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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Richard J. Rabin

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Partner; Labor


A Chambers-recognized attorney, Rich Rabin heads Akin Gump’s New York labor and employment practice. Rich advises hedge funds, private equity firms, investment banks, broker-dealers, and other financial services firms in a full range of labor and employment matters and litigates employment-related disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration. He has first-chaired several high-profile arbitrations, including matters before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), JAMS, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Major League Baseball Arbitration Panel. He counsels clients on disputes with executives and senior employees and claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. He negotiates employment, severance and other agreements, and litigates issues that arise in connection with the recruitment, hiring and separation of firm personnel, including matters involving restrictive covenants. He also represents executives, directors, portfolio managers and other senior personnel in connection with employment and partnership-related disputes. Mr. Rabin regularly speaks and publishes on labor and employment issues confronting clients in the hedge fund and private equity industries.

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B.A., University of Michigan, magna cum laude, 1990; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude, 1993

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a strong track record in class and collective actions as well as in equal employment opportunity disputes. Practice head Robert Lian has more than 25 years of litigation experience. The recommended Daniel Nash defended Ernst & Young in a highly publicized dispute in which the Supreme Court ultimately ruled that an arbitration agreement entered into by the plaintiff was enforceable, thereby dismissing a putative wage-and-hour class action. In another work highlight, Nash and Stacy Eisenstein were engaged by the NFL after a running back appealed his suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy. Other clients include Starbucks, Caesars Entertainment and Home Depot. Other highlighted individuals are Nate Oleson and Esther Lander. All aforementioned practitioners are based in Washington DC. Greg Knopp and Gary McLaughlin in Los Angeles, Richard Rabin and Lauren Leyden in New York, and Donna Mezias in San Francisco are also noted.

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