Jones Day's traditional labor practice has expertise in acting for employers in matters under the NLRA and RLA. The team regularly advises companies from the transportation, food and drink, media, manufacturing and healthcare industries, providing assistance with collective bargaining, litigation and arbitration proceedings, and developing labor strategies. Minneapolis-based Brian West Easley is regularly involved in mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies alongside traditional labor work, while Patricia Dunn in Washington DC is noted for her 'wealth of knowledge in the area of labor negotiations', and Curt Kirschner in San Francisco specialises in the healthcare sector. Other key individuals include Donald Munro in Washington DC, David Birnbaum, Michael Rossman and associates Samantha Woo and Allyson Werntz in Chicago as well as Houston-based Joanne Bush. The firm's labor and employment practice is led by Matthew Lampe in New York and Elizabeth McRee in Chicago.
Labor-management relations in United States
Matthew Lampe; Elizabeth McRee
Other key lawyers:
Donald Munro; Jessica Kastin; Brian West Easley; Patricia Dunn; Curt Kirschner; David Birnbaum; Joanne Bush; Michael Rossman; Samantha Woo; Allyson Werntz
‘Patricia Dunn has a wealth of knowledge in the area of labor negotiations. She has been in house at a multi-national corporation and understands the client’s perspective. Her huge subject matter expertise and experience assures that we, the client, have the smartest counsel in the room. Patricia is also very responsive and will quickly address all questions as they arise. We always have complete confidence in her guidance.’
‘Customer service, responsiveness, expertise are best in class.’
‘Constant contact, managing cost, incredible responsiveness.’
CITGO Petroleum Corporation
The Kraft Heinz Company
Advocate Aurora Health
General Electric Co.
American Steamship Company
BNSF Railway Company
American Airlines Group
United Natural Foods, Inc.
Wynnchurch Capital Partners
National Railway Labor Conference
- Advising the Kraft Heinz Company on its labor strategy and handling 15 collective bargaining negotiations.
- Representing a coalition comprised of all of the US’ major freight railroads in multi-employer/ multi-union collective bargaining issues with all of the unions representing employees of the freight railroads.
- Defended McDonald’s Corporation against union challenges, leading to the successful resolution of the largest consolidated NLRB litigation ever.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields a highly experienced team, which is regularly engaged on labor matters by a range of notable companies including Boeing Company, General Motors and Marriott. While the team covers the full gamut of related matters, the group has particular experience in acting before agencies and representing clients in labor disputes; the practice is also well versed in labor unions issues including collective bargaining work and corporate campaigns. The practice is headed up by former NLRB-member Harry Johnson in Century City and Philadelphia-based Joseph Ragaglia. Practitioners in Washington DC include disputes expert Jonathan Fritts and the 'exceptionally talented' Philip Miscimarra. Steven Wall in Philadelphia has a strong focus on union corporate campaigns, while Daniel Bordoni in Washington DC and Los Angeles-based Nicole Buffalano have expertise in matters relating to the NLRA. Washington DC-based David Broderdorf made partner in October 2020.
Joseph Ragaglia; Harry Johnson
Other key lawyers:
Philip Miscimarra; Jonathan Fritts; Daniel Bordoni; Steven Wall; Nicole Buffalano; Ross Friedman; David Broderdorf
‘The breadth and depth of knowledge within the firm’s traditional labor practice is exceptional and includes several former NLRB members, which provides great perspective. The advice is solid from a legal perspective, but also practical. They help the company solve problems.’
‘Joe Ragaglia is a favorite – not just in the traditional labor space, but overall. He is smart, practical, engaged and doesn’t take himself too seriously. He thinks of situations as “we” vs. “you”. I hate having issues that necessitate working with him, but I always enjoy the opportunity to do it. I always learn.’
‘I appreciate the deep labor/NLRB expertise brought by Morgan Lewis compared to others.’
‘Phil Miscimarra is exceptionally talented and a real expert in his field. I really enjoy working with him, learning from him, and the way that he knows our collective bargaining agreements so deeply.’
‘Steven Wall has excellent insights across a wide range of labor issues and we also call him with our most important matters.’
Hackensack Meridian Health
Marriott International, Inc.
Triumph Group, Inc.
USMCA Independent Mexico Labor Expert Board
U.S. Soccer Federation, Inc.
W.D. Wright Contracting, Inc.
- Represented General Motors LLC in its 2019 national negotiations with the United Auto Workers, which included a 40-day strike by roughly 46,000 employees and more than 30 facilities in the US, and a new GM-UAW national agreement.
- Obtained a complete victory for Triumph Group in litigation at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
- Acting as an expert regarding collective bargaining in the high-profile pay equity class action lawsuit, Morgan v. US Soccer Federation, in the US District Court for the Central District of California.
Proskauer Rose LLP has a highly regarded labor practice, which is regularly instructed by clients from the US professional sports leagues, education sector and media industry. The team is deeply experienced in advising unionized as well as union-free employers. Public sector expert Neil Abramson and Joseph Baumgarten, who is well versed in collective bargaining negotiations, jointly lead the practice. Mark Batten in Boston has knowledge of labor and union agreements, while Paul Salvatore is another experienced collective bargaining contact. Bernard Plum is a key name for clients in the performing arts, entertainment and sport industries, while Boston's Scott Faust is active in strategic corporate planning matters. Other key practitioners include Michael Lebowich, Howard Robbins, Los Angeles-based Mark Theodore, Adam Lupion and Steven Porzio, who was promoted to partner in November 2020. All individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.
Neil Abramson; Joseph Baumgarten
Other key lawyers:
Bernard Plum; Paul Salvatore; Mark Batten; Scott Faust; Mark Theodore; Michael Lebowich; Howard Robbins; Adam Lupion; Steven Porzio; Joshua Fox
Digital Media industry clients
Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
Montefiore Medical Center
Major League Soccer
T-Mobile and T-Mobile T-Voice Litigation
National Hockey League
The Metropolitan Opera
- Successfully represented Duke University and Washington University in St. Louis when the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)—which sought to represent graduate student assistants from both universities—withdrew the respective petitions after the SEIU failed to receive a majority vote in elections conducted by the NLRB.
- Acting for a large number of clients in the digital media industry with respect to both Writers’ Guild of America, East Inc. and NewsGuild labor relations issues.
- Represented Major League Soccer (MLS) in connection with its negotiation of an agreement with the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA) to resume the 2020 season and the finalization of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP impresses with an experienced traditional labor practice spanning various offices across the country, with a client portfolio, which includes numerous national corporations, with particular expertise in the retail and airline industries. The team covers the full gamut of relevant matters, ranging from representing clients in arbitration proceedings and unfair labor practice proceedings to policy development work. Bradford Livingston in Chicago is a prominent specialist in the labor field, and counsel Marshall Babson in New York is a former member of the NLRB; both Babson and Chicago-based Brian Stolzenbach have more than 20 years of experience. The team is led by Glenn Smith in New York, with Molly Gabel in Seattle and Kyllan Kershaw in Atlanta acting as vice-chairs; they are part of a strong up-and-coming bench which also includes Chicago-based Karla Sanchez and Bryan O’Keefe in Washington DC. Other names to note are Boston's Arthur Telegen, Joseph Damato in Washington DC, and Stuart Newman in Atlanta. Thomas Posey, formerly at Reed Smith LLP, joined the Los Angeles-office in August 2020. Josh Henderson left for Norton Rose Fulbright in March 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Bradford Livingston; Brian Stolzenbach; Arthur Telegen; Stuart Newman; Marshall Babson; Molly Gabel; Kyllan Kershaw; Howard Wexler; Robert Fisher; Karla Sanchez; Bryan O’Keefe; Thomas Posey; Jason Silver; Joseph Damato
‘Very knowledgeable about the client institution – a complex university. Works extremely closely with in-house counsel – a truly collaborative relationship.’
Jack in the Box
Packaging Corp of America
San Francisco Opera
Service Corporation International
The Topps Company, Inc.
VF Corporation, distributor of Nautica apparel
- Advised US Foods on the acquisition of Service Group of America, which included the purchase and sale of union facilities, and handling collective bargaining agreements.
- Assisted 3Phase Elevator Company with acquiring unionized company Excel Elevator & Escalator Company.
- Assisted a university in connection with its $65m purchase of an unionized hotel.
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Jackson Lewis P.C.'s sizeable labor team regularly acts as adviser to union-free as well as unionized employers from the public and private sectors. The group has experience in representing clients before all relevant agencies and courts, handling corporate and union organizing campaigns and assisting with transactions, bankruptcies and restructurings. Richard Vitarelli in Hartford jointly leads the group with Atlanta-based Jonathan Spitz, who is experienced in dispute-avoidance strategies. Laura Pierson-Scheinberg in San Francisco handles union elections and unfair labor practice issues; Phoenix-based Alan Feldman is also active in the latter. Stephen Silvestri in Baltimore focuses on the retail, transportation and healthcare industries, and Philip Rosen and Daniel Schudroff are key contacts in the New York office.
Jonathan Spitz; Richard Vitarelli
Other key lawyers:
Laura Pierson-Scheinberg; Philip Rosen; Daniel Schudroff; Stephen Silvestri; Suellen Oswald; James Thomas; Alan Feldman
- Successfully tried a case on behalf of ExxonMobil, defending against approximately 15 allegations of bargaining in bad faith and making unlawful statements and unilateral changes.
- Represented Anheuser-Busch LLC before the National Labor Relations Board regarding the client’s enforcement of its Dispute Resolution Policy.
- Served as national labor counsel for a retail chain, fulfilling a range of duties from working directly with unions to manage grievances, to representing the company in labor arbitrations, to handling contract negotiations.
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. fields a large labor practice, with multiple offices across the US. The group has a comprehensive offering which includes acting in unfair labor practice claims and handling corporate campaigns, union-avoidance strategies, union elections and collective bargaining issues, among others. The firm has also developed a variety of cost-efficient legal technology tools. Jason Stanevich in New Haven and Portland's David Strock are both active in union-related matters. Tanja Thompson in Memphis and Mark Schneider in Boston jointly chair the traditional labor management relations practice.
Mark Schneider; Tanja Thompson
Other key lawyers:
Jason Stanevich; David Strock; Robert Long; John Harper
Labor and employment boutique Ogletree Deakins has a nationwide presence, which allows the group to advise on federal as well as state laws. The traditional labor relations practice handles union campaigns, strikes, compliance work, collective bargaining issues and strategies as well as labor arbitrations and NLRB proceedings. Jeffrey Londa in Houston, Dallas-based Ron Chapman and Jonathan Wilson, Chris Harrison in Memphis and Greenville's Mark Stubley are notable practitioners, and Brian Hayes is a key contact in Washington DC, while managing partner Matthew Keen is based in Raleigh. Scott Hardy left to become a judge on the federal bench in the Western District of Pennsylvania in July 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Jeffrey Londa; Ron Chapman; Jonathan Wilson; Chris Harrison; Mark Stubley; Brian Hayes
Baker & Hostetler LLP has notable expertise in the manufacturing, transportation, hospitality, and health care sectors, and advises both non-union and unionized clients on a broad range of labor matters. The team also has experience representing companies in litigation before the NLRB and federal courts as well as acting in arbitration proceedings. It is jointly led by Washington DC-based Jay Krupin, who specialises in the hospitality industry, and Patrick Muldowney in Orlando. M.J. Asensio in Columbus is well versed in the healthcare sector, and, in Los Angeles, Nancy Inesta has considerable expertise in union negotiations. Other names to note include Ronald Linville and Jennifer Edwards in Columbus, Washington DC-based Peter Fischer and Louis Cannon, as well as Paul Rosenberg in New York.
Jay Krupin; Patrick Muldowney
Other key lawyers:
M.J. Asensio; Nancy Inesta; Ronald Linville; Jennifer Edwards; Paul Rosenberg; Louis Cannon; David Grant; Peter Fischer; Daniel Guttman
‘Daniel Guttman is an exceptional counselor and A+ player!’
‘Working with the labor team at Baker & Hostetler is like working with your in house dedicated team. They use their incredible knowledge to see and live from your company’s and personal views. They furthermore live your values and are proactive and assertive at all times.’
‘Jay Krupin and Peter Fischer are active participants to the purpose of our company and live the same extreme drive level as all of us within the company. Through our close (working) relationship we are able to be frank and to the point without ever being side-tracked.’
City of Columbus
The Central Florida Regional Transportation Agency
Greater Dayton Regional Transportation Authority
- Negotiating five labor contracts for the City of Columbus, with unions representing roughly 6,000 employees.
DLA Piper LLP (US)'s team is active in collective bargaining work, union organizing activities and contract administration issues, as well as advising clients on the NLRA. The group acts for a varied client roster including national companies from the automotive, food and manufacturing industries. Under the lead of New York-based Brian Kaplan, the team also regularly acts in disputes before agencies. Harriet Lipkin in Washington DC is well versed in assisting companies with union organizing efforts, and Chicago's Ryan Vann handles NLRB unfair labor practice proceedings as well as contractual arbitrations. Other key practitioners include Joseph Piesco in New York and of counsel Steve Hernández in Los Angeles.
Other key lawyers:
Harriet Lipkin; Ryan Vann; Joseph Pieco; Steve Hernández; Kevin Harlow; Joseph Turzi
‘Steve Hernández is intelligent and is able to wrap his head around any issue with much aplomb.’
- Handled the full range of labor matters for an entertainment company, including a dispute over whether certain employees should be considered “guards,” union negotiations, and a related dispute that led to new NLRB precedent.
- Advised an entertainment company on potential unionization efforts during a non-union film production and led emergency negotiations which prevented a strike and allowed filming to proceed without substantial delay.
- Advised a global manufacturer on all traditional labor matters, including how to manage the impacts of Covid-19 while complying with collective bargaining obligations and the terms of its CBA.
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. has notable experience advising clients from a wide range of industries including the financial services, healthcare, hospitality and retail sectors, among others. The team is active in the labor aspects of M&A transactions, union contracts and representation elections as well as NLRB proceedings. Adam Forman in Detroit represents management in labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges, Chicago-based Michael Ferrell handles matters involving the National Labor Relations Act, and Steven Swirsky in New York is well versed in assisting union-free clients. Other specialist labor practitioners are Adam Abrams in Los Angeles, Jeremy Brown in Newark and Frank Morris in Washington DC. David Garland in New York leads the firm's labor and employment practice group.
Other key lawyers:
Adam Forman; Michael Ferrell; Steven Swirsky; Adam Abrams; Frank Morris; Jeremy Brown
The team at Greenberg Traurig LLP has 'expert knowledge' of the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements, and handles unfair labor practice proceedings before the NLRB, as well as training and compliance matters. The group's client portfolio includes union-free as well as unionized employers from a range of industries. New York's Jerrold Goldberg has more than 30 years of experience in the labor field, and Terence McCourt in Boston has knowledge of labor arbitrations, while Charles Birenbaum in San Francisco and Jonathan Sulds in New York are further key contacts for contentious labor matters. Naomi Beer in Denver and Philadelphia-based James Boudreau lead the firm's practice group.
Naomi Beer; James Boudreau
Other key lawyers:
Terence McCourt; Jerrold Goldberg; Jonathan Sulds; Charles Birenbaum; Justin Keith
‘Availability and response times are superior. Always willing to talk, analyze, consider and re-consider issues–whatever is needed. You do not wait, and you get A-plus counsel, dispensed efficiently and with grit and confidence. What should be a 3-minute conversation is just that, and no more. When longer analysis is needed, then that’s what you get.’
‘Expert knowledge of labor law. Quick research. Unparalleled availability and response times.’
‘Jerrold Goldberg has an in-depth knowledge of the NY labor laws and regulations and understands how to practically deal with various unions. His insight and guidance is key to navigating labor issues in complex transactions we work on in New York City.’
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a strong presence in Chicago and San Francisco and acts for a notable client roster, which includes impressive names from a variety of industries, including the transportation, aviation and entertainment sectors. The group is involved in collective bargaining issues, union relations and NLRB negotiations; it also covers matters relating to the NLRA and RLA. In the San Francisco office, David Durham is a key name for labor unions, while Ron Holland and Ellen Bronchetti are experienced in labor disputes; Christopher Foster is also a noteworthy practitioner. The firm’s Chicago office fields practice head Michael Sheehan, and Kristin Michaels, who handles labor negotiations.
Other key lawyers:
David Durham; Ron Holland; Ellen Bronchetti; Christopher Foster; Kristin Michaels
‘The team is very knowledgeable and works hard to meet our needs.’
‘Ron Holland is stellar; very knowledgeable and strategic in his plans.’
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Northstar Memorial Group
Providence Health & Services
Sapporo USA/Anchor Brewing Co
- Represented Northstar Memorial Group in a National Labor Relations Board dispute regarding the extent to which employees/union members are able to engage in picketing activity near memorial services.
- Acting as outside labor counsel for United Airlines, covering the National Labor Relations Act, union campaigns, collective bargaining issues, and labor arbitration and mediation cases.
- Successfully negotiated Sapporo USA/Anchor Brewing Co’s first union contract after a unionization drive.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP has notable experience in matters relating to the Railway Labor Act; the group's client portfolio encompasses various passenger and cargo airlines. The practice regularly handles collective bargaining negotiations, the RLA aspects of M&A transactions, litigation and arbitration proceedings. Robert Siegel in Los Angeles is a dedicated airline labor specialist, and Mark Robertson in New York is well versed in representing clients in contentious matters. Washington DC's Aparna Joshi is another key individual. The practice group is led by Apalla Chopra in Los Angeles.
Other key lawyers:
Robert Siegel; Mark Robertson; Aparna Joshi; Chris Hollinger
American Airlines, Inc.
Atlas Air, Inc.
United Airlines, Inc.
Airlines For America
- Successfully represented Atlas Air before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals when the court affirmed a district court’s issuance of a preliminary injunction prohibiting the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and its member pilots from engaging in any slowdown activities designed to give the union greater leverage in ongoing collective bargaining negotiations.
- Advising on Remington’s labor negotiations with the United Mineworkers as well as helping the company transition its businesses to successful bidders in a bankruptcy auction.
- Achieved a victory for American Airlines when it secured a permanent injunction against unions representing American mechanics, which initiated slow-down efforts that led to thousands of flights delays and cancelations.
Reed Smith LLP
With specialists in various offices across the country, Reed Smith LLP provides comprehensive labor assistance, and advises unionized employers on negotiations, compliance issues and new regulations as well as collective bargaining matters, grievance arbitrations and unfair labor charges. The team also has union-free companies on its client portfolio. Michele Haydel Gehrke in San Francisco regularly assists with labor act violations, and Michael Correll splits his time between Dallas and Houston. The team saw the departure of Thomas Posey to Seyfarth Shaw LLP in August 2020 and Lori Armstrong Halber to Fox Rothschild LLP in February 2021. Practice head Tyree Jones is based in Washington DC.
Other key lawyers:
Michele Haydel Gehrke; Michael Correll; Amanda Brown
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
The New York-based team of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP has established itself as a go-to practice for unions. Under practice head Alan Klinger, the group is regularly instructed by public sector clients, and is involved in collective bargaining negotiations, disputes, state and local government budget issues, and political funding matters, with particular expertise in the healthcare and education sectors. Senior partner Charles Moerdler is another public sector specialist, and Dina Kolker 'merges a sophisticated big picture approach and the practical issues involved to make things work on the ground level'.
Other key lawyers:
Charles Moerdler; Dina Kolker; David Kahne
‘Stroock is one of the few Big Law firms in the United States with a robust union/employee side public sector labor and employment law practice.’
‘Stroock is also one of the few general practice firms engaged in union/employee side labor and employment law, which allows clients to harness their resources across sectors and areas of law.’
‘Alan Klinger and Dina Kolker; we have worked together seamlessly to obtain favorable outcomes for our clients. Their work ethic and professionalism is unparalleled. They also have an uncanny ability to think outside the box to find solutions.’
‘Charles Moerdler and David Kahne share the same work ethic and professionalism.’
‘Stroock has always exceeded expectations and provided the highest level of service. Their team is dedicated to the clients and is incredibly responsive. They have maximized their institutional and personal experience and consistently take an interdisciplinary approach to problems. The advice, analysis, research and legal judgement provided is sophisticated and practical. The depth of knowledge and strength of the team results in an exceedingly good value.’
‘Alan Klinger heads the team and bring decades of experience both in the labor arena and in a wide variety of other areas. This diversity of experience allows the team to solve complex issues in comprehensive, innovative and uncommon ways.’
‘Dina Kolker, with her labor relations background and more than a decade of experience in public sector labor relations and commercial litigation, she merges the sophisticated big picture approach and the practical issues involved in making things work on the ground level. The entire team make it a point of being fluent in the client.’
United Federation of Teachers
New York City Municipal Labor Committee
Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association
American Federation of Teachers
District Council 37
Council of School Supervisors & Administrators
Nassau County Police Benevolent Association
New York State United Teachers
Teamsters Local 237
Teamsters Local 237 Health and Welfare Funds
Organization of Staff Analysts
Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Inc.
Supreme Court Justices Association of the City of New York, Inc.
Communications Workers of America
Association of Legislative Employees
Nassau County Police Department Detectives’ Association, Inc.
Superior Officers Association of Nassau County
United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund
Uniformed Santationmen’s Association Security Benefits Fund
New York State Compensation Committee
- Representing the American Federation of Teachers, New York State United Teachers and its affiliate in two lawsuits of national importance brought in the wake of the United States Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME.
- Representing the New York City Municipal Labor Committee as lead counsel in relation to the re-imagining of the City healthcare program for municipal workers and retirees involving expenditures for medical and hospital care totaling in excess of $10bn.
- Advising the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (CSA) on collective bargaining matters and related welfare fund issues.
The team at Vedder Price covers a wide range of labor-management relations matters, from assisting clients with union organizing and decertification campaign matters, to collective bargaining and strike support work. The practice’s client portfolio includes a range of national employers from a variety of industries. The group has a particularly strong line-up in Chicago, which includes Kenneth Sparks, Eugene Boyle, Patrick Spangler and Mark Stolzenburg. Candice Zee is a skilled labor practitioner in Los Angeles, while labor and employment group head Amy Bess is based in Washington DC.
Other key lawyers:
Kenneth Sparks; Eugene Boyle; Mark Stolzenburg; Patrick Spangler; Candice Zee
BMO Financial Group
Option Care Enterprises
Signode Industrial Group LLC
University of Chicago Medical Center
Euromarket Designs dba Crate & Barrel
Cresco Labs, Inc
Ferrara Candy Company
California Pizza Kitchen
DSC Logistics, LLC (CJ Logistics America LLC)
University of Southern California
- Negotiated a concessionary agreement for an acute care hospital to enhance operations and provide flexibility during the pandemic.
- Advised a national cannabis integrated wholesale producer and retail seller on labor strategy, union organizing and union negotiations covering several hundred employees in multiple bargaining units with multiple unions.
- Advised an acute care hospital system on Covid-19-related collective bargaining and economic negotiations, including work rules, scheduling and benefits with multiple nursing, non-professional, skilled maintenance and clerical unions.