Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense in United States

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP fields a team of dedicated experts in the labor and employment space, which has a strong track record in acting for large, international corporations and financial institutions, including Uber, Amazon and UBS. The group handles disputes relating to anti-discrimination law, non-compete and trade secrets issues, wage and hour mandates and whistleblower matters and the practice is noted for its involvement in prominent topics including #MeToo and the gig economy. It is led by wage and hour specialist Catherine Conway in Los Angeles and Washington DC-based Jason Schwartz, who is active in litigation as well as arbitration proceedings. Jesse Cripps, also in LA, has experience acting before trial and appellate courts, while Joshua Lipshutz, who divides his time between San Francisco and Washington DC, is an expert in contractor misclassification matters. Other key individuals include Denver's Jessica BrownGabrielle Levin in New York, Michele Maryott in Orange County, Katherine Smith and Theane Evangelis in Los Angeles and Washington DC-based Greta Williams and Molly Senger, who made partner in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Conway; Jason Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Lipshutz; Katherine Smith; Jessica Brown; Gabrielle Levin; Jesse Cripps; Karl Nelson; Molly Senger; Michele Maryott; Theane Evangelis; Greta Williams

Jones Day

The team at Jones Day is recognised for covering the full gamut of contentious labor and employment disputes, with expertise across a variety of industries. The group has a strong track record in wage and hour cases; disability, gender and age discrimination claims; trade secrets and employee mobility issues; and disputes in connection with emerging technologies. New York-based Matthew Lampe, who is well versed in class actions, and anti-discrimination expert Elizabeth McRee in Chicago lead the practice. Also in Chicago, Michael Gray handles a wide range of employment claims, Houston's Joanne Bush was recently involved in several age discrimination cases, Wendy Butler in New York has experience in acting for management clients, and Brian Jorgensen in Dallas specialises in wage and hour litigation. Other key practitioners include Brent KnightMichael RossmanEfrat Schulman and Jonathan Linas in Chicago, Alison Marshall in Washington DC, and Steven Zadravecz in Irvine. Dallas-based Natalia Delaune made partner in January 2020, while Kelsey Israel-Trummel in San Francisco was promoted to the partnership in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lampe; Elizabeth McRee

Other key lawyers:

Steven Zadravecz; Tonya Braun; Terri Chase; Michael Gray; Joanne Bush; Wendy Butler; Brian Jorgensen; Brent Knight; Michael Rossman; Efrat Schulman; Jonathan Linas; Alison Marshall; Deborah Sudbury; Natalia Delaune; Craig Friedman; Kelsey Israel-Trummel

Testimonials

‘The JD L&E team stands out for their incredible coordination globally, expertise and the amazing client experience of feeling like you are truly a client of the firm and not an individual which is so rare.’

‘Wendy Butler is the most commercial, sensible, knowledgeable and just down to earth lawyer that I’ve ever worked with. She is an absolute pleasure and incredible partner!’

‘The team is extremely diverse at levels from partner to associate. The team members have a diversity of knowledge and experience that makes the team very well-rounded. The team is extremely responsive and knowledgeable about Labor and Employment. They are dedicated and hardworking and care about the client’s long-term needs.’

‘The individuals that I work with stand out because they are not only knowledgeable about the area of law, but about my industry and my specific company. They also advocate for and support diversity and inclusion within their firm and the legal profession.’

Key clients

Ecolab, Inc.

International Business Machines Corporation

McDonald’s Corporation

Bloomberg L.P.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

The Kraft Heinz Company

Advocate Aurora Health

Reynolds American, Inc.

CSX Corporation

BNSF Railway Company

American Airlines Group

Chevron Corporation

Blackstone Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Ecolab in more than 200 wage-hour arbitrations regarding the company’s incentive plan for non-exempt Service Specialists in the Pest Division.
  • Secured a victory on behalf of Aetna Life Insurance Company at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed summary judgment in favor of Aetna and the dismissal of a nationwide collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Defeated union challenges to the successful resolution of the largest consolidated NLRB litigation ever on behalf of McDonald’s Corporation.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields a 'deep bench of diverse, talented, pragmatic litigators'. The highly regarded practice is regularly involved in significant disputes in which it acts for global financial institutions and companies. Led by the reputed Grace Speights in Washington DC, the group handles class, collective and single-plaintiff actions. Anne Marie Estevez in Miami is a go-to counsel for retail and e-commerce clients, while New York-based Samuel Shaulson is well versed in the FLSA and wage and hour litigation, and Lincoln Bisbee in Washington DC is 'creative in finding solutions'. Other key individuals include David McManus in Boston and Orange County's Barbara Miller, Michael Banks and Sarah Bouchard in Philadelphia and Melissa Rodriguez in New York. The firm strengthened its Chicago offering with the arrival of Ami Wynne and Jonathan Lotsoff from Sidley Austin LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Grace Speights

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Shaulson; Michael Banks; Sarah Bouchard; Anne Marie Estevez; Barbara Miller; Stefanie Moll; David McManus; Melissa Rodriguez; Debra Fischer; Lincoln Bisbee; Robert Sheeder; Ami Wynne; Jonathan Lotsoff; Douglas Hart; Jennifer Zargarof; Sari Alamuddin; Michael Burkhardt; Christopher Parlo; Michael Puma; Richard Rosenblatt; Jocelyn Cuttino

Testimonials

‘The Morgan Lewis team is adept at providing practical, business-minded legal solutions to even the thorniest issue. Without fail, the MLB lawyers across the country are responsive, skilled, and approachable.’

‘We have had consistently positive results in our wage and hour class/representative cases. Morgan Lewis has been efficient, effective and very responsive. They are my go-to firm for these cases.’

‘Barbara Miller is an expert in wage and hour defense; very responsive and nice.’

‘Responsive with practical advice.’

‘MLB has a deep bench of diverse, talented, pragmatic litigators who are also well-versed, pragmatic client counselors. They realize that employment/labor disputes and counseling are one in the same and take a risk-balanced, pragmatic approach to their work. They have an incredibly deep bench, and are experienced in nearly every geographic market in the US and the main markets abroad that I require coverage in. They are wired into the US regulators, with a deep bench of former regulators from both sides of the aisle, and staff with thought leaders in the space. They bring instant credibility to any defense and every plaintiffs counsel and court know and respect them in a way that cuts through the noise to get to the right outcome.’

‘Morgan Lewis is our go-to firm for employment defense. They provide a level of expertise and value that you simply can’t get from any other firm.’

‘Lincoln Bisbee displays a level of professional acumen and judgment that other attorneys don’t provide. He is creative in finding solutions to complex litigation problems.’

‘The MLB team that I work with is incredibly responsive. Their expertise, particularly in the area of collective actions, PAGA matters and complex litigation has been impressive. In addition, I have a primary relationship partner who I can funnel various issues through easily. When I work with the MLB team, I know that I’m in good hands.’

‘The individuals respond almost immediately; they are extremely knowledgeable, and give sound legal advice, with a good understanding of our business needs; if they don’t know the answer, they are quick to identify a subject matter expert; and they are genuinely nice people to work with.’

‘Solid advice and timely responses to questions posed.’

‘Robert Sheeder is well-informed across the labor and employment law spectrum. His advice and counsel concerning labor relations is well-received at all levels.’

‘Professional and knowledgeable. Strategic.’

Key clients

Alliant Insurance Services Inc

Amazon.com

Applied Materials Inc

Bank of America

Bank of New York Mellon Corp.

Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc

Boeing Company

Delta Air Lines Inc.

General Motors

JPMorgan Chase Bank NA

Maxim Healthcare Services

McDonald’s Corporation

MetLife

Morgan Stanley

Novo Nordisk Inc

Pacific Maritime Association

Toyota Motor Sales USA

Uber Technologies

United States Soccer Federation

Ultimate Fighting Championship

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Won a jury verdict in a landmark case for PBS against former host Tavis Smiley.
  • Secured a win for Maxim Healthcare Services in Johnson v. Maxim Healthcare Services, when the San Diego County Superior Court sustained the demurrer to the plaintiff’s representative Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claim without leave to amend.
  • Successfully defended Target in the first California case to decide an issue of first impression—whether Title III of the ADA obligates retailers to provide legally blind consumers with Braille-embossed (or otherwise accessible) gift cards.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has an excellent reputation for representing universities, professional sport leagues and law firms, among others, in complex employment matters. The team is involved in class and collective actions, trials and appellate cases, and is jointly led by Joseph Baumgarten and public sector expert Neil AbramsonElise Bloom has more than 30 years of experience in the employment field, while Los Angeles-based Anthony Oncidi and Kate Gold are well versed in the media and entertainment industries. Bettina Plevan has considerable knowledge of discrimination and harassment cases, Mark Batten is a key contact in Boston, and Nigel Telman is the name to note in Chicago. Keisha-Ann Gray is another practitioner with extensive trial experience. All mentioned individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated; the office's impressive line-up also includes Evandro Gigante , Allan Bloom, Steven HurdAdam Lupion and Rachel Philion.

Practice head(s):

Neil Abramson; Joseph Baumgarten

Other key lawyers:

Elise Bloom; Mark Batten; Bettina Plevan; Anthony Oncidi; Allan Bloom; Nigel Telman; Lawrence Sandak; Kate Gold; Nicole Eichberger; Evandro Gigante; Adam Lupion; Keisha-Ann Gray; Rachel Philion; Guy Brenner; Lloyd Chinn; Steven Hurd; Kathleen McKenna; Joseph O’Keefe; Michelle Annese

Key clients

Major League Baseball (MLB); MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLBAM) and BAMTech LLC (BAMTech)

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB)

Rockefeller University

Montefiore Medical Center; Mount Sinai Health System, Inc.; Cedars-Sinai Health Systems/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

National Football League (NFL); NFL Productions LLC; NFL Productions Inc.

Viacom Inc./Activision

Emigrant Bank

National Hockey League

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (aka the GRAMMY Organization)

Vice Media

McDonald’s Corporation

Ipsos NA

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA)

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is praised for its 'deep understanding' of the airline industry in particular; the team also represents clients from the financial services, transportation and consumer products sectors as well as universities. Led by the experienced Apalla Chopra in Los Angeles, the group covers wage and hour class actions, Title IX-related litigation and sexual misconduct allegations. Silicon Valley-based Eric Amdursky is 'knowledgeable' and 'practical', litigation specialist Jeffrey Kohn and aviation expert Mark Robertson are based in New York, and San Francisco's Susannah Howard and Adam KohSweeney as well as Adam Karr in Newport Beach are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Apalla Chopra

Other key lawyers:

Eric Amdursky; Adam KohSweeney; Susannah Howard; Jeffrey Kohn; Mark Robertson; Adam Karr

Testimonials

‘OMM has a deep understanding of our industry as they have represented airlines for many years. Their employment group is extremely responsive, and they come up with creative airline-specific defenses that firms who do not have as deep an understanding of the airline industry might miss.’

‘They are extremely responsive and work collaboratively with our in-house counsel team, as well as their own employment team, to come up with practical solutions to our employment issues.’

‘They are absolutely top-notch. I trust them with my most important and difficult matters.’

‘Eric Amdursky in the Silicon Valley office is my go-to outside counsel whenever I have a difficult issue. He is knowledgeable, practical, and I trust his judgment.’

Key clients

The Board of Trustees of the California State University

TuneCore

Broadcom

Oasis West Realty

Atlas Air

American Airlines

Realogy

Alaska Airlines, Inc

FedEx Corporation

Remington

Work highlights

  • Representing the chancellor of California State University as well as The Board of Trustees for the California State University in a case brought by a petitioner on behalf of themselves and all other students who had been found responsible for sexual misconduct at the University since mid-2015.
  • Achieved a crucial appellate victory for TuneCore, Inc., when the New York Appellate Division, First Department affirmed a summary judgment order in TuneCore’s favor and dismissed all remaining claims brought against it by TuneCore’s founder and former Chief Executive Officer.
  • Representing Realogy in a lawsuit alleging unfair competition.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's team impresses with its 'depth of knowledge', which ranges from handling pay discrimination and sexual harassment cases to independent contractor and termination matters. Its client portfolio includes prominent names from industries encompassing the financial and professional services, TMT, consumer products and non-profit sectors. Lynne Hermle in Silicon Valley has longstanding experience in the field and is engaged by high-profile clients including Twitter and Morgan Stanley. Practice head Julie Totten divides her time between San Francisco and Sacramento, and New York-based Mike Delikat is also well versed in whistleblower claims and internal investigations. Jill Rosenberg and Lisa Lupion as well as Renee Phillips and senior associate Mark Thompson are further key contacts in New York. Jessica Perry in Silicon Valley handles wage and hour class actions.

Practice head(s):

Julie Totten

Other key lawyers:

Mike Delikat; Lynne Hermle; Jessica Perry; Jill Rosenberg; Renee Phillips; Lisa Lupion; Andrew Livingston; Mark Thompson; Julia Riechert

Testimonials

‘There’s a depth of knowledge top to bottom – all partners, counsel and associates seem to understand the most technical aspects of the law. Their sub-practices within labor and employment law are quite helpful as in house counsel. You know they have experts in certain areas to assist with your most difficult business issues.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Twitter

Netflix

Oracle

AT&T

The Regents of the University of California

Sephora

Morgan Stanley

Williams-Sonoma

Genentech

PIMCO

Spotify

Citigroup

Applied Materials

Hofstra University

The Related Companies

JP Morgan

Nomura

Capital Dynamics

Eastdil Secured

Ernst & Young

Cerence

Paul Hastings LLP

The team at Paul Hastings LLP has a strong track record in class actions, trials, arbitration proceedings and complex litigation. It can showcase experience in discrimination, sexual harassment, employee testing and whistleblower cases as well as wage and hour disputes, and government agency investigations. Practice head Elena Baca is based in Los Angeles and regularly defends prominent corporations in class actions, and Barbara Brown in Washington DC is an expert in all kinds of discrimination. Patrick Shea in New York has longstanding experience in the field, while Kenneth Willner combines contentious and compliance expertise and Carson Sullivan is knowledgeable in trade secrets and restrictive covenants; both are based in Washington DC. Other key contacts include Zach Hutton and Jeffrey Wohl in San Francisco, New York's Kenneth Gage and associate Sara Tomezsko, and Felicia Davis, Nancy Abell and Cameron Fox in Los Angeles. While Bradford Newman departed for Baker McKenzie LLP in April 2020, former Ropes & Gray LLP partner Jeffrey Webb joined the group in Los Angeles a month later.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Other key lawyers:

Nancy Abell; Jeffrey Wohl; Barbara Brown; Patrick Shea; Carson Sullivan; Kenneth Willner; Marc Bernstein; Emily Pidot; Kenneth Gage; Felicia Davis; Cameron Fox; Sara Tomezsko; Jeffrey Webb; Zach Hutton; Paul Grossman; Marc Bernstein

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings has exceptional litigation lawyers in the employment law field. Their work in complex and significant disputes is unsurpassed. Their class action capabilities are superb. The firm should be considered for any significant employment litigation matters.’

‘Cameron Fox: a premier litigator for significant discrimination and other employment disputes.’

‘Paul Grossman – deserves his reputation as a leading employment lawyer and litigator.’

‘Marc Bernstein is exceptionally knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive. His team is my go-to labor and employment law counsel.’

Key clients

Google/Alphabet, Inc.

Microsoft Corporation

The Goldman Sachs Group L.P.

Facebook Inc.

Intel Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline plc

AT&T Inc.

Caesars Entertainment

Activision Blizzard, Inc

ESPN

United Continental Holdings Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

American International Group (AIG)

Creative Artists Agency

Live Nation

Dollar Tree

PG&E

Montage

Work highlights

  • Representing Google, and parent company Alphabet, in numerous significant matters.
  • Successfully defended AIG against 23 claims totaling $120m that deferred compensation accounts of bankers in London which were improperly reduced based on the massive losses that were sustained by an AIG subsidiary as a result of the financial crisis in 2008.
  • Representing Disney in a class action case deriving from pay equity claims brought by ten female Disney employees—working for different Disney entities—under the California Fair Pay Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is noted for 'bringing remarkable expertise and a calming presence to the most stressful and emotionally fraught situations'. The sizeable disputes team covers a wide range of work, from independent contractor status issues, wage and hour class and collective actions, and biometric privacy matters to workplace discrimination and harassment litigation; it also has a dedicated trial group. Laura Maechtlen in San Francisco is the practice head. and Chicago-based Camille Olson and Gerald Maatman are highly reputed practitioners in the space. Noah Finkel, also in Chicago, is involved in numerous actual or putative collective and class actions, and Barry Miller is a key contact in Boston. New York's Gina Merrill is 'smart, thoughtful and unflappable in the face of harsh challenges' and Sacramento-based Coby Turner is a 'CA specialist'. Andrew Paley in Los Angeles, Christopher DeGroff in Chicago and Atlanta's Nancy Rafuse are also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Laura Maechtlen

Other key lawyers:

Jon Meer; Brian Ashe; Lorie Almon; Camille Olson; Gerald Maatman; Lisa Damon; Noah Finkel; Barry Miller; Gina Merrill; Coby Turner; Andrew Paley; Christopher DeGroff; Nancy Rafuse

Testimonials

‘They are all extremely knowledgeable and very responsive. They are able to handle issues quickly and effectively.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the human resources/employment law space. Many offices in diverse locations so there is a strong knowledge base about state rules and regulations as well as national.’

‘Gerald Maatman is one of best lawyers I have ever known. Smart, thorough, thoughtful. A great communicator who always keeps everyone in the loop. Very strategic and can analyze a case and give you a good dispassionate understanding of the pros and cons of a position. He is an attorney you want at your side in any labor dispute.’

‘Decent bench strength. Very collegial team.’

‘Noah Finkel provides excellent big-picture strategic guidance. He works hard to understand your business and provide elegant, yet practical solutions.’

‘Seyfarth is a top international employment law firm that takes the time to understand your organization, goals, and needs. We are always impressed with their strategic thinking and practical advice.’

‘Lisa Damon- might be the most responsive attorney I know and always has a good practical solution.’

‘Coby Turner is a CA specialist who has done a tremendous job helping our company to navigate the often rocky waters of CA COVID law and regulations.’

‘Breadth and depth. Deep subject matter expertise with an incredibly personal touch. Although we are a much smaller client, we always get a high degree of service and attention.’

‘Brian Ashe is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The firm’s depth and breadth in this area is quite deep. They help with employee benefits, immigration matters, investigations and compliance with federal, state and local law.’

‘Knowledgeable and very responsive.’

‘They bring remarkable expertise and a calming presence to the most stressful and emotionally fraught situations.’

‘Gina Merrill is smart, thoughtful and unflappable in the face of harsh challenges. She knows the law, appreciates the stakes and is a steady hand on the tiller.’

‘Industry expertise and client service.’

Key clients

Allstate Insurance Company

BP Amoco

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Nike, Inc.

Prudential Insurance Company of America

Tesla

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

US Foods, Inc.

The Walgreen Company

Wells Fargo Bank

Lyft

General Motors

Work highlights

  • Defeated the certification in a significant nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective/class action brought against General Motors in federal district court.
  • Defeated the conditional certification of a nationwide collective action in a lawsuit brought by former store managers of an Illinois-based grocery store chain from four different states who claimed that they were misclassified as exempt and thus were owed backpay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Secured a defense verdict following a 13-day jury trial on behalf of a multinational package delivery and supply chain company on all claims brought by a former dispatcher who supervised drivers at one of the facilities.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is appreciated for being 'very thorough and bringing significant resources to the table'. It is sought out by large employers, in particular from the financial and professional services sectors. The group has considerable knowledge of discrimination and wage and hour class and collective actions, misconduct allegations and restrictive covenant actions. Practice head Gary Friedman is 'strategic, has an encyclopedic knowledge of applicable employment-related laws, and obtains results'. Jeffrey Klein has more than 35 years of experience, while Nicholas Pappas and counsels Ami Zweig and Celine Chan are also integral team members.

Practice head(s):

Gary Friedman

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Klein; Nicholas Pappas; Ami Zweig; Celine Chan; Quinn Christie

Testimonials

‘There is no finer team than the Labor and Employment team at Weil. From partner to associate, the Weil team provides top class legal services in terms of strategy and work product.’

‘Gary Friedman is an outstanding lawyer. He is strategic, has an encyclopedic knowledge of applicable employment-related laws, and obtains results. He works very well with clients, and makes an effort to understand our businesses. Gary also surrounds himself with associates who strive for the same level of excellence.’

‘Experienced, practical and user friendly. Nothing phases them because they have seen it all.’

‘Gary Friedman is a star. On many occasions I’ve called him with a difficult situation and each time he has delivered. He’s thoughtful and practical. Gary is also a hell of a nice guy.’

‘The team is very thorough and brings significant resources to the table. They work extremely hard and have quickly grasped particularly complex business operations.’

‘Gary Friedman has done an excellent job of keeping us informed in what is our first potential class action case. He’s done an admirable job leading his team and advising us on matters adjacent to the litigation in addition to the litigation itself.’

‘Quinn Christie and Ami Zweig have quickly become subject matter experts on the way our business operates and have been able to digest and organize copious amounts of varying and sometimes confusing data and organize it into a coherent narrative.’

‘The team is direct and detailed. When you are working with them, you know you have a highly talented group supporting you. The lead attorney for our company is Gary Friedman and I can say that without a doubt he is a highly regarded and trusted advisor to us. He is smart, strategic and can help you navigate even the most complex situation effortlessly.’

Key clients

Sterling Jewelers

Marsh & McLennan Companies and its Guy Carpenter subsidiary

Goldman Sachs

L3 Technologies (n/k/a L3Harris Technologies)

AlixPartners

Country Fresh

NBA Pro Basketball Player Zion Williamson

Air Methods

ScotiaBank

Epiq Systems

Creative Artists Agency

Mastercard

Ingevity

Community Brands

Elite Model Management

Briggs & Stratton

Vonage

Work highlights

  • Defending Sterling Jewelers in Jock v. Sterling, a 44,000-plaintiff class arbitration, including handling several important appeals and a petition for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Successfully defended Marsh & McLennan in a well-publicized litigation against three former senior executives of Marsh’s subsidiary, Guy Carpenter, who were recruited by global competitor Lockton.
  • Successfully resolved a nine-figure exposure “business model” wage and hour dispute for Air Methods Corporation in California.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has notable experience in class and collective actions, and is often instructed by large corporations from the retail, food and drink, sports and services industries. The team, which is led by Washington DC-based Bob Lian, acts in wage and hour claims, EEO disputes, labor issues and arbitration proceedings; Daniel Nash has a notable track record as a trial lawyer. Based in Los Angeles, Greg Knopp is well versed in Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims. Gary McLaughlin, also in LA, and Donna Mezias are other key contacts for California labor and employment matters. Arbitration specialist Stacey Eisenstein and Esther Lander, both in Washington DC, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Bob Lian

Other key lawyers:

Donna Mezias; Stacey Eisenstein; Nate Oleson; Esther Lander; Greg Knopp; Gary McLaughlin; Daniel Nash

Key clients

National Football League

Starbucks Coffee Company

The Home Depot

Rand Construction Company

Academy Sports + Outdoors

Walmart Inc.

Tapestry, Inc.

S&P Global

Vallourec Star, LP

WSP USA, Inc.

Michaels Stores, Inc.

VCA Antech, Inc.

American Film Institute

MediaNews Group

Work highlights

  • Defending Starbucks in one of the most closely watched cases in California, which could have major ramifications for cases involving claims for unpaid work.
  • Successfully acted for retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors in a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action.
  • Representing the NFL in a class action filed by eight former players who seek damages on behalf of a class of retired NFL players for injuries allegedly caused by the use of painkillers and other prescription drugs during their playing careers.

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP's team is regularly engaged by companies from the technology, hospitality, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing sectors. It handles the full gamut of labor and employment disputes, with specialist expertise in discrimination claims, whistleblower matters, wage and hour class actions, and employee misclassification issues. Amy Traub in New York leads the practice; she is also well versed in disability accommodation issues. Cleveland's Gregory Mersol focuses on class actions, while Scott McIntyre in Cincinnati has expertise in employee privacy and data security matters. Atlanta-based Eric Barnum has experience as a trial lawyer. Margaret Rosenthal and Peter Fisher are key names in Los Angeles and Washington DC respectively. The firm's Texas offering was reinforced when Mark Temple and Peter Stuhldreher joined the Houston office in June 2020, and Dennis Duffy left for Kane, Russell, Coleman & Logan, P.C. in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Shaughnessy; Gregory Mersol; Margaret Rosenthal; Eric Barnum; Scott McIntyre; Mark Temple; Peter Stuhldreher; Peter Fisher

Testimonials

‘Extremely responsive and provides clear insight to issues with feasible recommendations for consideration. Very professional, and takes time to understand the client’s needs and expectations.’

Key clients

TRW Automotive

American Family Insurance

HMSHost

Scripps Media, Inc. and the E.W. Scripps Company

The Lincoln Electric Company

City of Columbus, Ohio

The Progressive Corporation

ADS Alliance Data Systems

University of Cincinnati Physicians

The Ford Motor Company

Covia Holdings Corporation

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

Amazon.com

The McDonald’s Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Hewlett Packard Enterprise in its successful defense of a lawsuit brought by a former company executive who claimed she was terminated for complaining about financial improprieties.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

The team at Greenberg Traurig LLP is noted for acting as 'true business partners' for its clients. Led by James Boudreau in Philadelphia and Naomi Beer in Denver, the group covers a wide range of employment litigation regarding topics including wage and hour issues, non-compete agreements, wrongful terminations, sexual harassment claims, and defamation litigation; key clients include Wendy's and the Kellogg Company. Atlanta-based David Long-Daniels is a 'brilliant litigation strategist', and Mark Kemple in Los Angeles and Charles Thompson in San Francisco chair the firm's class and collective action group. Jonathan Sulds is a noted New York-contact with a broad practice. Wendy Johnson Lario and Kristine Feher in New Jersey, Richard McCrea in Tampa, and Atlanta-based Natasha Wilson and John Richards are also involved practitioners. Todd Wozniak departed to Holland & Knight LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Beer; James Boudreau

Other key lawyers:

Mark Kemple; Jonathan Sulds; Richard McCrea; Natasha Wilson; John Richards; Kristine Feher; Wendy Johnson Lario; Timothy Long; Justin Keith; Charles Thompson; David Long-Daniels

Testimonials

‘The work under the direction of Charles Thompson is exceptional. Chuck Thompson is responsive and very knowledgeable on the rapidly changing California Labor Landscape.’

‘Charles Thompson: day or night he is available and able to provide direction, advice and content.’

‘The attorneys in GT’s L&E group strive to learn their clients’ business and be true business partners. As a client, I do not feel like these lawyers are simply attending to our legal work; rather, I feel they are invested in our business’ success. And, just because GT is a big firm does not mean it is just for big business. Although GT represents some of the largest companies in the world, GT’s approach to client service provides small businesses with the same expertise and attention.’

‘David Long-Daniels is a renowned trial lawyer and brilliant litigation strategist. David’s clients can take comfort in knowing that if their case proceeds to trial, they will be very well represented. Knowing this provides me with a good deal of freedom and flexibility in how we litigate cases – we do not settle cases because we are afraid to go to trial.’

Key clients

Clean Harbors

Atlanta Public Schools

Marriott Ownership Resorts

The Wendy’s Company

CVS

Tenet Healthcare

Kellogg Company

TIAA

Univar Solutions

Survey Monkey

Work highlights

  • Represented Wendy’s in a nationwide putative class action asserting violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act stemming from allegations that certain Wendy’s restaurants discriminated against the visually impaired when they were only open for drive-thru service during late-night hours.
  • Successfully represented Bed Bath & Beyond in connection with the fluctuating work week methodology of calculating overtime pay.
  • Successfully represented Fulton County, Georgia, against a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of over 500 Fulton County Sheriff’s Office employees alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and breaches of contracts.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is noted for providing 'exceptional advice and masterful litigation services'. The group is active in representing clients in disputes relating to discrimination and harassment allegations, compensation and contractual issues, whistleblowing and retaliation claims as well as restrictive covenants and wage and hour litigation. The New York-based team is led by the 'exceptionalKevin Leblang and is also well versed in litigation avoidance strategies. Robert Holtzman has knowledge of discrimination and whistleblower topics, while Eliza Kaiser is another integral team member noted for her broad practice.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Leblang

Other key lawyers:

Eliza Kaiser; Robert Holtzman

Testimonials

‘Kramer Levin’s Employment group (and in particular, Kevin Leblang) provides sound, proactive employment law advice and is very responsive.’

‘Kramer Levin has a superb team of employment lawyers who provide exceptional advice and masterful litigation services. They handle the most difficult and complex matters with great skill, and have obtained great results on challenging matters. Their advice is strategic and practical.’

‘Kevin Leblang is an exceptional employment lawyer.’

Key clients

ACV Auctions Inc.

AIG

Andersen Tax

BlackRock

CBS

Disney-ABC

Equitas Life Sciences

Evercore Partners

Facebook

First Eagle

Jefferies

JPMorgan Securities

Lloyds Banking Group

Madison Square Garden

Marsh & McLennan

Moelis & Company

Morgan Stanley

Natixis

Neuberger Berman

Societe Generale

RBS

Royal Bank of Canada

Sirius XM

Stifel

Stone Point Capital

UBS Securities LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing CBS in claims of breach of contract and defamation arising out of the termination of its former CEO, Leslie Moonves, who was terminated for alleged sexual harassment and failing to cooperate in an investigation into those allegations.
  • Defended Marsh & McLennan in connection with claims brought by a current employee alleging gender and national origin discrimination and harassment and retaliation.
  • Defending Societe Generale in a sexual orientation harassment suit brought by a former employee.

Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Employment boutique Littler Mendelson, P.C. has a large offering and is able to represent its clients in the full gamut of related disputes; it has dedicated practice groups for wage and hour claims; whistleblower and retaliation disputes; unfair competition and trade secrets issues; and discrimination and harassment cases, among others. Chicago's Barry Hartstein has more than 30 years of experience, Jeremy Sosna is an active practitioner in Minneapolis, and Andrea Lovell and Kristy Peters are key contacts in Phoenix. Other prominent practice members are Detroit's Michael ChichesterJonathan Levine in Milwaukee, and Kevin Lilly in Los Angeles. The firm's managing partners are Thomas Bender in Philadelphia, Jeremy Roth in San Diego and Denver-based Erin Webber.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Bender; Jeremy Roth; Erin Webber

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Sosna; Andrea Lovell; Kristy Peters; Michael Chichester; Jonathan Levine; Kevin Lilly; Kelley Edwards; Joshua Waxman; Gregory Iskander; Daniel Turner; Barry Hartstein

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP's team offers a 'wide breath of knowledge' in employment matters. With a presence on both coasts, it is often engaged on class actions as well as multi and single-plaintiff lawsuits. The client portfolio includes national and international companies from the hospitality, financial services and TMT sectors, among others. Practice head Esra Hudson is based in Los Angeles, and covers PAGA and wage and hour matters. Andrew Satenberg, in the same office, is a key contact for retail clients, while Washington DC-based Deborah Kelly and Sharon Bauman in LA are involved in disputes alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge. Brian Turoff in New York and Mandana Massoumi in Orange County are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Esra Hudson

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Kelly; Brian Turoff; Andrew Satenberg; Sharon Bauman; Mandana Massoumi

Testimonials

‘Manatt’s team makes themselves extremely accessible and responsive to our every need. Their wide breath of knowledge, experience and connections enable creative and effective solutions.’

Key clients

American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (AMC)

Blue Shield of California

CashCall, Inc.

Del Taco

Eurostar, Inc.

H&M

SMART – The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Union

United Nations Foundation

Work highlights

  • Defended Eurostar, dba Warehouse Shoe Sale (WSS) against a class certification in a case brought on behalf of Eurostar’s California non-exempt employees.
  • Represented Minnesquam LLC, Way Trust, 2006 Grayhat Trust, RC Ventures and Waycrosse Inc. in connection with a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and interference with contract made by a former employee and board member of Aspire.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has experience in 'complex and complicated employment disputes'; the team is particularly active in wage and hour class and representative actions, discrimination claims and trade secret litigation. Its client portfolio includes financial institutions, manufactures and TMT companies, among others. The Chicago-based line-up includes practice co-head Andrew Rosenman, who 'does an amazing job', EEO specialist Marcia Goodman and Richard Nowak. Los Angeles-based Ruth Zadikany, who jointly leads the team with Rosenman, is well versed in California law. John Zaimes departed to Arent Fox LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rosenman; Ruth Zadikany

Other key lawyers:

Marcia Goodman; Maritoni Kane; Richard Nowak

Testimonials

‘This team is my go-to team for complex and complicated employment disputes. They are well versed in labor and employment law and know how to aggressively defend us as needed. They are also excellent brief writers when it comes to motion practice.’

‘Amazingly responsive, and very business-focused practice group.’

‘Andrew Rosenman does an amazing job of cutting through to the heart of the key issues in any matter, and working through the issue to highlight the technical legal issues, while not losing sight of the practical business considerations. He is a great advisor that partners with his clients to determine the best approach for resolving what can be sometimes very contentious issues.’

Key clients

Allscripts Healthcare

Foster Poultry Farms

City of Chicago

Work highlights

  • Represented Allscripts Healthcare in connection with a suit alleging breach of non-compete and confidentiality obligations by two former employees who left to join a competitor.
  • Secured an important win on summary judgment for By the Hand Club for Kids, a religious after-school programming provider serving underprivileged communities in Chicago.
  • Representing a global company in alleged employment discrimination charges filed by a candidate for employment with the Department of Justice’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is regularly instructed by corporate management client and also senior executives to defend them in a variety of employment disputes. Led by the Chicago-based Michael Sheehan, the group has particular expertise in trade secrets and non-compete litigation, accessibility cases, wage and hour claims, and class and collective actions; it is particularly sought out by clients in the entertainment industry. New York's Brian Cousin is a practitioner with more than 30 years of experience, and Rachel Cowen specialises in discrimination and wrongful termination cases, while San Francisco-based Ron Holland also covers whistleblowing matters. Further key team members include Kristin Michaels in Chicago, Maria Rodriguez in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco-based Ellen Bronchetti and Pankit Doshi, as well as Washington DC's Kerry Scanlon and Jeremy White, and Lindsay Ditlow in New York.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sheehan

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Cowen; Maria Rodriguez; Kerry Scanlon; Jeremy White; Ellen Bronchetti; Ron Holland; Joseph Mulherin; Lindsay Ditlow; Pankit Doshi; Brian Cousin; Richard Scharlat; Kristin Michaels

Key clients

American Advertising Federation

BDO

Circle K

Elite Models

NBC Universal

Netflix

Novartis

The Body Shop

Walt Disney

Verizon

Work highlights

  • Achieved a trial win for Alcon Laboratories after a jury in a Texas court rejected claims that the company’s former associate general counsel and head of trademarks was subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin.
  • Represented Elite in a dispute against the rival Ford agency, which hired a group of talent agents from Elite.
  • Retained by Draper and Kramer to defend a wage and hour class action after plaintiffs in the company’s mortgage division claimed that loan officers were denied commissions.

Ogletree Deakins

As an employment boutique, Ogletree Deakins covers the full range of related matters, and fields dedicated groups for clients in the retail, life sciences, airline and railway, and manufacturing industries, among others. It is active in disability access claims, diversity and inclusion issues, workplace health and safety mandates, and wage and hour litigation. Names to note include Spencer Skeen in San Diego, Dallas-based Ron Chapman, and Jack Sholkoff in Los Angeles as well as Tobias Schleuter in Chicago, Danielle Ochs in San Francisco and Greenville's Ashley Prickett Cuttino . Firm chair Matthew Keen is based in Raleigh.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Keen 

Other key lawyers:

Spencer Skeen; Ron Chapman; Tobias Schleuter; Jack Sholkoff; Danielle Ochs; Ashley Prickett Cuttino

Reed Smith LLP

The employment practice at Reed Smith LLP is regularly engaged in wage and hour actions; trade secrets and restrictive covenant matters; whistleblower claims; and discrimination and harassment allegations. Its client portfolio includes national companies from a range of industries, including the pharmaceuticals, financial services, energy, retail and education sectors. Betty Graumlich in Richmond is active in litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings, while Pittsburgh's Casey Ryan handles breach of contract and wrongful discharge disputes, and counsel James Holt also has labor law expertise. Washington DC-based Tyree Jones leads the team, which also includes Linda Husar and Mara Curtis in Los Angeles as well as Jill Vorobiev in Chicago. The arrival of Paulo McKeeby and Michael Correll from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in July 2020 bolstered the firm's Texas offering following the departure of Peter Stuhldreher and Mark Temple to Baker & Hostetler LLP the previous month; Tom Posey  also departed to Seyfarth Shaw LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Tyree Jones

Other key lawyers:

Betty Graumlich; Casey Ryan; David McAllister; Jill Vorobiev; Paulo McKeeby; Michael Correll; Linda Husar; Mara Curtis; James Holt

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP's practice is noted for its global reach, which adds value for international clients; the team is particularly sought out by companies from the TMT, financial services, healthcare and retail industries. The group is jointly led by William Dugan in Chicago, who handles trade secret and restrictive covenant matters as well as class and collective actions; and San Francisco-based trial specialist Michael Brewer. Alongside his contentious expertise, Robin Samuel in Los Angeles also advises on internal investigations. The New York practice was significantly enhanced in March 2020, when the group recruited Blair RobinsonPaul Evans and Jeffrey Sturgeon from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP into the team. Arthur Rooney left for Perkins Coie LLP in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Brewer; William Dugan

Other key lawyers:

Michael Leggieri; Billie Wenter; Robin Samuel; Blair Robinson; Jeff Sturgeon; Paul Evans

Testimonials

‘Baker McKenzie has a broad global reach which is invaluable for multi-national firms.’

‘Paul Evans is always readily available and responsive to our needs.’

‘They are practical, to the point and have deep industry knowledge.’

‘We worked with Bill Dugan. He gave an impressive performance. On top of everything on a 24/7 basis.’

Key clients

Kiewit Corporation

Cherne Contracting Corporation

Virtu Financial Inc.

LA Theatre Company, LLC

Informa Business Media

AEG Presents

Work highlights

  • Represented Kiewit Corporation in two lawsuits brought by a former employee in connection with wrongful termination and retaliation stemming from an alleged workplace injury and a putative wage and hour class action.
  • Representing Cherne Contracting Corp. in a class action lawsuit alleging violations of the California Labor Code, the California Business Professions Code, and Private Attorneys General Act.
  • Representing Virtu Financial Inc. (f/k/a KCG Holdings) in a case preventing a former employee from using Virtu’s trade secrets to compete in financial markets around the globe.

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

As a sizeable employment boutique, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP takes on a significant number of federal and state employment law suits. The group is well equipped to handle a variety of topics for national and international clients, and is jointly led by the 'top-notchDavid Kurtz in Boston and San Francisco-based Sarah Robertson, who is a key contact for sexual harassment matters and the related investigations. Kimberly Talley in Los Angeles has considerable experience acting for non-profits and public sector clients, while Kenneth Sulzer in the same office is well versed in PAGA lawsuits. Steven Katz, who is also in LA, handles wage and hour disputes. Trial practitioner Donald Prophete in Kansas City and disability specialist Robert Ortbals in St. Louis are also noted.

Practice head(s):

David Kurtz; Sarah Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Sulzer; Donald Prophete; Robert Ortbals; Steven Katz; Kimberly Talley

Testimonials

‘Very practical, client-focused lawyers who get exceptional outcomes without over-lawyering.’

‘David Kurtz is a great person to have in your corner. Top-notch lawyer: very knowledgeable with scrappy instincts.’

Key clients

Cheesecake Factory, Inc.

Cargill

Healthcare Services Group

Hertz

HCA

Target Corporation

National Collegiate Athletic Association

NBC Universal

First American Title Insurance Company

Union Pacific

Work highlights

  • Representing the National Collegiate Athletic Association and regional conferences in several high-profile matters pertaining to the employment status of college athletes.
  • Acting for XPO Logistics in more than 60 single and multi-plaintiff litigation matters.

Dentons

Dentons takes a cross-office and cross-department approach to providing comprehensive advice to its clients. The team handles class and collective actions, single-plaintiff claims, arbitrations and mediations in connection with a wide range of topics. Sandra McCandless is a dedicated practitioner in San Francisco, and Los Angeles-based Nick Pujji is well versed in trade secret and ADA website accessibility issues. Other highlighted practitioners include Brian Baggott in Kansas City and Houston's Laura Gibson. The practice is headed up by Daniel Beale in Atlanta, Robert Cottington in Pittsburgh and Andrew Gruber in Indianapolis; Cottington and Gruber joined the team following the mergers of Cohen & Grigsby and Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP with the firm in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Beale; Robert Cottington; Andrew Gruber

Other key lawyers:

Sandra McCandless; Brian Baggott; Nick Pujji; Laura Gibson; Peter Stockburger; Anna Shiran Youssefi

Key clients

Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise Rent a Car)

Icon at Panorama, LLC

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.

Whole Foods Market

Plant-N-Power Services, Inc.

Renal Care Group, Inc.

Summit Materials, Inc. and its operating companies

Microvast

Work highlights

  • Obtained a complete victory for Enterprise in a lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport.
  • Representing Hawaiian Airlines in employment litigation matters in state and federal courts regarding claims of race discrimination, sex discrimination, harassment, violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act, invasion of privacy, and violation of the Railway Labor Act.
  • Representing Summit Materials, Inc. and its various operating companies across the country, in issues related to employee discipline and termination, EEO-1 reporting, wage and hour matters, reductions in force, severance issues, and pre-suit or charge investigations.

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC's areas of expertise span wage and hour matters as well as discrimination class and collective actions. The team acts for private and public clients, often from the construction, hospitality and automotive sectors, as well as universities. Discrimination specialist Timothy Howlett and Kathryn Wood, who is engaged in retaliation and whistleblower cases, are both based in Detroit and jointly lead the group with Nashville-based Reid Estes. Other notable practitioners include William Thacker in Ann Arbor, who combines employment and labor experience, as well as Christina McDonald in Grand Rapids; she handles wrongful termination and sexual harassment claims.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Howlett; Kathryn Wood; Reid Estes

Other key lawyers:

William Thacker; Cynthia Alexander; Christina McDonald

Testimonials

‘Our experience with William Thacker of Dickinson Wright has been exemplary. He is very thorough and always brings deep perspective to the issues we face in our labor grievances and contract negotiations. He responds quickly and listens deeply. What makes this firm and Bill Thacker’s work stand out, is that he can provide specific guidance and points of importance instead of just quoting us the laws. He can give specific examples of how a negotiation will progress or digress. He can cut through what is just noise to the most important essence of an argument.’

‘Bill Thacker is very down-to-earth. He was instrumental in helping us reset our relationship with our employee union committee to be more positive. Because of his deep and broad experience with labor issues, we were able to get to resolution in a timely way. He learned our industry quickly and applied his knowledge of other industry labor issues to our situations. The Union reps that we have worked with also respect him. He is respectful to all and that matters.’

Key clients

Michigan Senate Business Office

Detroit Thermal Systems

Piston Automotive

Michigan House of Representatives

University of Michigan

Oberlin College

Carhartt, Inc.

Domino’s Pizza LLC

Magna International, Inc.

Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Fielden Hanson Isaacs Miyada Robison Yeh, Ltd. and US Anesthesia Partners (collectively, “USAP”)

The D Las Vegas

Current and Former Sales Representatives of Wyndham Vacations Resorts, Inc.

P.A.M. Transport, Inc.

Current and Former Concierges and Marketing Managers of Diamond Resorts International Marketing, Inc.

Current and Former Sales Representatives of ServiceSource International, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Piston Automotive against two former employees who had sued the company in a case which involved complex aspects such as aggressive forensic discovery, and a dispositive motion that drove down the settlement value of the case.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) 'is vociferous in defending corporate clients, but never loses sight of the big picture'. Areas of expertise for the group include discrimination and harassment suits, wage and hour class and collective actions, government disputes as well as matters relating to non-compete and whistleblower cases. The New York-based Brian Kaplan leads the practice; he has a strong track record in employment litigation and arbitration proceedings. Joseph Piesco and Garrett Kennedy, also in New York, are both noted for their broad disputes practices, while San Diego's Mary Dollarhide specialises in wage and hour claims. Marc Katz in Dallas, Los Angeles-based Holly Lake and Evan Parness in New York are also prominent practitioners. Julie Dunne joined the San Diego-office in June 2020; she was previously at Littler Mendelson, P.C..

Practice head(s):

Brian Kaplan

Other key lawyers:

Mary Dollarhide; Joseph Piesco; Marc Katz; Holly Lake; Norman Leon; Garrett Kennedy; Evan Parness; Julie Dunne

Testimonials

‘They have a wealth of experience as trial lawyers. They are vociferous in defending corporate clients, but they never lose sight of the big picture.’

‘Joe Piesco and Garrett Kennedy are a super effective combo. They are practical, tough, smart, and funny.’

‘DLA’s employment practice is superior because it just has so many talented lawyers in the group who are both experts in the field and a pleasure to work with.

‘Joseph Piesco. Tenacious litigator and creative problem solver. Very personable, easy to interact with, super responsive.’

‘Garrett Kennedy, amazing research and writing skills and easy to work with.

Key clients

AMN Healthcare

Cushman & Wakefield

California Institute of Technology – Jet Propulsion Labs

Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

TRT Holdings

Domino’s

7-Eleven, Inc.

News America Marketing

Halliburton

New York University

Hudson News

TransPerfect

Hayfin Capital Management LLC

Young Adult Institute

Work highlights

  • Representing AMN Healthcare in an important meal and rest-period class action pending before the California Supreme Court.
  • Represented California Institute of Technology in an appeal of a lower court decision granting summary judgment on the plaintiff’s discrimination and retaliation claims.
  • Represented TRT Holdings and Omni Hotels Management Corporation in a putative class and collective action in the Northern District of Texas alleging sex discrimination, violations of the Equal Pay Act, retaliation and constructive discharge.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

The team at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is regularly engaged by a wide range of clients including international corporations, start-ups, NGOs and public sector institutions, and is particularly well versed in the healthcare, hospitality, financial services, retail and technology sectors. The sizeable practice, which is led by David Garland in New York, covers the full gamut of employment-related matters; William Milani is another key practitioner in New York. Patrick Brady in Newark, Michael Kun in Los Angeles and Washington DC's Paul DeCamp have notable experience in wage and hour cases. Further names to note include LA's Richard Frey and Deborah DeHart Cannavino, as well as Chicago-based Michael Ferrell, James Oh and Peter Steinmeyer. Newark's key contacts are Carmine Iannaccone and James Flynn.

Practice head(s):

David Garland

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ferrell; James Oh; Peter Steinmeyer; Deborah DeHart Cannavino; Patrick Brady; James Flynn; Carmine Iannaccone; Michael Kun; Jonathan Brenner; Paul DeCamp; Richard Frey; William Milani

Testimonials

‘This practice really cares about our issues and they are always available to us – weekdays or weekends.’

‘Jonathan Brenner has an incredible manner. He is so disarming and easy to talk with. He is very calm, patient and brilliant!’

‘We couldn’t have picked a better group and firm to work with over the last two years on several different pieces of litigation.’

Fisher & Phillips

Labor and employment boutique Fisher & Phillips has a nationwide presence and represents clients in the full range of employment disputes. The sizeable team handles wage and hour collective actions, discrimination and workplace harassment claims, and wrongful termination lawsuits as well as OSHA and non-competition agreement cases. Daniel Farrington in Bethesda is active in trial and appellate litigation, while San Diego's Danielle Moore is regularly involved in class actions, and Christopher Boman in Irvine has experience in PAGA matters. Other names to note include Todd Scherwin and Kristen Nesbit in Los Angeles, James Sullivan in Kansas City, New Jersey-based Kathleen McLeod Caminiti and Boston's Jeffrey Fritz as well as Raymond Haley in Louisville and Michelle Anderson in New Orleans.

Practice head(s):

Roger Quillen

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Farrington; Danielle Moore; Christopher Boman; Todd Scherwin; Kristen Nesbit; James Sullivan; Kathleen McLeod Caminiti; Jeffrey Fritz; Raymond Haley; Michelle Anderson; Walter Christy; Terri Stewart; Joseph Ambash; Clarence Belnavis; Teresa Valderrama

Testimonials

‘Very focused on excellence in employment & labor law. Very responsive to our request for help.’

‘The international team has broad and extensive experience of employment law outside of the US and are therefore positioned to advise their multinational clients on cross-border matters.’

‘Fisher Phillips is client-focused and built a partnership.’

‘Each of Fisher Phillips’ local offices have in-depth knowledge of local practice, laws, judges and opposing counsel that prove useful.’

‘Daniel Farrington was excellent in his understanding of the law, my industry and developed the best available strategy to get the complaint resolved.’

‘Teresa Valderrama’s expertise and knowledge in labor and employment law and explanation on the nuisances of different case laws were very helpful for us to understand the issues of the case before us.’ 

‘Michelle Anderson is always professional, and personal at the same time, and has never steered us wrong with any matters that have been presented.’

‘Results/resolution oriented and very responsive. They care about the partnership rather than running up their fees.’

‘Every case involving labor and employment matters has its own story. Fisher Phillips understands the complex facts underlying each case and provides solutions in the best interest of the clients.’

Key clients

American Airlines, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing American Airlines in a complex dispute after an employee was terminated from her long‐term employment as a customer service agent after she posted racially offensive remarks on her publicly accessible Facebook page, and sued for retaliation and disability discrimination.
  • Representing Encino Motorcars in a long-running dispute involving the exempt status of a particular group of employees and their entitlement to overtime pay.

Ford & Harrison LLP

Boutique firm Ford & Harrison LLP covers all areas of labor and employment law, and is led by Allen McKenna in Orlando. A significant part of the group's clients are from the airline, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and hospitality industries, among others. The Tampa line-up includes Tracey JaenschTodd AidmanTammie Rattray and Luis SantosJohanna Zelman in Hartford specialises in acting for healthcare clients and universities, while Atlanta-based Sarah Pierce Wimberly has expertise in the airline industry. Jeffrey Mokotoff, also in Atlanta, regularly handles arbitrations and non-compete agreements, and Memphis' Louis BrittSalvador Simao in Berkeley Heights and Michael Harrington in Hartford are also highlighted practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Allen McKenna

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Siler-Nixon; Todd Aidman; Tracey Jaensch; Sarah Pierce-Wimberly; Salvador Simao; Louis Britt; Tammie Rattray; Luis Santos; Johanna Zelman; Michael Harrington; Jeffrey Mokotoff

Testimonials

‘Ford Harrison has a deep bench of qualified and capable personnel to support our requirements in several States. Yet the Firm is very flexible with us in respect to how we prefer to manage matters.’

‘Counsel is very accessible and responsive. A majority of our work is proactive to avoid legal action.’

‘Michael Harrington is truly accessible and has been able to take calls in potential emergency situations. Mike is down to earth and not only provided counsel but education as well. Mike ensures we are invited to all applicable Ford & Harrison webinars.’

‘The labor and employment team is very capable and responsive whenever we have needed them. They are attuned to our organization and our needs, and are great at finding solutions.’

‘Allen McKenna and Tammie Rattray. Best lawyers I have worked with in past 30 years. Outstanding client service.’

‘Johanna Zelman has been amazing to work with, has a very approachable style and is a good strategic legal partner. She has a keen ability to be tough when necessary. She has resolved matters with very good outcomes and has worked extremely hard in every matter she has been assigned. Several key people in our organization have specifically requested that she handle our legal matters.’

Key clients

Forward Air

AFLAC

CommScope, Inc.

International Paper

AdventHealth

Turner Enterprises

Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.

21st Century Oncology, Inc.

Rooms to Go

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

ExpressJet Airlines

HD Supply

Denny’s Inc.

Quest Diagnostics

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Work highlights

  • Represented Forward Air as the defendant in a matter related to the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
  • Represented IAP Worldwide Services, Inc. in a series of discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims brought forth by a single plaintiff.
  • Defending Bloomfield Board of Education and Cromwell Board of Education in a claim brought by cisgender female high school athletes challenging a Connecticut policy that allows transgender female high school athletes to participate in female track events.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

The team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP handles class, collective and mass actions as well as single-plaintiff claims and arbitration proceedings. It has specialist expertise in wage and hour claims and PAGA suits, and is often instructed by clients from the banking, retail and manufacturing industries. Los Angeles' Emily Burkhardt Vicente is also active in whistleblower claims; she jointly leads the practice with Kevin White in Washington DC, who is active in the retail and energy industries. San Francisco-based Michael Brett Burns handles public accommodation litigation. Other team members include Roland Juarez and Michele Beilke in Los Angeles, Susan Wiltsie and Ryan Bates in Washington DC as well as Boston-based Christopher Pardo. The Houston office was reinforced by the arrival of Scott Nelson from Seyfarth Shaw LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Emily Burkhardt Vicente; Kevin White

Other key lawyers:

Roland Juarez; Michele Beilke; Julia Trankiem; Christopher Pardo; Ryan Bates; Scott Nelson; Susan Wiltsie; Michael Brett Burns

Key clients

Nationstar Mortgage

Dunn-Edwards Corporation

Office Depot, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defended Nationstar Mortgage in a series of wage and hour class action claims in California.
  • Defended Baker Hughes in a California wage and hour class action lawsuit spanning several years.
  • Defended Smithfield Foods in landmark Covid-19 workplace safety litigation.

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Boutique firm Jackson Lewis P.C. fields a large team of specialised lawyers, who cover the full gamut of contentious employment matters, with a client portfolio spanning companies from the automotive, pharmaceuticals and education sectors. The firm is chaired by New York-based Kevin Lauri and is managed by Samantha Hoffman in Orange County. David Golder in Hartford and Eric Magnus in Atlanta lead the class and complex action practice group, while Chicago-based Nadine Abrahams and Stephanie Adler-Paindiris in Orlando head up the general employment litigation team. Debra Weiss Ford in Portsmouth and Stephen Silvestri in Baltimore both have over 30 years of experience. Maurice Jenkins and Katherine Van Dyke in Detroit, and Hartford's Beverly Garofalo are also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lauri; Samantha Hoffman

Other key lawyers:

David Golder; Eric Magnus; Nadine Abrahams; Stephanie Adler-Paindiris; Debra Weiss Ford; Beverly Garofalo; Mia Farber; Stephen Silvestri; Maurice Jenkins; Katherine Van Dyke; John Porta

Key clients

Pfizer

DuPont

Fiat Chrysler (FCA)

University System of New Hampshire

Bank of New Hampshire

Rochester Regional Health System

Home Care Association of NYS

Mediacom Communications

New York Power Authority

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Acted for DGS Construction, obtaining a judgment in a class action claim based on an allegation that the client owed millions of dollars in ‘travel time’ to a class of over 1000 workers.
  • Successfully represented the City of Flint in a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit brought by former City Administrator Natasha Henderson against the City of Flint and Flint’s Mayor Karen Weaver.
  • Handled two separate putative class action lawsuits filed against PLI Chicago, Inc. by former employees in which they asserted claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP assists clients with a range of labor and employment matters; the group has particular expertise in wage and hour class actions, FSLA collective actions and discrimination cases. Clients from the healthcare and hospital, fashion and retail, and manufacturing industries regularly instruct the group, which is jointly led from New York by Mark Konkel, who has a strong track record in class actions, and employment compliance specialist Barbara HoeyKimberly Carter in Los Angeles represents clients in employment-related torts and liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Mark Konkel; Barbara Hoey

Other key lawyers:

Kimberly Carter; Diana Hamar

Testimonials

‘The attorneys are knowledgeable, responsive, keep up to date on current matters, engaging, informative (webinars on hot topics), have attorneys who specialize in different areas of practice.’

‘Knowledgeable, responsive, engaged, open door, makes us feel confident in the direction we choose to go based on their input.’

‘The Kelley Drye labor and employment team has been very helpful in navigating complicated employment issues, particularly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. They were always quick in responding to our questions and providing useful guidance that we could implement immediately. The partners and associates have a deep understanding of legal trends and we trusted that their legal advice represented the current market standards on cutting-edge employment issues.’

‘Mark Konkel has been a trusted resource in navigating complicated employment issues. He is always very responsive and is able to provide clear and helpful guidance.’

Key clients

Altice/Cablevision Systems Corp

Saks Fifth Avenue

AFLAC

Boutiques Longchamp USA

The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Magellan Health, Inc.

Jockey International, Inc.

NYU Langone Medical Center

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York

Vedder Price

Vedder Price is noted for defending clients in single plaintiff and class actions before all relevant courts. The team, which is led by Washington DC-based Amy Bess, has experience in restrictive covenants, disability access cases, tort and contract litigation, discrimination and harassment claims, and wage and hour disputes. In Los Angeles Thomas Petrides covers OSHA matters, while Candice Zee combines labor and employment expertise. Nicholas Anaclerio in Chicago is noted for his broad employment practice; other key contacts in Chicago include Elizabeth HallPatrick Spangler and Thomas Wilde.

Practice head(s):

Amy Bess

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Anaclerio; Alex Weinstein; Thomas Wilde; Thomas Petrides; Candice Zee; Elizabeth Hall; Patrick Spangler

Testimonials

‘Responsive, knowledgeable, business friendly and great value.’

‘The Vedder Price team is exceptional. As a team they pull in the various resources available to provide the best legal support necessary.’

‘I have worked with Nick Anaclerio at Vedder for years. Simply put, he is head and shoulders above any other employment attorney I have ever worked with. Not only does he provide creative solutions of vexing legal issues, he consistently expands my knowledge of employment law while I’m working with him.’

‘ I have enjoyed working with them because they are thorough and the thought analysis and strategic approach to matters they have handled has been excellent.’

‘Elizabeth Hall pays attention to details and hears what the client is saying. Those she has engaged to assist have demonstrated the same traits and have been responsive, timely and professional. They communicate well with the client and provide timely updates for legal matters and actions.’

Key clients

BMO Financial Group

Follett Corporation

Option Care Enterprises

Signode Industrial Group LLC

University of Chicago Medical Center

Euromarket Designs dba Crate & Barrel

Cresco Labs, Inc

Able Services

Ferrara Candy Company

Satellite Healthcare

California Pizza Kitchen

Adventist Health

DSC Logistics, LLC (CJ Logistics America LLC)

OpenText, Inc.

Sonendo

Madden Corporation

University of Southern California

Reyes Holdings

Canvas Worldwide

AAR Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for International Vitamin Corporation in a wage and hour class action complaint alleging meal period violations, rest break violations, failure to pay minimum wages and overtime, failure to provide accurate wage statements and failure to pay final wages at the time of termination.
  • Defended Adventist Health Hanford in a lawsuit alleging discrimination based on age and race and due to an alleged disability.
  • Represented a former shareholder and alleged controlled group members in bankruptcy clawback litigation and in a collateral action brought by the Central States Pension Fund related to withdrawal liability.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP is noted for 'producing excellent results' in labor and employment disputes. The team, which is led by dedicated practitioner Michael Roche in Chicago, handles wage and hour class actions, discrimination allegations and pay equity claims. Rex Sessions, who is also in Chicago, has a broad practice, which includes acting in wrongful discharge matters. San Francisco-based Joan Fife has notable expertise in class actions, while Monique Ngo-Bonnici divides her time between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Other integral team members include Laura Petroff, and associates Jason Campbell and Caitlin Tran in LA as well as Daniel Fazio in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Michael Roche

Other key lawyers:

Rex Sessions; Daniel Fazio; Laura Petroff; Monique Ngo-Bonnici; Caitlin Tran; Joan Fife; Jason Campbell

Testimonials

‘The labor and employment team at Winston is exceptional and provides the best client services and top notch legal expertise for complex litigation matters. The team takes time to understand our business, to take proactive steps to minimize risk, to fight hard for their clients’ rights and to successfully achieve business objectives. The Winston labor and employment group is responsive, values their relationship with their business clients, and has gone above and beyond for our company. They also recognize their clients’ budget constraints and are able to have open conversations about budget and cost estimates, which puts them in a class above other firms. They work hard and produce excellent results.’

‘The individuals that stand out are Monique Ngo-Bonnici and Caitlin Tran who have demonstrated a strong commitment to our company, expertise in complex employment matters and practical judgment that has resulted in a successful partnership. They dive deep into the facts, understand the company’s objectives and achieve results. They are talented attorneys that exercise impeccable judgment with a winning attitude, and are exactly the attorneys a company wants on their side during litigious matters.’

‘Monique Ngo-Bonnici is someone who focuses on her client’s needs, possesses one of the best litigator styles I have ever come across, and demonstrates tenacity and passion for her work. We are lucky to have Monique fighting on our behalf.’

Key clients

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

LVMH Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy

Accenture

U.S. Foods, Inc.

U.S. Bancorp

United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNST)

Pasha Automotive Services

Penske Motor Group

Diamond Foods/Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acting as longstanding national labor and employment law counsel for LVMH, providing labor and employment services for all of its US affiliates.
  • Serving as national employment counsel to Accenture, representing Accenture in its employment litigation as well as provide advice and counsel to the company on all aspects of employment law.
  • Handling ongoing employment matters for U.S. Bank and its subsidiaries, with more than 26,000 employees at branches around the world.