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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is at the forefront of class actions concerning independent contractor misclassification and arbitration agreements. Alongside Orange County’s Michele Maryott, Los Angeles-based trio Catherine Conway, who co-chairs the practice, Theodore Boutrous and Jesse Cripps are defending Chevron USA in an ongoing nationwide collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), where former well site managers allege that the defendant misclassified them as independent contractors; under California law, the plaintiffs are seeking unpaid overtime as well as penalties for missed meal and rest breaks, improper wage statements and waiting time. In Washington DC, practice co-chair Jason Schwartz and Eugene Scalia acted for Cablevision (now Altice USA) and its CEO in a high-profile dispute with the Communications Workers of America before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which brought nine unfair labor charges against the company, including claims that Cablevision terminated the employment of a union leader in retaliation for union activities. Schwartz and Dallas-based Karl Nelson enjoined an employee’s attempt to bring a discrimination class action against AlixPartners through arbitration. PwC, Uber and Michaels Stores are additional clients. Julian Poon in Los Angeles, New York-based Gabrielle Levin and Washington DC-based William Kilberg and Joshua Lipshutz also stand out.

Jones Day fields a team of ‘zealous and effective advocates’ and makes ‘a tremendous business partner’. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Matthew Lampe leads the practice with Michael Gray, who is ‘arguably the finest attorney in the country’. Gray, Brent Knight, Elizabeth McRee and of counsel Cindi Ritchey are representing McDonald’s in an ongoing wage and hour class action with over 30,000 former and current non-exempt employees alleging that the fast-food chain violated several conditions of the California Labor Code (CLC) and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), including overtime pay and meal and rest break requirements; in 2016, the defendant’s motion to strike the PAGA claims was granted and the team is handling the plaintiffs’ second motion for class certification. New clients include AMG Resources, Virgin America and Ecolab. Jacqueline Holmes, Donald Munro, Eric Dreiband, Alison Marshall and Patricia Dunn are key figures in the Washington DC office and were joined by recent hires Elizabeth Dougherty and Douglas Hall from Ogletree Deakins and Ford & Harrison LLP respectively. Efrat Schulman is ‘outstanding’ and Lawrence DiNardo, Jonathan Linas, David Birnbaum, Willis Goldsmith, Doreen Davis and the ‘very thorough’ Terri Chase are also recommended. The firm launched its Minneapolis office with several hires, including Roy Ginsburg from Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Fred Alvarez is now of counsel and Lindsay Hedrick made partner. The team fields experts in Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, New York, San Diego and Silicon Valley.

The ‘strong team’ at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is adept at handling federal, state and local law, FLSA litigation, and whistleblower, discrimination and various other disputes. Robert Jon Hendricks and Ira Rosenstein won a significant dispute for Delta Air Lines against flight attendants challenging the company’s pay structure under California minimum wage law. Another highlight saw Michelle Seldin Silverman and Terry Johnson defend the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in a dispute with female employees, who claimed that the hotel’s appearance and weight policies amounted to systematic discrimination and harassment. Under Grace Speights’ leadership, the practice gained Aecom, Warner Bros and Billabong US as new clients. Former practice head Joseph Costello, Richard Rosenblatt, Samuel Shaulson, Michael Puma and Anne Marie Estevez are highly regarded, as are Eric Meckley, Melinda Riechert and Michael Burkhardt. Sarah Bouchard is ‘excellent’ and Barbara Miller ‘develops strategy that produces successful results’. Ethel Johnson arrived from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP and Melissa Rodriguez’s and W. John Lee were made up to partner. The named individuals are based in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orange County, Philadelphia, Princeton, San Francisco, Silicon Valley or Washington DC.

Singled out for sports, entertainment and retail sector work, Proskauer Rose LLP acts for Marvel Entertainment, Sony Music, Marc Jacobs, National Hockey League and other large employers. Howard Ganz, who co-chairs the sports law group, Elise Bloom, labor expert Neil Abramson and Adam Lupion are representing Major League Baseball and all 30 of its clubs in a wage and hour putative class action with minor league baseball players alleging that they are owed minimum and overtime wages. Bettina Plevan and Kathleen McKenna handle disputes ranging from racial discrimination to sexual harassment cases, often on behalf of law firms. Other work for the practice included handling class actions that challenged unpaid internships, breach of contract claims and enforcing restrictive covenants. Joseph Baumgarten and Gregory Rasin head the department, which consists of specialist teams, including Elise Bloom’s and Boston-based Mark Batten’s class and collective actions group. Keisha-Ann Gray, Zachary Fasman, senior counsel Harris Mufson and Allan Bloom are recommended, along with Los Angeles-based Anthony Oncidi and Chicago’s Steven Pearlman and Nigel Telman. Guy Brenner and Connie Bertram, who are in Washington DC, and John Barry, who splits his time between New York and Newark, are also noted, as is Boca Raton-based special employment law counsel Jurate Schwartz. Evandro Gigante, Patrick Lamparello and New Orleans-based Nicole Eichberger made partner. Katharine Parker is now a magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York. Attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Aviation expert O’Melveny & Myers LLP counts American Airlines, Republic Airways and Spirit Airlines as clients, and also acts for Disney, Bank of America and Marriott International. San Francisco-based Adam KohSweeney and Los Angeles’ Robert Siegel defended United Airlines in a class action brought by pilots alleging a violation of the CLC by issuing inaccurate wage statements; the court found that state law was not applicable if individuals work primarily outside of the state’s borders. The practice also handled sexual harassment, independent contractor misclassification, unfair competition and other claims. Los Angeles-based practice head Apalla Chopra and Silicon Valley’s Eric Amdursky are well respected and Newport Beach-based Adam Karr is a rising star. Jeffrey Kohn and Mark Robertson are the main contacts in New York. New clients include Redfin and Brigham Young University.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has ‘a very strong and effective’ practice and recent experience handling whistleblower cases. Renee Phillips and department head Mike Delikat, who are based in New York, and San Francisco-based white-collar expert Kenneth Herzinger are representing Oracle in an ongoing Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Dodd-Frank whistleblower dispute with a former senior finance manager, who alleges her employment was terminated in retaliation for refusing to use improper accounting practices. Silicon Valley’s Lynne Hermle and Julia Riechert, together with Fox Rothschild LLP, defended new client SpaceX against sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation claims brought by a former welder in California. Other clients include Facebook, Fujitsu and CVS Pharmacy. James McQuade, Jill Rosenberg and Laura Becking are names to note in New York, along with senior associate Lisa Lupion. Silicon-Valley based Joseph Liburt is highly respected and Jessica Perry provides ‘great case management and strategic advice’. In San Francisco, Michael Weil and deputy practice head Andrew Livingston are well regarded. Patricia Gillette is now with Jams.

Paul Hastings LLP handles an array of class actions and individual cases, including wage and hour, systemic discrimination and whistleblowing disputes. Leslie Abbott is defending Activision Blizzard in an ongoing misclassification and overtime dispute with a former employee. Marc Bernstein represented TransRe in a SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against an employee. Other clients include CVC Capital Partners, General Electric and Unum. Additional names to note include practice head Patrick Shea, Jeffrey Wohl, Zach Hutton, Kenneth Willner, Barbara Brown, Neal Mollen, Carson Sullivan, Nancy Abell, Donna Melby, George Abele, Elena Baca, Stephen Sonnenberg, Kenneth Gage and associate Felicia Davis. Named attorneys are based across Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington DC.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is best known for handling high-stakes class and collective actions across the spectrum of labor and employment disputes. Richard Alfred is defending Wells Fargo in a California and New York Rule 23 class action against former hourly paid employees; Alfred defeated a motion for statewide class certification in New York and also obtained the dismissal of a nationwide FLSA collective action. The ‘top-notchCamille Olson and Richard Lapp, together with three other law firms, protected HP’s trade secrets against misappropriation by former CEO Mark Hurd, who resigned to join Oracle. Other clients include Spectra Energy and Tesla. Practice head Lisa Damon, Gerald Maatman, Ada Dolph, Andrew Paley, Matthew Gagnon, Brett Bartlett, Robert Stevens, ‘stellar mentorBrian Ashe, managing partner Christian Rowley and associate managing partner Ariel Cudkowicz are highly respected. Robert Fisher joined from Foley Hoag LLP and the ‘invaluableChelsea Mesa, Candace Bertoldi and Justin Curley were among those who made partner. Giselle Donado joined RR Donnelley. Named attorneys are based across Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles (Century City and Downtown), New York and San Francisco.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s expertise includes restrictive covenant, discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. Practice head Jeffrey Klein represents Perella Weinberg Partners in ongoing litigation against four former senior employees that allegedly breached their non-solicitation obligations and fiduciary duties; the defendants filed counterclaims against the client and three of its partners relating to invalid non-solicitation covenants, wrongful termination, deferred compensation and other allegations. Gary Friedman acted for Tuesday Morning in two putative California wage and hour class actions, and ERISA expert Nicholas Pappas defended Marsh & McLennan Companies in a dispute with two former executives, who sought severance benefits and compensation for stock options following termination of their employment for not cooperating with an internal investigation. Other clients include Elite Model Management and Kroll. Counsels Lawrence Baer and Millie Warner are highly regarded, as is associate Ami Zweig. Named attorneys work out of New York.

Jonathan Sulds, Peter Zinober and David Long-Daniels are the co-chairs at Greenberg Traurig LLP, which sets itself apart with ‘the quality and practicality of its advice’. Long-Daniels defended Zaxby’s in a putative FLSA collective action brought by employees pertaining to overtime and misclassification claims, and individual retaliation and harassment allegations. Genesis HealthCare and Kellogg’s are also clients. Todd Wozniak’s ‘experience is invaluable’ and James Boudreau, Jerrold Goldberg, Justin Keith and class and collective action practice co-chair Mark Kemple are highly recommended. In New Jersey, Robert Bernstein, Wendy Johnson Lario, Micala Campbell Robinson and Kristine Feher are experts. Koray Bulut joined Goodwin. Named attorneys are stationed in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Tampa unless otherwise stated.

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP handled Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) disputes for financial and real estate companies in matters including discrimination, harassment, deferred compensation and restrictive covenants. Practice head Kevin Leblang and special counsel Eliza Kaiser are defending Société Générale in a pending sexual orientation harassment suit brought by a former employee, and are also representing the company in three FINRA arbitrations with current and former employees pertaining to compensation and discrimination claims. Executive compensation co-chair Robert Holtzman acts for Andersen Tax in ongoing restrictive covenant litigation against its competitor BlumShapiro regarding the hire of one of the plaintiff’s partners and subsequent client departures. Other clients include Madison Square Garden and Macquarie Group. All attorneys are based in New York.

Boutique employment firm Littler Mendelson, P.C. has shaped legislation by acting against government agencies in high-profile litigation. Maury Baskin, Tammy McCutchen and Robert Friedman, who co-heads the alternative dispute resolution team, represented a coalition of 14 national and 41 state business groups, including the US Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and National Retail Federation, in opposing the Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulations on increasing minimum wage by redefining which employees are exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements in the FLSA; a preliminary injunction enjoined the rule and the DOL filed an appeal in December 2016. Other recent cases include prevailing wage actions, restrictive covenant enforcement and whistleblower retaliation claims. BJ’s Wholesale Club, Quantlab and Phillips 66 are also clients. Co-presidents and managing directors Thomas Bender and Jeremy Roth, along with Danielle Kitson, Kevin Lilly, and litigation and trial practice co-chairs Helene Wasserman and Richard Harris, are names to note. Curtis Summers’ hire from Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP was among personnel changes. Attorneys are based across the firm’s Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles (Century City and Downtown), Newark, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington DC offices.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP excels in retail, entertainment and healthcare sector mandates. The firm handled various disputes for hospitals, major film studios and multinational retailers, including labor arbitrations, wage and hour class actions and various discrimination cases. Los Angeles-based Rebecca Torrey obtained the dismissal of a putative PAGA class action for Quemetco, which faced allegations of labor code violations, failure to pay minimum and overtime wages, and prohibiting meal and rest breaks. The practice is especially strong in California, with Mandana Massoumi, Sandra King, Andrew Satenberg, Alan Brunswick and Sharon Bauman working out of the firm’s offices in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Deborah Kelly joined the Washington DC office from Blank Rome LLP.

Ogletree Deakins has experience in opposing regulatory changes. Jeffrey Londa in Houston, traditional labor co-head Brian Hayes and Christopher Murray challenged the DOL’s passing of the ‘persuader rule’, successfully obtaining a nationwide injunction on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Business, Texas Association of Business, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Home Builders and the Texas Association of Builders. Danuta Bembenista Panich represented Duke University and Wake Forest University in successfully defeating a putative class action against former student athletes, who claimed they should have been classified as employees earning minimum wage under the FLSA. C. Matthew Keen took over as the firm’s managing shareholder from Kim Ebert, who remains active. Jack Sholkoff and Ron Chapman are additional contacts and Anthony DeCristoforo joined the firm’s recently opened Sacramento office from Stoel Rives LLP. Unless stated otherwise, attorneys are located in either Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Raleigh or Washington DC.

The ‘exceptionalReed Smith LLP has been acting for financial services and cosmetics companies in wage and hour class and collective actions. Thomas Hill and Linda Husar, who are based in Los Angeles, are defending Estée Lauder Companies, Aveda and Aveda Institute in an ongoing arbitration concerning a putative nationwide FLSA collective and California wage and hour class action filed by former students of the Aveda institute, who allege that they are unpaid workers and that the defendants act as joint employers. Other clients include PNC and GrubHub. Philadelphia-based practice head Sara Begley is an ‘excellent trial attorney’ and Mark Temple, who divides his time between Houston and Chicago, ‘can be relied upon consistently’. Pittsburgh-based Rick Etter and Casey Ryan are highly regarded.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles all manner of disputes, ranging from harassment to employee misclassification claims. Los Angeles’ Derek Havel led a successful defense for Whole Foods Market against a harassment action brought by a former employee; Tracey Kennedy defended Taco Bell in a PAGA wage and hour class action filed by three certified classes comprising former and current workers, which sought compensation for alleged meal and rest break violations and waiting time penalties. The group also has notable sector strength in the insurance, telecoms and financial services industries. Orange County’s Greg Labate, New York-based Jonathan Stoler and Kelly Hensley, who is based in Los Angeles with Richard Simmons, are the practice co-heads. Brian Murphy is also noted in New York. Washington DC-based Garen Dodge and San Diego’s Adam Rosenthal joined from Jackson Lewis P.C. and Littler Mendelson, P.C. respectively. Michael Gallion, Kate Visosky and special counsel David Van Pelt moved to Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, while Brian Arbetter joined Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Century City-based Paul Berkowitz and Lisa Harris, who splits her time between Century City and New York, made partner.

Winston & Strawn LLP defends against Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and NLRB charges, as well as whistleblowing and hostile work environment claims, among other high-stakes matters. Washington DC-based William Miossi obtained affirmation of a summary judgment at the Ninth Circuit for Energy Northwest pertaining to a whistleblower retaliation claim brought by a former employee. Rex Sessions represents LVMH in a range of disputes, including hostile work environment, discrimination and breach of contract claims. Other clients include Abbott and CR Bard. Michael Roche is the practice head, Joan Tucker Fife, who is the managing partner in San Francisco, is a ‘walking encyclopedia’ for wage and hour class actions and Joseph Torresis extremely knowledgeable’. Michael Mulhern, Daniel Fazio, Aviva Grumet-Morris and New York-based Stephen Sheinfeld are key players, as are Marcus Torrano and Laura Petroff in Los Angeles. John Dickman joined Ogletree Deakins and Julie Capell is now with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Attorneys are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP excels in the sports sector. Washington DC-based Daniel Nash and Stacey Recht Eisenstein acted for the National Football League (NFL) in high-profile arbitration and court proceedings with the NFL Players Association and Tom Brady pertaining to the player’s four-game suspension for involvement in ‘Deflategate’. Other clients include Ernst & Young, Starbucks and the United States Tennis Association. Practice head Robert Lian is based in Washington DC, Richard Rabin is the key contact in New York, Gary McLaughlin is singled out in Los Angeles and the experienced Nathan Oleson rejoined the Washington DC office from an in-house position at 24 Hour Fitness.

Trade secret litigation and FLSA wage and hour class and collective actions are Baker & Hostetler LLP’s core strengths. Houston-based Edward Friedman represented M-I Swaco in a complex non-compete invalidation action against a former employee, which also included a breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation counterclaim against the plaintiff and the client’s competitors. The case was heard before the Supreme Court of Texas and provided a statement of opinion to support the inevitable disclosure doctrine, ruling that under the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act, a competitor’s representatives may be excluded from an injunction hearing if trade secret testimony is being heard. The firm also acts for companies in the IT, transport and retail sectors. Washington DC-based David Grant heads the practice and other key figures include Kevin Shaughnessy in Orlando, Drew Tipton in Houston and Los Angeles-based Margaret Rosenthal. Eric Barnum joined the Atlanta office from Schiff Hardin LLP. S. Jeanine Conley is now with Littler Mendelson, P.C..

Employers in sectors ranging from energy to hospitality retained Baker McKenzie LLP in a broad range of matters, including unpaid overtime, EEOC discrimination and wrongful termination disputes. The firm obtained a dismissal at the Fifth Circuit of a former employee’s attempt to revive a putative class action against DynCorp regarding allegations that the company failed to provide overtime pay and benefits earned on a Kuwaiti logistics contract for the US Army. Scott Nelson and Emily Paige Harbison, who are in Houston, have brought proceedings against a former employee and their new employer on behalf of Netsync Network Solutions, which has filed trade secret misuse and breach of contract claims. The group comprises several statewide practices, with Nelson heading the Texas group, Robert Lewis leading New York’s offering, and Chicago-based Ryan Vann and Arthur Rooney chairing the Illinois practice. Houston-based Richard Hammett is managing partner of the firm’s North America region and is noted alongside Douglas Darch and recently promoted partner Miriam Geraghty Petrillo, who are based in Chicago. Of counsel Kevin Whittaker has taken over as head of the California group following Cynthia Jackson’s move to Dentons.

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP’s caseload included student misclassification class actions, trade secret and disability discrimination matters. The practice is representing Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA in a multimillion-dollar trade secret misappropriation case filed against seven former employees and their new employer. Other clients include healthcare, logistics and hospitality companies. Donald Prophete, who splits his time between Kansas City and New York, is noted along with practice head Neil Wasser, who is based in Atlanta. The firm established a San Francisco office with the hire of L. Julius Turman from Reed Smith LLP and bolstered its offering in Century City with the arrivals of senior counsel Steven Katz from the same firm and Kimberly Talley from Sanchez & Amador, LLP. Kate Scarbrough and Megan Walawender moved in-house with Curo Health Services and The University of Kansas respectively. Christopher Pardo in Boston and Macon-based Alyssa Peters made partner.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s expertise includes NLRB cases, employment-focused litigation, and wage and hour, discrimination and harassment class actions. Daniel Turinsky in New York and New Jersey-based litigator Joseph Domenick Guarino are defending Al Jazeera America and its CEO in an ongoing race discrimination and retaliation dispute with its former executive vice president of finance. Verizon Wireless, Allegion and Republic Services are other clients. Brian Kaplan, Joseph Alan Piesco and Eric Wallach, who are based in New York, and Chicago-based Rachel Cowen are highly regarded. Ron Holland and Ellen Bronchetti joined the San Francisco office from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Mary Dollarhide joined in San Diego from Paul Hastings LLP and Cathryn Le Regulski in Northern Virginia made partner. Since publication, Pankit Doshi, Michael Sheehan and Maria Rodriguez have moved to McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

At Dentons, Sandra McCandless, who divides her time between the firm’s San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley offices, is defending Betty White in an ongoing wage and hour lawsuit filed by a former housekeeper, who is bringing claims including failure to pay minimum and overtime wages. Spencer Capital, Precision Spine and Enstar are also clients. Practice head Brian Cousin and Richard Scharlat are the primary contacts in New York and Short Hills, with Jim McNeill the name to note in San Diego and Los Angeles. Cynthia Jackson joined the Silicon Valley office from Baker McKenzie LLP and was among several recent partner hires.

At Dickinson Wright PLLC, Nashville-based M. Reid Estes heads the practice, which acts for high-profile clients including McDonald’s, Delta Air Lines and Carhartt. Lexington-based Brian Johnson represented Philips, the parent company of Philips Electronics North America, in a putative class action brought by former employees of the latter, pertaining to how much control the company had over its subsidiary’s operations following injuries sustained by employees following exposure to hazardous substances. Other work included handling age discrimination, whistleblower retaliation and employee misclassification disputes. Kathryn Wood and Timothy Howlett are recommended in Troy and Detroit respectively.

The ‘exceptional’ team at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. has notable strength in the healthcare and financial services sectors - handling work for JPMorgan Chase and Northwell Health - and it also acts for AXA, Honeywell and Interpublic Group of Companies. John Fullerton won a long-running origin discrimination and retaliation lawsuit for Staten Island University Hospital, its CEO and pathology department chair. Practice head David Garland, Barry Asen and Ronald Green are defending Fox News in a retaliation case with former host Andrea Tantaros, who claims that she was pulled off the air after making sexual harassment allegations. Michael Kun is the ‘go-to person in California’, Frank Morris’ ‘knowledge and guidance are invaluable’ and Garland is ‘peerless in the courtroom’. Patrick Brady, Allen Roberts, Carmine Iannaccone, Daniel Levy and Deborah DeHart Cannavino are also noted. Marisa Ratinoff left to establish MSR Dispute Resolution. Named partners work out of either Los Angeles, Newark, New York, Stamford or Washington DC.

Boutique firm Fisher & Phillips undertakes a range of work through specialist groups, including the class and collective actions team and the recently launched pay equity practice. Atlanta-based Michael Elkon acted for Cowabunga in a collective arbitration action brought by delivery drivers that claimed the defendant violated the FLSA by failing to reimburse them for vehicle expenses, which allegedly caused pay to fall below the minimum wage. Managing partner Suzanne Bogdan and of counsel Candice Pinares-Baez are noted names in Fort Lauderdale, along with James Polkinghorn, who also practices in Washington DC. Boston managing partner Joseph Ambash, San Diego-based David Monks and Christopher Boman and Boris Sorsher, who are in Irvine, are well regarded. The firm established an office in New York by hiring Brian Gershengorn and Michael Marra from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC. Jeffrey Fritz and Ted Boehm, who are based in Boston and Atlanta respectively, were made up to partner.

Jackson Lewis P.C. has specialist employment teams including a general employment litigation practice - led by John Nolan in Philadelphia and Chicago-based Nadine Abrahams - and a class actions and complex litigation group, which is co-chaired by Orlando’s Stephanie Adler-Paindiris and William Anthony, who splits his time between Albany and Hartford. Morristown-based John Bennett represented Merck in proceedings before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, which brought an end to a wrongful discharge dispute with a former senior systems programmer. Other clients include CVS Health, Mercedes-Benz and Anheuser-Busch. Firm chairman Vincent Cino, also in Morristown, heads the practice. Mark Tilkens and Mia Farber are names to note in Madison and Los Angeles respectively. The firm continued its rapid expansion by absorbing Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg’s team in Cincinnati, recruiting a number of attorneys from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP in Albany and making a number of other hires. Sacramento-based Nathan Austin and Miami’s Jason Berkowitz were among those promoted to principal.

K&L Gates has experience in class actions, single-plaintiff litigation and cases initiated by government agencies. Rosemary Alito heads the practice from Newark, where recently promoted partner George Barbatsuly and litigator Christopher Carton are representing L’Oréal USA in a wrongful termination and retaliation dispute with a former in-house patent attorney. Seattle-based Patrick Madden acted for Club Assist in a putative class and collective FLSA action against hundreds of drivers allegedly denied minimum wage and overtime pay by being misclassified as contractors or employees of contractors. The firm gained an international business school, a global fast-food restaurant chain and an online dating products company as new clients. Houston-based Nickolas Spiliotis was a key hire from Jackson Walker L.L.P. and Sang-yul Lee joined the Chicago office from Locke Lord LLP.

Mayer Brown’s recent caseload included SOX whistleblower, FLSA class and collective actions, trade secret and Fair Credit Reporting Act cases. Los Angeles-based co-chair John Zaimes and litigator John Nadolenco are defending PetSmart in an ongoing national FLSA collective and Rule 23 class action involving misclassification and related overtime claims brought by employees in California, New York, Missouri and Connecticut. The varied client roster includes financial institutions, and companies in the food and transport sectors. Marcia Goodman jointly heads the practice from the Chicago office, where ERISA expert Laura Hammargren and Andrew Rosenman are also based.

Ropes & Gray LLP has ‘a top-notch’ group, which acts for clients including Harvard College and TPG Capital. Practice head Jeffrey Webb’s ‘greatest quality is his expertise’ in litigation, arbitration, class actions and senior executive disputes. Recent highlights for Webb, who divides his time between Boston and San Francisco, included representing Bill’s Taxi in a putative wage and hour class action before a federal court and, together with counsel Jenny Cooper, defending Eminent in restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation with Bop, which attempted to prevent an employee from moving to Eminent. Megan Bisk was promoted to the partnership. Named attorneys are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.

Under the leadership of Chicago’s Brian Gold and Los Angeles’ Jennifer Zargarof, Sidley Austin LLP defends employers against everything from discrimination to unfair labor charges. Douglas Hart, another key figure in Los Angeles, has been acting for CVS Health in a number of class actions and individual cases spanning the US and, in one matter, Hart successfully decertified a class of 70,000 retail store employees; the case is ongoing and the dispute relates to bag checks and security inspections. Nordstrom and Disney are also clients. Former joint head Wendy Lazerson leads the Northern California labor and employment group from Palo Alto and is highly experienced. Eric Suits left the firm.

As well as labor disputes, Vedder Price handles trade secret misappropriation, FLSA collective actions and sexual harassment cases. Patrick Spangler acted for MCA Trading in a financial services arbitration before Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, in which former employees challenged the company’s discretionary bonus structure and raised claims for unpaid bonuses. Burberry, Herrick and A+E Networks are also clients. Heather Sager, who chairs the employment class action group, and Brendan Dolan are key names in San Francisco and Thomas Petrides is the primary contact in Los Angeles. Practice head Thomas Wilde, Nicholas Anaclerio and Elizabeth Hall are also noted. Blythe Lovinger joined the New York office from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. Named attorneys are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise.

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