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Jonathan L Sulds

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Jonathan L. Sulds is co-chair of the firm's Global Labor & Employment and the Global Human Capital Solutions Practices, and the Global Labor & Employment Litigation and the ERISA Litigation Groups. He has been representing leading employers since 1974 in virtually every aspect of their engagement, protection, management, and reward of workforce resources. Jon regularly represents employers in the areas of collective bargaining and traditional labor relations, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, wage and hour matters, discrimination complaints, restrictive covenant, duty of loyalty and trade secret litigation, Dodd Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and other whistleblower matters, global and domestic executive employment arrangements, and corporate campaigns. Jon is also involved in the labor and employment aspects of corporate transactions and class and collective actions that arise in these contexts.

United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation

Within: ERISA litigation

Greenberg Traurig, LLP covers the gamut of ERISA litigation and recently intervened in an ESOP case in which a former participant launched a class action against the plan and its former fiduciaries in connection with its termination in 2011. Atlanta-based Todd Wozniak led advice to GlaxoSmithKline and other entities and their medical plans with regard to breach of fiduciary duties and unfair competition claims arising from the denial of services provided by out-of-network medical providers. In New York, Jonathan Sulds secured a motion to dismiss in a breach of fiduciary action involving allegations of failure to disclose information pertaining to a 401(k) plan. New Jersey-based Robert Bernstein is also a key name and has recently been representing a national reinsurance company in ERISA litigation.

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

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.

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Labor-management relations

Within: Labor-management relations

In an example of its multi-disciplinary offering, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, under the leadership of practice co-chair Jonathan Sulds, is representing a major electric power utility in collective bargaining, healthcare insurance and other labor relations matters arising from the commencement of bankruptcy proceedings. Also in New York, Jerrold Goldberg continues to advise the NoMad Hotel on union grievances, employment issues and various discrimination charges, while Boston-based Terence McCourt acted for a client in contentious proceedings pertaining to the interplay of NLRB and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations.

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Workplace and employment counseling

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

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.

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