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

Altshuler Berzon

The San Francisco-based team at Altshuler Berzon has experience in representing plaintiffs at trial and appellate level, in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies. It handles wage and hour claims and misclassification class actions as well as breach of contract, discrimination and harassment allegations. Key individuals are Casey PittsEve CervantezJames Finberg and Michael Rubin as well as managing partner Barbara ChisholmEileen Goldsmith and Stacey Leyton.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Chisholm

Other key lawyers:

Michael Rubin; James Finberg; Eileen Goldsmith; Eve Cervantez; Casey Pitts; Stacey Leyton

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

The Washington DC-based team at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is 'a true source of knowledge and strength'. The group has considerable experience in acting in actions relating to discrimination claims, joint employer liability issues, pay equity matters and issues arising from the FLSA. Practice head Joseph Sellers is highly experienced in the space, and Christine Webber has strong capabilities in wage and hour class actions; she is also involved in work relating to emerging technologies used in hiring processes. Kalpana Kotagal is a key contact for discrimination, diversity and inclusion mandates. Shaylyn Cochran departed to take up a role as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Sellers

Other key lawyers:

Christine Webber; Kalpana Kotagal


‘The team at Cohen Milstein has been exceptional with their planning and execution. They have been attentive, compassionate, flexible, and a true source of knowledge and strength with respect to their specialities.’

‘CMST has a top labor and employment practice, taking on sometimes difficult and complex cases that other firms would pass up. It represents workers earning lower wages, and works quite well with other allies in the labor and employment field. The attorneys are top-notch legal minds, and Joe Sellers and Christine Webber epitomize these qualities.’

Key clients

National Association of the Deaf

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled two class actions on behalf of deaf and hearing-impaired individuals requiring two academic research institutions to include closed-captioning on all content available to the public online.
  • Acting for a class of more than 69,000 female sales associates in a Title VII and Equal Pay Act class action against Sterling Jewelers Inc.
  • Representing hundreds of former flight traffic controllers in a class action that alleges that the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to conduct the reduction in force of its Flight Services Controller workforce in 2005 was motivated, in part, by age discrimination.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is an established plaintiff firm, which represents employees in claims alleging discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation and disability; it also handles wage violation issues as well as whistleblower actions. Noteworthy practitioners include Kelly DermodyDaniel HutchinsonTiseme Zegeye and Lin Chan in San Francisco as well as Rachel Geman in New York.

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Dermody; Rachel Geman; Lin Chan; Daniel Hutchinson; Tiseme Zegeye

Outten & Golden LLP

Outten & Golden LLP is a dedicated plaintiff firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and Washington DC. Areas of expertise include representing clients in litigation relating to leaves of absence, layoffs and discrimination and harassment issues, as well as whistleblowing claims and agreement disputes. New York-based Adam Klein acts as managing partner; the team also fields Cara GreeneJustin SwartzMolly BrooksOssai Miazad and Christopher McNerney in New York.

Practice head(s):

Adam Klein

Other key lawyers:

Cara Greene; Justin Swartz; Molly Brooks; Ossai Miazad; Christopher McNerney

Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho

Plaintiff boutique Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho takes on cases alleging employee discrimination, wage and hour violations, and disability access claims. The team is based in Oakland and is active in litigation, arbitration proceedings and class actions. Noted individuals are of counsel David Borgen, wage and hour specialist Laura HoLinda Dardarian and Andrew Lee.

Other key lawyers:

David Borgen; Laura Ho; Linda Dardarian; Andrew Lee

Nichols Kaster

Nichols Kaster is regularly involved in disputes regarding employee rights and 401(k) and benefits issues. The team, which includes Rachhana Srey in Minneapolis and Matthew Helland in San Francisco, has notable expertise in discrimination and harassment claims, wage fixing issues, contractual litigation and mass layoff disputes. Daniel Brome and James Kaster are further key contacts in San Francisco and Minneapolis respectively.

Other key lawyers:

Rachhana Srey; Matthew Helland; Daniel Brome; James Kaster