks, the ‘experiencedJoseph Costello, Steven Wall and Michael Puma, who are ‘well respected’, Michael Burkhardt and Sarah Bouchard. New York-based Ira Rosenstein is ‘very focused’ and Debra Fischer in Los Angeles is ‘first rate’. Recommended individuals also include Robert Jon Hendricks and Eric Meckley in San Francisco, Michelle Silverman in Princeton, Anne Marie Estevez in Miami, Melinda Riechert in Silicon Valley, Orange County-based Barbara Miller, and Ethel Johnson, who splits her time between Dallas and Houston. Lincoln Bisbee and Krissy Katzenstein in Washington DC and Brendan Killeen in New York were recently promoted to the partnership.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘exceptional’ team is ‘full of talented individuals’ and defends clients in a range of sectors, including legal, retail, sports, education, media, entertainment and financial services. The ‘outstandingElise Bloom - who heads the team alongside Joseph Baumgarten - Howard Ganz, Adam Lupion, Neil Abramson, Howard Robbins and Michael Lebowich are representing Major League Baseball and 29 clubs in a wage and hour putative class action brought by minor league baseball players. Allan Bloom represented Blue Hill Farm in a class action case filed by restaurant workers who brought claims for unpaid and improper tip pooling allegations. Bloom is also representing HSBC, alongside Steven Pearlman in Chicago, in various employment class and single-plaintiff actions. Pearlman and Keisha-Ann Gray represented MetLife in a putative nationwide race discrimination class action in the Southern District of New York. The team is also experienced in class action cases challenging unpaid internships. Key contacts also include the ‘brilliantBettina Plevan, Nigel Telman in Chicago, Howard Ganz, who co-heads the sports law group, Steven Hurd, who is co-head of the media and entertainment industry group, and Los Angeles-based Anthony Oncidi. Evandro Gigante, Gregory Rasin, Boston-based Mark Batten and Lawrence Sandak in Newark, who is co-head of the law firm practice group, are also noted, as are Kathleen McKenna, Zachary Fasman, Lloyd Chinn, senior counsel Harris Mufson. In Washington DC, Connie Bertram and Guy Brenner are key names, and other individuals deserving of mention are John Barry, who splits his time between Newark and New York, special employment law counsel Jurate Schwartz in Boca Raton, and senior counsel Rachel Philion. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is well known for its Railway Labor Act practice and also acts for a number of US passenger and cargo airlines. Adam KohSweeney in San Francisco and Los Angeles-based Robert Siegel secured two major summary judgment wins for United Airlines, confirming that California labor and employment law does not apply to individuals who work primarily outside state borders. The team is also active in a number of wage and hour class action cases; KohSweeney defeated a class certification in a putative wage and hour class action filed against The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and parent company Marriott International. Silicon Valley-based Eric Amdursky represents TuneCore Inc in a claim brought by its CEO regarding severance payments and benefits. Amdursky and Margaret Carter in Los Angeles are representing television network Starz, its CEO and its CRO in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former senior vice president. American Airlines, Harvard University, XPO Logistics and Fitness International are also clients. Key contacts also include Chris Hollinger in San Francisco, Adam Karr in Newport Beach, Mark Robertson and Jeffrey Kohn in New York, as well as Michael McGuinness and team head Apalla Chopra, who are based in Los Angeles.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘responsive’ team delivers ‘strategic and practical advice’ and is active across the financial services, technology and retail sectors. Deputy practice head Andrew Livingston in San Francisco is representing Sephora in several matters, including a series of six interlocking wage and hour class actions in California challenging the way in which it pays its non-exempt employees. In Silicon Valley, Lynne Hermle, who is a ‘stellar trial lawyer’ who ‘commands the entire courtroom from beginning to end’, and Jessica Perry, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and practical’, obtained a victory for Morgan Stanley in a wage and hour multi-district class action case. New York-based Renee Phillips represented Facebook in Swiss litigation involving claims by a terminated employee. Oracle, Health Net, CVS, Apple, SpaceX, Solar City and Tesla are also key clients. Silicon Valley-based Joseph Liburt and Julia Riechert as well as Michael Weil and senior counsel Gary Siniscalco in San Francisco, Timothy Long, who is based across the Los Angeles and Sacramento offices, and Julie Totten in Sacramento and San Francisco, are noted. Senior associate Lisa Lupion, James McQuade, Jill Rosenberg and department head Mike Delikat in New York are also recommended.

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Paul Hastings LLP delivers ‘excellent response times’ and stands out for its experience in complex class action cases. Elena Baca in Los Angeles, who is chair of the West Coast employment law practice and co-vice chair of the global employment law department, is representing California Cartage Company in several matters, including a putative wage and hour class action, and a living wage ordinance claim. Leslie Abbott, who is also based in Los Angeles, is representing Activision Blizzard in a range of matters, including a putative class action alleging that senior artists are misclassified as exempt from overtime. Google, IBM, Barclays Capital and General Electric are also clients. Practice head Patrick Shea is based in New York, where Marc Bernstein is also based; chair of the workplace retaliation and whistleblower defense practice Kenneth Gage splits his time between New York and Chicago. In Washington DC, Barbara Brown, Carson Sullivan, Neal Mollen and Kenneth Willner are recommended. In California, key contacts include Jeffrey Wohl, who chairs the firm’s San Francisco employment law practice, Zach Hutton, who is ‘able to explain complex points of view in a way that is easy to understand’, senior counsel Kirby Wilcox, Nancy Abell, Cameron Fox, Donna Melby, Paul Cane, Paul Grossman and Felicia Davis. Stephen Sonnenberg left the firm in January 2018 to join JAMS.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides ‘practical solutions’, impresses with its ‘depth of knowledge in employment law’ and is particularly active in complex class and collective actions. Gerald Maatman, who splits his time between New York and Chicago, is an ‘exceptionally skilled litigator and adviser’, and he led a team defending Sterling Jewelers (as co-counsel with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) in a case brought by the EEOC that involved 77,000 female retail sales employees alleging gender discrimination, and also secured an appeal victory in a parallel class action. San Francisco-based Brian Ashe is defending Digital Realty Trust in a Supreme Court case which involves the proper definition and statutory application of the term ‘whistleblower’. In Boston, Ariel Cudkowicz, who is ‘very knowledgeable and a good listener’, Lisa Damon and the ‘superbRichard Alfred are recommended. Chicago-based Ada Dolph and Matthew Gagnon, Andrew Paley and David Kadue in Los Angeles, Brett Bartlett and the ‘top-notchRobert Stevens, who are based in Atlanta, are also noted, as are Camille Olson, who is based across the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago offices, and Richard Lapp, who splits his time between Chicago and Los Angeles. Laura Maechtlen in San Francisco heads the team, where Christian Rowley is also based.Andrew Scroggins in Chicago was promoted to partner. Scott Nelson joined in Houston from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP delivers an ‘exceptional service’, is ‘outstanding for big-ticket mandates’ and handles large class and mass action litigation as well as significant single-plaintiff cases. Department head Jeffrey Klein represented Sterling Jewelers in several matters, including a significant class arbitration in which a putative class of female Sterling sales employees claimed sex discrimination and a corresponding gender bias EEOC suit (the firm acted as co-counsel alongside Seyfarth Shaw LLP). Gary Friedman represented Elite Model Management in a putative class action challenging the classification of models as independent contractors. Perella Weinberg Partners and WoodSpring Hotels are also clients. Nicholas Pappas is a ‘great ERISA attorney and employment litigator’, and counsels Lawrence Baer and Millie Warner, who is a ‘talented, thorough lawyer’, and senior associate Ami Zweig, are also recommended. Named individuals are based in New York.

DLA Piper LLP (US) is regularly engaged in class action, discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases. The team represented Octagon in a case examining the fee-sharing agreements between two sports agents and Octagon and whether these agreements are enforceable. In San Diego, Mary Dollarhide represented Teleperformance US in a FLSA collective action brought on behalf of 535 call center workers claiming unpaid overtime. The firm also represented USF Reddaway in a wage and hour class action case, and in a case alleging harassment and discrimination. Key contacts also include Joseph Alan Piesco, Brian Kaplan and Daniel Turinsky in New York, as well as Joseph Domenick Guarino in New Jersey, and Margaret Keane in San Francisco. In Dallas, Marc Katz, who is managing partner of the office, and Isabel Crosby, who joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in 2018, are also noted. In March 2018, former department head Michael Sheehan left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and not long after, in April 2018, a team including Rachel Cowen, Ron Holland and Maria Rodriguez made the same move. In July 2018, Ryan Vann joined the firm in Chicago from Baker McKenzie LLP.

At Greenberg Traurig LLP, practice co-chair James Boudreau, who is based in Philadelphia, is representing CVS Pharmacy in a putative class action filed by a group of CVS shift supervisors in Massachusetts, and is defending The Kellogg Company in purported class and collective actions alleging the company misclassifies its retail sales representatives as exempt from overtime under the FLSA and various state laws. In Atlanta, department co-chair David Long-Daniels is representing Landry’s in a putative class action. Phoenix Metals Company, Capital Health and Tenet Healthcare Corporation are also clients. Tampa-based Peter Zinober, Shira Yoshor in Houston, who is ‘a great communicator’, Kelly Bunting in Philadelphia, Justin Keith in Boston, and department co-chair Jonathan Sulds in New York are recommended. In Atlanta, John Richards, Todd Wozniak and Natasha Wilson, who co-chairs the complex employment litigation and trials team alongside Kurt Kappes in Sacramento and Long-Daniels, are also noted. Mark Kemple in Los Angeles and Naomi Beer in Denver co-head the class, collective and systemic employment litigation team with Boudreau. Key contacts in New Jersey include Wendy Johnson Lario, of counsel Micala Campbell Robinson and Kristine Feher.

The ‘pragmatic’ New York-based team at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP regularly defends clients in the financial services, technology and media fields in a range of contentious employment mandates and is particularly experienced in complex single-plaintiff cases. ‘Brilliant’ department head Kevin Leblang represented Royal Bank of Canada in three separate suits involving age and gender discrimination claims as well as compensation claims involving high-level executives. Leblang and the ‘exceptional’ recently promoted partner Eliza Kaiser are defending Société Générale in a sexual orientation harassment suit brought by a former employee. Morgan Stanley, Andersen Tax and United Rentals are also clients. Executive compensation co-chair Robert Holtzman is also recommended.

Labor and employment boutique Littler Mendelson, P.C. handles a full range of disputes, from single-plaintiff litigation to class actions, and is also noted for its expertise in acting against government agencies. Maury Baskin represented a coalition of 55 business groups representing dozens of industries seeking to challenge the DOL’s increase in the salary threshold for exemption of white-collar employees from overtime. Leslie Dent defended Turner Broadcasting System, CNN and Time Warner in a race discrimination class action complaint. Tammy McCutchen, who is noted for wage and hour matters, alternative dispute resolution practice co-chair Robert Friedman, Danielle Kitson, Kevin Lilly and Helene Wasserman and Richard Harris, who jointly chair the litigation and trials group, are recommended, as are Keith Jacoby and Lisa Schreter. Thomas Bender and Jeremy Roth are co-presidents and managing directors. Named individuals are based across the firm’s Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington DC offices.

The California-based team at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP handles complex class actions as well as multi- and single-plaintiff cases across the retail, media, entertainment and healthcare sectors. Sharon Bauman secured a significant jury victory for Blue Shield of California in a whistleblower and breach of contract case. Esra Hudson secured a resolution for CashCall in a wage and hour class action brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Robert Platt obtained a complete defense victory for Rite Aid in a wrongful termination, retaliation and disability discrimination action. Team head Sandra King, Alan Brunswick, Mandana Massoumi and Andrew Satenberg are also key figures. Named individuals are based across the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orange County offices. Rebecca Torrey joined Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP in 2017.

Ogletree Deakins delivers a ‘great service’ and has ‘high-quality’ attorneys. Dallas-based Ron Chapman, Jr worked alongside Christopher Murray in Indianapolis in securing three separate appellate victories for clients examining whether employers can maintain a class action waiver in an arbitration agreement. In Phoenix, Mark Kisicki and Elizabeth Townsend challenged a decision of the NLRB - on behalf of Banner Health System - that businesses cannot direct employees to keep an internal investigation confidential based on the type of issue under investigation. Key contacts include Jeffrey Londa in Houston, Los Angeles-based Jack Sholkoff and Robert Roginson, who is noted for wage and hour mandates, Brian Hayes in Washington DC, Kim Ebert in Indianapolis, Sacramento-based Anthony DeCristoforo and Danielle Ochs in San Francisco. Danuta Bembenista Panich and Thomas Deer, who operate across the Chicago and Indianapolis offices, and Mark Stubley in Greenville are also recommended. C. Matthew Keen in Raleigh heads the team.

Based across the firm’s New York, Princeton, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco offices, the team at Reed Smith LLP handles a range of disputes including affirmative action and pay equity, discrimination and harassment, and wage and hour class actions. Recent highlights include defending a technology company in a nationwide collective action and defending an engineering and construction sector client and satellite service provider on numerous multi-plaintiff minimum wage and overtime pay violation cases under the FLSA. Former team head Sara Begley, Thomas Hill, David McAllister, senior counsel Linda Husar and Casey Ryan are key contacts. Houston-based Mark Temple heads the practice, and is ably supported by deputy practice leader Christine Kohler. Betty Graumlich is also a key name. Jay Glunt joined from Ogletree Deakins and Jill Vorobiev also joined the team from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, while Rick Etter left for Frost Brown Todd.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles a range of contentious employment cases, from single-plaintiff cases to class actions, and clients say of the group that its ‘response times are very good’. Los Angeles-based Richard Simmons and Daniel McQueen worked alongside Brian Murphy and special counsel Lisa Lewis in New York in securing a victory for Chipotle in federal district court in New York, which involved a claim that Chipotle misclassified persons in the position of apprentice as exempt on a nationwide basis. Simmons also led a team in a long-running case for Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, securing scheduling flexibility for hospital employees. New York-based Jack Kiley and special counsel Kevin Smith as well as Tracey Kennedy in Los Angeles obtained a $9.1m victory on behalf of Tullett Prebon Financial Services in FINRA arbitration against a former employee and Tradition Asiel Securities. Taco Bell, Whole Foods and E&B Natural Resources are also clients. Los Angeles-based Derek Havel, Tom Kaufman in Century City, and Eric Raphan in New York are key contacts. Kelly Hensley in Los Angeles, Greg Labate in Orange County and the ‘brilliantJonathan Stoler in New York lead the team. Samantha Grant joined the Century City office in 2017 from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.

Winston & Strawn LLP defends employers in a range of contentious matters, including claims filed by single plaintiffs, by multiple plaintiff and in major class and collective actions. In a recent matters, Daniel Fazio has been defending Fannie Mae in a Supreme Court case alleging violations of the ADEA and Title VII. Rex Sessions is defending LVMH in several matters, including wage and hour, and discrimination cases. Joseph Torres is representing Caterpillar Inc in a disparate impact collective action age discrimination lawsuit. Abbott Laboratories, Accenture and United States Women’s National Soccer Team are also clients. Key contacts among the team also include Washington DC-based William Miossi, the ‘superbJoan Tucker Fife in San Francisco, Aviva Grumet-Morris, Stephen Sheinfeld in New York, as well as Marcus Torrano and Laura Petroff, who are based in Los Angeles. Michael Roche heads the team and Michael Mulhern recently retired. Named individuals are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP handles a range of cases, from nationwide wage and hour class actions and EEO disputes, to complex labor controversies and high-profile arbitrations. It is particularly active in the sports sector and represents the National Football League (NFL) in several matters; Daniel Nash and Stacey Recht Eisenstein represented the NFL in lengthy disciplinary proceedings involving Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, following Peterson’s suspension and fine after a criminal plea agreement relating to alleged child abuse. Nash, Eisenstein and Nathan Oleson are representing the NFL in federal class action suits against claims for alleged injuries suffered as a result of the use of painkillers and other prescription drugs by players over the course of their careers. Starbucks, Ernst & Young, CEC Entertainment and Home Depot are also clients. Gregory Knopp and Gary McLaughlin in Los Angeles, Richard Rabin in New York, and Donna Mezias in San Francisco are also key figures in the team, while Robert Lian is the practice head. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Baker & Hostetler LLP is experienced in complex class actions, as well as single plaintiff cases, and regularly defends against wage and hour claims. In Atlanta, Eric Barnum is defending McDonald’s in several employment discrimination litigation cases; Barnum is working alongside counsel Porsche Austin in a race and retaliation matter that has been filed with the EEOC; and Barnum is also working with a team in Ohio defending against gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation claims made by a former employee. Joel Griswold in Orlando represented Kohl’s Department Stores in a putative nationwide class action alleging that Kohl’s denied access to persons with mobility disabilities by maintaining rack spacing in their stores that was too narrow. In Houston, Edward Friedman and Drew Tipton are recommended, as is Amy Traub in New York, Kevin Shaughnessy in Orlando and Los Angeles-based Margaret Rosenthal. In Washington DC, Peter Fischer was promoted to partner and David Grant heads the team.

The team at Baker McKenzie LLPconsistently delivers an outstanding service’ and has been bolstered by several new hires, including department head William Dugan, who is a ‘master in the art of defending corporations in litigation’, in Chicago from Seyfarth Shaw LLP, as well as Todd Boyer in Palo Alto, Meredith Kaufman in New York and Michael Brewer in San Francisco from Littler Mendelson, P.C.. Houston-based Richard Hammett and Douglas Darch in Chicago are representing Whirlpool Corporation against a group of union-represented retirees alleging that its changes to the level of their health insurance benefits violated their vested right to unchanged medical benefits. Arthur Rooney in Chicago led Kiewit Corporation in several high-profile cases, including a putative class and representative action brought by workers alleging that they weren’t given adequate meal breaks and rest periods. Emily Paige Harbison in Houston, Robert Lewis in New York, Miriam Geraghty Petrillo in Chicago are also highly regarded. In March 2018, a California-based team including Robin Samuel joined from Hogan Lovells.

Dedicated labor and employment offering Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP defends single- and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, and also handles complex wage and hour litigation, workplace safety, and affirmative action compliance issues. Ken Sulzer in Los Angeles represented the National Collegiate Athletic Association in a class action suit on behalf of all football players in Pac-12 schools, claiming that football players are employees. Anjanette Cabrera in New York represented Zurich in a trade secrets case against a former employee. Key individuals also include Donald Prophete, who is based across the Kansas City and New York offices, and Kimberly Talley in Los Angeles. Barbara Antonucci and Sarah Hamilton joined in San Francisco from Littler Mendelson, P.C. and Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP respectively; L. Julius Turman heads the San Francisco office. Paul Ryan joined in Atlanta from Thompson Hine LLP and Carolyn Sieve, who is based in the Orange County and Los Angeles offices, joined from Ogletree Deakins. Neil Wasser in Atlanta heads the overall practice.

Dentons handles class actions, collective actions and single-plaintiff litigation as well as arbitrations, mediations and other forms of dispute resolution. Its West Coast offering is noted for its wage and hour expertise, while the East Coast team is adept at restrictive covenant, trade secret and unfair competition litigation. Gregory Wolf in Kansas City is defending two national class actions for Sprint Corporation brought by employees who assert Sprint's failure to properly pay commissions. Department head Brian Cousin in New York is representing Stallion LLC in a case involving the termination of an executive employee. The Society Model Management, Summit Materials and CDI Corp are also clients. Sandra McCandless, who is based in the San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley offices, Richard Scharlat in New York, Jim McNeill in San Diego, Daniel Beale in Atlanta, Cynthia Jackson in Silicon Valley and Nick Pujji in Los Angeles are also recommended.

Dickinson Wright PLLC regularly handles wage and hour collective actions and discrimination class actions, as well as disputes involving employment agreements, severance agreements, harassment claims, and NLRB matters. In Detroit, Kenneth McIntyre successfully defended Wayne State University in a qui tam action brought by a former medical professor, and Kathryn Wood represented The Michigan House of Representatives in its investigation into two Michigan State Representatives. Nestlé USA, United Towing and Auto Rescue and Comanche Construction are also clients. Samuel Coffman in Phoenix and Kenneth Ching6 in Reno are also noted. Department manager M. Reid Estes is based in Nashville and department leader Timothy Howlett is based in Detroit.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. delivers ‘timely and commercial advice’ and is noted for its expertise in the healthcare, financial, retail and technology sectors. Ian Carleton Schaefer in New York represented BT in a wage and hour collective action originating from its call center in Chesapeake, Virginia, and Patrick Brady in Newark represented Canada Dry Bottling Company in a case involving claims by four long-term independent distributors alleging that they were misclassified as independent contractors. Key contacts include Joshua Stein, John Fullerton and Ronald Green in New York, Michael Kun in Los Angeles, Frank Morris in Washington DC, as well as Daniel Levy, James Flynn and Carmine Iannaccone in Newark, and Deborah DeHart Cannavino in Stamford. Recent hires include Jonathan Brenner in Los Angeles from Sidley Austin LLP, Paul DeCamp in Washington DC from Jackson Lewis P.C., and Brian Spang in Chicago from McGuireWoods LLP. Department head David Garland is based in the New York and Newark offices.

The ‘strong’ team at Jackson Lewis P.C. is commended for its ‘fast response times’ and is experienced in individual and class action cases, handling discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour and ERISA disputes. William Anthony in Albany, Gregg Clifton in Phoenix and Chris Lauderdale in Greenville represented NCAA in a putative nationwide collective action by former student athletes seeking minimum wage for time spent engaged in interscholastic athletics. Chicago-based Nadine Abrahams and John Nolan in Philadelphia lead the general employment litigation practice group. Stephanie Adler-Paindiris in Orlando heads the class actions and complex litigation practice with Anthony. Anheuser-Busch, Pfizer Inc, IBM, Apple and CVS Health are also clients. The arrival of Jeffrey Newhouse in Richmond from Ogletree Deakins was among several key hires. Morristown-based John Bennett, Mark Tilkens in Madison and Mia Farber in Los Angeles are also recommended. Vincent Cino in Morristown heads the practice.

K&L Gates defends employers in a range of disputes, including single-plaintiff litigation, class actions and agency-initiated enforcement actions. Patrick Madden in Seattle is representing AutoZone in a class action regarding meal period timing requirements under Washington law. Madden is representing VXI along with Todd Nunn, who is also based in Seattle, in several disputes including a class action filed in Ohio that asserts off-the-clock and overtime claims under Ohio law on behalf of over 10,000 call center employees. Román Hernández in Portland successfully represented Walmart in a nationwide disability discrimination case. Rosemary Alito in Newark leads the team, where George Barbatsuly is also based. Houston-based Nickolas Spiliotis, and Spencer Hamer, who joined in Orange County from Michelman & Robinson, LLP, are also recommended.

Mayer Brown’s ‘responsive team’ is ‘extremely knowledgeable about how to handle complex matters’ and has recently been involved in several class action cases. Los Angeles-based practice co-chair John Zaimes is defending PetSmart in a nationwide FLSA collective action and in a Rule 23 class action; and John Nadolenco, who is also based in Los Angeles, defended Tyson Foods in a putative nationwide class action alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Nestlé Waters North America and CSX Transportation are also clients. In Chicago, practice co-chair Marcia Goodman, Lori Zahalka, Laura Hammargren, Andrew Rosenman, Nancy Ross and associate Richard Nowak are recommended. Los Angeles-based Ruth Zadikany was recently promoted to partner.

Ropes & Gray LLP regularly defends high-stakes class actions and collective actions, and has a specialist focus on advising on sensitive matters involving senior executives and management, including handling investigations into allegations of misconduct. Practice head Jeffrey Webb in Boston worked alongside Rocky Tsai in San Francisco to represent Arctic Glacier in a putative nationwide wage and hour collective action and a California class action. Webb was also successful in defending Loomis Sayles in a civil action brought by Consiglia Stacey Grove alleging age discrimination. HeartShare, SkillSoft and Berkeley Research Group are also clients. Also in Boston, Peter Ebb, counsel Jenny Cooper and associate Douglas Brayley are recommended.

Vedder Price handles litigation involving restrictive covenants, labor management and relations, equal employment, wrongful discharge and ERISA matters. In Chicago, Edward Jepson, Jr. and Elizabeth Hall successfully defended a renowned medical school against claims of national origin discrimination and retaliation brought by a former surgical resident. Brendan Dolan in San Francisco defended Oracle in several matters, including a case brought by a class of employees alleging failure to pay overtime, missed meal and rest breaks, and pay statement violations under California law. Washington DC-based practice chair Amy Bess; former practice chair Thomas Wilde, Nicholas Anaclerio and Patrick Spangler in Chicago; Thomas Petrides in Los Angeles; and the ‘brilliant’ Heather Sager in San Francisco, who co-chairs the employment class action group, are recommended.

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    Earlier this year, the Israel Tax Authority (ITA) issued two circulars, one on the taxation of digital tokens and the second addressing the taxation of utility tokens in initial coin offerings (ICOs). Additionally, in March, the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) released a detailed interim report by the Committee for the Regulation of Public Offerings of Decentralized Cryptocurrency Coins (Report) (with a follow-up report due to come out around October 2018). Moreover, it is expected that before the end of 2018, legislation will come into force that for the first time will see Israeli primary legislation define virtual currencies as financial assets and mandate licensing for related services, as is later discussed in detail.

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