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Ross Friedman

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Ross H. Friedman is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. Friedman practices management-side labor and employment law and represents clients on a wide range of labor and employment issues, with a focus on management-union relations, collective bargaining, litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, contract disputes involving grievance arbitration, and related matters. Mr. Friedman is also active in the representation of employers in discrimination actions arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and related statutes. Mr. Friedman also handles the defense of employers in benefits-related litigation involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and alleged whistleblower claims asserted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Mr. Friedman has advised employers in relation to business reorganizations and corporate transactions. He is active in Morgan Lewis's Workforce Change Practice, which is devoted to the management of employment, labor, and benefits issues arising from mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, startups, spinoffs, workforce reductions, shutdowns, outsourcing, offshoring, and other types of business restructuring. Mr. Friedman has authored or co-authored numerous articles addressing a variety of labor and employment law issues, and he is a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law, published by the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association. For more information, view Mr. Friedman's biography at www.morganlewis.com/bios/rfriedman.

Education

University of Chicago Law School, 2001, J.D.; University of Illinois, 1997, B.S.


United States: Labor and employment

Labor-management relations

Within: Labor-management relations

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's team comprises 'smart, efficient problem solvers', who have experience with labor unions and representing clients before all relevant federal, state and local agencies. The group is 'capable of handling the most sophisticated traditional labor matters' and is jointly led by Philadelphia-based Joseph Ragaglia and the 'intellectual giant' Harry Johnson in Century City. Labor-expert Jonathan Fritts had an active year in the transport sector, which included representing Boeing Company in several matters. Senior counsel Thomas Reinert successfully acted for Southwest Airlines in arbitration proceedings with its mechanics’ union regarding the union's efforts to obtain the exclusive right to perform aircraft movement work. Philip Miscimarra, who is the former chairman of the NLRB and is considered as 'one of the single greatest traditional labor lawyers of his time', re-joined the firm in February 2018, switching positions with John Ring, who went in the other direction. Daniel Bordoni specializes in collective bargaining and matters arising under the NLRB. Aforementioned lawyers are based in Washington DC. Ross Friedman in Chicago and Steven Wall in Philadelphia are other highlighted practitioners. Los Angeles' Nicole Buffalano made partner in October 2018.

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Workplace and employment counseling

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is well versed in advising clients from various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail, technology, energy and transportation, on employment law challenges. The Washington DC office was reinforced by the arrival of former commissioner of the EEOC Chai Feldblum and her then chief of staff Sharon Perley Masling in February 2019. The team is particularly involved in the emerging #MeToo in the workplace area, and practice head Grace Speights, also based in DC, acted as a special investigation counsel to National Public Radio (NPR)'s board of directors’ special committee on sexual harassment. She also led an internal investigation for the Humane Society of the United States regarding sexual harassment complaints against a former CEO. Princeton's Michelle Sedin Silverman represented a government contractor in a matter alleging systemic discrimination against transgender employees. Deputy practice leader David McManus splits his time between Boston and New York and has notable crisis management experience. Michael Banks in Philadelphia, David Bowman and Douglas Schwarz in Boston, Jacqueline Aguilera in Los Angeles and Barbara Miller in Orange County are other key individuals. Further names to note include the Chicago-based Ross Friedman and Stephanie Sweitzer as well as Palo Alto's Michael Schlemmer. Susan Harthill joined the Washington DC office in October 2018 from the US Department of Labor (DOL). Around the same time, there have been several partner promotions, including Jocelyn Cuttino, also in Washington DC.

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