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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is highly regarded for fielding an 'incredibly deep bench', which has experience in advising clients from the retail and e-commerce, financial services, pharmaceuticals, transportation, food and hospitality industries. Across the US, practitioners are able to assist with local and federal regulations, employment policies and compliance issues across the full range of matters. Practice head Grace Speights in Washington DC is an expert in investigating and defending discrimination claims, and Boston's David Bowman has noteworthy expertise in conducting workplace training. Chai Feldblum and Sharon Masling, both in Washington DC, can draw on experience from working at the EEOC, and David McManus, based in Boston and New York, is a key crisis management contact. Princeton's Michelle Silverman and Terry Johnson as well as Michael Schlemmer in Silicon Valley and Kathryn McGuigan in Los Angeles are also prominent names. Ami Wynne reinforced the Chicago office in February 2020, joining from Sidley Austin LLP.

Practice head(s):

Grace Speights

Other key lawyers:

Chai Feldblum; Sharon Masling; David Bowman; Ami Wynne; Jacqueline Aguilera; Kathryn McGuigan; David McManus; Douglas Schwarz; Michelle Silverman; Terry Johnson; Michael Schlemmer; Susan Harthill

Testimonials

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

‘Concise and cogent advice delivered timely in response to questions posed.’

‘Professional and knowledgeable. Strategic.’

Key clients

Gap Inc.

Toyota Motor North America

Work highlights

  • Serving as employment law counsel and plant employment law counsel for Toyota Motor North America, handling all labor and employment counseling, employee benefits counseling, and labor and employment litigation mandates.
  • Assisted a global pharmaceuticals company with an innovative project to develop a way to analyze and leverage the qualitative data generated through the company’s annual employee engagement survey.
  • Advised WeWork on its restructuring, including its new employment policies and compliance matters.

Proskauer Rose LLP

The team at Proskauer Rose LLP regularly acts as trusted adviser to an impressive client portfolio comprised of financial services institutions, universities, professional sports leagues and law firms; the group handles compliance issues, training work, internal investigations and assists with government audits. The practice is led by Neil Abramson and Joseph Baumgarten, and includes Bettina Plevan, who is noted for her expertise in harassment and discrimination cases. Guy Brenner in Washington DC is well versed in trade secret and non compete matters, while Keisha-Ann Gray is a key contact for diversity, equity and inclusion issues. Boston's Mark Batten, Elise Bloom and Nigel Telman in Chicago as well as Los Angeles-based Kate Gold and Anthony Oncidi are further standout practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Neil Abramson; Joseph Baumgarten

Other key lawyers:

Elise Bloom; Bettina Plevan; Mark Batten; Guy Brenner; Kate Gold; Anthony Oncidi; Steven Hurd; Kathleen McKenna; Nigel Telman; Keisha-Ann Gray; Evandro Gigante; Allan Bloom

Key clients

Montefiore Medical Center

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

National Hockey League

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

McDonald’s Corporation

Ipsos NA

Thyssenkrupp NA

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB)

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA)

Danaher Corporation

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The practice of Seyfarth Shaw LLP is regularly sought out by large US corporations, particularly from the retail and airline sectors, to handle highly sensitive matters. The employment team is experienced in developing compliance processes and employment policies, dispute avoidance work and conducting investigations. It is also noted for its dedicated pay equity group, which includes practice head David Baffa, Annette Tyman and Christine Hendrickson, who are all in Chicago. Boston's Lisa Damon is a key contact for diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives, while William Perkins in New York, Lawrence Lorber in Washington DC and San Francisco's Laura Maechtlen are established employment litigators, and Chicago-based Ellen McLaughlin and Tracy Billows are well versed in FMLA and paid sick leave matters. The 'supportive' Joshua Seidman in New York made partner in early 2021. Boston's Daniel Klein and Stan Hill in Atlanta are also involved practitioners.

Practice head(s):

David Baffa

Other key lawyers:

Annette Tyman; Christine Hendrickson; William Perkins; Lisa Damon; Ellen McLaughlin; Tracy Billows; Lawrence Lorber; Laura Maechtlen; Daniel Klein; Stan Hill; Joshua Seidman; Valerie Hoffman

Testimonials

‘The team is always very helpful. They take the time to answer your questions and concerns. You never feel rushed when speaking to them. If you send an email that can’t be quickly answered they provide an ETA on when to expect a response and make sure that timeline works for you.’

‘Josh Seidman is always very helpful and supportive. He has taken the time to learn about our company and understands when new regulations/laws are passed and what challenges our company may encounter.’

‘This practice is unique as they provide customized assistance for our team as it pertains to our business type, regulations and requirements along with helping us analyze our risk. They care for us as individuals and treat us like partners.’

‘Ellen McLaughlin is a “leave and accommodation expert” – she provides us with the needed guidance and research to ensure we understand the impacts of different directions we take. She always goes above and beyond to learn the line of business we are working with and helps us understand the reasoning behind her guidance. She is patient to help us learn in new situations and she always makes us feel like her #1 priority even though we know her schedule is busy. It is a real partnership and we enjoy each and every interaction we have with her! We are truly the lucky ones.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) with its Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), paid sick time and expanded family medical leave mandates.
  • Provided return-to-workplace guidance to SL Green comprised of training, screening, events and initiatives designed to return its own employees to the workplace.
  • Advised Cornershop, which was expanding into the American market, on gig economy regulations.

Jones Day

Jones Day fields a 'smart, savvy, and incredibly diligent' team, which is regularly engaged by large corporations from various industries, and covers a wide range of employment counseling matters, spanning compensation systems, hiring work and terminations, sexual harassment and misconduct investigations, and compliance queries. The group is led by litigator Matthew Lampe and Chicago-based Elizabeth McRee, who focuses on wage and hour issues. Michael Gray, who is also in Chicago, and Terri Chase and Joanne Bush in Houston are noted for their broad practices. Wendy Butler regularly handles compliance matters, while Dallas-based Lindsay Hedrick has experience in preventive measures. Other prominent practitioners are Jessica Kastin, Martin Schmelkin, San Diego's Rick BergstromMichael Rossman in Chicago and Deborah Sudbury. All mentioned individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lampe; Elizabeth McRee

Other key lawyers:

Michael Gray; Michael Rossman; Terri Chase; Martin Schmelkin; Lindsay Hedrick; Stanley Weiner; Deborah Sudbury; Joanne Bush; Tonya Braun; Rick Bergstrom; Wendy Butler; Jessica Kastin

Testimonials

‘It is a seasoned, diverse team of experienced practitioners who make great efforts to learn our business and practices, consistently give sound practical guidance, and advocate with vigor, creativity and fiscal responsibility.’

‘They are smart, savvy, incredibly diligent, practical, creative and client-focused.’

‘Jones Day has an exceptionally talented and diverse L&E team. No matter what the subject matter or how esoteric or unusual it may be, there is always someone internal who is able to immediately help to provide top-notch advice and strategy.’

‘Jones Day is one of the best firms I’ve ever seen in their responsiveness and quick turn-around time – this is true globally for the firm.’

‘Rick Bergstrom excels in providing legal advice and strategy that is tailored to the needs of inhouse counsel. His responsiveness, coupled with decades of experience, makes Rick an invaluable partner for those of us in the high tech sector.’

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP stands out for being 'responsive, thoughtful, and creative in its approach'. Led by Elena Baca in Los Angeles, the team has expertise in regulatory compliance work, audits, investigations, employment agreements and policy drafting as well as advising on the employment aspects of M&A transactions and restructurings. The group's client roster includes names from the financial services, health care, and TMT sectors. With offices on both coasts, Barbara Brown, Kenneth Willner and Carson Sullivan are key names in Washington DC and the team of dedicated practitioners in New York includes the experienced Marc BernsteinPatrick Shea and discrimination expert Kenneth Gage. Nancy Abell and Leslie Abbott are key contacts in the Los Angeles office, which was reinforced with the arrival of Jeffrey Webb from Ropes & Gray LLP in May 2020. Bradford Newman left for Baker McKenzie LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Other key lawyers:

Nancy Abell; Leslie Abbott; Patrick Shea; Kenneth Gage; Carson Sullivan; Barbara Brown; Kenneth Willner; Jeffrey Webb; Marc Bernstein

Testimonials

‘Without question, this team is the most diligent and best outside counsel I have used. They are always responsive, thoughtful, and creative in their approach. They make you feel like you are their only client!’

‘This team stands out based on their work ethic and the quality of their work. I always know that I will get perfect work product from them – you can tell they pride themselves on the quality of their work and have fantastic attention to detail. Hands down, they provide the best work product of any firm with whom I’ve worked.’

Key clients

Google/Alphabet, Inc.

Microsoft Corporation

The Goldman Sachs Group L.P.

Facebook Inc.

Intel Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline plc

AT&T Inc.

Caesars Entertainment

Activision Blizzard, Inc

ESPN

United Continental Holdings Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

American International Group (AIG)

Creative Artists Agency

Live Nation

Dollar Tree

PG&E

Montage

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The New York-based group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has established itself as a go-to name for the management teams of large corporations across various industries; key clients include Goldman Sachs, the Creative Artists Agency and Mastercard. Areas of experience include compliance audits, workforce reductions and terminations as well as training sessions and whistleblower matters. The team is led by the 'incredibly knowledgeable' Gary Friedman, who is an expert in conducting internal investigations arising from a variety of allegations. Jeffrey Klein has notable experience in the sports sector, and Nicholas Pappas and counsel Ami Zweig are also integral team members.

Practice head(s):

Gary Friedman

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Klein; Nicholas Pappas; Ami Zweig

Testimonials

‘Gary Friedman is an excellent lawyer. He is smart and has great technical knowledge, but more importantly, he is incredibly pragmatic and understands that there are often commercial factors that are important to keep in mind. He has been our trusted adviser on employee issues for over a decade. He is truly first rate.’

‘Gary Friedman is a fantastic lawyer. He is incredibly knowledgeable and has subject matter expertise, and he is a great communicator and is thoughtful in his approach. These situations, particularly with respect to employees, can have an emotional element to them, but Gary is a calm and steady voice in the face of that.’

‘ Solid team with a deep bench.’

‘Gary Friedman is a true professional. He has seen it all. As such, he has a tremendous demeanor and provides sound, practical advice. He’s great in a pinch. Moreover, he is responsive and personally engaged. In sum, Gary is the best employment lawyer that I have dealt with.’

Key clients

Mastercard Inc.

Signet Jewelers

Creative Artists Agency

NBA Pro Basketball Player Zion Williamson

Ingevity

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Goldman Sachs

Annaly Capital Management

Scotiabank

FleetPride, Inc.

Willis Towers Watson

The Trump Group

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP has experience acting as adviser to clients from the technology, media and telecoms industries, and handles workforce restructurings, IPOs, investigations and whistleblower issues; it also has notable expertise in pay equity and D&I matters. Practice head Susan Eandi is based in Palo Alto; she is well versed in the workforce aspects of M&A, divestitures, tax issues and supply chain restructuring work. Benjamin Ho and Sofia Chesnokova in San Francisco, and Joseph Deng in Los Angeles are the key contacts in California, and Chicago-based Elizabeth Ebersole and Emily Harbison in Houston are also names to note. In New York, discrimination specialist Paul Evans joined in March 2020 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Practice head(s):

Susan Eandi

Other key lawyers:

Emily Harbison; Benjamon Ho; Joseph Deng; Elizabeth Ebersole; Paul Evans; Sofia Chesnokova

Testimonials

‘The Baker team has global coverage and provides high-quality advice across the world – while maintaining contacts in the US capable of providing assistance.’

‘Susan Eandi has been a valued resource for many years. She provides exceptional advice and helps coordinate high quality resources around the world.’

‘What is unique and of value with Baker is the global reach of the firm. It is an excellent firm particuarly when you have a global project requiring knowledge of multiple countries, and there are very few firms that have this type of global capacity.’

‘Baker McKenzie’s global capabilities are unparalleled. They literally cover all corners of the world and provide expert, practical advice.’

‘Elizabeth Ebersole is one of the most creative, capable, and responsive attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with.’

Key clients

Zynga

Airbnb

Nielsen Holdings plc

Keysight Technologies

Work highlights

  • Assisted Zynga with the share acquisition of Peak Games for $1.8bn, including employment due diligence, and employment and equity award agreements for key executives.
  • Assisted Airbnb with global layoffs in 21 jurisdictions, including advice on the termination process, termination documents, notice and consultation obligations, and termination payments.
  • Assisted Keysight with the integration of Ixia, an acquired company.

Davis+Gilbert LLP

The New York-based group of Davis+Gilbert LLP regularly handles internal investigations, retaliation work, discrimination issues and employee retention matters, for a client portfolio including companies from the transportation, real estate, financial services, fashion, publishing and hospitality industries. The team is also instructed on workplace training issues and compliance mandates. Gregg Gilman, who handles restrictive covenant work, and 'excellent communicatorDaniel Feinstein jointly lead the practice, which includes Jessica Golden Cortes, who combines counseling and litigation experience. Other names to note include Shira FrancoJason Pruzansky and 'invaluable' associate Sharon Cohen.

Practice head(s):

Gregg Gilman; Daniel Feinstein

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Golden Cortes; Shira Franco; Jason Pruzansky; Sharon Cohen; Judith Kong

Testimonials

‘The Davis & Gilbert team is very attentive to the needs of their clients, they are very good at describing complex matters in simple terms that allow management to make good decisions.’

‘Gregg Gilman is the team leader/quarterback and always points us in the right direction. He also has so much experience dealing with virtually every issue that nothing stumps him.’

‘Sharon Cohen has been invaluable in helping us with the myriad federal, state and local leave laws.’

‘Strong team.’

‘Dan Feinstein always puts my company’s best interests first and that is how he consistently has guided us through many difficult situations over the years.’

‘The D&G labor & employment practice is extremely knowledgeable, practical and responsive. I can always count on them for helpful, timely advice. Also, they understand our business very well and tailor advice to the needs of our business.’

‘Gregg Gilman is a lawyer whom business people love to call and always appreciate his advice.’

‘They are quick to respond and provide guidance. They understand our business fully and take the time to learn about us. The team does not provide more than requested, nor do they “overlawyer”.’

‘The team is incredibly responsive and available for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We relied on D&G more this year than in any other year because of COVID and all of the related issues. We couldn’t have made it through the year without them!’

‘They are cutting edge on all legal matters and will be proactive in bringing their expertise forward even before other law firms have figured things out.’

‘Gregg Gilman, Jason Pruzansky, and Shira Franco are always readily available for emergencies that occur and need immediate attention.’

‘Daniel Feinstein is one of the best law firm partners I have worked with across all firms and subject matter areas. He is extremely knowledgeable and practical and he’s an excellent communicator, as it relates to our internal legal staff as well as non legal business people. Dan is very responsive and dependable. He understands the needs of the business and provides helpful executable advice. Our HR management relies on Dan to advise on tricky or complex labor relations or benefits questions.’

Key clients

Turner Construction

Fortress Investment Group

Angelo Gordon

Silverstein Properties, Inc.

Apax Partners

Rockpoint Group

Drive Shack, Inc.

Horizon Media

Beacway Operating, LLC (Beacon Hotel)

HC2 Holdings

Work highlights

  • Providing day-to-day labor and employment advice to Fortress, including handling employment litigation and claims, executive employment agreements, sensitive employee terminations, restrictive covenant disputes, and conducting anti- harassment training.
  • Serving as national labor and employment counsel for Turner Construction Company, advising on and mitigating risk with respect to employment law developments throughout the country relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and social movements, among others.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.'s broad client portfolio includes employers, who are particularly active in the healthcare industry as well as the hospitality, TMT, financial services and retail sectors. The team covers the full gamut of work, and is led by New York-based David GarlandDenise Merna Dadika in Newark combines employment and healthcare expertise, while Erika Collins, also in New York, is praised by clients as one of the 'best international employment lawyers'. Further key contacts in New York are Susan Gross Sholinsky, Marc Mandelman and Ian Carleton SchaeferJames Oh in Chicago, Stamford's Peter Stein, and Washington DC-based Paul DeCampFrank Morris and Nathaniel Glasser are also prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

David Garland

Other key lawyers:

Marc Mandelman; Denise Merna Dadika; James Flynn; Adam Forman; Susan Gross Sholinsky; Peter Stein; Paul DeCamp; Nathaniel Glasser; James Oh; Ian Carleton Schaefer; Erika Collins; Frank Morris

Testimonials

‘EBG has a wonderful team of employment lawyers, with talented litigators and experts who provide pragmatic, strategic advice. They are responsive and cost-effective. In particular, their offerings in international employment law are exceptional.’

‘David Garland: smart, pragmatic expert.’

‘Erika Collins is simply the best international employment lawyer out there.’

‘While this firm does have attorneys who practice in other areas, Epstein Becker’s bread and butter is Labor and Employment Law. By limiting their practice substantially to this area, they are truly experts. They are my go-to firm for FLSA, EEO, employment contracts and policies and other employment law issues. They have a nationwide practice and I rely on their advice in both litigation and counseling.’

‘Peter Stein always makes you feel you are the firm’s most important client. He knows which attorney in the firm’s various offices to use for our matters.’

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP's employment group is noted for providing 'efficient advice and realistic assessments' to local and national US companies, and is well versed in workforce compliance matters, regulatory enforcement queries and conducting workplace trainings. Kelly Bunting in Philadelphia is a specialist in wage and hour and overtime matters, while Tiffany Fordyce in Chicago handles discrimination and retaliation claims, and Kristine Feher in New Jersey specialises in wrongful discharge and employment discrimination cases. Other names to note are Washington DC's Johnine BarnesJohn Richards in Atlanta and Justin Keith in Boston. The practice group is led by Naomi Beer in Denver and James Boudreau in Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Beer; James Boudreau

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Bunting; Tiffany Fordyce; Kristine Feher; Johnine Barnes; John Richards; Justin Keith

Testimonials

‘Efficient advice and realistic assessment of employee-relations matters. Acute understanding of the intersection of various laws.’

‘Bold advice that is not issued with unnecessary disclaimers or caveats. Will dig into, and soak in, all details as necessary. But on a simple matter, will dispense with it quickly and expertly, without delay or over-analysis or over-research. The right touches are given to the disparate legal issues. You get A-plus work product in an efficient manner along with unparalleled availability, response and turn-around times. What more can you ask for?’

Key clients

New York State Assembly

Open Blue

DITO

Complex Media

Maximus and Parkmerced

Safe Horizon

Capital Health

GTL

Zenni Optical

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Thanks to its large team, Jackson Lewis P.C. is well positioned to cover the full range of employment and workplace matters and is regularly instructed by national clients from the healthcare industry to assist with hiring matters, policy drafting issues, training sessions, investigations and terminations. Margaret Strange and Tanya Bovée in Hartford as well as Baltimore's Brooks Amiot and Debra Weiss Ford in Portsmouth are noted for their ability to combine litigation and counseling experience, while Stephanie Lewis in Greenville focuses on pay equity matters and Jeffrey Brody in Boston is a key contact for management queries. Cepideh Roufougar in San Francisco and Los Angeles-based Susan Groff are prominent practitioners in California, and Samantha Hoffman in Orange County acts as managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Hoffman

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Strange; Debra Weiss Ford; Brooks Amiot; Cepideh Roufougar; Stephanie Lewis; Jeffrey Brody; Susan Groff; Michelle Phillips; Tanya Bovée

Key clients

Michelin

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Burris Logistics

LifeScan

Milliken

Work highlights

  • Providing advice and counsel to Michelin on all employment matters, including nationwide compliance with all state and local laws and assistance with Covid-19 leave.
  • Assisting Burris Logistics with corporate due diligence in connection with asset purchases and sales in two US locations.

Littler Mendelson, P.C.

With a presence across the US and a sizeable team, boutique firm Littler Mendelson, P.C. is well positioned to cover the full gamut employment law. It fields dedicated practice groups for discrimination and harassment issues; wage and hour mandates; investigations; unfair competition and trade secrets work; and workplace safety and data security issues, among others. The firm is led by Tom Bender in Philadelphia, San Diego-based Jeremy Roth and Erin Webber in Denver. Barry Hartstein in Chicago has experience in investigations, while Jonathan Levine in Milwaukee regularly handles restructurings. Maury Baskin in Washington DC, Houston-based Kelley Edwards and Atlanta's Richard Black are also noteworthy practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Tom Bender; Jeremy Roth; Erin Webber

Other key lawyers:

Kelley Edwards; Robert Friedman; Jonathan Levine; Jacqueline Johnson; Joshua Waxman; Steven Kaplan; Maury Baskin; Gregory Iskander; Melinda Caterine; Robert Long; Barry Hartstein; Richard Black

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP's group is comprised of 'highly skilled lawyers offering excellent expertise to handle any kind of issue' including wage and hour matters, trade secrets and restrictive covenant work, workplace harassment claims and the employment elements of transactions. Betty Graumlich in Richmond is a key name to note, and Los Angeles-based Jennifer Terry focuses on wage and hour, and leave laws. James Holt and Casey Ryan in Pittsburgh are praised as 'excellent employment litigators and counselors', Mark Goldstein in New York made partner in January 2020, and in Texas, Paulo McKeeby and Michael Correll joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in July 2020. Tyree Jones in Washington DC heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Tyree Jones

Other key lawyers:

Betty Graumlich; Casey Ryan; Jennifer Terry; James Holt; Mark Goldstein; Paulo McKeeby; Michael Correll

Testimonials

‘Their response time is excellent. Even in cases where the attorney I’m working with is not the subject matter expert, they track down the appropriate person and/or information and respond very quickly. They are notably strong in this area in comparison with other firms I’ve worked with.’

‘The attorneys are all very knowledgeable in their areas and are very good at making themselves available when we need to consult with them, even in cases of short notice.’

‘James Holt is very knowledgeable in all areas of employment law and he is quick to respond when I contact him for legal advice or assistance. James is also down to earth, friendly, and patient.’

‘Casey Ryan and James Holt are excellent employment litigators and counselors and they’re also great to work with. Good people you can trust.’

‘The individuals I have worked with at Reed Smith have been of the highest caliber – both in legal acumen, and from a client services perspective. They are always one step ahead of the curve, ensuring that all facets of a matter are being addressed and that their client is kept apprised of all developments in a timely manner. Before I can even reach out for an update, I get one from my outside counsel at Reed Smith. And the advice they give is consistently thoughtful, highly strategic, and they are often thinking creatively, outside the box, to help best address the goals their client has set out. They are consistently top of the list for me in terms of outside counsel.’

‘James Holt is one of the most phenomenal outside counsel with whom I have worked, both in and outside of Reed Smith. His attention to detail, legal acumen, strategic approach to litigation and advice and counsel as a general matter, not to mention poise and eloquence in even the most contentious of litigation situations, is truly unparalleled. He is an incredible asset to both Reed Smith and to his clients.’

‘In my opinion, I would describe Reed Smith as an elite law firm. Compared to others I have worked with, I consider them to be comprised of more highly skilled lawyers offering excellent expertise to handle any kind of issue. ’

‘James Holt (otherwise known as J.T.) is considered to be not only a trusted legal partner to our company, but a good friend. J.T.’s responsiveness to my requests has been exceptional and I know I can always count on him to provide much needed guidance no matter the time of day. What I most appreciate about J.T. is his ability to provide practical legal advice, always with specific examples, that make acting on it easier from a company’s perspective while ensuring we understand what is required to comply with the law. I have come to value his sound advice and good judgement. He makes it easier for me to do my job well!’

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP's nationwide offering is experienced in supporting clients on day-to-day employment and workplace matters including investigations, audits, training procedures and agreement drafting issues. Its client roster includes several companies from the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Amy Traub heads up the labor and employment practice and is based in New York, while Jason D’Cruz in Atlanta is often engaged by C-level executives. Washington DC-based David Grant is well versed in wage and hour mandates, and Los Angeles' Nancy Inesta is knowledgeable in accommodation, harassment and retaliation matters. Other active practitioners include Fanny Ferdman in New York, Eric Barnum in Atlanta and Patrick Muldowney in Orlando.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Other key lawyers:

Jason D’Cruz; David Grant; Nancy Inesta; Fanny Ferdman; Eric Barnum; Patrick Muldowney; Margaret Rosenthal; Sabrina Shadi; Todd Lebowitz

Testimonials

‘A national law firm with local Georgia ties that are very valuable.’

‘Eric Barnum infuses routine work with personality and advocacy, making him feel like a real member of the team.’

Key clients

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Inc.

CrossLink Orthopaedics, LLC

HMSHost

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

City of Columbus, Ohio

University of Cincinnati Physicians

Amazon.com

Red Lobster Management, LLC

Hospital for Special Surgery

Work highlights

  • Acting for St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Inc. on a variety of employment work, including assisting with a difficult investigation following a range of allegations from a senior nurse.
  • Advising ShoP Architects, P.C. on day-to-day workplace advice and counsel issues.

Dentons

Dentons is noted for its strong cross-practice collaboration; the team draws on benefits, immigration and white-collar crime expertise from across the firm. For workplace matters, it covers discrimination and restrictive topics, and advises on compliance matters and the employment aspects of transactions. San Francisco's Sandra McCandless has experience in cross-border instructions, while Nick Pujji in Los Angeles also handles training issues and terminations, and Peter Stockburger in San Diego is 'capable, practical, efficient and responsive'. The practice group is led by Daniel Beale in Atlanta, as well as Robert Cottington in Pittsburgh and Andrew Gruber in Indianapolis, who joined after their respective previous firms Cohen & Grigsby and Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP merged with Dentons in early 2020. Cynthia Jackson retired.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Beale; Robert Cottington; Andrew Gruber

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Peter Stockburger is capable, practical, efficient and responsive. I go to him with all employment/labor law questions.’

Key clients

Verity Health Systems of California

Ripple

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

Blue Chakra Connections Incorporated, dba Gourmet Events Hawaii

Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted multiple clients with navigating complex employment issues surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, including exposure mitigation, leave issues, compensation adjustments, disability accommodations, furloughs, layoffs, and return-to-work strategies.
  • Providing regular counsel to Worldwide Clinical Trials (WCT) on restrictive covenant and non-compete matters, particularly with regard to WCT’s hiring practices.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown fields an employment team which 'understands the big picture and is very strategic'. It covers a range of workplace issues, including discrimination and harassment claims, OSHA matters and restrictive covenants work as well as the employment and benefits aspects of corporate transactions. Practice co-heads Andrew Rosenman in Chicago and Los Angeles-based Ruth Zadikany both combine litigation and counseling expertise, while Marcia Goodman, also in Chicago, specialises in sex race, age and disability discrimination mandates. John Zaimes left for Arent Fox LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rosenman; Ruth Zadikany

Other key lawyers:

Marcia Goodman; Richard Nowak

Testimonials

‘The Mayer Brown US employment group is unique. The employment group has an exceptional capacity to provide employment counseling from a 50-state prospective to develop nationwide compliant company policy from the ground up. The group has the rare ability to cover all geographic locations and time zones while providing practical, timely and exceptional advice.’

‘The Mayer Brown US employment group has too many valuable qualities to just identify one. Out of all the employment groups our company has worked with to date, the Mayer Brown team has the uncanny ability to be approachable, realistic, and above all else, phenomenal to our employees. It is a partnership we simply cannot replace.’

‘This team is extremely bright and knowledgeable about many areas of employment law. What sets them apart is that they know how to explain in simple terms complex or difficult topics. In addition, this team understands the big picture and is very strategic. They offer advice which makes practical sense for our organization.’

‘Andrew Rosenman is simply excellent to know and work with.’

‘Well-rounded team with experience in disputes as well as general employment matters, and the team works together very well to provide a seamless experience to the client.’

‘Andrew Rosenman provides outstanding advice on general employment counseling matters. His experience with disputes allows him to provide solid advice to prepare on the front end, so that we can avoid being in difficult situations later. He is amazingly responsive, dedicated, and great to work with. A true partner to his clients.’

Key clients

MetLife

Allscripts Healthcare

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance

TH Foods

Amy’s Kitchen

Incipio Group

Foster Poultry Farms

Work highlights

  • Advised State Farm on its acquisition of a specialty automobile insurance company, handling the labor and employment due diligence.
  • Providing advice and counsel on a wide variety of employment issues to Amy’s Kitchen.
  • Advising a financial services company with respect to day-to-day wage/hour questions, reasonable accommodation requests, leaves of absence, Covid-19 related inquiries and updating its handbook and template employment agreements.

Ogletree Deakins

Labor and employment boutique Ogletree Deakins provides support on the full range of issues, and has dedicated practice groups for diversity and inclusion issues, disability access work, workplace safety and health mandates, pay equity matters and the employment elements of M&A transactions. The firm has a sizeable national presence, with dedicated advisers in various offices across the US. Managing partner Matthew Keen is based in Raleigh.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Keen