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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a standout labor and employment disputes practice, which is regularly involved in discrimination, non-compete and trade secrets, wage-and-hour, and whistleblower litigation. The team is sought out by a variety of national and international clients and is led by the experienced practitioners Catherine Conway in Los Angeles and Jason SchwartzJoshua Lipshutz is well versed in the relevant area of independent contractor misclassification, while LA-based Katherine Smith is an expert in sexual harassment and discrimination cases. San Francisco's Rachel Brass is active in a wide range of matters and is noted alongside Greta Williams and of counsel Molly SengerMichele Maryott in Orange County, Theane Evangelis in Los Angeles and Gabrielle Levin in New York. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise. Eugene Scalia became the new United States Secretary of Labor in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Conway; Jason Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Amazon

United Parcel Service

Credico

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Wynn Resorts

Ford Motor Company

Uber

DoorDash

Enterprise Holdings

J.B. Hunt Transportation

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Work highlights

  • Continued representing Amazon.com against allegations the clients violated federal and state laws prohibiting age discrimination in employment advertising, recruitment, and hiring by targeting younger prospective job applicants on Facebook’s advertising platform.
  • Successfully acted for Credico in after plaintiffs alleged being unlawfully denied minimum wage and overtime by subcontractors and the client being a ‘joint player’.
  • Successfully represented Ford Motor Company with the plaintiffs’ motion to certify a sexual harassment class of approximately 2,000 women being denied.
  • Representing McDonald’s in a putative nationwide class action alleging that McDonald’s and its franchisees unlawfully agreed not to solicit, recruit or hire each other’s employees.
  • Acting for Morrison & Foerster in a putative nationwide class action alleging gender and pregnancy discrimination on behalf of associates and Of Counsel attorneys.

Jones Day

The team at Jones Day enjoys an excellent reputation for its labor and employment practice, which covers the full range of disputes arising in the field. It has a particularly strong track record in wage-and-hour class actions, age, race, and gender discrimination-related cases, and trade secrets disputes. Key clients of the group are McDonald's, Verizon and Kraft Heinz Company. Elizabeth McRee in Chicago and Matthew Lampe in New York jointly lead the team, and are both noted for having a broad practice. Michael Gray is highlighted for his strong track record in single plaintiff and class action law suits. Atlanta's Deborah Sudbury is a well versed contact in executive or Board-level investigations, while Wendy Butler in New York knows the FLSA well. Irvine-based Steven Zadravecz is experienced in civil litigation cases. Other names to note include Rick Bergstrom in San Diego, Alison Marshall in Washington DC, the Chicago-based Brent KnightMichael RossmanJonathan Linas and Efrat Schulman as well as in New York, Terri ChaseJacqueline Holmes in Washington DC and San Francisco-based associate Kelsey Israel-Trummel.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth McRee; Matthew Lampe

Testimonials

Jones Day has a strong reputation among employment plaintiffs’ attorneys as tough and of the highest integrity. The team is extremely knowledgeable regarding trends in the law and resolutions as well as proactive in keeping clients ahead of the curve; it has a deep bench of strong associates.’

Jones Day’s Labor and Employment group deliver practical advice and unique litigation strategies without over billing or over litigating.

Matt Lampe, Kristina Yost and Jon Linas each possess superior legal drafting skills; convey incredible patience in describing regulations, statutes and case law; and offer practical solutions to very complicated problems. Each of them are calm, reasoned, and approachable.’

Deborah Sudbury and Jacqueline Holmes provide real-life advice and consistently deliver great results. They are true partners and understand the value of long-term relationships with a client.

Alison Marshall is a machine. The knowledge and recall she delivers is invaluable. She is consistently available in demanding situations.

Rick Bergstrom knows the law, his adversaries, and his clients. He provides practical advice that is tailored to his clients’ risk tolerance and guided by his depth of experience litigating and negotiating numerous high-profile, high-exposure disputes. He is of the highest integrity and treats everyone with respect.

Steven Zadravecz does a fantastic job representing his clients and is very accessible.’

Wendy Butler, Marti Schmelkin, Terri Chase and Jessica Kastin are some of the finest and most enjoyable attorneys to work with. They are true experts and really good people.’

Key clients

McDonald’s Corporation

CSX Corporation

Verizon

International Business Machines Corporation

Bloomberg L.P.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

The Kraft Heinz Company

Advocate Aurora Health

General Electric Co.

Reynolds American, Inc.

BNSF Railway Company

American Airlines Group

Flowers Foods, Inc.

Chevron Corporation

Stanford University

Blackstone/Revantage Corporate Services

FTD Companies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented CITGO Petroleum Corporation on all claims from a former employee alleging wrongful termination and claims for unpaid compensation.
  • Obtained a victory for McDonald’s in a wage-and-hour case that sought to expand the traditional definition of an employer to hold franchisors liable for the employment acts of their franchisees.
  • Acted for Verizon in a sexual harassment and defamation jury trial.
  • Represented Park Place Technologies against claims in an arbitration filed by a former executive challenging for cause termination.
  • Acted for International Business Machines Corporation in a plaintiff’s appeal from the district court’s dismissal of her claims under California’s Private Attorney General Act.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's greatly reputed group is regularly engaged in high-stakes disputes, ranging from class, collective and single-plaintiff cases, wage-and-hour and OSHA matters to whistleblower, discrimination and harassment claims. Practice head Grace Speights in Washington DC is a well versed litigator in the latter segment. The group's strong standing with financial services clients is highlighted and New York's Samuel Shaulson has particular experience in this sector. Michael BanksJoseph Costello and Sarah Bouchard are contacts with a wide-ranging practice in Philadelphia. Miami's Anne Marie Estevez is a specialist in the retail and e-commerce industry. Noted practitioners also include Barbara Miller in Orange County, Stefanie Moll in Houston, New York's David McManus, Melissa Rodriguez as well as Debra Fischer in Century City, and Lincoln Bisbee in Washington DC. The group had several new arrivals with Robert Sheeder in Dallas from Bracewell LLP in May 2019 and multiple attorneys from Sidley Austin LLP across the year, including Ami Wynne and Jonathan Lotsoff in Chicago as well as Douglas Hart and Jennifer Zargarof in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Grace Speights

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Shaulson; Michael Banks; Joseph Costello; 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

Morgan Lewis does a great job on California wage and hour class actions.

Robert Sheeder is a stellar litigator and counsellor, who understands business needs and risk tolerance while having a deep understanding of the law.’

Barbara Miller is a subject area expert. She is always available but more importantly, almost always knows the answer and is able to understand nuances in the law and business issues. She is also a good strategist and a pragmatist.’

 

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

CIGNA Corporation

Colgate-Palmolive

Delta Air Lines Inc.

JPMorgan Chase Bank NA

McDonald’s Corporation

MetLife

Morgan Stanley

Novo Nordisk Inc

Pacific Maritime Association

Toyota Motor Sales USA

ZTE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Counselling Uber Technologies in multiple ADA accessibility litigation matters filed against its alleged failure to provide wheelchair accessible vehicles.
  • Successfully obtained a decision for JPMorgan Chase saying district courts may not send notice of a FLSA collective action to employees who signed valid arbitration agreement.
  • Acted for Best Buy against class action claims and representative claims under the California Private Attorney General Act.
  • Successfully represented Amazon in a class action claiming that all time spent by employees exiting Amazon fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania should be compensated time and count toward overtime calculation.
  • Obtained a summary judgment victory for Verizon in a trade secret case in the New York Commercial Division.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has a strong offering with practitioners who are deeply experienced in labor and employment related litigation, including trial and appellate cases. The team has established a strong reputation among companies, universities, professional sport leagues and law firms, and is headed up by Joseph Baumgarten and Neil Abramson, who both cover labor as well as employment disputes. Elise Bloom and Mark Batten are New York's and Boston's key contacts for class and collective actions respectively. Bettina Plevan has a longstanding career in the field, and Los Angeles' Anthony Oncidi is particularly well versed in handling media and entertainment clients. Other highlighted practitioners include Lloyd ChinnKathleen McKennaAllan Bloom, Chicago's Nigel Telman and Steven Pearlman as well as Lawrence Sandak and Joseph O’Keefe in Newark, Los Angeles' Kate Gold and Nicole Eichberger in New Orleans. The department is particularly noted for its strong, junior bench with names such as Evandro GiganteAdam LupionKeisha-Ann Gray and the recently promoted partner Rachel Philion as well as Guy Brenner in Washington DC and special counsel Jurate Schwartz in Boca Raton.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Baumgarten; Neil Abramson

Testimonials

The team is proactive, innovative, business solution-oriented and quite responsive to emergent issues. It also has the expertise and diversity of talent that is expected.’

Key clients

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

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Michael Bloomberg

Cedars-Sinai Health System; Mount Sinai Health System; Montefiore Medical Center; League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

National Football League

Patriarch Partners

Viacom Inc.; Valence Media LLC (owner of Billboard/Hollywood Reporter; Media Rights Capital; Dick Clark Productions Inc.)

Emigrant Bank

NBCUniversal

National Hockey League

Work highlights

  • Acting for the MLB and its affiliates in ongoing litigation cases, including regarding alleged discrimination claims and a wage-and-hour putative class/collective action.
  • Successfully represented Michael Bloomberg in a case involving the question whether an individual owner or officer of a corporate employer may be held strictly liable as an employer under the New York City Human Rights Law.
  • Achieved a motion to dismiss for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in a case brought by an executor of the estate of a former J.P. Morgan Securities broker.
  • Representing the National Football League (NFL) and its affiliates in multiple ongoing employment litigation cases.
  • Obtained a favorable judgement for Emigrant Bank in a retrial on damages in a case involving allegations of race discrimination and predatory mortgage lending.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

The team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP is well versed in representing clients, in particular from the aviation, financial services and services sector, in a variety of labor and employment related disputes. It has special expertise in wage-and-hour, and discrimination and harassment lawsuits, for which practice head Apalla Chopra in Los Angeles is a key contact. In Silicon Valley, Eric Amdursky is experienced in all sorts of sexual harassment, retaliation and executive compensation cases. Adam KohSweeney in San Francisco is also active in contract and tort claims. Susannah Howard is another key figure in the San Francisco office, while Jeffrey Kohn and Mark Robertson are highlighted in New York and Adam Karr in Newport Beach.

Practice head(s):

Apalla Chopra

Testimonials

One of the best teams for high-stakes employment litigation, as well as trade secret matters.

The team is extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and efficient, especially Eric Amdursky.’

Key clients

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

Activision Blizzard

American Airlines, Inc.

Atlas Air, Inc.

Formation Group, LP

Oasis West Realty, Inc.

Realogy Holdings Corp.

Tillys

United Airlines, Inc.

University of Southern California Board of Trustees

Work highlights

  • Achieved a full dismissal for American Airlines of a lawsuit by an American Airlines pilot who claimed that a motivating factor in the client withholding him from flying as a First Officer was a military leave.
  • Representing Formation Group and one of its managing directors in a case seeking nearly $10 million in damages based on claims of breach of contract, fraud and declaratory relief.
  • Acted for Round Hill in a putative class action under the WARN Act arising out of the plant closing of the Necco wafer facility in Massachusetts.
  • Represented Oasis West Realty and its CEO in a trade secrets case involving a plaintiff who sued a former employee along with the clients for alleged trade secret misappropriation, intentional interference with contract, unfair competition, and aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Acting for Tilly’s in California state court’s first case challenging employers’ ‘call-in’ scheduling practice on behalf of the client.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Clients from industries such as financial service, media, technology, consumer products and professional services industries regularly approach Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to assist them with labor and employment disputes. The practice, which is led by Julie Totten in San Francisco, is active in wage class actions, PAGA cases, and discrimination lawsuits as well as whistleblower and retaliation matters. Mike Delikat in New York also knows trade secret and post-employment restriction litigation well. Silicon Valley's Lynne Hermle and Jessica Perry are reputed representers in contentious matters relating to gender. Jill RosenbergRenee PhillipsLisa Lupion and senior associate Mark Thompson in New York are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Julie Totten

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

Uniquely about this practice group is its attention to the client’s company and ensuring that approaches it takes in litigation and in settlement reflect the client’s company culture and values. The practice is also exceptional at leveraging its internal strengths outside one particular practice group to provide a comprehensive array of legal expertise whenever a specialized set of knowledge or skills might be applicable to the issue.

Lynne Hermle is an exceptional trial attorney – truly one of the very best in the practice in the country.’

Andrew Livingston is a fantastic partner, able to think through and recommend solutions for thorny problems, and is in addition an excellent litigator.

Alexandra Stathopoulos is a stand-out associate. She communicates essential information quickly, confidently, and efficiently. She’s prepared, firm, and patient in depositions, with opposing counsel and with witnesses, and thinks very well on her feet.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Oracle

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Citigroup

Morgan Stanley

Genentech

AT&T and YP

Sephora

PIMCO

Netflix

UC Regents

Work highlights

  • Acting for Microsoft in a gender discrimination case challenging the viability of class actions
  • Representing PwC in several wage-and-hour class actions.
  • Represented Oracle in a whistleblower action filed with OSHA in California.
  • Representing Sephora in six connected lawsuits attacking the client’s legal obligations with respect to the payment of wages, overtime calculations, the provision of meal and rest breaks and other related matters.
  • Acting for Netflix in a employee-poaching case brought by Fox.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has a highly regarded practice in class actions, in which especially the California-team is highly active. The group regularly acts for  multinational clients in labor disputes, in connection with wage-and-hour claims, in discrimination matters and in government agency investigations. Elena Baca in Los Angeles heads up the practice and has considerable experience defending C-Suite members against a variety of claims. Nancy Abell, based in the same office, is an expert in discrimination law. San Francisco's Jeffrey Wohl is noted for his class action expertise. Barbara Brown in Washington DC is regularly involved in disputes arising out of personnel decisions. Patrick Shea is a key contact in New York. Other prominent practitioners include Paul Cane and Zach Hutton in San Francisco, Neal MollenCarson Sullivan and Kenneth Willner in Washington DC, as well as New York-based Marc BernsteinEmily Pidot and Kenneth Gage. Palo Alto's Bradford Newman advises on trade secrets and employee mobility. Donna Melby and Felicia Davis in Los Angeles are also noted. Jeffrey Webb, who specialises in wage-and-hour collective actions and class actions, joined from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Testimonials

Paul Hastings has specialists in complex areas who can be selected to work as needed alongside the labor and employment defense attorneys who are familiar with the client’s business. This strategy is cost effective and very efficient as the Paul Hastings culture encourages attorneys to work well together as colleagues across the entire firm.’

Exceptional litigators – strategic and very aggressive.

Nancy Abell is a top flight class action litigator.’

Marc Bernstein is one of the most talented attorneys in his field. To say that he’s smart and knowledgeable doesn’t begin to convey how good he is, both for client advice and dispute resolution. He stays current on cutting edge issues. He’s creative, and his negotiating skills are second to none.’

Cameron Fox is a great litigator.

Key clients

Alphabet/Google, Inc.

General Electric

IBM

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Barclays Capital

The Walt Disney Company

Viacom/Paramount

SalesForce

Toyota (North America)

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Qualcomm Incorporated

American International Group (AIG)

AT&T (BellSouth Telecommunications)

Work highlights

  • Defending Google in various discrimination class actions.
  • Representing Dollar Tree Stores in a class action concerning questions regarding compensable work time, the enforceability of arbitration agreements and notice issues.
  • Acting for United Airlines in the defence against multiple individual discrimination claims.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The L&E disputes team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields an impressive number of experienced practitioners. It is regularly engaged by nation-wide companies from a variety of industries to represent them in class and collective actions and the group is noted for its involvement in pay equity and BIPA litigation proceedings. Chicago's Camille Olson is a well-tried litigator with particular experience in discrimination and harassment matters. Practice head Laura Maechtlen, based in San Francisco, has a similar focus. Gerald Maatman, also in Chicago, has long-standing experience in various class actions. Nancy Rafuse, who joined alongside Stan Hill from Polsinelli PC in August 2018, is a key contact in Atlanta for race and gender discrimination claims. New York's Gina Merrill is noted for her expertise in wage-and-hour matters, among others. Other highlighted practitioners are Lisa Damon in Boston, Lorie Almon in New York, and the recently promoted Coby Turner in Sacramento as well as Brian Stolzenbach and Ellen McLaughlin in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Laura Maechtlen

Testimonials

The depth and breadth of knowledge on the Seyfarth bench is unparalleled – the partners at Seyfarth can complete the task or reach resolution of a matter in an effective and efficient manner because of the significant knowledge level and experience baked in to each attorney.’

This team is fantastic. It is extremely knowledgeable and takes the time to understand the business which allows it to understand the goals and provide various options and various levels of risk, instead of just a yes or no answer.

Jerry Maatman is super responsive, thoughtful, and strategic, while practical.’

Lisa Damon and Laura Maechtlen are superb. They work well with in-house counsel, assume direct responsibility for the work, and are always accessible and responsive. Their advice was practical and suited to the environment.’

 

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

Work highlights

  • Representing the U.S. Soccer Federation in a lawsuit filed by players on the U.S. Women’s National Team claiming pay inequality.
  • Successfully acted for United Airlines in the Seventh Circuit in a lawsuit brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
  • Represented Dolby Laboratories against the claim of a member of the company’s legal department alleging gender-based harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
  • Representing Omnicare in an alleged class action brought by a vendor alleging that he and similarly situated delivery drivers were misclassified as independent contractors, and were instead employees and in addition were the joint employees of Act Fast and Omnicare.
  • Acting for Nike and Converse in two cases involving the issue of whether an employer must pay for the minimal amount of time it takes a manager to look inside an employee’s personal bag after they have clocked out for the day and are leaving work.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's New York-based team has a strong track record in various kinds of employment disputes with focus areas in wage-and-hour claims in connection with the classification of employees, different related acts and time taking; various discrimination claims based on race, age or sex, among others; and restrictive covenants and trade secrets litigation cases. Practice head Gary Friedman is particularly well versed in class actions in the aforementioned areas. Another key figure in the team is Jeffrey Klein, a dedicated practitioner with experience in litigation, investigations and the sports sector. Nicholas Pappas as well as counsels Ami Zweig and Celine Chan are also noted for their broad practices.

Practice head(s):

Gary Friedman

Testimonials

Smart, careful lawyers who are completely prepared with strategically-sound litigation moves.’

Weil does an outstanding job of working across practice groups to obtain the necessary expertise to holistically advise on complex matters. Its employment practice is very strong and particularly valuable for large, complex and high-stakes matters in public companies.’

Jeffrey Klein has deep experience in complex labor and employment matters along with an understanding of the need to effectively manage information-sharing with and decision-making by corporate executives and boards. He involves other partners and associates in an unselfish, effective and efficient manner.

Nicholas Pappas has the knowledge of the law, command of legal strategy and a wealth of experience.’

Key clients

Sterling Jewelers

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Guy Carpenter

Goldman Sachs

Apple Inc.

L3 Technologies (n/k/a L3Harris Technologies)

Euronext

AlixPartners

Country Fresh

NBA Pro Basketball Player Zion Williamson

Air Methods

Claire’s Boutiques

Vonage

Creative Artists Agency

Mastercard

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Apple in a disability discrimination class action alleging that Apple’s website is not accessible to the visually impaired.
  • Representing Zion Williamson in two parallel litigations arising out of a marketing contract he entered into prior to going pro.
  • Defending Claire’s Boutiques in a threatened California wage and hour putative class action alleging misconduct in various claims.
  • Representing Air Methods Corporation in a ‘business model’ wage and hour dispute in California.
  • Representing Epiq Systems in connection with an action filed in the New York Supreme Court regarding alleged breach of a joint services agreement with Union Bank concerning its bankruptcy solutions business.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

The team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is noted for its experience in wage-and-hour class actions and equal employment opportunity litigation and arbitration cases. It is also active in labor-related insolvency cases, in particular in the coal and retail industry.  In the employment space, key clients are the NFL and Home Depot for which Washington DC's Daniel Nash and Donna Mezias are the respective key contacts. Bob Lian, also in Washington DC, heads up the practice and is experienced in class actions and restrictive covenants. Other prominent practitioners from this office are Stacey Eisenstein, Nate Oleson and Esther Lander. New York-based Richard Rabin is an employment specialist in the investment management area. In Los Angeles, Greg Knopp and Gary McLaughlin have a comprehensive background in Californian and international employment law. The specialist in Houston is Brian Patterson.

Practice head(s):

Bob Lian

Key clients

National Football League

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Starbucks

Home Depot

Coach

VCA Animal Hospitals

Life Alert Emergency Response

Academy Ltd

Quanta Services, Inc.

Baker Hughes

Work highlights

  • Appealed to the Ninth Circuit for the NFL after eight former players seeking damages filed a class action.
  • Successfully acted for Caesars Entertainment Corporation in a pension liability dispute.
  • Acted for Starbucks in various instances in disputes regarding working time.
  • Represented Home Depot in a class action brought on behalf of over 130,000 California hourly employees regarding a claim for unpaid wages.
  • Counselled Academy Sports & Outdoors on its defense against a putative class action brought by store managers of Academy seeking to recover overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP has experience in handling class, collective and systemic employment litigation cases in connection with a variety of related topics. The team has a three-person lead with Atlanta-based jury trial-specialist David Long-Daniels, and Philadelphia's James Boudreau and Naomi Beer in Denver, who both have a strong track record in nationwide class actions. Mark Kemple in Los Angeles and Jonathan Sulds in New York are well versed in the wage-and-hour space. Tampa's Richard McCrea is a key contact in restrictive covenant litigation. Other names to note are Natasha WilsonJohn Richards and Todd Wozniak in Atlanta as well as New Jersey's Kristine Feher and Wendy Johnson Lario. The team had a new arrival from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in July 2019: Timothy Long, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Practice head(s):

David Long-Daniels; Naomi Beer; James Boudreau

Testimonials

A team of very strategic thinkers who are committed to posturing matters for resolution in cost effective way.’

Key clients

Clean Harbors

Atlanta Public Schools

Marriott Ownership Resorts

The Wendy’s Company

CVS

Tenet Healthcare

Kellogg Company

TIAA

Mauser

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Quicken Loans in a misclassification case brought by salaried residential real estate appraiser.
  • Obtained a favorable decision for KFC stating a plaintiff does not establish the ‘local controversy’ exception to federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act by proving that more than two-thirds of the putative class were residents of the forum state and were employed in the forum state during the class period.
  • Acted for Abercrombie & Fitch in a dispute in connection with California’s reporting payment laws.
  • Acted for Steiner Education Group in a case concerning the question if massage therapy students at Steiner Education Group and its affiliates qualify as employees under the FLSA.
  • Representing Landry’s in a putative class action in which the plaintiffs alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Florida Minimum Wage Act.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Clients from the financial services, media and technology industries regularly approach Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP for its considerable experience in high-stakes single plaintiff matters. Clients are, among others, CBS, Société Générale and Facebook. The New York-based team is experienced in discrimination and harassment litigation proceedings as well as whistle-blowing and retaliation claims. Practice head Kevin Leblang has a broad employment law background and is also regularly engaged to conduct internal investigations. Eliza Kaiser is also well versed in a wide range of matters, with a particular focus on discrimination, wage-and-hour violations, breach of contract and tort. Robert Holtzman is an able advisor on restrictive covenants and wrongful discharge, among others.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Leblang

Other key lawyers:

Eliza Kaiser; Robert Holtzman

Testimonials

The Kramer Levin employment litigation and advisory practice consists of a group of sophisticated, expert employment lawyers. They are aggressive and strategic litigators and practical, pragmatic advisors.’

Kevin Leblang is an exceptional employment lawyer – smart, practical, and strategic as well as a pleasure to work with.

 

Key clients

CBS

Disney-ABC

Facebook

Marsh & McLennan

Jefferies

Société Générale

Morgan Stanley

Andersen Tax

AIG

Lloyds Banking Group

BlackRock

Royal Bank of Canada

Stifel

UBS Securities LLC

Madison Square Garden

Shutterstock

WeWork

RBS

Natixis

Neuberger Berman

Work highlights

  • Representing CBS in claims of breach of contract and defamation arising out of the termination of its former CEO, who was terminated for alleged sexual harassment.
  • Acting for Société Générale in a suit initiated by a former employee for alleged sexual orientation harassment.
  • Represented Jefferies in federal court action brought by former employee alleging gender discrimination.
  • Representing Andersen Tax in connection with a restrictive covenant litigation commenced by competitor Blum Shapiro arising out of hiring of one of its partners by the client.
  • Defending Marsh & McLennan against claims brought by a current employee alleging gender and national origin discrimination and harassment and retaliation.

Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Littler Mendelson, P.C. fields a large team and covers virtually every area of labor and employment disputes that clients face. It assists with wrongful termination, harassment or discrimination claims, as well as whistleblower and retaliation claims, among others. The firm's chairs Thomas Bender and Jeremy Roth are based in Philadelphia and San Diego respectively. The firm has strong practices in Texas and Columbia, where the team includes Kelley Edwards in Houston, Robert Friedman and Jacqueline Johnson in Dallas, and Paul Kennedy, Joshua Waxman, Steven Kaplan and Maury Baskin in Washington DC. Further key contacts are Walnut Creek's Gregory IskanderMelinda Caterine in Portland, Robert Long in New York, Chicago-based Barry Hartstein, Atlanta's Lee Schreter and Richard Black, as well as Rich Harris and Nina Markey in Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Bender; Jeremy Roth

Work highlights

  • Obtained a defense verdict in this customer discrimination case for Pep Boys.
  • Represented Akal and Coastal in a lawsuit brought by the former CEO of Coastal, who alleged that he was entitled to his annual incentive bonus after his termination.
  • Acted for the Memorial Hermann Health System and two individual managers in a multi-plaintiff pregnancy discrimination and FMLA leave retaliation lawsuit.
  • Defended a manufacturing company against claims by a former employee alleging gender and age discrimination when his employment was terminated.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

The team at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is regularly active in class actions, and multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff litigation cases regarding a variety of topics. With a particularly strong presence in California, the group is engaged by clients such as H&M, Target and Del Taco. Los Angeles-based Esra Hudson leads the team and has comprehensive knowledge in discrimination, PAGA, wage-and-hour and trade secret matters. In the same office Andrew Satenberg is another key contact for wage-and-hour class actions. Deborah Kelly in Washington DC has considerable experience in sexual harassment lawsuits. Based in New York, Brian Turoff's practice includes civil and administrative litigation and arbitration. San Francisco's Sharon Bauman is also noted. Alan Brunswick left for Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in July 2019.

Practice head(s):

Esra Hudson

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Kelly; Brian Turoff; Andrew Satenberg; Sharon Bauman; David Schur

Key clients

Blue Shield of California

Del Taco, LLC

H&M

Tawa Supermarket, Inc. (dba 99 Ranch Market)

United Nations Foundation

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

Work highlights

  • Represented Tawa Supermarkets in two related wage-and-hour class actions.
  • Acting for Blue Shield of California in class action regarding overtime pay and meal and rest periods.
  • Defending Del Taco in a putative class action brought by EEOC in connection with sexual harassment allegations.
  • Successfully represented SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, in connection with a complaint filed by a former employee alleging sexual harassment, a hostile work environment and retaliation.
  • Representing the United Nations Foundation in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is an experienced defender in wage-and-hour class actions, whistleblower and sexual harassment claims as well as in disputes relating to cybersecurity, social media and privacy. The team's client portfolio comprises several international companies, in particular from the transportation, food and beverage industry, and global financial institutions. Marcia Goodman in Chicago is a specialist in various discrimination claims. She jointly leads the practice with Los Angeles-based John Zaimes, who also knows restrictive covenants and OSHA investigations well. Andrew Rosenman  and Ruth Zadikany are other key litigators of the team in Chicago and Los Angeles respectively.

Practice head(s):

Marcia Goodman

Other key lawyers:

John Zaimes; Andrew Rosenman; Ruth Zadikany; Maritoni Kane

Testimonials

Terrific legal knowledge combined with excellent client service.’

Key clients

PetSmart

Amy’s Kitchen

Welltec

City of Chicago

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Welltec in a wage-and-hour collective action.
  • Acting for Allscripts in a suit alleging breach of non-compete and confidentiality obligations by two former employees who left to join a competitor.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's team is noted for its activity in non-compete disputes, public accommodation and accessibility cases as well as other discrimination claims. It is regularly instructed by Hollywood studios from the movie industry. Chicago-based Michael Sheehan heads up the group and is a key contact for private equity and public company clients in a variety of employment matters. In the same office, Rachel Cowen is experienced in discrimination and wrongful termination cases. Maria Rodriguez is a key contact in Los Angeles for wage-and-hour class actions. Kerry Scanlon and Jeremy White in Washington DC and Ellen Bronchetti and Ron Holland in San Francisco are also noted. The practice continues to grow, seeing the arrivals of Joseph Mulherin from Vedder Price in January 2019, Carole Spink from Baker McKenzie LLP in October 2019 (both Chicago) as well as a team from Dentons including Brian Cousin and Richard Scharlat in October 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sheehan

Testimonials

A great advantage of MWE is its high level of expertise across so many areas of law and litigation. An advantage of multiple MWE offices is also that if the “regular” lawyer is not admitted to the bar in a specific jurisdiction, there will be an able MWE attorney who is.

Key clients

Parker Drilling Management Services

Little Caesars

Ardagh Group

Body Shop

The Nature Conservancy

Netflix

Novartis

Paramount Pictures

Verizon

Burger King

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Verizon in ‘disability by association’ dispute.
  • Represented Alcon Laboratories in a Texas employment jury trial in connection with the alleged discrimination of a former employment on the basis of his race, color and national origin.
  • Acted for Novartis in a wage-and-hour case.
  • Acted for NuVasive in a case against rival company Alphatec in employment and trade secret litigation over the poaching of a senior executive.
  • Achieved a favorable settlement for Body Shop in a disability discrimination and retaliation case.

Ogletree Deakins

Employment boutique Ogletree Deakins covers the full gamut of related disputes. It fields dedicated specialist for class and collective actions as well as single- or multi-plaintiff cases in lawsuits under various federal and state laws. San Diego's Spencer Skeen is an expert in class and representative actions, while Scott Kelly in Birmingham specialises in affirmative actions. Other key practitioners are Ron Chapman in Dallas, Tobias Schleuter in Chicago, Oklahoma City's Sam FulkersonDavid Schenberg in St Louis, Los Angeles-based Jack Sholkoff and Robert Roginson as well as Danielle Ochs in San Francisco and Tampa-based Peter Zinober. Firm chair Matthew Keen is based in Raleigh.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Keen

Key clients

3M Company

American Airlines, Inc.

BASF Corporation

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Dollar General Corporation

General Motors Company

Petsmart, Inc.

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

National Oilwell Varco

Valero Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Carefusion Corporation in its defense that the ADEA disparate impact provision does not cover outside applicants for employments.
  • Acted for Central Freight Lines in securing a dismissal of plaintiff’s class claims for meal and rest period violation.
  • Represented Hetronic International in a series of three related cases regarding the theft of proprietary technical and business-related information by former Hetronic executives.
  • Acted for Crown Equiment in an action by employees regarding the question to waive pay for driving time in company trucks.
  • Counselled Palmetto Health in multiple causes of action with a key issue being whether the court would expand the terms that alone would constitute ‘severe or pervasive’ words that would create a hostile environment.

Reed Smith LLP

The Reed Smith LLP team has strong capabilities in covering a broad array of labor and employment disputes. It is active in US wage-and-hour class actions, which is an area of expertise for Houston-based practice head Mark Temple, as well as whistleblower claims, affirmative actions and job reassignment disputes. The client portfolio comprises companies and institutions from various industries, such as the pharmaceutical sector, financial services, energy, retail and education. Richmond-based Betty Graumlich is well versed in restrictive covenants, wrongful discharge claims, defamation and other employment torts. Casey Ryan in Pittsburgh is noted for her broad practice. Other recommended practitioners from this office are David McAllister and James Glunt. Houston-based Peter Stuhldreher, Don Innamorato and  John McDonald in Princeton, and Jill Vorobiev and counsel Hannah Sorcic in Chicago are other key contacts. Remy Kessler left for McGuireWoods LLP in August 2019.

Practice head(s):

Mark Temple

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP has considerable experience in defending clients in a variety of discrimination lawsuits. Beyond that, it has a broad practice covering multiparty disputes, class actions, government suits and single-plaintiff before relevant courts as well as dispute prevention. New York-based Amy Traub is the chair of the national labor and employment group, while Dennis Duffy in Houston leads the employment litigation practice, and Cleveland's Gregory Mersol and Margaret Rosenthal in Los Angeles head up the class and collective action team. Names to note are Eric Barnum and Jason D’Cruz in Atlanta, Sabrina Shadi in Los Angeles, the Orlando-based Kevin Shaughnessy and Joel Griswold as well as Cleveland's Gilbert Brosky, Peter Fisher in Washington DC and Scott McIntyre in Cincinnati. While Melissa Siebert joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in February 2019, new arrival Michael Chamberlin reinforced the Los Angeles office in May 2019 coming from Winston & Strawn LLP.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Key clients

Host International, Inc.

American Family Insurance

The McDonald’s Corporation

The E.W. Scripps Company

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Fluor Corporation

TRW Automotive

Kohl’s Department Stores

Metro Corral Partners

The Progressive Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Royalty Carpet Mills in a class and PAGA action which went to trial.
  • Defending McDonald’s in various cases, among those alleged sexual assault and a EEOC charge.
  • Acted for HMSHost in three nationwide collective actions contending that its hourly associates were forced to work off the clock.
  • Defended Fluor Corporation and Del-Jen in a False Claims Act retaliation action brought by former security employee.
  • Represented Cost Containment Group/United Health Programs of America in a class action enforcement lawsuit filed by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accusing the company of religious discrimination.

Baker McKenzie LLP

Global law firm Baker McKenzie LLP covers a broad spectrum of labor and employment disputes, be it class actions, single-plaintiffs or regulatory investigations. The Chicago-based William Dugan is well versed in litigation cases against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as in wage-and-hour matters. He jointly leads the team with Michael Brewer in San Francisco, who also knows contracts, wrongful termination and non-competition disputes well. Brewer's practice is complimented by the skill set of Michael Leggieri and Billie Wenter in the same office. Other names to note are the Los Angeles-based Robin Samuel and Arthur Rooney in Chicago. Miriam Petrillo left for DLA Piper LLP (US) in July 2019 and Meredith Kaufman set up Kaufman Law October 2019. The team made some big steps forward in March 2020, however, with the hires of Blair Robinson, Jeff Sturgeon, and Paul Evans; a trio of litigators that joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Practice head(s):

William Dugan; Michael Brewer

Testimonials

The team has a very pragmatic approach to conflict resolution and litigation, superior ability to deal with complex litigation and an outstanding customer service.

Key clients

Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc., L.A. Arena Company, LLC, L.A. Live Theatre, LLC

Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. and AEG Management Oakland, LLC

Cherne Contracting Corporation

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. and Citibank N.A.

Freeman Expositions, Inc.

Impress Communications, Inc.

Kiewit Corporation

Virtu Financial, Inc. (formerly KCG Holdings)

Whirlpool Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Whirlpool Corporation in a significant ERISA and LMRA retiree health insurance class action.
  • Acted for Kiewit Corporation in two lawsuits brought by a former employee regarding wrongful termination and retaliation stemming from an alleged workplace injury as well as in a putative wage-and-hour class action.
  • Representing Citigroup Global Markets and Citibank N.A. in an action wherein a former employee sought $10.7m in damages alleging defamation, tortious interference with contractual, prima facie tort, breach of contract, and religious discrimination, among others.
  • Acting for Anschutz Entertainment Group and AEG Management Oakland in a putative wage class action on behalf of a class of current and former non-exempt employees who worked at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Complex as ushers, ticket takers, security guards, and other positions.
  • Defended Cherne Contracting Corporation against a putative class action claiming class members were required to work outside their official shift hours without compensation.

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

The employment boutique Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP is representing clients in class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions in the full spectrum of relevant topics. The group is noted for its expertise in industry sectors such as transportation, logistics, retail, restaurant and healthcare. David Kurtz in Boston and San Francisco's Sarah Robertson jointly head up the litigation practice group, while the firm chair Neil Wasser is based in Atlanta. Kenneth Sulzer in Los Angeles has more than 30 years of experience in the field. Kansas City's Donald Prophete is an expert in employment discrimination matters. Other key practitioners are Steve Moore in Denver, Steve KatzKimberly Talley and Sarah Kroll-Rosenbaum in Los Angeles as well as San Francisco's Sarah Hamilton and Nikki Howell in Kansas City.

Practice head(s):

David Kurtz; Sarah Robertson

Testimonials

The firm has a strong base of knowledge in the L&E space.’

Don Prophete provides sophisticated, high touch, practical service- always keeping the client’s big picture objective in mind.’

Key clients

Huntington-Ingalls

AMN healthcare

XPO Logistics

Bonduelle Fresh Americas (Ready-Pac)

Hertz

NBC Universal

Ryder Systems

Healthcare Services Group

The Cheesecake Factory

Kia Motors manufacturing

Volvo Group North America

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Branch Banking & Trust

Target

Anthem

HanesBrands

Work highlights

  • Acted for AMN Healthcare in a dispute alleging the failure to include certain per diem payments.
  • Represented SoS International in a class/ collective action for unpaid wages and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the California Labor Code alleging misclassification of ‘independent contractors’.
  • Successfully defended Mckesson Speciality Health against a sexual harassment claim.
  • Defended Swissport in several class actions involving meal and rest break violations, failure to pay overtime compensation and wage statements, and other wage-and-hour violations.
  • Represented the National Collegiate Athletic Association when plaintiffs filed a class and collective action lawsuit on behalf of a class of over 1,200 football players for Pac 12 schools, claiming they are employees and owed back wages for sports-related activities under the FLSA and California law.

Dentons

The team at Dentons regularly works across offices and departments for seamless support in employment disputes. It is experienced in handling class and collective actions as well as individual claims and arbitrations in the full scope of relevant cases. Practice head Daniel Beale in Atlanta advises on employment agreements such as non-compete and other restrictive covenants matters. San Francisco's Sandra McCandless is noted for her broad practice, on the contentious as well as non-contentious side. In Kansas City, Brian Baggott is well versed in whistleblower claims and wage-and-hour class and collective actions. Nick Pujji in Los Angeles is another key contact. Brian Cousin and Richard Scharlat both left for McDermott Will & Emery LLP October 2019.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Beale

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc

Watchfire Signs

Pacific Seafood

Icon at Panorama, LLC

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.

Bloomingdales

Enterprise

Hans-Henrik Nissen

Oestergaard, Inc.

Claus Oestergaard Nielsen

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Farm Bureau Financial Group and its affiliates in a putative nationwide class-action suit filed by former insurance agents alleging misclassification as independent contractors instead of as employees.
  • Acted for Plant-N-Power Services in non-compete enforcement case against its former president.
  • Representing Hawaiian Airlines in various litigation matters, in topics such as retaliation, breach of contract and ADA claims, among others.
  • Achieved the dismissal of a wage-and-hour class action against Bloomingdale’s and the company’s CEO and treasurer.
  • Acting for Pacific Seafood in a litigation in which a former employee claimed national origin/ethnic discrimination.

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC's practice covers an impressive range, from harassment claims, workplace violence, and wage-and-hour matters, to OSHA and MIOSHA, and the enforcement of agreements such as non-competition and confidentiality ones. Focus industries of the team lie in healthcare, automotive, education and hospitality. The group is led by Timothy Howlett who is based in Detroit. Reid EstesSamuel Coffman and Kathryn Wood in Nashville, Phoenix and Detroit respectively are also key contacts. Other prominent practitioners include Ann Arbor's William Thacker and Cynthia Alexander in Las Vegas.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Howlett

Other key lawyers:

Reid Estes; Samuel Coffman; Kathry Wood; William Thacker; Cynthia Alexander; Christina McDonald

Testimonials

Dickinson Wright is amazing to work with; the team cares about the client and is a supporter of the community in which they work.’

William Thacker’s deep and relevant knowledge of the law allows for fluid application to different strategies and tactics.’

Key clients

P.A.M. Transport, Inc.

DROCK Gaming, LLC dba The D Las Vegas

Piston Automotive

Michigan House of Representatives

The University of Michigan

Carhartt, Inc.

Magna International of America, Inc.

Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Domino’s Pizza LLC

Work highlights

  • Defended P.A.M. Transport against a collective action brought by current and former truck drivers alleging that PAM wilfully violated the FLSA by failing to pay at least minimum wage for all hours worked.
  • Acting for DROCK in a potential class action complaint alleging wage-and-hour violations of Nevada law.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

The labor and employment group at DLA Piper LLP (US) has expertise in handling matters such as discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases, wage-and-hour class and collective actions as well as restrictive covenants and independent contractor misclassification. The group, which is led by New York-based Brian Kaplan, is active in various industry sectors, including retail, financial institutions, healthcare, media and technology. Mary Dollarhide in San Diego is a key contact in wage-and-hour class actions. Joseph Piesco in New York is equally active in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Marc Katz and Isabel Crosby in Dallas, Los Angeles' Holly Lake, and the Chicago-based Ryan VannNorman Leon and new counsel from Baker McKenzie LLPMiriam Petrillo as well as Joseph Guarino in New Jersey and Ute Krudewagen in Silicon Valley are all prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kaplan

Testimonials

The team is incredibly practical. While most outside counsel are very risk-adverse, this practice understands that risk is essential to moving forward in business and counsel appropriately.’

Brian Kaplan brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to any matter he handles. He is a well-seasoned litigator and advisor in employment matters. He combines a strong intellect with down to earth practicality in his approach to issues.’

Ryan Vann is incredibly responsive despite the many demands on his time.’

Key clients

7-Eleven, Inc.

AMN Healthcare

Aetna

Avex Ventures Inc.

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

California Institute of Technology

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

CMP Entertainment

Conifer Health Solutions

Cushman & Wakefield

DexCom

Domino’s Pizza

Dow Jones & Company/News America Marketing

DSM Nutritional Products

Dycom Industries, Inc.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions

Essilor Laboratories of America, Inc.

FactSet Research Systems

Fircroft, Inc.

Fox Corp. (f/k/a/ 21st Century Fox, Inc., and Fox News Network, LLC)

Gold’s Gym

Harman International Industries, Inc.

Haymaker Acquisition Corp. Helena Agri-Business

Highland Capital Management

Hudson News

Ingersoll Rand

Jack Entertainment LLC

Local Media San Diego

Lord Abbett & Co.

Medoc Health Services, LLC

Modere, Inc.

New York University

NFP Corp.

Omni Hotel Management Corp.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

PDS Trucking, Harbor Rail Transit, Pacer Cartage, a/k/a XPO Logistics

PVH Corp.

Redgate

RTW Retailwinds, Inc. (f/k/a New York & Company)

Service-Now.com, Inc.

Station Casinos LLC

Superdry Plc

Symantec

Synopsys

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (“TIAA”)

Total Rx Care, LLC

TransPerfect

Trident USA Health Services d/b/a Mobilex

TRT Holdings, Inc.

Union Bank of California

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for NYU in multiple employment-related actions, including two class action lawsuits.
  • Represented Domino’s in a broad range of matters, including class actions.
  • Defending 7-Eleven in a putative class and collective action brought by former employees of 7-Eleven franchisees.
  • Acting for  AMN Healthcare in different wage-and-hour-related class and collective actions.
  • Defending the California Institute of Technology against a lawsuit alleging race and age discrimination.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

With a large team of dedicated practitioners, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is a go-to counsel in a variety of employment matters. The firm is regularly engaged in wage-and-hour litigation, discrimination based on disability, race and gender cases and class actions, and the group focuses on industries such as healthcare, hospitality, financial services, retail and technology. David Garland in New York heads up the group and is supported there by Ronald GreenWilliam Milani and Joshua Stein. Stamford's Deborah DeHart Cannavino has more than 25 years of experience. In Newark, Patrick BradyJames Flynn and Carmine Iannaccone are key contacts. Other names to note are Los Angeles-based Michael Kun and Jonathan Brenner, as well as Frank MorrisKathleen Williams and Paul DeCamp in Washington DC and Richard Frey in Nasville.

Practice head(s):

David Garland

Testimonials

The team has great advocates with extensive knowledge of the law.’

Michael Kun is tenacious and understands his client’s business. The combination of superior understanding of the law and the aggressive approach ensure good results.

Work highlights

  • Filed a declaratory relief action in California state court for a California Business and Industrial Alliance challenging California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act.
  • Acted for an insurance company in a putative class action lawsuit brought by property inspectors who claimed they had been misclassified as independent contractors and were entitled to overtime pay, meal period premiums, rest period premiums and other.
  • Represented Interline Brands in a complaint made by a former employee alleging sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliatory discharge and slander.
  • Acted for an ambulance industry client in a class action alleging that paramedics and emergency medical technicians had been denied rest periods.

Ford & Harrison LLP

Ford & Harrison LLP is an employment boutique covering the full gamut of related matters, with a special focus on industries such as hospitality, retail, automotive, transportation and construction, among others. In Tampa, Dawn Siler-Nixon is well versed in sex, age, national origin, race and other discrimination claims. Todd Aidman and Tracey Jaensch are other highlighted practitioners from that office. Atlanta's Sarah Pierce Wimberly is a specialist in the aviation industry, Salvador Simao in Berkley Heights knows wage-and-hour disputes well. Mark Stamelos in Nashville and Mark Saloman in Berkley Heights are experienced in trade secret and non-compete agreements. Other names to note include Jeffrey Mokotoff in Atlanta and Louis Britt in Memphis. Orlando-based Allen McKenna chairs the firm.

Practice head(s):

Allen McKenna

Key clients

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and Donald J. Trump, in his individual capacity

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

AFLAC

Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.

New York University

CommScope, Inc.

International Paper

21st Century Oncology, Inc.

Quest Diagnostics

Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Donald J. Trump in claims alleging a class of women had been underpaid while working on the defendant’s presidential campaign.
  • Acted for Delta Airlines in a suit brought by a former employee alleging wrongful termination in retaliation for whistleblowing activity.
  • Defending Wellpath LLC in a multi-plaintiff case in connection with allegations of racial discrimination and unlawful termination as well as a claim of retaliatory discharge for participating in the Title VII investigation on behalf of the other plaintiff.
  • Acted for 21st Century Oncology LLC in a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs alleging termination because of their pro-life religious beliefs.
  • Represented Ironbound Express in a class action brought by plaintiffs who challenge the defendant’s methods of payment under lease agreements, as well as several breach of contract issues.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP offers a comprehensive service to clients from the banking, retail and manufacturing industries, among others. The team is experienced in class and collective actions, government enforcement actions, PAGA actions, and discrimination claims as well as whistleblower incidents and non-compete matters. Los Angeles-based Roland Juarez also knows disability and website accessibility disputes well. In the same office, Michele Beilke, Julia Trankiem and Amber Rogers are noted. Juan Enjamio is a skilled practitioner in Miami.  Emily Burkhardt Vicente in Los Angeles and Kevin White in Washington DC jointly head up the practice. Christopher Pardo  joined from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

Emily Burkhardt Vicente; Kevin White

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Baker Hughes Company

Cinemark USA, Inc.

Consolidated Communications

MGM

Nationstar Mortgage

Peet’s Coffee, Inc.

Robert Half International Inc.

Smithfield

Torrid, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Nationstar Mortgage in various California wage and hour class actions and a first-filed Lavelle Action.
  • Defended UPS Ground Freight against age discrimination and retaliation claims.
  • Representing Yahoo! in a class action regarding website accessibility allegations.
  • Successfully obtained a summary judgment ruling for Abbott Laboratories involving alleged age and disability discrimination claims.
  • Acting for The Chef’s Warehouse in a variety of disputes.

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Chaired by Kevin Lauri in New York and William Anthony in Albany, employment specialist boutique Jackson Lewis P.C. regularly handles class/collective actions and single-plaintiff claims, in particular in the wage-and-hour, discrimination and restrictive covenants space. Orlando's Stephanie Adler-Paindiris is well versed in conducting trials and appellates while Beverly Garofalo in Hartford is regularly active in proceedings before administrative agencies. David Golder, also in Hartford, is also recommended. John Bennett  in Berkley Heights, Theresa Marchlewski in Los Angeles, and Eric Magnus in Atlanta as well as Nadine Abrahams in Chicago, John Nolan in Philadelphia, Stephanie Lewis in Greenville and Los Angeles-based Mia Farber are other notable practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lauri; William Anthony

Testimonials

High quality attorneys, with competitive rates, pragmatic advice, excellent service and great results.’

The team that has deep subject matter expertise and is incredibly responsive.’

Key clients

Wal-Mart Inc.

Nestlé USA

Pfizer Inc.

Volvo North America, Inc.

Ambry Genetics Corporation

Hilton Grand Vacations

Magic City Casino

NY STATE Broadcasters Assoc., Inc.

American Airlines

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented DaVita in a collective and class action wage-and-hour complaint.
  • Acted for BH Media Group in a complaint, in which the plaintiff the client alleged  interfered with or retaliated against her for seeking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Defended Perdue Farms in a defamation lawsuit.
  • Defended Arrow Electronics in a discrimination matter.
  • Acted for Quality Respite Services in a class action and a pregnancy discrimination case filed by the same plaintiff and same firm.  

K&L Gates

The labor and employment team at K&L Gates is led by Newark-based Rosemary Alito and gets regularly involved in whistleblower claims, enforcement of non-competition agreements, discrimination and retaliation. Alito is particularly well versed in FLSA class actions and EEOC actions. Patrick Madden in Seattle is an experienced advisor in wage-and-hour class actions, while Mark Filipini is noted for his knowledge in labor-related matters. Other prominent practitioners are Charleston-based Walker ColemanVincent Avallone and George Barbatsuly in Newark as well as Daniel Hurley and Ryan Redekopp in Seattle.

Practice head(s):

Rosemary Alito

Testimonials

This group of experts is always available and quick to respond. Its excellent knowledge base, combined with its equally excellent customer service is what makes the team stand out.’

The K&L employment law team is accessible, proactive and experienced.’

Mark Filipini is very knowledgeable, gives sound advice, and is incredibly responsive.’

Daniel Hurley is as good as it gets.

Key clients

Platinum Equity

Celanese Corporation

Reckitt Benckiser Inc.

CareOne LLC

Educational Testing Service

Equity Residential

HSBC Bank, USA, NA

Indivior Inc.

Ports America, Inc.

T-Mobile USA

Steelscape Washington, LLC and Steelscape, LLC

Expedia Group, Inc. and Egencia LLC

Zillow Group, Inc.

Hertz Corporation

Equity Residential

Intalco Aluminum LLC (a subsidiary of Alcoa Corporation)

AutoZone

Conduent (formerly Xerox Business Services)

Work highlights

  • Acted for T-Mobile in a wage-and-hour action in which four plaintiffs are seeking to represent a nationwide class of thousands of current and former call center employees.
  • Representing Expedia Group and its subsidiary Egencia against minimum wage and overtime claims based on alleged violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act brought on behalf of a nationwide class of thousands of travel consultants who worked for separate businesses that contracted with Expedia.
  • Defended Zillow Group in a federal and two related state lawsuits alleging the misappropriation of Zillow’s proprietary machine learning technology.
  • Represented the North American Freight Railroad Network in claims alleging discrimination based on race, age, disability, and gender and retaliation under the Federal Railway Safety Act.
  • Defended Intalco Aluminum LLC against a state law wage-and-hour class action.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Clients including national and international companies, private schools and  non-profit organizations approach Ropes & Gray LLP to handle disputes in the class actions, discrimination and pay equity space. Doug Brayley and counsel Jenny Cooper are noted for their broad practice. Both are based in Boston. Former practice head Jeffrey Webb left to join Paul Hastings LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Doug Brayley; Jenny Cooper; Peter Ebb

Key clients

TPG Capital LP

American Industrial Partners

Partner Fund Management LP

The TJX Companies Inc.

Advent International Corporation

SkillSoft Limited

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Bain Capital LP

Partners Group Administration Services AG

Avista Capital Partners LP

Work highlights

  • Acting for Skillsoft and three individual defendants in an action arising from Skillsoft’s termination of its former Chief Executive Officer alleging breach of contract.
  • Represented Partner Fund Management in an arbitration concerning a contract dispute with a former employee.
  • Represented Behrman Capital in a putative WARN Act class action filed by former employees of one of its former portfolio companies.
  • Representing Dental Laboratory Concepts, LLC and Trident Labs, LLC in a multimillion-dollar California wage-and-hour class action.
  • Represented Central Maine Healthcare  in an arbitration involving non-compete covenants.

Vedder Price

The team at Vedder Price handles employment disputes for the managements of companies from a variety of industries, such as financial services, retail and technology. Led by Amy Bess in Washington DC, the group defends clients in disputes concerning restrictive covenants, ADA public accommodation issues, torts, wage-and-hour, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, among others. Like Bess, practitioners such as Nicholas Anaclerio and Thomas Wilde in Chicago and Thomas Petrides in Los Angeles impress with a broad practice. The team is also noted for its able bench of more junior practitioners, which includes Sadina Montani in Washington DC, and Elizabeth Hall and Patrick Spangler in Chicago. Joseph Mulherin joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP in January 2019 and Heather Sager left for Perkins Coie LLP in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Amy Bess

Key clients

A&E Networks

Astellas US LLC

BMO Financial Group

Burberry Limited

Euromarket Design

Follett Corporation

Herrick Corporation

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company

LSC Communications

Vulcan Materials

Zentis North America

Work highlights

  • Represented a restaurant chain in a wage-and-hour PAGA and class action dispute.
  • Represented Skyline Furniture in a dispute with a former executive over equity repurchase and employment termination.
  • Acted for an aerospace manufacturing company after a former employee filed a PAGA letter with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency alleging meal and rest break violations.

Winston & Strawn LLP

The labor and employment practice of Winston & Strawn LLP is regularly approached by clients from the financial services, energy, manufacturing, retail, food and beverage, and medical device industries, among others. The team is active in wage-and-hour class actions and discrimination lawsuits, and it is led by Chicago-based Michael Roche, who is also well versed in topics such as breach of fiduciary duty and denial of benefits. Rex Sessions in the same office has more than 30 years of experience in employment law matters, and is noted alongside Daniel Fazio. In Los Angeles, Laura Petroff is a key contact in wage-and-hour class actions. Monique Ngo-Bonnici and associates Jason Campbell and Caitlin Tran are also recommended. Joan Fife is the name to note in San Francisco. Joe Torres left for Jenner & Block LLP in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Roche

Testimonials

The team has a high level of competence and is very responsive as well as practical in its approach to case resolution.’

Winston & Strawn is a good business partner, with a diverse team throughout the US and very adept at handling upper management HR issues.’

Michael Roche’s team in Chicago is top notch. Mike has some innovative ways to use his team to keep costs down when needed.’

Joan Fife and Caitlin Tran provide prompt, thorough and responsive assistance. Both are well versed in their fields of expertise and provide exceptional service.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Accenture

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

C.R. Bard

Cox Communications/Cox Media

Databricks Inc.

Fannie Mae

Golden West Trading

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

Penske Motor Group

U.S. Bancorp

Underwriter’s Laboratories

Wintrust Mortgage

Work highlights

  • Defending LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in wage-and-hour cases, discrimination cases and breach of contract and arbitration matters.
  • Successfully represented Accenture against claims of discrimination.
  • Acted for U.S. Bancorp in various wage-and-hour collective and class actions involving allegations ranging from misclassification to overtime pay violations to commission issues.
  • Negotiated a 0$ settlement in a racial discrimination case against the client Penske Motor Group.
  • Representing US Foods in a wage-and-hour class action.