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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises clients across the financial services, pharmaceutical, retail, technology, energy and transportation sectors, including General Dynamics, The Hershey Company, Amazon.com and Morgan Stanley. Department head Grace Speights, who is based in Washington DC, and Larry Turner in Philadelphia lead on diversity and inclusion mandates. Speights works with Philadelphia-based Michael Banks on crisis management and has recently been advising on high-profile sexual harassment allegations. Richard Rosenblatt in Princeton and Michael Puma in Philadelphia lead counseling for companies on wage and hour issues, while Los Angeles-based Debra Fischer, Ronald Manthey in Texas, New York and Boston-based David McManus, and Turner handle national trade secret and unfair competition mandates. The California-based team of Melinda Riechert, Carol Freeman, Barbara Miller, Michael Schlemmer and Jacqueline Aguilera provides guidance to California employers on amendments to existing laws as well as new policies and procedures. McManus also leads on workforce change matters and Princeton-based Michelle Seldin Silverman leads the practice-wide employment counseling team. David Bowman, who is based across the Boston and Philadelphia offices, the ‘very thorough’ Douglas Schwarz, who is based in Boston and New York, and Ross Friedman in Chicago are also recommended. Lincoln Bisbee and Krissy Katzenstein in Washington DC and Brendan Killeen in New York were promoted to partner.

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Paul Hastings LLP routinely assists with the employment aspects of high-profile M&A deals and corporate reorganizations and is adept at advising employers on access for individuals with disabilities, pursuant to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Its client base spans the healthcare, banking, telecoms, media, aerospace and pharmaceutical sectors, and it acts for clients such as Google, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Barclays Capital and Target Corporation. In New York, department chair Patrick Shea is advising Unum Group in relation to an in-house investigation of issues that led to the termination of a number of managers. Vice chair of the employment department Kenneth Willner is based in Washington DC and Kenneth Gage, who is based across the New York and Chicago offices, leads the workplace retaliation and whistleblower defense practice group. In California, the ‘outstanding’ Nancy Abell, Bradford Newman, who is the founding chair of the global employee mobility and trade secret group, and senior counsel Kirby Wilcox are recommended. Of counsel Tammy Daub in Washington DC is also noted. Heather Morgan joined Grube Brown & Geidt LLP in 2017, while Stephen Sonnenberg left the firm in 2018 to join JAMS.

Proskauer Rose LLP advises clients across the sports, financial services, education, public, retail, arts, entertainment, media, technology, healthcare, legal and real estate sectors, such as Allen Health Care Services, Etsy, Lidl US, Chanel, The Boston Globe, Chicago State University, Ashmore Group and Major League Baseball, on a full range of employment and workplace counseling matters. Joseph Baumgarten and Elise Bloom head the team in New York, where Bettina Plevan, Kathleen McKenna, Erika Collins, who co-leads the international labor and employment group, and Keisha-Ann Gray are also based. In Washington DC, Connie Bertram leads the labor and employment group, co-heads the whistleblowing and retaliation group, and heads the government contractor compliance group, and Guy Brenner co-heads the non-compete and trade secrets group. Nigel Telman heads the labor and employment group in Chicago, and Anthony Oncidi leads the Los Angeles-based group. Allan Weitzman recently left the firm to found Weitzman Arbitration & Mediation Services LLC and Amanda Wiley joined Reyes Holdings.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides ‘practical and commercial guidance’ on complex issues for clients such as Randstad North America, Aldi, General Electric and RELX Group. In Chicago, senior counsel Christine Hendrickson, Annette Tyman, chair of the workplace compliance solutions group David Baffa, and Valerie Hoffman, who also operates in Los Angeles, are key members of the firm’s pay equity group. Atlanta-based Brett Bartlett and Boston-based Richard Alfred are noted for wage and hour matters, while senior counsel Lawrence Lorber in Washington DC is experienced in regulatory enforcement and counseling mandates and is advising the United States Chamber of Commerce on several matters. Key contacts also include Alexander Passantino and Leon Rodriguez, who recently joined from the Department of Homeland Security, in Washington DC; Tracy Billows, Ellen McLaughlin, Pamela Devata and Condon McGlothlen in Chicago; Ann Marie Zaletel, Kerry Friedrichs, Chelsea Mesa and senior counsel Debbie Caplan in Los Angeles; Benjamin Briggs in Atlanta; senior counsel Cindy Westervelt in Boston; and Robert Nobile in New York, where associate Joshua Seidman, who is experienced in mandatory paid sick leave laws, ‘industry expertWilliam Perkins, and Glenn Smith, who joined from Littler Mendelson, P.C., are also based. Scott Nelson joined in Houston from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018.

Baker McKenzie LLP’s ‘efficient’ department provides ‘clear guidance’ and is noted for cross-border employment matters in relation to significant transactions; the team is advising Hewlett Packard Enterprise on several matters, including the global employment and employee benefits issues related to the purchase of Nimble Storage shares. It is also experienced in pay equity, employee global privacy, HR data protection and corporate reorganizations, as well as advising on social media policies. Nielsen and Keysight Technologies are also clients. Key contacts include Ryan Vann, Carole Spink, Douglas Darch, Arthur Rooney, and Miriam Geraghty Petrillo in Chicago; Richard Hammett and Emily Paige Harbison in Houston; the ‘excellent’ Benjamin Ho in San Francisco; and Robert Lewis in New York. Susan Eandi heads the team in Palo Alto, where Joseph Deng is also based. William Dugan in Chicago joined from Seyfarth Shaw LLP, while Todd Boyer in Palo Alto and Meredith Kaufman in New York joined the team from Littler Mendelson, P.C..

Jones Day regularly counsels clients to minimize the risk and exposure of litigation, in addition to advising on matters such as compensation and benefits programs and agreements, terminations, reductions-in-force and plant closings, and investigations of sexual harassment and other misconduct, as well as compliance and policy developments. Verizon Communications, Reynolds American, Verizon Wireless and McDonald’s are on the firm’s client roster. In Chicago, Jonathan Linas, Elizabeth McRee, Michael Ferrell, David Birnbaum, E. Michael Rossman, of counsel Lawrence DiNardo, and department co-head Michael Gray are singled out for praise. Stanley Weiner, who is based across the Dallas and Cleveland offices, Brian Easley, who operates across the Minneapolis and Chicago offices, Joanne Bush in Houston, Deborah Sudbury in Atlanta, Columbus-based Tonya Blosser Braun, Brian Jorgensen in Dallas, and department co-head Matthew Lampe in New York are also recommended.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘knowledgeable and strategic team’ is adept at handling complex and sensitive counseling matters such as board-level internal investigations, compliance audits, diversity initiatives, and compensation arrangements, in addition to issues arising from M&A, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy. Signet Jewelers, WoodSpring Hotels, Tiffany & Co. and UnitedHealth Group are clients for the New York-based team. Department head Jeffrey Klein is a ‘great negotiator and an excellent counselor’, ‘very good at reading the room’ and ‘tough when he needs to be’. Gary Friedman regularly advises on internal investigations and matters such as whistleblowing and other claims of misconduct, discrimination, and harassment. Nicholas Pappas, who is a highly regarded ERISA expert, counsel Millie Warner and ‘responsive’ ass ociate Ami Zweig are also recommended.

Davis & Gilbert LLP’s ‘very commercial’ team advises clients across a diverse range of industries, such as the financial services, fashion, transport, media, construction, publishing and hospitality sectors, and handles a range of workplace and employment counseling mandates, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, investigations, ERISA, executive compensation, benefits and compliance mandates. It is advising Turner Construction Company on resolving and mediating numerous employment-related matters across the country and on the revision of its nationwide drug-testing policies and procedures. Gregg Gilman, who ‘makes a real effort to understand the client’s business’ (and co-heads the firm’s hospitality practice), co-leads the New York-based team with Howard Rubin. Counsel David Fisher, Daniel Feinstein, Gregg Brochin, Jessica Golden Cortes, the ‘terrificShira Franco, and Jason Pruzansky are key contacts.

Dentons regularly advises clients on litigation avoidance and is commended for its cross-border expertise. Brian Baggott in Kansas City is advising Summit Materials on issues relating to disciplinary proceedings, terminations, and wage and hour matters. San Francisco-based Sandra McCandless is assisting Skidmore Owings & Merrill with a range of matters, including cross-border issues, and Cynthia Jackson in Silicon Valley is advising clients such as Maxim Integrated Products, Mozilla and Vista Outdoor on global codes and data privacy. In Los Angeles, Nick Pujji, who is active in ADA compliance matters, and Jim McNeill, who also operates out of the San Diego office, are also noted. Brian Cousin in New York heads the team.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.’s team ‘provides an outstanding service’; its members are ‘experts in their field and highly responsive’ and counsel clients across the healthcare, financial services and hospitality sectors. In New York, Ian Carleton Schaefer, who co-leads the firm’s TMT service team, Jeffrey Landes, Jeffrey Ruzal, who heads the hospitality practice, William Milani, who heads the international employment law group, Victoria Sloan Lin, George Carroll Whipple, Joshua Stein, and Marc Mandelman are recommended. Adam Forman, who is based across the Detroit and Chicago offices, regularly handles issues relating to the use of technology in the workplace, and Nathaniel Glasser in Washington DC, who co-leads the health employment and labor strategic industry group, is also noted. Deborah DeHart Cannavino and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Peter Stein in Stamford are key figures, as are Jeremy Brown and Maxine Neuhauser in Newark. Department head David Garland is based across the New York and Newark offices. In Los Angeles, Jonathan Brenner joined from Sidley Austin LLP, while Paul DeCamp joined in Washington DC from Jackson Lewis P.C., and Brian Spang joined the Chicago office from McGuireWoods LLP.

Greenberg Traurig LLP routinely advises on internal investigations, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) audits, compliance and force reductions, performance management, discipline, and wage and hour issues. Hillsborough County Civil Service Board, Bellwether Behavioral Health and KeyBank are clients. Johnine Barnes in Washington DC advised Profit Investment Management on corporate restructuring in addition to compliance issues and diversification. Houston-based Shira Yoshor, who ‘offers well-informed advice’, Wendy Lario in New Jersey and John Richards in Atlanta are key figures in the team, which also includes Philadelphia-based Kelly Bunting, who co-chairs the workforce compliance and regulatory enforcement group with Tiffany Fordyce and Jon Zimring in Chicago. David Long-Daniels in Atlanta, Jonathan Sulds in New York and James Boudreau in Philadelphia head the labor and employment department. Michael Taylor, who chairs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) group, joined the Northern Virginia office from Baker & Hostetler LLP in 2017.

Jackson Lewis P.C.’s nationwide practice focuses on the prevention and limitation of workplace and employment disputes. In New York, Philip Rosen is assisting clients such as the New York Yankees and Legends (which runs various sports venues) with ongoing workplace matters, while Jeffrey Brody in Boston is advising Biogen on disability and leave management issues. Pfizer, IBM, Apple and Mercedes-Benz are also clients. Francis Alvarez in White Plains, Margaret Strange in Hartford and Debra Weiss Ford in Portsmouth are key members of the team, as is the recently promoted Daniel Schudroff in New York. Vincent Cino heads the team from Morristown, where Joseph Lazzarotti is also based. The arrival of Jeffrey Newhouse in Richmond from Ogletree Deakins was among several key hires for the firm.

Littler Mendelson, P.C. utilizes technology to advise its clients on the full range of employment issues, such as compliance, policy issues and administrative agency charges, and on single-plaintiff litigation, as well as wage and hour class and collective actions. Taco Bell of America, FedEx Ground and Darden Restaurants are among its clients. New Haven-based George O’Brien, Arthur Carter and James Frederick in Dallas, Gary Lieberman in Boston, San Francisco-based Michael Lotito, who co-chairs the firm’s workplace policy institute (WPI), and Washington DC-based Stefan Marculewicz, who co-chairs the business and human rights practice group, are key figures. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) department co-chairs, George Chaffey in Walnut Creek and David Goldstein in Minneapolis (who also co-chairs the government contractors industry group), are also noted. Thomas Bender in Philadelphia and Jeremy Roth in San Diego head the team. The arrival of Donald Dowling in New York from K&L Gates was among several notable additions to the department. Judith Wethall joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP in 2017.

Mayer Brown is praised for its ‘expertise’ and ‘astute advice’, as well as its ‘commitment to quality’. It handles strategic organizational change involving benefits restructuring, outsourcing, and the de-risking of liabilities, as well as data protection, terminations, discrimination and harassment investigations, and OSHA matters. The team is also commended for its expertise in cross-border matters. TH Foods is a key client. Counsels Roxanne Wilson, who is based in Los Angeles, and the ‘brilliant’ Kim Leffert and Maritoni Kane in Chicago are also noted. The team is led by Marcia Goodman in Chicago, where Lori Zahalka is also based, and John Zaimes in Los Angeles.

Ogletree Deakins’ counseling expertise covers OSHA matters, drug testing, disability access, data privacy, pay equity and governmental affairs, and it is also noted for its project management and workplace training experience. Its client base spans a range of sectors such as healthcare, education, transport, retail and energy. Key individuals include Melissa Bailey in Washington DC, who is noted for workplace safety work, Dallas-based Ron Chapman, San Francisco-based Gregory Cheng, who handles California employment issues, St Louis-based collective bargaining expert Timothy Garnett, and Los Angeles-based managing director Joseph Beachboard, who is experienced in delivering training programs for high-profile clients. Margaret Campbell in Atlanta, David Powell in Denver, Columbia-based Leigh Nason, who chairs the affirmative action and OFCCP compliance group, Greenville-based Stephen Woods, who handles background checks, Nonnie Shivers in Phoenix, and San Francisco-based of counsel Carolyn Hall are also noted among the team. Robert Jones recently left the firm.

Reed Smith LLP regularly advises on policies and practices involving wage and hour issues, disability accommodation, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) compliance, religious accommodation, social media, pay equity, and union avoidance. Its client base spans the pharmaceutical, financial services, education, technology, transport and media sectors. David McAllister and Jay Glunt in Pittsburgh, Princeton-based John McDonald, Peter Stuhldreher in Houston, Philadelphia-based Sara Begley, and recently promoted partner Christina Tellado, who is based in Los Angeles and has ‘sharp legal acumen’, are key figures in the team. Houston-based Mark Temple heads the department, and Christine Kohler in Los Angeles is the deputy practice leader. New York office managing partner Cindy Schmitt Minniti is also recommended, as is Richmond's Betty Graumlich. Jean Kuei recently joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

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