Firms To Watch: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Husch Blackwell LLP has significant experience in class and collective actions, discrimination cases, wrongful termination, trade secrets and non-compete matters; Milwaukee-based Erik Eisenmann is a key contact.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP features a growing team dedicated to trade secrets, class actions and employee mobility issues, with hires Tom Farr and Phil Strach from Ogletree Deakins and Greg McGuire from the North Carolina Business Court strengthening the group's offering. 
The labor and employment team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is noted for its expertise in wage and hour claims and handling litigation before the federal Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a notable track record when acting for large, international corporations and financial institutions in the labor and employment space, including high-profile clients such as Amazon, Uber and Ford. The group stands out for its handling of anti-discrimination law matters, non-compete and trade secrets issues, wage and hour mandates and whistleblower disputes. It is further recognized for its involvement in topics of relevance including the #MeToo movement and the gig economy. The team is jointly led by Washington DC-based Jason Schwartz, who has notable experience in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and Los Angeles-based Katherine Smith, who focuses on large-scale class actions and executive disputes. Also recommended is wage and hour specialist Catherine Conway, who works alongside Jesse Cripps in LA; he is an experienced litigator before trial and appellate courts. Joshua Lipshutz is an expert in contractor misclassification matters and divides his time between the DC and LA offices. Notable changes to the team include DC-based Molly Senger making partner in early 2021 and Eugene Scalia rejoining the firm in April 2021 after his time as US Secretary of Labor. In late 2021, the practice also welcomed Harris Mufson and Danielle Moss from Proskauer Rose LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jason Schwartz; Katherine Smith

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Conway; Joshua Lipshutz; Jesse Cripps; Molly Senger; Eugene Scalia; Harris Mufson; Danielle Moss

Key clients

Amazon

Lowe’s

PwC

Uber

Enterprise

Comcast

AT&T

Union Pacific

DoorDash

Ford Motor Company

Jones Day

Jones Day exhibits an expert approach with regard to an extensive range of labor and employment disputes, acting for clients in a variety of industries. The group is recognized for having a strong track record when dealing with wage and hour cases; disability, age, race and gender discrimination actions; trade secrets; and employee mobility issues. New York-based Matthew Lampe, who is well versed in class actions, leads the practice alongside Chicago-based discrimination expert Elizabeth McRee. With experience in a range of employment matters, Michael Gray supports the team in Chicago, handling class actions and discrimination cases. Aaron Agenbroad fulfills a similar role by specializing in a range of wage and hour class actions in San Francisco. In Washington DC, Thomas Chiavetta is an experienced litigator focusing on the transportation industry. Reinforcing the practice’s efforts is Eric Dreiband, who rejoined the team in February 2021 from the Department of Justice. In similar fashion, Kate O’Scannlain joined the firm from the Department of Labor in May 2021. Further changes to the team include Allison Crow and Kelsey Israel-Trummel making partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lampe; Elizabeth McRee

Other key lawyers:

Michael Gray; Aaron Agenbroad; Thomas Chiavetta; Eric Dreiband; Kate O’Scannlain; Allison Crow; Kelsey Israel-Trummel

Testimonials

‘The firm has been invaluable in helping us navigate extremely difficult issues.’

‘They’re efficient and very dependable in turning around complex analyses.’

‘Individually and collectively they are the smartest, most commercial team to work with.’

‘They love their practice, enjoy one another and care deeply about their clients and the outcomes.’

‘Day or night, each of the attorneys is always available to problem solve, brainstorm and help. It’s very genuine and so appreciated!’

Key clients

Ecolab, Inc.

International Business Machines Corporation

McDonald’s Corporation

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Reynolds American, Inc.

Blackstone Group

Bloomberg L.P.

CSX Corporation

BNSF Railway Company

American Airlines Group

Chevron Corporation

SkyWest Airlines

D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P

Verizon

United Airlines Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented McDonald’s in California-wide representative PAGA action.
  • Represented a number of United States Freight Rail Carriers in several lawsuits and two major arbitrations regarding the size of train crews.  
  • Represented Nationwide and two individually named defendants in an employment discrimination and defamation suit.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP continues to impress with its strong track record in defending large financial institutions and companies in significant labor and employment disputes. The group handles a busy caseload covering the whole gamut of employment litigation, including class, collective and single-plaintiff actions as well as wage and hour claims and discrimination lawsuits. The practice is jointly led by Washington DC-based Grace Speights, who is well regarded for her work investigating workplace misconduct claims, and David McManus, who divides his time between New York and Boston. He also is knowledgeable in the restructuring and redeployment of workforces. In Philadelphia, Michael Banks handles a wide range of litigations involving employment, benefits, IP and personal injury matters. Sarah Bouchard, also in Philadelphia, is particularly known for conducting internal investigations related to sexual harassment and other misconduct allegations. Anne Marie Estevez in Miami focuses on complex class and collective actions, while Samuel Shaulson, who spends his time between New York and Miami, specializes in issues arising from the FLSA, wage and hour claims, and collective actions. Other key names include Lincoln Bisbee in New York and Washington DC and Melissa Rodriguez in New York. New additions to the San Francisco team include Michael Weil in June 2021, formerly at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Brian Berry in October 2021, formerly at Ogletree Deakins.

Practice head(s):

Grace Speights; David McManus

Other key lawyers:

Michael Banks; Sarah Bouchard; Anne Marie Estevez; Samuel Shaulson; Lincoln Bisbee; Melissa Rodriguez; Michael Weil; Brian Berry

Key clients

Alliant Insurance Services Inc

Amazon

Aramak

Bank of America

Bank of New York Mellon Corp.

Best Buy

Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc

BioClinica

Delta Air Lines Inc.

Deutsche Bank

Franklin Templeton

Gates Corp

General Motors

Home Depot

JP Morgan Chase

Maxim Healthcare Services

McDoanald’s Corporation

MetLife

Morgan Stanley

Northwestern Mutual

Novo Nordisk Inc

Pacific Maritime Association

Saint-Gobain

Toyota Motor North America

Triad National Security

Work highlights

  • Assisted Triad National Security with two challenges to its Covid-19 vaccination requirements and religious and medical accommodation policies brought by groups of employees and contractors.
  • Successfully represented Franklin Templeton in  a race and gender discrimination and defamation lawsuit filed by the “Central Park Karen”, whose employment was terminated following her encounter with a black birdwatcher.
  • Successfully represented Bimbo Bakeries in the first appellate decision to address the merits of the common independent contractor classification for individuals responsible for the sale/distribution of baked goods.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has a notable track record in class actions, trials, arbitration proceedings and complex litigation, often acting for a range of clients in the technology, banking and retail industries. The team, which is led by Los Angeles-based Elena Baca, acts on discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower and wage and hour matters. Also in LA, Leslie Abbott acts as co-chair for the firm’s wage and hour nationwide practice, while Cameron Fox, who focuses on employment relations in the technology industry, chairs the employment department. In Washington DC, Barbara Brown handles cases relating to pay equity and discrimination, working alongside the experienced Kenneth Willner. New York-based Patrick Shea has nearly 40 years of expertise in employment-related litigation, while associate Sara Tomezsko is noted for her work on discrimination and sexual harassment cases. In LA, Felicia Davis represents employers in the media, entertainment and technology industries. Also based in San Francisco, Jeffrey Wohl deals with class actions as the chair of the firm’s San Francisco practice. Other key contacts include San Francisco-based Ryan Derry and LA-based associate Chris Jalian.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Abbott; Cameron Fox; Barbara Brown; Kenneth Willner; Patrick Shea; Sara Tomezsko; Felicia Davis; Jeffrey Wohl; Ryan Derry; Chris Jalian; Zach Hutton

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings employment lawyers will walk through walls for clients. They bring top-level partner support to all matters and collaborate seamlessly with each other to cover everything.’

‘Felicia Davis is a total star. She has a terrific in-person presence whether advising a client or pressing an opponent.’

‘Ryan Derry is relentlessly focused on getting every detail right. I sleep well when he is my lawyer.’

‘Cameron Fox is a tough litigator with a cool cucumber exterior.’

‘Elena Baca has tremendous pull within the firm to marshal all the resources any client needs.’

‘The are hands-down the best firm in the world for wage and hour class/collective actions. They know the law and are experts at handling this type of litigation.’

‘Zach Hutton: He is an absolute encyclopedia of wage and hour knowledge. He is also a talented, creative, and aggressive litigator and expert problem-solver.’

‘Chris Jalian: A great up-and-coming associate. I was very impressed with his work on a wage/hour collective action.’

‘They provide very effective practical solutions to complex issues.’

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

Federal Aviation Administration

Target

Work highlights

  • Represented Alphabet Inc. and Google LLC after four employees were terminated for searching for and accessing confidential information and then broadcasting it across the company.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in nationwide gender discrimination class action.
  • Represented Target Corp on a class certification of an expense-reimbursement claim based on an expansive view of California Labor Code section 2802.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP stands out for its excellent reputation when acting for universities, professional sports leagues and companies in the financial services, media and healthcare sectors. It is involved in litigation and arbitration, with a recurring focus on class and collective actions, wage and hour disputes, labor management and employment counselling. The group is jointly led by New-York based Neil Abramson, who has expertise in complex collective bargaining disputes, and California-based Anthony Oncidi; he is well versed in acting as lead counsel for clients in the media and entertainment industries. In Boston, Mark Batten is recognized for his work in class actions, although he often acts as counsel for employment-related issues too. Elise Bloom in New York has over 30 years of experience and is noted as a key contact for wage and hour disputes and class and collective actions, while Keisha-Ann Gray in the same office focuses on discrimination and harassment matters. Also in New York, senior counsel Michelle Annese has experience representing clients before relevant courts in connection with discrimination and retaliation issues.

Practice head(s):

Neil Abramson; Anthony Oncidi

Other key lawyers:

Mark Batten; Elise Bloom; Keisha-Ann Gray; Michelle Annese

Key clients

Major League Baseball

MLB Advanced Media, L.P.

BAMTech LLC

Montefiore Medical Center;

Mount Sinai Health System, Inc.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Rockefeller University

National Football League

NFL Productions LLC

Viacom Inc.

Activision

National Hockey League

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Vice Media

McDonald’s Corporation

Ipsos NA

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Praised for the ‘great partnership between its general litigators and the employment experts‘, O’Melveny & Myers LLP is active in a broad range of sectors, including the media and entertainment, transportation, financial services and education. The group handles a busy caseload spanning discrimination lawsuits, non-competition litigation, wage and hour claims and investigations into workplace misconduct. Los Angeles-based Apalla Chopra is especially sought after to conduct internal investigations into allegations of workplace harassment and sexual misconduct. She leads the practice together with Eric Amdursky in Silicon Valley, who focuses on compensation disputes, non-competition and non-solicitation covenants and breach of fiduciary duty. Discrimination and wage and hour disputes expert Susannah Howard in San Francisco is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Eric Amdursky; Apalla Chopra

Other key lawyers:

Susannah Howard

Testimonials

‘Great partnership between OMM’s general litigators and their employment experts makes this firm a powerhouse. They are also deep industry experts in Hollywood-style entertainment disputes.’

‘Eric Amdursky knows employment law backwards, forwards, and inside out. He delivers fantastic client service.’

‘This team stands out for its intelligence, insight into our business, ability to provide practical advice, written work product, and ability to litigate a case in court. Many other firms purporting to handle employment litigation are weak in one or more of these areas. For me, the stand-out partners in the employment area are Apalla Chopra and Susannah Howard.’

‘Creative problem-solvers. They get great results. I trust them with my most important matters.’

‘Eric Amdursky is my go-to outside counsel for the most difficult issues. Always responsive and a great problem solver.’

‘The team headed by Apalla Chopra, which includes Susannah Howard, is exceptionally talented and practical. Their advice always considers both, short- and long-term ramifications of a case, and they are careful to identify strategies that can protect their clients from unfounded liabilities and damages. If you have an employment claim that may create a risk of significant monetary or reputational harm, this group should be on your speed dial.’

Key clients

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

American Airlines, Inc.

Envoy Air Inc.

Fox Group

Royal Bank of Canada

Oasis West Realty LLC and Beny Alagem

RBC Capital Markets Corporation

Realogy Corporation

Spirit Airlines

Syracuse University

Trail Blazers, Inc.

TuneCore

Zum Services, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Royal Bank of CanadaCapital MarkeTS Corporation in a wage and hour class and collective action.
  • Represented Oasis West Realty, Inc. and its CEO  in a trade secret case involving players in the Beverly Hill luxury hotel space.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘expertise is invaluable’ when handling an array of class action, harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination matters. Led by Julie Totten, who divides her time between Sacramento and San Francisco, the firm acts for clients in the financial, professional services and TMT sectors. Lynne Hermle, who has 40 years of experience as an employment litigator and trial lawyer, works out of Silicon Valley, while New York-based Mike Delikat is regarded for his work in connection with whistleblower claims and internal investigations. Also in New York, Jill Rosenberg handles sensitive sexual harassment and discrimination claims, and Lisa Lupion is noted as a key contact for internal investigations as well as litigation and arbitration proceedings. Senior associate Mark Thompson supports the team in New York by acting on litigation and counseling matters. In Silicon Valley, the practice also features Julia Riechert, ‘a stand-out attorney’ with a focus on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower claims. Erin Connell is a further key contact in San Francisco, acting for Oracle in a high profile pay equity case. Changes to the team include the departure of Michael Weil in June 2021, who joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Practice head(s):

Julie Totten

Other key lawyers:

Lynne Hermle; Mike Delikat; Jill Rosenberg; Lisa Lupion; Julia Riechert; Mark Thompson; Erin Connell

Testimonials

‘Orrick feel more like partner than outside counsel. They understand our pain points as a business.’

‘I never have to explain the way we do things or why, they get it and they help us make it better.’

‘Orrick’s expertise is invaluable.’

‘Julia Riechert is a stand-out attorney who really gets us (and is a true pleasure to work with). She comes up with brilliant strategy on the fly that makes sense for our business; she advocates for us in difficult situations with amazing results; and she often knows our company better than we do.’

‘Lynne Hermle is the best employment trial lawyer in the country, and an expert in employment class actions. I trust her and her team with the most visible, highest stakes employment matters.’

‘Orrick’s practice is unique in its ability to serve as a one-stop shop for comprehensive global legal guidance. This set up allows for consistency and efficiency in gathering employment advice across all global jurisdictions which can otherwise be a daunting and overwhelming task to manage.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Twitter

Netflix

Oracle

AT&T

The Regents of the University of California

Sephora

Morgan Stanley

Williams-Sonoma

PIMCO

Spotify

Citigroup

Applied Materials

Hofstra University

The Related Companies

JP Morgan

Nomura

Capital Dynamics

Eastdil Secured

Ernst & Young

Cerence

GitHub

Carta

US Foods

Barclays

Deutsche Bank

Alcon

Pinterest

Snap

Lime

Splunk

Zillow

Viasat

Nvidia

Twist Biosciences

TJX

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The labor and employment team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP is highly regarded for its ‘knowledge of the law, briefing skills, courtroom skills, due diligence, case preparation and commitment to winning the case’. The practice is particularly known for its strong track record of defeating class certification while also housing capabilities in complex wage and hour disputes and discrimination lawsuits. It benefits from its ability to leverage the firm’s national team of trial lawyers. Working in close collaboration with the firm’s eDiscovery and information governance team, it also assists clients with the statistical analysis and data visualization of issues such as equity pay analysis and exemption classifications. Discrimination lawsuit expert Laura Maechtlen leads the practice from San Francisco. Supporting the group in Chicago is Gerald Maatman, Jr., who is well versed in class action litigation, and Camille Olson, who has experience in wage and hour claims, independent contractor issues and discrimination lawsuits. Class and collective action expert Coby Turner in Sacramento is also recommended. Atlanta-based Annette Idalski, ‘an amazing lawyer and leader’, joined the firm in May 2021 from Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

Practice head(s):

Laura Maechtlen

Other key lawyers:

Gerald Maatman, Jr.; Camille Olson; Coby Turner; Noah Finkel; Annette Idalski; Brian Smith; Kyle Winnick

Testimonials

‘Seyfarth has a depth of knowledge and capabilities across multiple employment law practice areas ranging from wage and hour, paid sick leave, drug testing, background checks, pay equity to diversity & inclusion, immigration, and labor relations. If there’s someone that has more depth and expertise in an area or jurisdiction (e.g. California) that would be more helpful, the team has no hesitation in connecting me to that attorney, and billing is reasonable for the work that’s done.’

‘The team at Seyfarth Shaw has been great to work with. They are responsive, clear and always provide great counsel. They are willing to meet by phone, Zoom or whatever I prefer.’

‘The attorneys I work with are very practical in their advice and counsel. There isn’t fluff in how they respond. Part of the practicality I appreciate from Seyfarth attorneys is that recommendations can reasonably be acted upon. The attorneys at Seyfarth seem to have a better understanding of the challenges we deal with as in-house attorneys in terms of navigating organizations that may have multiple stakeholders. I believe this is in part due to the breadth of matters they handle for a large number of organizations in different industries and with different employee bases. They also share insight as to how they have advised other clients navigating similar issues thereby providing more options for consideration than other firms. Noah Finkel and Brian Long have provided excellent support from a wage and hour perspective.’

‘I primarily work with Camille Olson and she is incredibly responsive, understands my industry and its particular needs, and is always helpful and supportive. When needed, she has brought in other attorneys who are well versed in the areas I needed. I have no hesitation in recommending Camille and Seyfarth Shaw.’

‘The labor & employment team at Seyfarth is exceptional. I have worked primarily with Annette Idalski and her team. Annette’s team is very strong in wage and hour litigation, with a primary focus on the Fair Labor Standards Act. Annette’s team are exceptional litigators in employment law. They deliver an exceptional work product and are extremely focused on winning cases for their clients.’

‘I work primarily with Annette Idalski, Brian Smith, and Kyle Winnick. The qualities that I value about this team are knowledge of the law, briefing skills, courtroom skills, due diligence, case preparation and commitment to winning the case. Annette leads this team with a commitment to law that I have never seen. She is an amazing lawyer and leader.’

‘This practice is unique not just in its depth and breadth of knowledge and experience, but in the very practical way they work with companies to find the best solution or achieve the best outcome according to the specific needs and desires of the company. On more than one occasion I have come to this practice group at Seyfarth with an issue and they propose a practical and real-life solution that perfectly fits my needs and risk tolerance as a company.’

‘Noah Finkel is an expert on the substance. He marries knowledge with what really matters to clients. He can take a complex theory or legal concept and boil it down quickly to how it impacts my employees and how we as a company can best adapt and change to ensure compliance and a workable solution.’

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

  • Represented a healthcare client in a four-day trial in a PAGA-only representative action, winning a motion for judgement following the close of the plaintiff’s case, securing a total win for the client.
  • Successfully represented a healthcare client in an important appellate decision at the Ninth Circuit by obtaining a complete dismissal of a California wage-hour class and FLSA collective action filed against  a hospital system, which was upheld by the Ninth Circuit.
  • Assisted a staffing company in securing the dismissal of a nationwide gender discrimination class action by successfully arguing a motion to dismiss the case, which alleged systemic discrimination against thousands of female employees.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Based in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is appreciated for having a ‘good understanding of client needs and nuances’ when acting for financial institutions, and public and private corporations, with notable experience handling discrimination, wage and hour, and restrictive covenant actions. Leading the practice is John Barry, who joined the team from Proskauer Rose LLP in September 2021. With over 30 years of experience, Gary Friedman is noted for his expertise in ‘complex employment related legal matters.’ Counsel Ami Zweig is recognized as an integral team member. In April 2021, Jeffrey Klein departed the firm to join Clarick Gueron Reisbaum LLP

Practice head(s):

John Barry

Other key lawyers:

Gary Friedman; Ami Zweig

Testimonials

‘If the issues are complex, difficult and of a magnitude that there will likely be board-level involvement due to the types of issues involved, then Weil is the perfect law firm for the matter.’

‘No issue is too complex for the Weil employment litigation team.’ 

‘Gary Friedman is the best employment lawyer I have ever worked with on complex employment-related matters. Gary is brilliant, quick-witted and has great judgment. He is great at taking you through his thought process and guiding you to the most correct answer. Most importantly, Gary wins and it is often at an early stage in the case before protracted litigation. I would highly recommend Gary for any complex employment-related legal matter.’

‘Excellent experience. Very responsive. Good counsel.’

‘Good understanding of client needs and client nuances.’

‘We have been working with the Weil team for over a year and find the team to be extremely knowledgeable, reliable, as well as aggressive and capable.’

‘They always seem to bring the right expert(ise) to bear for our needs.’

‘We primarily work with Gary Friedman and his team, and really appreciate their tenacity and action-oriented approach, as they skillfully navigate the process and personalities involved.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Sterling Jewelers

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Discovery Communications

PepsiCo

Air Methods

Community Brands

Ascential Group

AlixPartners

FXCM

Briggs & Stratton

Scotiabank

Semarchy

Work highlights

  • Counselled Ascential in connection with enforcing restrictive covenants against the owner of an acquired business after he threatened to start a competing company.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in a high-stakes discrimination and retaliation suit in New York federal court.
  • Represented AlixPartners in two separate cross-border trade secrets disputes with former managing directors in Paris and Italy who are alleged to have stolen proprietary AlixPartners information.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has notable experience in class and collective actions, often representing 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 class actions, labor issues and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) disputes. Supporting these efforts is Daniel L Nash, a recognized litigation lawyer, with arbitration and litigation specialists Stacey Eisenstein and Esther G Lander also noted in Washington DC. In charge of the Los Angeles office is Gregory W. Knopp, who has experience in PAGA claims. Donna Mezias in San Francisco is a key contact for California labor and employment matters. Gary McLaughlin departed in September 2021 to Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.

Practice head(s):

Bob Lian

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Oleson; Daniel L Nash; Stacey Eisenstein; Esther G Lander; Greg Knopp; Donna Mezias

Key clients

National Football League

Walmart Inc.

Starbucks Coffee Company

The Home Depot

Vallourec Star, LP

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Work highlights

  • Secured the denial of a class certification on behalf of the NFL in a nationwide putative class action.
  • Successfully defended Starbucks in claims for unpaid work.
  • Successfully defended Home Depot against a wage and hour class action.

BakerHostetler

Baker & Hostetler LLP is well versed in class and collective as well as single-plaintiff claims. With its specialist expertise in discrimination lawsuits, wage and hour claims and issues related to the FSLA and employee misclassification, the group is often retained by clients from a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, insurance, hospitality and telecommunications. Based in New York, Amy Traub heads up the practice. In Cleveland, Gregory Mersol focuses on discrimination, benefits and wage and hour matters. Supporting the team in Los Angeles is Margaret Rosenthal, whose expertise spans PAGA cases and wrongful termination. Kevin Shaughnessy in Orlando and Scott McIntyre in Cincinnati are also noted for their expertise.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Other key lawyers:

Scott McIntyre; Margaret Rosenthal; Gregory Mersol; Kevin Shaughnessy; Scott McIntyre

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘ employment team’s expertise spans wage and hour claims, discrimination lawsuits, non-compete and trade secret matters, and misclassification issues. Equipped in class, collective and single plaintiff actions, the group is noted for representing clients in complex disputes before trial and appellate courts. Splitting his time between New York and Short Hills, litigation and arbitration expert Brian Kaplan directs the practice. In San Diego, Mary Dollarhide focuses on wage and hour class actions brought under state and federal laws, including PAGA cases. Dallas-based Marc Katz has extensive experience in trade secret and unfair competition litigation. Supporting the team in New York is Joseph Piesco, who focuses on discrimination and wage and hour lawsuits. Daniel Fazio, formerly at Winston & Strawn LLP,  joined the Chicago office in September 2021. Other new additions include former Littler Mendelson, P.C. practitioner Richard Rahm and former Goodwin lawyer Sarah Tauman, who joined the Los Angeles office in January and July 2021, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kaplan

Other key lawyers:

Mary Dollarhide; Julie Dunne; Marc Katz; Joseph Piesco; Taylor Wemmer; Richard Rahm; Daniel Fazio

Testimonials

‘The team at DLA Piper has broad and deep experience. They also provide common sense and practical solutions to issues. They work closely with their clients to understand their unique needs. The team is up on emerging legal issues and offer cutting edge approaches.’

‘Brian Kaplan, Mary Dollarhide and Taylor Wemmer form the core team that helps us with defense of class action wage claims. The team offers a blend of experience, skills and fresh outlook in handling complex class action litigation. They also achieve positive outcomes.’

Key clients

AMN Healthcare

Openforce

California Institute of Technology

Jet Propulsion Labs

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (Venetian Casino Resort)

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc

Albertsons Companies (Safeway)

Domino’s Pizza

7-Eleven Inc

BASF Corporation

Halliburton

New York University (NYU)

Hilton

Skill Capital LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) in a employment-related litigation, obtaining a complete summary judgment win that was affirmed by the Nevada Supreme Court for LVS’s Venetian Casino Resort in a state court action brought by former employees who worked as servers or bartenders at banquets.
  • Assisted NYU with a series of putative class actions brought by student plaintiffs in the Southern District of New York seeking refunds for tuition and fees as a result of NYU’s transition to remote learning in Spring 2020 due to the pandemic.
  • Represented AMN Healthcare in Donohue v AMN Healthcare at California Supreme Ct., Ct. of Appeal, 4th Appellate Dist., San Diego Superior Ct. in a certified wage and hour class action.  

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP is frequently sought after to act on discrimination lawsuits, wage and hour, whistleblower and harassment claims as well as issues related to the FLSA. Skilled in collective, class and single-plaintiff action, the practice takes advantage of the ability to leverage the firm’s interstate capabilities and strong expertise in litigation. Philadelphia-based James Boudreau, who also covers employer-sponsored arbitration programs, heads the practice alongside Naomi Beer in Denver; she is well versed in multi-district litigation. In New York, Jonathan Sulds regularly handles ERISA litigation and wage and hour matters. Other key names include Charles Thompson in San Francisco, Natasha Wilson in Atlanta and Wendy Johnson Lario in New Jersey.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Beer; James Boudreau

Other key lawyers:

Justin Keith; Charles Thompson

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Greenberg Traurig’s employment law team for approximately 6 years. Our company is located in San Francisco and California where the rules and regulations change rapidly. The Greenburg team is exceptional and incredibly responsive. Strategic thinking and they help us anticipate requirements.’

‘Charles Thompson is the lawyer we rely on for advice and counsel. We believe he is always looking out for our best interests. He is extremely knowledgeable and provides valuable insights and expertise on a regular basis. Chuck has kept us out of serious litigation and time-consuming lawsuits.’

‘The group is very experienced and strategic in its approach. Its breadth of experience with the subject matter and opposing counsel is helpful during the course of a matter.’

‘Jim Boudreau has been instrumental in developing strategy and implementing it in several matters. He is responsive and collaborative, and willing to understand our business, which is helpful.’

‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic and diverse.’

‘Justin Keith is a reliable expert.’

Key clients

CVS Health

The Kellogg Co.

TCW

America II Electronics LLC

Centurion of Florida LLC

Envoy Air Inc.

National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA)

Marathon Capital

Univar Solutions Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented CVS Health in a series of class and representative actions, alleging unpaid time associated with mandatory training.
  • Assisted Kellogg’s with a series of collective actions alleging violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Represented TCW (Trust Company of the West) and its CEO in high-profile “me-too” cases brought in the financial services industry.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is regularly engaged in wage and hour claims, discrimination and harassment allegations, trade secret matters and issues related to the ERISA. Representing clients from the the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors, among others, the group is well versed in class and collective as well as single-plaintiff claims. The practice’s leadership is split between Los Angeles-based Emily Burkhardt Vicente is experienced in high-stakes litigation proceedings. She jointly heads the practice with Kevin White in Washington DC, who often handles wage and hour and discrimination cases. Also in Washington DC is Ryan Bates, who is skilled in class and collective actions. In Houston, Scott Nelson deals with most employment matters, including ERISA class actions and trade secret disputes. Other key names include Michael Brett Burns and Roland Juarez in Los Angeles and Christopher Pardo in Boston.

Practice head(s):

Emily Burkhardt Vicente; Kevin White

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Bates; Scott Nelson; Roland Juarez; Christopher Pardo; Michael Brett Burns

Work highlights

  • Represented Marathon Oil in a series of independent contractor litigations in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Western District of Texas.
  • Represented ExxonMobil Corporation in a multi-million dollar Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation case.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Led by experienced trial lawyers, the team at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP acts for a diverse range of clients, including individuals and businesses in the financial services, real estate, retail, and health care spaces, and is able to handle discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, wages and hour class actions, enforcement of non-compete clauses, and the full range of enforcement matters before key agencies. The practice is led by Mark W. Lerner , an experienced employment litigator who acts for a number of high-profile clients across wage and hour actions, employee raiding, termination, and harassment claims, among others, while Jessica Taub Rosenberg , a consistent litigator on behalf of senior executives and employers facing a variety of labor claims, is another key senior team member. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Mark W. Lerner

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Taub Rosenberg

Key clients

Bregal Partners

Douglas Elliman

Glazer Capital

Gotham Asset Management

Greenbridge

GXO Logistics

JDS Development Group

L&L Holdings

Lumen Technologies/CenturyLink Communications

mGage

Mortgage Assets Management

Northwell Health

Perella Weinberg

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Ryan Serhant

Saw Mill Capital

Steel Partners

Triad Life Sciences

XPO Logistics

providers of transportation services in the world No

Yellow, formerly YRC Worldwide, a Fortune 100 logistics company

Work highlights

  • Representing Ryan Serhant – who currently controls the listings of half a billion dollars in New York City real estate – in the separation from from his legacy brokerage firm Nest Seekers and the founding of his new independent brokerage and media company, “SERHANT.” The separation was a complex legal process involving contract interpretation, negotiation, non-competition issues, and financial issues.
  • Representing Douglas Elliman in a putative class action currently pending in the Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles County. In this action, a former employee alleges, among other things, that Douglas Elliman of California failed to pay all non-exempt employees the minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime wages for all overtime worked, and failed to provide them compliant meal periods and rest breaks, or pay premiums.
  • Represented XPO Logistics in an action brought against XPO and three of its employees by SEARS for allegedly taking confidential information from and unlawfully competing against Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, where the three individuals were previously employed.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is noted for its litigation expertise in a number of employment areas. These include disputes relating to discrimination and harassment allegations, compensation and contractual issues, whistleblowing and retaliation claims, restrictive covenant issues and wage and hour matters. The New York-based team is led by Kevin Leblang, who advises and represents clients in litigation and advisory matters. Robert Holtzman is a key contact focusing on discrimination and whistleblower complaints. Also featured in the team, Eliza Kaiser has experience representing clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Leblang

Other key lawyers:

Robert Holtzman; Eliza Kaiser

Testimonials

‘Kramer Levin has a premier employment litigation practice. Both their partners and their associates are exceptionally strong.’

‘Exceptional legal skill, pragmatic approach, appropriately aggressive.’

‘I work with Kevin Leblang directly in Kramer Levin’s employment practice. He is an exceptional partner. Kevin Leblang is incredibly responsive and a great litigator.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Facebook

AIG

Stone Point Capital

Cornel Capital

Sentinel Capital Partners

Evercore Partners

Societe Generale

Stifel

Natixis

Sirius XM

Disney-ABC

CBS

Work highlights

  • Represented Morgan Stanley in a Federal court action brought by a former employee alleging discrimination on the basis of his race and military status.
  • Represented Facebook in Federal administrative court proceedings in relation to discriminatory hiring actions against U.S. workers.
  • Represented AIG in a federal lawsuit brought by a former senior executive alleging whistleblower, age and gender claims.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP offers a diverse range of services in the labor and employment space, dealing with complex class actions and single-plaintiff litigation. With a presence on both coasts, it acts for national and international companies from the TMT, financial services and healthcare sectors. The team is led by Los Angeles-based Esra Hudson, a high-stakes litigator with experience in wage and hour class and collective actions. Andrew Satenberg, who is also in LA, is noted for his track record when representing clients in the retail industry, while San Francisco-based Sharon Bauman advises management on discrimination, harassment and discharge issues. Deborah Kelly, who divides her time between Washington DC and New York, is also regarded for her work on retaliation matters.

Practice head(s):

Esra Hudson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Satenberg; Sharon Bauman; Deborah Kelly

Testimonials

‘Manatt is a well known national law firm with a diverse commercial practice. They are committed to diversity which is of big importance to us.’

‘Their lawyers are top notch and the firm has a strong bench.’

‘We work with Esra Hudson, who has provided us with excellent counsel in a difficult litigation matter involving corporate as well as labor law. She has provided practical, actionable strategies that have allowed us to put up an effective defense.’

‘Having seen Esra Hudson in action, I can say she is incredibly well prepared and will strategically build up a case before entrapping the other side in their own testimony.’

‘We are incredibly satisfied with the service we have received.’

‘Deborah Kelly and her team provide fast, practical advice that always reflects thoughtful judgment and assessment of risk. She makes herself available when you need her and approaches each matter with common sense and a very personal touch.’

Key clients

Del Taco LLC

H&M

American Multi-Cinema, Inc.

Blue Shield of California

Activision Blizzard, Inc and Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

United Nations Foundation

Work highlights

  • Represented Blue Shield of California in several putative class actions and PAGA actions alleging wage-and-hour claims.
  • Counseled and represented Activision Blizzard and Blizzard Entertainment in employment matters.
  • Defending Del Taco in state-wide class action regarding meal and rest periods and overtime payments.

Mayer Brown

The employment team at Mayer Brown often handles complex and high-profile disputes and litigation on behalf of domestic and global companies from the financial services, insurance, and TMT sectors, among others. Leveraging the firm’s international network and strong cross-practice capabilities, the group is skilled in the whole gamut of employment matters as well as cross-border issues. Based in Chicago, Andrew Rosenman, who is well versed in trials, class and collective actions, and appellate cases in state and federal courts, directs the practice. Marcia Goodman in the same office deals with cross-border matters and discrimination lawsuits. Leading the group alongside Rosenman is Los Angeles-based Ruth Zadikany, a ‘prominent’ and ‘superb’ litigator with extensive experience in PAGA cases, wage and hour claims and class actions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rosenman; Ruth Zadikany

Other key lawyers:

Marcia Goodman; Maritoni Kane; David Levine

Testimonials

‘The Mayer Brown team is exceptionally creative, aggressive, and practical in guiding the client to the most favorable resolution possible.’

‘Ruth Zadikany has been a particularly superb colleague for our legal team, guiding the company to highly successful resolutions of two significant matters. She is prominent on a very short list of our most-trusted outside counsel teammates.’

‘The MB team is awesome! MB is extremely flexible, informative, knowledgeable, patient, and personable! They are with us every step of the way through litigation and make sure we are well informed about what our strategy is for the case, where we are in the case, and the risks involved with any decisions we make regarding the case.

‘Maritoni Kane and David Levine are a joy to work with! They truly are the reason that we continue to use MB over other firms, for the reasons stated above on why we love MB!’

‘Top notch team that is super responsive, practical and business-minded. Very good at communicating expectations up front as well as during the pendency of matters.’

‘Andy Rosenman is an outstanding advocate. Always available, thinking outside the box to provide a variety of options to consider in terms of approach, and a true partner to his clients.’

‘The team we work with at Mayer Brown is excellent. They have provided outstanding advice on how to proceed on a wide range of issues. Particularly, they have helped us work through a number of employment related issues, improvements in our policies and practices, responses to inquires and actions, and cases related to employment issues.’

‘We have found the two Mayer Brown lawyers we work with to be always ready to help us with any issue. They listen carefully, work to understand our organization and the issues we are facing, and help us develop strategies to address any issue we are facing.’

Key clients

Foster Poultry Farms

Cushman & Wakefield

Homepoint Financial

TH Foods

Allscripts Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Represented Foster Poultry Farms in a wage and hour class action lawsuit encompassing thousands of putative class members who work at Foster Farms facilities.
  • Assisted Homepoint Financial with a lawsuit against three former employees and their new employer arising out of the employees’ breach of non-solicitation of employees covenants and misappropriation of trade secrets.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP handles a range of employment litigation and compliance work for its corporate management and media industry clients. Led by Chicago-based Michael Sheehan, the group specializes in trade secret and non-compete litigation, but also deals with accessibility cases, wage and hour claims and class and collective actions. In San Francisco, the practice features Ellen Bronchetti, with experience standing before relevant courts in trade secret, whistleblower and wrongful termination disputes. Also in San Francisco, Ron Holland handles wage and hour class actions, whistleblower cases and harassment disputes, while Chicago-based Rachel Cowen has experience dealing with discrimination and wrongful termination matters. Maria Rodriguez in Los Angeles acts for domestic and international clients in single plaintiff and wage and hour class actions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sheehan

Other key lawyers:

Ellen Bronchetti; Ron Holland; Rachel Cowen; Maria Rodriguez

Testimonials

‘Expertise, responsiveness, pleasure to work with’

‘Maria Rodriguez is a rockstar’

 

Key clients

Ardagh Group

Aspen Dental

CityMD (Summit Health)

Draper & Kramer

HBO

NBC Universal

SeaWorld

University of Chicago

Verizon

Walt Disney

Work highlights

  • Represented Aspen Dental in connection with allegations that it failed to do proper checks on employee that hid two cameras in the work bathroom at one facility.    
  • Represented HBO from a putative class action brought by plaintiffs who were aggrieved as a result of having to quarantine while working on HBO productions.
  • Acting for SeaWorld in cases brought by plaintiffs with disabilities who claim they should be entitled to an exemption over having to wear a face mask in the SeaWorld park.

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP is noted for its ability to act on a range of labor and employment issues for its clients in the health, energy and technology sectors. The practice represents these clients in wage and hour disputes, discrimination matters, and transitional arrangements for senior executives. The practice is led by Los Angeles-based Sabrina Beldner, with experience in discrimination and wage and hour litigation. Also featured in the team are IP-specialist Rodney Satterwhite and Dana Rust in Virginia; the latter has over 30 years of experience in litigation and labor negotiations. Also in Virginia, associate John Thomas focuses on trade secrets and restrictive covenant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sabrina Beldner

Other key lawyers:

Rodney Satterwhite; Dana Rust; John Thomas

Key clients

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.

Dominion Resources, Inc.

International Paper Company

Alliance Source Testing, LLC

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

General Dynamics

Imerys

PGA Tour, Inc.

Philips Electronics North America

GROWMARK, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Constellis Group in a wage and hour class action in the Central District of California.
  • Advised and represented Cargill in labor & employment issues, immigration investigations, union campaigns, OFCCP audits, environmental issues and asbestos litigation.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP’s employment practice acts for a range of clients in the healthcare, financial services, retail and education sectors, for which it handles wage and hour actions, restrictive covenant matters, whistleblower claims, and discrimination allegations. The group is led by Tyree Jones in Washington DC, an experienced litigator with expertise in discrimination, retaliation and equal pay issues. In Richmond, Betty Graumlich is active in litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings, with a focus on whistleblower claims and disputes relating to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA); associate Noah Oberlander is also noted for his contributions in Richmond. Casey Ryan in Pittsburgh focuses on breach of contract and wrongful discharge disputes, while associate James Holt is noted for broad employment litigation knowledge. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Emily Harbison from Baker McKenzie LLP in August 2021.However, Linda Husar retired in February 2021, and Michael Correll departed for CTI Foods in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tyree Jones

Other key lawyers:

Michele Haydel Gehrke; Betty Graumlich; Noah Oberlander; Casey Ryan; Mariah McGrogan

Testimonials

‘Betty Graumlich and Noah Oberlander provide very strong employee legal consultation and negotiation.’ 

‘They are the most consistently responsive lawyers I have ever worked with. They are collaborative, knowledgeable about their client’s business and extremely competent. Their advice is legally sound and reflects their deep understanding of the business sector they are advising.’

‘Casey Ryan is the finest, most competent, responsive lawyer I have ever worked with. She was a key partner for exceedingly complex, business-threatening matters. She was always firm, fair and present during difficult conversations and decisions.’ 

‘The attorneys are calm under pressure and not afraid to provide unpopular advice.’

‘The team works very well together to efficiently accomplish their clients’ goals. Each excellent attorneys in their own right, but they excel as a team. This is due in large part to their singular focus on achieving the best outcome for their clients. They are open-minded to a creative solution to difficult problems.’

‘Betty Graumlich is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. She is smart, tough, assertive, strategic, and has a wealth of knowledge on all topics of labor and employment law. Noah Oberlander is an outstanding associate. He works hard and is a gifted writer and advocate.’

‘The employment team at Reed Smith is superb. They are tremendously knowledgeable about all aspects of employment law from contracting, vaccine mandates, non-competes, to any type of discrimination.’

‘They are real people who give practical, pragmatic advice and could not be more collaborative. More than that, they are always available. They respond instantaneously no matter the time of day or situation.’

‘Casey Ryan has gotten us the most amazing settlements. I have her number memorized. She is always, and I mean always, available. She is outstanding in her understanding of our goals and her ability to deliver on them.’ 

‘Mariah McGrogan is also a stand out. She is terrific at investigations. She is collaborative and she really gets us, which makes her so helpful in all she does.’

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s global reach is reflected by its portfolio of international clients covering the TMT, financial services, healthcare and retail industries. The practice is jointly led by trial expert Michael Brewer in San Francisco and William Dugan in Chicago, who deals primarily in trade secret and restrictive covenant matters. With contentious experience, Robin Samuel handles a range of internal investigations in Los Angeles. In Washington DC, litigator and labor relations specialist Peter G. Fischer is a popular choice for clients from the hospitality and food service industries. In February 2021, the New York office welcomed the arrival of Krissy Katzenstein, who joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Brewer; William Dugan

Other key lawyers:

Blair Robinson; Jeffrey Sturgeon; Paul Evans; Robin Samuel; Peter G. Fischer; Krissy Katzenstein

Testimonials

‘I primarily work with William Dugan and I value him for his responsive, practical and insightful advice. He has helped guide my company through numerous complicated employee issues resulting in great outcomes.’

Key clients

MM Enterprises USA, LLC

Work highlights

  • Defended MM Enterprises USA, LLC, and a number of its affiliates against claims concerning the departure of one of its employees.

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Boutique firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP is particularly known for its expertise in the transportation, logistics, retail, hospitality and healthcare sectors, where it handles an array of employment matters such as discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour claims. Based in Atlanta, Neil Wasser leads the practice. David Kurtz in Boston focuses on complex disputes involving antitrust, restrictive covenant and wage and hour violations. In Los Angeles, Kenneth Sulzer, Steven Katz and Kimberly Talley frequently handle complex class actions and PAGA cases. The group continues to expand its national coverage with new additions including experienced litigator and former Golan Christie Taglia LLP practitioner Laura Balson  in Chicago in April 2021 and William Emanuel, previously a member of the National Labor Relations Board, in Los Angeles in December 2021, among others.

Practice head(s):

Neil Wasser

Other key lawyers:

David Kurtz; Kenneth Sulzer; Steve Katz; Kimberly Talley; Laura Balson; Jacqueline Johnson; William Emanuel

Testimonials

‘Exceptional subject matter expertise in employment law, particularly related to potential litigation matters. Outstanding value with lower rates for top-notch expertise vs. large multi-disciplined firms. Great on diversity and inclusion; have conducted firmwide training for us.’

‘David Kurtz is one of the best lawyers I know. He is amazingly knowledgeable and has great instincts and experience across a wide spectrum of employment law matters. He is extremely responsive, available and always gets the job done. A trusted partner to our business.’

Key clients

Amazon

DynCorp International

Liberty Mutual Insurance

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Norfolk Southern

Randstad

Ryder Systems

Volvo Group North America

XPO Logistics

Work highlights

  • Assisted the NCAA and some 25 major universities with multiple challenges to the structure of college sports, including a class action lawsuit claiming that a class of over 1,200 football players are employees and owed back wages for sports related activities.
  • Represented Swissport in six class actions and PAGA actions throughout California in multiple courts.

Dentons

The employment team at Dentons is particularly known for its ability to leverage the firm’s international network to assist clients with cross-border issues. The group handles a busy caseload of discrimination lawsuits, harassment allegations, accessibility and accommodation claims as well as non-compete matters. In San Francisco, Sandra McCandless advises on all aspects of employment matters, including class actions, litigation, arbitration and mediation. Los Angeles-based Nick Pujji is skilled in wage and hour claims and trade secrets. The practice is jointly led by Daniel Beale in Atlanta, Robert Cottington in Pittsburgh, Andrew Gruber in Indianapolis, Richard Hymas in Salt Lake City and Jo Ellen Whitney in Des Moines; Hymas and Whitney joined the team following the merger of now-defunct Durham Jones & Pinegar and Davis Brown with the firm in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Beale; Robert Cottington; Andrew Gruber; Richard Hymas; Jo Ellen Whitney

Other key lawyers:

Sandra McCandless; Nick Pujji

Testimonials

‘Nick Pujji and the Team treat you as a friend and family, always putting the client first. I always know that I am in their best interest.’

‘The team is open and transparent. They provide recommendations and then ask for the approach the client would like to take.’

‘They do a nice job of not only giving legal advice, but understanding the client’s needs and concerns.’

‘Great lawyers that are very detailed and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

The Icon at Panorama LLC

Hawaiian Airlines Inc

Pacific Seafood

Whole Foods Market

Renal Care Group Inc

Summit Materials Inc

Foley Industries Inc

FBL Financial Group Inc

Microvast

Tegra Corporation

Big Soo Terminal

FoodChain ID Group

Titan Tire Corporation

Titan International

Titan Distribution (Titan)

Work highlights

  • Assisted a number of clients, including Paypal, Kia Motors, Equifax and Wayfair, with website/mobile accessibility lawsuits across the country.
  • Represented the Icon at Panorama in claims against two unions and other related entities for antitrust and LMRA claims.
  • Represented Frontera Resources Corporation in a dispute against its former CEO related to allegations  of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and other issues.

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is regularly retained by companies from the education, hospitality, manufacturing and transportation sectors, among others, to advise on the full range of employment matters. Skilled in both advisory and contentious work, the group frequently handles wage and hour claims, discrimination lawsuits and non-compete matters. The practice’s leadership is split between class and collective action specialist Reid Estes and litigation expert Jeffrey Beemer in Nashville, and Detroit-based Kathryn Wood and Timothy Howlett, who are regularly involved in disputes involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation allegations.  William Thacker in Ann Arbor and Christina McDonald in Grand Rapids are also prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Reid Estes; Jeffrey Beemer; Kathryn Wood; Timothy Howlett

Other key lawyers:

William Thacker; Christine McDonald

Testimonials

‘Jeffrey Beemer is an exceptional asset to our team! He’s taken the time to develop a deep knowledge of our business and industry and provide excellent counsel.’

‘Very responsive and thorough in their review and communication about our issues.’

‘William Thacker is the Labor Law attorney at Dickinson Wright that we work with. He is extremely knowledgeable about labor law and has a keen sense of strategy. In order to determine strategy, he asks good questions about our experiences and the context of our issues.’

Key clients

Domino’s Pizza Inc

University of Michigan

Marada Industries Inc, dba Cosma Body Assembly Michigan

ADEBCO Inc, dba Lane Hauling & Excavating

TI Group Automotive Systems LLC

Fielden Hanson Isaacs Miyada Robison Yeh Ltd

US Anesthesia Partners

The D Las Vegas

Work highlights

  • Represented ADEBCO Inc in a wage and hour class action filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Represented TI Group Automotive Systems LLC in a wage and hour class action filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

At the boutique Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., employment law is a founding practice which enables the members to advise on the full range of labor and employment matters. As part of its broad offering, the group handles wage and hour claims, discrimination, harassment and retaliation allegations, and antitrust and trade secret matters on behalf of clients from the hospitality, financial services, technology, retail and in particular healthcare sectors. In New York, David Garland leads the practice and advises on the full gamut of employment disputes. Richard Frey and Michael Kun in Los Angeles are noted for their expertise in wage and hour class actions and PAGA cases. Also recommended is wage and hour expert Paul DeCamp in Washington as well as experienced litigators Patrick Brady in Newark and Jonathan Brenner in Los Angeles. New additions include New York-based Robert Lewis, formerly at Baker McKenzie LLP, in January 2021 and former Ogletree Deakins practitioner Katherine Rigdy in August 2021, based in Boston.

Practice head(s):

David Garland

Other key lawyers:

Greg Keating; Jonathan Brenner; Richard Frey; Michael Kun; Paul DeCamp; Patrick Brady; Jonathan Brenner; Katherine Ridgy; Robert Lewis

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique in that it provides a variety of relevant experiences that are in-house.’

‘Greg Keating makes this team unique. He is an experienced attorney and provides a very knowledgeable and professional level of service. He is my first call when faced with a tough situation that needs legal guidance.’

‘Their commitment and passion stands out.’

‘Jonathan Brenner is always available for Zoom calls and in person when necessary to deal with complicated litigation issues.’

Fisher & Phillips

Boutique law firm Fisher & Phillips frequently handles wage and hour claims, nationwide class actions, discrimination and harassment lawsuits, OSHA cases, non-compete agreements and issues related to the FLSA. With a strong national presence, the group is noted for the ability to leverage its interstate capability to assist clients with complex labor and employment matters. The experienced litigator Roger Quillen heads the practice in Atlanta. In Bethesda, Daniel Farrington is noted for his work in the aviation sector, where he handles discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination allegations, among others. San Diego-based Danielle Moore and Irvine-based Christopher Boman are experienced in class actions and PAGA cases. Also recommend is Kathleen McLeod Caminiti in New Jersey and Kristen Nesbit and Todd Scherwin in Los Angeles. Former Jackson Lewis P.C. practitioner Lisa McClane joined the Las Vegas office in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Roger Quillen

Other key lawyers:

Clarence Belnavis; Stephen Scott; Daniel Farrington

Testimonials

‘Fisher Phillips is responsive, attentive and knowledgeable on all labor laws. They are a great resource for questions with any employee concerns.’

‘Clarence Belnavis has been instrumental in guiding and advising us through some legal disputes. His attention to detail and ability to explain and discuss the case has been of great value. Additionally, Stephen Scott revised our employee handbook, amongst other things, and his thoroughness and promptness has been greatly appreciated. Both Clarence and Stephen are attentive, prompt and supportive in every way.’

‘Dan Farrington and his team in the DC Regional Area possess expertise in defending employment law claims filed with federal, state, and local administrative agencies, and federal and state courts in DC, MD, and VA. Dan is willing to provide alternatives to the straight hourly rate, such as a flat fee to handle an administrative agency charge. The team is a mix of junior, mid-level, and experienced attorneys and Dan is good at assigning the correct level of attorney depending on the complexity of the case. Dan and his team bill fairly.’

‘Dan Farrington stands out because he looks for strategic opportunities to achieve a reasonable settlement in each case. In some cases, that might be very early in the litigation while in others that might be after discovery and before or after a summary judgment motion is filed.’

Key clients

Atara Biotherapeutics Inc

Heartland Payment Systems

Encino Motors

American Airlines Inc

United Airlines Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented American Airlines in a high-stakes retaliation and disability discrimination suit now on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • Assisted Heartland Payment Systems with a complex putative class action lawsuit.
  • Represented publicly-traded biotechnology company Atara Biotherapeutics Inc in a wage and hour misclassification and defamation action against claims, including unpaid overtime, unpaid bonuses, missed meal and rest breaks and defamation.

Ford & Harrison LLP

Labor and employment law boutique Ford & Harrison LLP is well versed in the full spectrum of employment disputes; it frequently handles discrimination and retaliation allegations, trade secret and non-compete matters, wage and hour violations as well as collective and class actions. In Atlanta, collective bargaining, arbitration and litigation expert Allen McKenna leads the practice while Tracey Jaensch has extensive expertise in discrimination cases and collective actions in the healthcare sector. Jeffrey Mokotoff is also a crucial team member in this office. Key names in Tampas include Todd Aidman, Dawn Siler-Nixon and Luis Santos. Memphis-based Louis Britt handles discrimination and harassment allegations as well as non-compete matters and wage and hour claims. Miami's Reynaldo Velazquez departed the firm in November 2021 for Jackson Lewis P.C.

Practice head(s):

Allen McKenna

Other key lawyers:

Mark Salomon; Tracey Jaensch; Jeffrey Mokotoff; Todd Aidman; Dawn Silver-Nixon; Luis Santos; Louis Britt

Testimonials

‘We used Ford Harrison in connection with a non-compete matters with respect to a prospective employee. The firm was cost effective and very solution oriented that resulted in successful outcomes on all fronts.’

‘Mark Salomon led the litigation matter. He was thoughtful and provided excellent work product. He handled a matter with an extremely litigious plaintiff at a fraction of the cost of the opposing counsel (who was unsuccessful).’

‘What I value most about Ford Harrison is the client-centered relationship and ability to provide business-minded advice.’

Key clients

Delta Air Lines

Mohawk Industries

AFLAC Inc

United Airlines

Turner Enterprises

Rooms to Go

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

MassMutual

American Airlines

RaceTrac Petroleum

Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

International Paper

Terminix International Company LP

ComForCare Franchise Systems

The ServiceMaster Company

Publix Super Markets Inc

HD Supply

SmileDirectClub

Denny’s Inc

Ashley Furniture

Forward Air

Work highlights

  • Assisted Denny’s Inc in defeating a motion for class certification in a wage and hour claim involving approximately 8,4000 plaintiffs.
  • Successfully represented ExpressJet Airlines in a religious accommodation discrimination and retaliation case brought by a former flight attendant who sought a religious exemption from serving alcohol onboard due to her religious beliefs.
  • Assisted ComForCare Francise Systems with regular strategic advice and counsel on a wide variety of deferral and state labor and employment subjects.

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Boutique law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is noted for defending clients before trial and appellate courts as well as arbitration proceedings involving wage and hour claims, discrimination and harassment allegations as well as trade secret and antitrust cases. Skilled in class, collective and single-plaintiff cases, the team benefits from the ability to leverage the firm’s e-discovery capabilities when handling complex litigation. It is managed by Orange County-based Samantha Hoffman and chaired by Kevin Lauri in New York. The class action and complex litigation practice group is jointly led by wage and hour experts Mia Farber in Los Angeles, David Golder in Hartford and Eric Magnus in Atlanta. Nadine Abrahams in Chicago directs the general employment litigation practice group alongside Orlando-based litigator Stephanie Adler-Paindiris. Other key names include Stephen Silvestri in Baltimore, Debra Weiss Ford in Portsmouth and Katherine Van Dyke in Detroit. Reynaldo Velazquez, formerly at Ford & Harrison LLP,  joined the Miami office in November 2021 and Garen Dodge, formerly at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., joined the Washington DC office in July 2021. Las Vegas-based Lisa McClane left the firm in June 2021 for Fisher & Phillips.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lauri; Samantha Hoffman; Mia Farber; David Golder; Eric Magnus; Nadine Abrahams; Stephanie Adler-Paindiris

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Valentino; Jeffrey Brecher; Alessandro Villanella; Stephen Silvestri; Debra Weiss Ford; Katherine Van Dyke; Reynaldo Velazquez; Garen Dodge

Testimonials

‘Their customer service, follow up and attention to detail have been second to none. They are the best law firm we have ever worked with.’

‘The firm leadership and accessibility of Christopher Valentino the managing partner was extremely detail oriented and top shelf.’

‘In an extremely complex litigation we dealt with Jeffrey Brecher the lead partner assisted by Alex Villanella another excellent young partner. They were extremely fair with their billing and gave us excellent legal representation 7/24 365 days a year.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Walmart

DaVita Inc

GEICO

Johns Hopkins University

City of Portsmouth

Catholic Medical Center

BMW Manufacturing Co LLC

Advance Auto Parts Inc

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a federal contractor against FLSA claims by a collective of approximately 65 plaintiffs.
  • Successfully assisted DGS with a jury trial of two class action claims involving over 1,000 employees and complex claims of breach of contract, violation of wage laws, and common law claims of unjust enrichment.
  • Represented Cellmark Paper Inc in a multimillion-dollar commission dispute that is pending in Connecticut Superior Court, involving claims of breach of contract, failure to page wages and retaliation.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is particularly known for its expertise in the healthcare sector, where it frequently represents hospitals and healthcare employers in collective, class and single-plaintiff actions. Fashion and retail are also fortes for the group, which is well versed in discrimination lawsuits, wage and hour claims and class certification issues. From New York, litigation and arbitration expert Mark Konkel leads the practice, while Barbara Hoey is typically sought after to advise on compliance issues and state and federal employment laws. Kimberly Carter in Los Angeles focuses on litigation, wage and hour violations, and employment-related torts and liabilities.

Practice head(s):

Mark Konkel

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Hoey; Kimberly Carter

Testimonials

‘Barbara Hoey and team are outstanding. Always available to discuss issues at any time of day.’

‘Barbara Hoey gets results.’

Key clients

Altice

Cablevision Systems Corp

Swarovski AG

Saks Fifth Avenue

ADP, Inc.

Albemarle Corporation

AFLAC

Boutiques Longchamp USA

Unilever

Magellan Health, Inc.

Jockey International, Inc.

NYU Langone Medical Center

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York

Tech Mahindra

WTEC Energy

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

Brookdale University Hospital

The Ralph Lauren Corporation

The Walsh Group

Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Employment boutique Littler Mendelson, P.C. has dedicated practice groups for a number of related disputes, with a focus on whistleblower and retaliation, unfair competition and trade secrets, wage and hour, and discrimination and harassment cases. Leading the team is Denver-based Erin Webber, who specializes in discrimination, retaliation and harassment matters. In Chicago, Barry Hartstein has more than 30 years of experience counseling and representing clients. Jeremy Sosna is also active in Minneapolis, often acting for corporations in arbitration and class and collective actions. Milwaukee-based Jonathan Levine is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Erin Webber

Other key lawyers:

Barry Hartstein; Jeremy Sosna; Jonathan Levine

Vedder Price

Vedder Price represents employers in single plaintiff and class actions before all relevant courts. The team is led by Chicago-based Elizabeth Hall, with experience in allegations of employment discrimination and retaliatory discharge. Supporting the team in Chicago is Nicholas Anaclerio, an experienced trial and appellate attorney with expertise in wage and hour, discrimination and class actions. In Los Angeles, Thomas Petrides and Candice Zee are noted, covering Occupational Safety and Health Administration matters, and traditional labor issues such as unfair labor practice charges, respectively. Cara Ottenweller is also noted as a key contact in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Hall

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Anaclerio; Thomas Petrides; Candice Zee; Cara Ottenweller

Testimonials

‘Logical, no-nonsense, and realistic advice and feedback is given to the client.’

‘Cara Ottenweller was our lead attorney. Her care and attention meant that we, as a company, could relax in the knowledge that our case was in excellent hands.’ 

Key clients

University of Chicago Medical Center

Euromarket Designs (Crate & Barrel)

Cresco Labs, Inc.

Able Services

Ferrara Candy Company

Satellite Healthcare

California Pizza Kitchen

Adventist Health

Balyasny Asset Management, L.P.

OpenText, Inc.

Sonendo

Madden Corporation

University of Southern California

Reyes Holdings

Canvas Worldwide

AAR Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Adventist Health Hanford in connection with discrimination claims brought by a former employee regarding age, race, and an alleged disability.
  • Successfully defended Roman Catholic diocese in retaliatory discharge suit, shielding religious institutions from secular judicial review of employment actions involving ministerial employees.
  • Represented International Vitamin Corporation in a wage and hour class action complaint seeking penalties under the PAGA.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP is noted for dealing with a range of employment disputes in connection with discrimination, whistleblower, wrongful termination and trade secret matters. The practice is led by Chicago-based Michael Roche, who handles wage and hour class actions and pay equity claims. Working alongside him is Rex Sessions, with over 30 years of experience in strategic counseling. The team also features San-Francisco-based Joan Fife, with expertise in class actions, and Monique Ngo-Bonnici, who divides her time between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, and handles a wide spectrum of employment related claims. Changes to the team include Ben Ostrander making partner in December 2020, and Daniel Fazio departing for DLA Piper LLP (US) in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Roche

Other key lawyers:

Rex Sessions; Joan Fife; Monique Ngo-Bonnici; Ben Ostrander

Key clients

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

LVMH Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy

Accenture

US Foods, Inc.

US Bancorp

United States Women’s National Soccer Team

Pasha Automotive Services

Penske Motor Group

Diamond Foods

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Providing LVMH with labor and employment services for all of its US affiliates.
  • Advised Accenture on employment litigation and all company aspects of employment law.
  • Acted for a collection of US Banks and respective subsidiaries to remedy and negotiate employee disputes.