Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Workplace and employment counseling

Duane Morris LLP offers assistance on a range of matters such as qualified retirement plans, executive compensation and welfare benefit plans, in addition to fiduciary counseling.
Ford & Harrison LLP handles both contentious and advisory work, with expertise in defending employers in several industries including healthcare, air transportation, retail and manufacturing.

Workplace and employment counseling in United States

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The labor and employment team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has deep industry knowledge in the areas of retail and e-commerce, financial services, pharma, tech, and healthcare, specializing in a range of matter areas such as wage and hour law, FLSA classification, independent contractor classification issues, immigration and National Labor Relations Board matters. The team assists both employees and employers with specific local regulation compliance, employment policy and agreement drafting. Washington DC-based Grace Speights defends clients against employment discrimination claims and co-heads the practice with David McManus, located in New York, who provides advice on immigration issues. Terry Johnson operates out of Princeton and has expertise in defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge. Sharon Masling is based in Washington DC and advises employers on issues of employment discrimination while Barbara Miller handles complex litigation out of Orange County. Los Angeles-located Kathryn McGuigan counsels in all areas of human resources management.

Practice head(s):

Grace Speights; David McManus

Other key lawyers:

Terry Johnson; Sharon Masling; Barbara Miller; Kathryn McGuigan

Key clients



Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College


Pennsylvania State University

Take-Two Interactive

TPG Capital

Toyota Motor North America

Work highlights

  • Represented the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College in conducting an investigation of allegations of harassment and discrimination.
  • Advised interstate employers on how to craft both benefit plans and messaging to support employees while protecting against litigation risks.
  • Provided support and advice to Take-Two Interactive with respect to its near-$13-billion acquisition of Zynga.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP has particular expertise in collective bargaining matters for the sports sector, with clients in all of America’s major professional sports leagues including the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. The firm’s capabilities are comprised of the full spectrum of employment matters including training in best-practices and cultural change, advising on high-stakes investigations, representing organizations against claims of discrimination and harassment. The team is a go-to for employers and board of directors when faced work environment claims from handling complaints to conducting investigations. Neil Abramson handles all types of collective bargaining disputes and co-heads the New York-based practice with Anthony Oncidi, who is experienced in the entertainment and media industries. Joseph Baumgarten represents publicly held and privately owned employers in all areas of labor and employment law, while Mark Batten has experience in matters relating to grievances, NLRB charges and collective bargaining. Noa Baddish focuses on harassment and violations of wage and hour laws.

Practice head(s):

Neil Abramson; Anthony Oncidi

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Baumgarten; Mark Batten; Noa Baddish


‘Great pragmatic advice.’

Depth of employment law knowledge and availability when needed.

Key clients

Major League Baseball (MLB)

Major League Soccer (MLS)

National Hockey League (NHL)

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Mount Sinai Health System, Inc.

The Aerospace Corporation

NBC Universal

McDonald’s Corporation

Vice Media

ThyssenKrupp NA

Ipsos NA

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has a particular focus on federal legislative and regulatory policy issues with attorneys regularly called upon by members of Congress on a wide variety of issues. The team uses its significant government experience on behalf of trade associations to defend US and global businesses from aggressive regulatory agency activity. Practice head David Baffa operates out of Chicago and has assisted clients with business restructuring and workforce reductions. New York-based William Perkins advises clients on all forms of discrimination and harassment claims, reduction-in-force, contract negotiations and executive employment contracts. Larry Lorber is based in Washington DC and is at the forefront of regulatory enforcement actions while Lisa Damon is a go-to resource for the C-suite on employment issues in Boston. Tracy Billows is located in Chicago and provides expertise on HR policies, processes and matters relating to leave and accommodation. Gary Friedman joined the firm in New York from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

David Baffa

Other key lawyers:

William Perkins; Larry Lorber; Lisa Damon; Tracy Billows; Josh Seidman; Gary Friedman


‘Lots of knowledge and experience at this firm. Very well connected so they are on top of any developments and trends in this practice area.’

‘Larry Lorber is outstanding. Very knowledgeable and experienced. He is an excellent counselor who has great judgment and very practical instincts.’

‘Our internal HR compliance team has worked with a few groups within Seyfarth and we are consistently happy with the level of service and care we are given, the expertise offered, and the resources that Seyfarth shares with clients. We particularly appreciate the news alerts and the topical webinars. They are critical resources we rely on heavily in the execution of our duties. Awesome job, Seyfarth!’

‘Josh Seidman is a standout. We’ve worked with him on many of our complex leave policies across multiple jurisdictions and he has been consistently responsive and thorough in his reviews/edits. Josh always provides commentary in a way that makes it easy for us to understand the issues, make policy decisions/determinations and clarify our intent. Josh is able to assist across all those jurisdictions and he is always patient, professional and friendly.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

New York Life Insurance Company

Thomson Reuters




Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP provides the full spectrum of workplace and employment law counseling for multinational employers at every stage of organizational development. The practice has expertise in issues such as diversity and inclusion, equal pay and IPO support, and has advised clients on internal workplace investigations and whistleblower defense relating to workplace misconduct allegations. Palo Alto-based Susan Eandi leads the practice with experience in managing workforces during Covid and global remote work models. Robin Samuel operates out of Los Angeles and advises clients on hirings, discrimination, harassment and hours. Kimberly Lower is located in New York and focuses on advising public and private companies on issues arising out of mergers and spin-offs. San Francisco-based Benjamin Ho handles employment issues in cross border M&A and reorganizations.

Practice head(s):

Susan Eandi

Other key lawyers:

Robin Samuel; Kimberly Lower; Benjamin Ho


‘Baker McKenzie seems to have the most labor & employment attorneys covering the most countries of any firm I’ve ever worked with. And if they don’t have one of their own attorneys in a particular location, I can always count on them to quickly connect me with a top quality attorney from a local firm to assist. This makes them uniquely positioned to advise multi-national corporations on both global projects and country-specific matters.’

‘They are also very proactive in terms of publishing articles and client alerts on new and developing topics. This saves clients time and money because it means that Baker attorneys are prepared in advance to answer pressing questions.’

‘Baker’s labor & employment team truly stands out as one of the most responsive, knowledgeable and attentive of any multi-national law firm. I know that whenever I have a new or urgent matter in a particular country, I can count on these relationship partners to quickly respond and assist with routing my question to where it needs to go.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson



Xperi Holding Corporation

Affirm Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Johnson & Johnson in the separation and spin-off of its consumer products from its pharmaceuticals and medical devices business.
  • Advised Snowflake in its acquisition of Streamlit, a framework built to simplify and accelerate the creation of data applications.
  • Advised Instacart in its purchase by way of a stock acquisition of Caper AI, which designs “smart” grocery carts, and has employees in New York and in China.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s employment group is known for providing advice on the full range of US and international matters from policies and compliance to internal investigations, transactions, restrictive covenants and terminations. The team handles sensitive issues from employment opportunity laws, workplace equality, working times, diversity and inclusion. Marc Katz heads the practice from Dallas and represents clients in unfair competition litigation, partnership disputes and class action cases. Evan Parness conducts internal investigations of alleged discrimination and harassment out of New York along with Brian Kaplan who handles disputes involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Ute Krudewagen works on employment matters relating to the workforces of global multinational companies.

Practice head(s):

Marc Katz

Other key lawyers:

Evan Parness; Brian Kaplan; Ute Krudewagen


‘Great collaboration between DLA offices in New Zealand, UK and USA.’

‘Evan Parness is an amazing attorney. Always attentive and will take instructions outside of business hours, he is always there when we need him and looks for the best outcome for clients.’

‘Excellent workplace and employment counseling practice.’

‘DLA is one of the very few firms that is truly global in its reach and expertise. The firm is able to provide accurate and practical legal advice from almost any jurisdiction/region in an expedited manner which is essential when dealing with regulatory, transactional, or litigation matters.’

‘DLA’s employment team is incredible. They have global coverage and service Fortune 500 clients, but they are still able to provide efficient and excellent advice to smaller companies that need international scope and scale. They are cost effective, and actually give pragmatic advice.’

‘Ute Krudewagen is the most amazing and helpful employment lawyer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Ute gives pragmatic, useful advice about actual exposure, market expectations, and what other peer companies do. She is an encyclopedia of global employment practices, and I honestly feel like I could rely on her and her alone for all of our employment needs.’

‘DLA has perhaps the largest global reach of any employment and labor firm. I like that I have an excellent relationship partner who helps marshal the right resources, explain our business and how we approach legal services. It helps us keep costs down while still getting the right results. They are practical, but knowledgeable.’

‘We have found our DLA attorneys to be knowledgeable, practical, thoughtful and efficient.’

Key clients

Texas Rangers


Best Buy

Plug Power



Spencer Stuart


Lord Abbett & Co.


Work highlights

  • Advised Qualcomm on employee integration in relation to the client’s US $4.5 billion acquisition of Arriver auto business from Veoneer.
  • Advised Block on strategic global workforce projects, international expansion plans, and global acquisitions valued at over US $29 billion.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s workplace and compliance counseling team handles harassment and discrimination matters including investigations, claims stemming from issues such as MeToo, BLM, and LGBT+ federal workplace protections. James Boudreau represents management in class action and complex employment litigation out of Philadelphia. He co-heads the practice with Denver-based Naomi Beer, who is an experienced litigator and focuses on risk mitigation.

Practice head(s):

James Boudreau; Naomi Beer

Other key lawyers:

Galit Kierkut


‘What makes this firm special is the depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise of its attorneys.’

‘We use Greenberg as our main outside counsel in various practice areas and have found all of their attorneys to be commercially focused. We do not receive long memos reciting the law from Greenberg. We can count on practical and ready-to-use advice after every call.’

‘Galit Kierkut is an amazing business partner. She is a no-drama realist whom we rely on for straight answers and accurate legal assessments of risks. She is an experienced professional every time we work with her.’

Key clients

Four Seasons Hotels




Jackson Lewis P.C.

Jackson Lewis P.C. helps employers to develop proactive strategies, strong policies and business-oriented solutions throughout the lifecycle of the employment relationship. The team is experienced in drafting documents such as applications, background check paperwork, employee notices and agreements, and is also competent in contentious matters, providing litigation support in relation to discipline and terminations. The team is led by a trio of partners with Richard Greenberg advising clients on compliance with federal and state issues. Susan Groff counsels management on matters relating to disability and leave while Tasos Paindiris is an experienced litigator. They head the practice out of New York, Los Angeles and Orlando respectively.

Practice head(s):

Richard Greenberg; Susan Groff; Tasos Paindiris

Key clients


Haas & Wilkerson Insurance

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

America East Conference

NHL Alumni Association

Work highlights

  • Provided DEI counsel and advice to companies that range from a Global 500 company in the oil industry to a newer space flight company with a high-risk tolerance.
  • Advised clients on COVID-19 vaccine mandate litigation.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP is known for advising on employment issues impacting the C-suite with competency in high-profile litigation and class actions. The team routinely handles employment aspects of high-profile M&A and corporate reorganizations across multiple sectors such as financial services, aerospace, pharma, and telecoms. Elena Baca heads the practice out of Los Angeles and works on both advisory and contentious issues for clients such as Activision Blizzard with support from Nancy Abell. Barbara Brown is experienced in discrimination class actions and is called upon to defend sexual harassment investigations. She is based in Washington DC with Carson Sullivan who is well-versed in restrictive covenants and protection of their trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Elena Baca

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Brown; Carson Sullivan; Nancy Abell


‘As defendants and eventual counterclaimants our case has moved rapidly. The PH team was able to come in, learn, and successfully defend multiple motions. They incorporated our preferences at a rapid and impressive rate with a relatively small team.’

‘The partners are exceptional. They work together seamlessly and without ego. It’s the joy of watching people who are truly great at what they do — they elevate legal practice to an art form.’

‘Carson Sullivan is quite simply phenomenal. Despite incredibly challenging circumstances and personalities, she got control of the situation and deftly navigated us to where we want to be. Her knowledge of employment law, both in theory and in practice, is something we were very lucky to have on our side.’

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


United Continental Holdings Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

American International Group (AIG)

Creative Artists Agency

Live Nation

Dollar Tree



Work highlights

  • Represented Activision Blizzard, Inc. in highly complex proceedings while also assisting in diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • Acted for Goldman Sachs in a nationwide gender discrimination class action.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The New York-based employment litigation practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides expertise to a range of clients including employers, boards, committees, directors and executives. The practice is well-versed in sensitive internal investigations, internal employment compliance audits, large-scale workforce reductions and executive terminations. This is combined with experience in personnel policies which help businesses to take preventative measures on matters such as whistleblower claims, employee performance and harassment. John Barry leads the team and regularly assists clients with crisis situations involving executive onboarding, departures, misconduct and claims of discrimination. Gary Friedman left the firm in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

John Barry

Key clients

Marsh McLennan

Union Pacific

Ralph Lauren Corporation


Aspire Learning Center


Kroll Inc.

MSD Partners

GoldenTree Asset Management

Davis+Gilbert LLP

Davis+Gilbert LLP operates out of New York with experience in employment and workplace matters across a number of sectors including investments, financial services, construction, fintech and healthcare. The firm is well-versed in advisory, internal investigations and litigation work in relation to harassment and discrimination. The team also advises clients on OSHA related claims, wages and vaccination issues. Gregg Gilman co-heads the practice and represents a number of blue-chip companies such as global investment managers, private funds, real estate and financial services. Other co-head Daniel Feinstein focuses on structuring workplace policies and executive compensation plans. Jessica Golden Cortes assists clients with regulatory compliance and resolves workplace disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gregg Gilman; Daniel Feinstein

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Golden Cortes


‘Dan Feinstein is our most trusted advisor regarding the handling of sensitive terminations and HR matters/investigations. His judgment and practical advice are unmatched in the field.’

Key clients

Turner Construction

Fortress Investment Group

Quartet Health

Global Infrastructures

Rudin Management

Blue Owl Capital

Rockpoint Group

Drive Shack, Inc.

Horizon Media

Travel Leaders Group


Smart AdServer

Cole Haan

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is a boutique firm which advises domestic and global businesses on employment, labor and workforce management issues in addition to litigation and business disputes. The practice has particular expertise in the health care and life sciences sector, advising companies on labor-management relations, wage hour compliance and discrimination matters. Team leader David Garland represents clients in claims brought by employees while Newark-located James Flynn works on matters involving trade secret and data theft cases. Marc Mandelman handles compliance issues, and Boston-based Gregory Keating is an experienced litigator. Lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

David Garland

Other key lawyers:

James Flynn; Gregory Keating; Marc Mandelman; Fran DeLuca


‘Marc Mandelman’s knowledge of NY employment law and certain federal statutes stands out, even amongst experienced management-side employment lawyers. His client relations skills are fantastic. He also understands how to manage risk better than many outside counsel. Our entire team tremendously values his advice. In his areas of expertise, he is second to none.’

‘The distinguishing features of this team are quality, responsiveness, and time management.’

‘The team can provide advice and counsel for multiple jurisdictions on employment matters, which is invaluable. Team provides practical advice and is efficient with their time.’


Goodwin has expertise in several sectors including tech, life sciences, healthcare and financial services, advising employers on all aspects of the employment relationship ranging from hiring and disciplinary practices to workplace violence and privacy concerns. Robert Hale heads the practice from Boston with successful results at all stages of litigation including non-competition and discrimination. San Francisco-based Koray Bulut specializes in matters involving trade secrets and employee mobility in addition to defense of venture capitalists in high-profile sexual harassment suits.

Practice head(s):

Robert Hale

Other key lawyers:

Koray Bulut


‘We work with Christina Lewis, who is terrific. She is very responsive, personable, experienced, and knowledgeable. She provides thoughtful, concise, practical advice in a timely and effective manner.’

Key clients

Step Mobile, Inc.

Symphony Communication Services, LLC

True Ventures

Dagobah Labs Inc.

Fate Therapeutics

BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc.

Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) and its shareholder, Tiancheng International Investment Limited (TII)

Confluent Medical Technologies, Inc.

DDJ Capital Management

Mimecast Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Step Mobile and newly hired executive in a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute with Greenlight.
  • Represented Confluent Medical in the New York Western District Court.
  • Advised Mimecast Limited on the employments aspects of its acquisition by funds advised by Permira for approximately $5.8 billion or $80 per share in cash.

Jones Day

Jones Day advises clients on a national and international level with regards to the design and administration of compensation systems, assessment of options attendant to terminations and the investigation of sexual harassment. The team is also well-versed in the development of employment policies and procedures designed to minimize potential litigation exposure. New York-based Matthew Lampe represents employers in class actions and complex litigation. He co-heads the team with Elizabeth McRee  who operates out of Chicago and counsels employers regarding legal compliance and litigation risk mitigation.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lampe; Elizabeth McRee

Other key lawyers:

Steve Zadravecz


‘Deep bench and wide breadth of talent and expertise across the firm. Broad knowledge of a variety of sectors and significant strength at staying up to date on developments. Good associate development and fostering of client relations.’

Steve Zadravecz is my go to partner for employment cases. Knowledge, innovative defenses, comprehensive understanding of the law, and most importantly actual trial attorney with actual trial experience. To my knowledge Steve has never lost a trial. I’m able to achieve better and quicker settlements when I use Steve.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s team operates out of Chicago and works with executives, in-house counsel and HR departments to protect against workplace problems. The practice is well-versed in advising companies on how to avoid claims of discrimination, wrongful termination and leaves of absence. Michael Sheehan heads the team and advises private and public clients, touching on areas like senior executive exits, sexual harassment claims and whistleblower complaints. Rachel Cowen is experienced in trade secret litigation while Maria Rodriguez advises on employment law compliance.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sheehan

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Cowen; Maria Rodriguez


‘Extreme responsiveness with a strong grasp of the law.’

‘The practice is unmatched in its experience with the advertising industry and our unique employment/HR issues.’

‘McDermott’s employment lawyers are expert and practical in the advice they provide. They are sophisticated practitioners who provide tailored, strategic advice.’

‘Rachel Cowan is an expert who takes time to consider the unique challenges facing a business to focus advice that’s particularly pragmatic and strategic.’

‘The team is very responsive and has a lot of in-house expertise. The Workplace team work closely with the partner in charge of our engagement to ensure that our needs are met.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Turner on day-to-day employment matters, labor obligations as a federal contractor and prevailing wage matters.
  • Advised POAP in the creation of comprehensive HR policies for employees across numerous states.
  • Provided training to Kyu Collective’s human resources staff on a variety of topics including sexual harassment prevention and response.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. provides employment-related regulatory, litigation and compliance advice across a range of sectors including life sciences, financial services, tech, retail and education. The team handles complex disputes relating to harassment, whistleblower and retaliation claims, restrictive covenants and breach of contract. Practice head Michael Arnold is based in New York and has expertise in defending senior executives in litigation proceedings. Jennifer Rubin advises corporate boards from San Diego while Washington DC-based David Barmak is experienced in employment policies and practices.

Practice head(s):

Michael Arnold

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Rubin; David Barmak

Key clients

Ambridge Partners

Ankura Consulting Group

Development Corporation For Israel

Empire State Development

IDB Bank

Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Ivy Rehab Network

Rockrose Development Corp.

Schneider Electric

Union Square Hospitality Group

Wollman Park Partners

IAC Holdings and certain of its subsidiaries

Princeton Club

Cosmopolitan Club

Colony Club



HubSpot, Inc.


Urgent Care Centers of New England, Inc.

Aspen Aerogels

Cardurion Pharmaceuticals

Panera LLC

Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Informa PLC

John Creelman


Kiva Confections, Inc.

Schneider Electric

General Atomics

Work highlights

  • Advised numerous employers in redesigning their workplaces in the next phase of COVID.
  • Advised a global hospitality company on multiple reductions in force, including regarding WARN Act implications and disparate impact issues.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP handles the full spectrum of labor and employment counseling issues such as trade secrets, whistleblower investigations, privacy and job reassignment disputes. The firm’s core capabilities include workplace harassment prevention, restrictive covenants and trade union relations. Tyree Jones leads the team from Washington DC and assists clients with issues such as Covid-19. Betty Graumlich is based in Richmond and advises clients on wrongful discharge claims while Los Angeles-located Jennifer Terry has extensive experience as a litigator.

Practice head(s):

Tyree Jones

Other key lawyers:

Betty Graumlich; Jennifer Terry; Mark Goldstein


‘Their very high quality work has made them some of my most effective outside counsel and they have regularly helped me leverage Reed Smith’s strong bench of regional specialists to assist me in other markets.’

‘They consistently provide insightful, effective services; keep me apprised of developments that matter to my specific business and help me secure extremely favorable outcomes. Meanwhile, their rates remain competitive with or better than their peers.’

‘Reed Smith is just on it- Their billing is accurate and even if there is a misalignment I can raise an issue for review and it is rectified promptly. Great business partner in this increasingly complex litigious world.’

Ropes & Gray

The team at Ropes & Gray LLP is based in Boston and advises clients in major industries including manufacturing, private equity and venture capital, retail, health care and life sciences. The team advises on employment concerns including personnel policies, wage and hour compliance, negotiation of employment and separation agreements and pay equity. Megan Bisk counsels employers on issues such as sexual harassment and non-competition matters. Doug Brayley has expertise in issues relating to Covid-19 such as vaccinations and workplace safety.

Practice head(s):

Megan Bisk

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Brayley

Key clients

TPG Capital LP

American Industrial Partners

GHO Capital

The TJX Companies Inc.

Advent International Corporation

Monomoy Capital

Bain Capital LP

Partners Group Administration Services AG

Baring Private Equity Asia

Silver Lake Partners

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

University of Southern California

Centerbridge Partners

Nova Path Supply Chain Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised several leading private equity portfolio companies and public companies in the design and implementation of employee impact-based (ESG and DE&I) incentive programs.
  • Represented GHO Capital Partners on employment matters in its acquisition of Lykan Bioscience from Windrose Health Investors.

Vedder Price

Vedder Price has experience counseling and representing business clients in traditional labor and employment matters including harassment, discrimination, wrongful discharge claims and union-centric grievances. The team operates out of Chicago and has developed expertise in advising clients in the healthcare, financial services and cannabis sectors. Elizabeth Hall heads the practice and represents employers before state and federal courts in claims relating to breach of contract, negligence and failure to accommodate disabilities. Nicholas Anaclerio is a seasoned litigator and assists clients with sexual harassment matters.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Hall

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Anaclerio

Key clients

University of Chicago Medical Center

Cresco Labs Inc.

Vulcan Materials

Ferrara Candy Company

Satellite Healthcare, Inc.

BakeMark, Inc.

AAR Corp.

Graymont Limited

Option Care Enterprises, Inc.

Signode Industrial Group LLC

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.

Canvas Worldwide

International Vitamin Corporation

Open Text, Inc.


Square Enix

University of Southern California

Madden Corporation

Adventist Health


BakerHostetler advises employers on a range of workplace issues including hiring and onboarding, work visas, employee complaints, background checks and compensation. The firm drafts employment-related documents, guides clients through every phase of investigations, and advises on regulatory compliance matters. Practice head Amy Traub is based in New York and focuses on the management side with particular expertise in the healthcare, hospitality and retail industries.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Key clients

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp.

Atlanta National League Baseball Club

MaxMara USA

Aston-Martin, The Americas



The team at Dentons represents clients in all aspects of litigation including class actions, collective actions and claims involving arbitration, mediation and other ADR methods. The practice is also well-versed in assisting senior executives in restrictive covenant and trade secret matters. Daniel Beale co-heads the team out of Atlanta and helps companies to navigate negotiations with executives, co-leading with Indianapolis-based Andrew Gruber.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Beale; Andrew Gruber

Key clients

Worldwide Clinical Trials

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented Indian tribal sovereign nations and their tribal business entities, such as casinos, in all aspects of their labor and employment needs.
  • Advised Worldwide Clinical Trials (WCT) on restrictive covenant and non-compete matters particularly with regard to WCT’s hiring practices.
  • Reviewed DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd’s sales incentive policies and advised the client regarding vaccine incentive programs.

Fisher & Phillips

Fisher & Phillips is regularly sought out for employment law issues and advises on a wide variety of compliance issues and preventative programs. This includes employment discrimination matters, occupational safety, employment contracts and review of employee handbooks. Managing partner John Polson is based in Los Angeles and represents gig economy and related businesses with respect to independent contractor status. Louisville-based Laurel Cornell is experienced in the healthcare sector while Chris Boman handles day-to-day workplace issues from Irvine.

Practice head(s):

John Polson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Boman; Laurel Cornell


‘Fisher & Phillips’ workplace safety practice group has a very deep bench when compared to the workplace safety practice groups of other firms. The locations of their offices are strategically located in areas to provide prompt support for any of the manufacturing operations that we have in the Midwest and South.’ 

‘The local attorneys are all very well known for their competence, good results, and experienced labor and employment lawyers, and they do a good job regularly updating their clients on developments in the law through newsletters and workshops.’

‘They have several senior lawyers who are very experienced and actually do the work themselves instead of delegating everything to associates. Clients benefit from lower billing rates and from becoming familiar and comfortable with other lawyers in the firm. But some things require the expertise that comes with experience, and they have several well-known, highly-respected lawyers.’

Work highlights

Jones Walker LLP

Jones Walker LLP advises employers on a range of matters from immigration law and non-competes to protecting clients from non-disclosure violations and unfair competition. The firm is also well-versed in issues relating to wrongful discharge and employment torts such as defamation. Sidney Lewis leads the team out of New Orleans and advises management and human resources personnel with respect to labor laws.

Practice head(s):

Sidney Lewis

Key clients

Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Crest Pumping Technologies, LLC

Total Safety

Acme Truck Line, Inc.

The Home Depot

Texas Steam & Instrumentation

Robert Rosales

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown focuses on employment law issues which relate to Covid-19, restrictive covenants, OSHA matters, leave issues and discrimination. The practice guides clients through matters such as workplace health and safety, testing, whistleblowing and privacy. Chicago-based Andrew Rosenman is an experienced litigator and co-heads the team with Ruth Zadikany, who is located in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rosenman; Ruth Zadikany

Other key lawyers:

Maritoni Kane; Joe Seliga


‘The team at Mayer Brown has provided us with very useful information to improve our employment practices. They are thoughtful and knowledgeable on the issues and take the time to understand our unique needs.’

‘Maritoni Kane and Joe Seliga have both worked with us. They are excellent lawyers who provide top level service. They take the time to understand our issues and to offer real insights in how we can address them.’


Key clients

Cushman & Wakefield

Homepoint Financial

Intercom, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Cushman & Wakefield on a daily basis on all aspects of its labor and employment issues.
  • Advised Homepoint Financial with respect to day-to-day wage/hour questions, reasonable accommodation requests, leaves of absence and COVID-19 related inquiries.
  • Advised Intercom, Inc. on day-to-day wage/hour questions, leaves of absence, separation agreements, employee benefits and executive compensation matters.