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Jackson Lewis P.C.
601 Poydras Street
Suite 1400
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

Jackson Lewis P.C. continues to make progress defending an increasing number of ERISA claims being brought, particularly those relating to 401(k) plan fees and recordkeeping costs as well as ESOP cases. The practice leverages its close connections to the firm’s employee benefits group and the class actions and complex litigation practice to support the full range of clients’ needs in ERISA matters. Stacey C.S. Cerrone is a key name to note at the firm, concentrating on defending ERISA class actions brought against public and private single employer plan sponsors and fiduciaries. Charles Seemann shares this focus in addition to advising on multi-employer plans and financial institutions providing services to ERISA plans. Howard Shapiro and René Thorne co-lead the practice, with Thorne being active in health plan organization and litigation following the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs. All named lawyers are based in New Orleans.

Practice head(s):

Howard Shapiro; René Thorne

Other key lawyers:

Stacey C.S Cerrone; Charles Seemann

Key clients

Nova Southeastern University


Bronson Healthcare Group

Alticor, Inc.

Centerra Group, LLC

Evonik Corp.


Juniper Networks

GreatBanc Trust Co.

Grifols Shared Services North America, Inc.

MGM Resorts International


Denso International America


Advance Auto

University of Maryland Medical System Corporation

Henry Ford Health System

Segerdahl Corporation, dba SG360

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 2

Healthcare, energy, transport, construction and media are industries of particular focus for the practice group at Jackson Lewis P.C., working on management-side mandates relating to both contentious and transactional work including organization and representation, labor litigation, collective bargaining and contingency planning matters. Working out of the Atlanta office, co-leader of the labor-relations practice group, Jonathan Spitz, is vastly experienced in handling unfair labor practice trials and advises employers in complex labor relations issues. Fellow co-leader, Hartford’s Richard Vitarelli, is known for his work in the space on strategic labor relations, collective bargaining, multi-employer pension benefits and withdrawal liability issues. Elsewhere in the group, Orange County-based Laura Pierson-Scheinberg focuses on traditional labor issues, union elections and unfair labor practice charges. Phoenix-based Alan Feldman and Maryland's Stephen Silvestri are other important ports of call within the team.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Spitz; Richard Vitarelli


‘Devoted management-side labor lawyers. Deep experience in multiple areas, coupled with practical advice. From negotiations with organized labor to “bread and butter” HR and labor issues, the Jackson Lewis team is quick to assess the landscape of a matter and get up to speed, before following through with “hands-on” and straightforward advice – even when the news is not what the client wants to hear.’

‘The team has deep experience that fosters practical, straightforward advice that can be quickly implemented.’

Key clients

Howard University

Equinor, USA

Gemma Power Systems

Adventist Health System

NFI Group

Nationwide Insurance

Resource System Group

Curio Holdings

Exxon Mobil

Work highlights

  • Represented an international oil-and-gas company’s in issues including unfair labor practice trials, strategic advice on collective bargaining, strike contingency planning, union avoidance and all other aspects of labor law.
  • Represented Howard University on the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement in the face of a potential faculty strike.
  • Representing a large client in the public sector in employment negotiations.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

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.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 3

Jackson Lewis P.C. routinely assesses the implications of state and local immigration laws, and is extensively experienced in representing significant key executives in matters concerning immigration detention and removal. The team also advises on regulatory compliance concerning immigration and represents employers in Department of Homeland Security civil and criminal workplace investigations. Michael Neifach works from Washington, DC and his diverse client base features high profile individuals, law firms, private equity funds and significant companies with immigration and visa issues. Otieno Ombok is located in White Plains and assists employers operating in the Big Pharma and healthcare, manufacturing and telecommunications with the development of their immigration programs. Amy Peck is based in Omaha and is often engaged workplace immigration and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Amy Peck; Michael Neifach; Otieno Ombok

Other key lawyers:

Kimberly Bennett; Minnie Fu


‘They assist us in working with our foreign national employees and their managers taking the time to explain each step in the process.’

‘Their knowledge and understanding of immigration law, as well as the current immigration law environment is invaluable.

Key clients

USA Bobsled

AXS Group, LLC

Tanner Trebb

Miltenyi Biotec North America

Meadowbrook Foundation

Feng Dong/Bedrock Foundation

Zhengping Hao


Meadowbrook Foundation

Work highlights

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 3

Boutique firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is headed by Kevin Lauri of the New York office and is able to advise on the full spectrum of employment matters, including arbitration proceedings, class action cases, harassment and discrimination matters, and trade secret issues. 2022 saw the firm establish two new practice groups last year to further benefit employment work – a dedicated trials and appeals group, co-led by Donald English and formed to exclusively deal with multi-jurisdictional cases and significant class actions, and the ESG practice group, led by Laura Mitchell. The firm has experience within a wide variety of industries such as retail, automotive, technology, and transportation, with prominent clients within the healthcare, pharma, and higher education industries in particular.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lauri

Other key lawyers:

Donald English; Laura Mitchell; Clarisse Petersen; Scott Ruygrok; Jina Lee


‘Donny English, managing partner of the Baltimore office, manages an integrated team to address the wide breadth of issues that arise in my organization of 25,000+ employees; is responsive; balances legal and practical advice based on his keen awareness of the industry and practice area; implements fair and reasonable billing practices; ensures a constant channel of communication between his team and mine; and adds significant value by being available to address matters as they arise which often minimizes the risk at hand.’

‘The Jackson Lewis team is highly knowledgeable, responsive, and practical.’

‘Clarisse Petersen – highly responsive, detail-oriented, cheerful personality (helpful when dealing with a high volume of disputes), and very thorough and thoughtful in her explanations.’

‘Scott Ruygrok is highly responsive, knowledgeable in all 50 US states, deep institutional knowledge of our company, and great sense of humor.’

‘Jina Lee is highly responsive, extremely hardworking, and very knowledgeable.’

Key clients


Wal-Mart Inc.

DaVita Inc.




BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Johns Hopkins University

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

Jackson Lewis P.C. advises a diverse range of clients such as Howard University and Equinor USA on a wide range of employee benefit matters. The firm has been active on a number of current market trends, such as handling issues arising after the Dobbs v Jackson decision. Baltimore’s Joy Napier-Joyce, who has considerable expertise in employee benefits, and New York’s Melissa Ostrower, who concentrates on general compliance and administration of qualified retirement plans and nonqualified retirement plans, lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Joy Napier-Joyce; Melissa Ostrower

Key clients

Howard University

Equinor USA

Gemma Power Systems

Adventist Health System

NFI Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised several high-profile companies on how to respond to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.
  • Advised NFI Group on several matters which were all of supreme importance to the client’s day-to-day business operations; one matter alone was valued at $40,000,000 of potential financial damages for the client.

Focused on labor and employment law since 1958, Jackson Lewis P.C.’s 950+ attorneys located in major cities nationwide consistently identify and respond to new ways workplace law intersects business. The firm helps employers develop proactive strategies, strong policies and business-oriented solutions to cultivate high-functioning workforces that are engaged, stable and diverse, and shares its clients’ goals to emphasize inclusivity and respect for the contribution of every employee.

Department Name Email Telephone
Advice and Counsel Richard I. Greenberg (New York City) Richard.Greenberg@jacksonlewis.com 212-545-4080
Advice and Counsel Susan E Groff (Los Angeles) Susan.Groff@jacksonlewis.com 213-689-0404
Advice and Counsel Tasos Paindiris (Orlando) Tasos.Paindiris@jacksonlewis.com 407-246-8440
Affirmative Action, OFCCP & Government Contract Compliance Matthew J Camardella (Long Island) Matthew.Camardella@jacksonlewis.com 631-247-4639
Affirmative Action, OFCCP & Government Contract Compliance K Joy Chin (Long Island) Joy.Chin@jacksonlewis.com 631-247-4613
Class Actions & Complex Litigation Mia Farber (Los Angeles) Mia.Farber@jacksonlewis.com 213-630-8284
Class Actions & Complex Litigation David R. Golder (Hartford) David.Golder@jacksonlewis.com 860-522-0404
Class Actions & Complex Litigation Eric R. Magnus (Atlanta) Eric.Magnus@jacksonlewis.com 404-525-8200
Collegiate & Professional Sports Paul V. Kelly (Boston) Paul.Kelly@jacksonlewis.com 617-305-1263
Corporate Diversity Counseling John M. Bryson II (DC) John.Bryson@jacksonlewis.com 703-483-8318
Corporate Diversity Counseling Weldon H. Latham (DC) Weldon.Latham@jacksonlewis.com 703-483-8333
Corporate Governance & Internal Investigations Richard J. Cino (Berkeley Heights) Richard.Cino@jacksonlewis.com 973-451-6324
Corporate Governance & Internal Investigations David R. Jimenez (Hartford) David.Jimenez@jacksonlewis.com 860-522-0404
Disability, Leave & Health Management Joseph L. Lynett (White Plains) Joseph.Lynett@jacksonlewis.com 914-872-6888
Disability, Leave & Health Management Sheri L. Giger Sheri.Giger@jacksonlewis.com 412-338-5146
Disability, Leave & Health Management Katharine C. Weber (Cincinnati) Katharine.Weber@jacksonlewis.com 513-898-0050
Employee Benefits Joy M. Napier-Joyce (Baltimore) Joy.NapierJoyce@jacksonlewis.com 410-415-2028
Employee Benefits Melissa Ostrower (New York City) Melissa.Ostrower@jacksonlewis.com 212-545-4000
ERISA Complex Litigation Howard Shapiro (New Orleans) Howard.Shapiro@jacksonlewis.com 504-208-5835
ERISA Complex Litigation Rene E. Thorne (New Orleans) Rene.Thorne@jacksonlewis.com 504-208-1755
ERISA Complex Litigation Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris (Orlando) Stephanie.Adler-Paindiris@jacksonlewis.com 407-246-8409
Immigration Michael Neifach (DC) Michael.Neifach@jacksonlewis.com 703-483-8300
Immigration Otieno B. Ombok (White Plains) Otieno.Ombok@jacksonlewis.com 914-872-6895
Immigration Amy Peck (Omaha) Amy.Peck@jacksonlewis.com 402-391-1991
International Employment & L&E Global Minnie Fu (DC) Minnie.Fu@jacksonlewis.com 703-483-8311
International Employment & L&E Global John L. Sander (New York City) John.Sander@jacksonlewis.com 212-545-4050
Litigation Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris (Orlando) Stephanie.Adler-Paindiris@jacksonlewis.com 407-246-8409
Litigation Stephanie E. Lewis Stephanie.Lewis@jacksonlewis.com 864-672-8048
Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity Jason C. Gavejan (Berkeley Heights) Jason.Gavejian@jacksonlewis.com 908-795-5139
Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity Joseph L. Lazzarotti (Berkeley Heights) Joseph.Lazzarotti@jacksonlewis.com 908-795-5205
Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition Clifford R. Atlas (New York City) Clifford.Atlas@jacksonlewis.com 212-545-4017
Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition Erik J. Winton (Boston) Erik.Winton@jacksonlewis.com 617-367-0025
Trials and Appeals Donald E. English, Jr. (Baltimore) Donald.English@jacksonlewis.com 410-415-2007
Trials and Appeals Greg Riolo (Albany) Greg.Riolo@jacksonlewis.com 518-512-8791
Wage & Hour Justin R. Barnes (Atlanta) Justin.Barnes@jacksonlewis.com 404-586-1809
Wage & Hour Jeffrey W. Brecher (Long Island) Jeffrey.Brecher@jacksonlewis.com 631-247-4652
White Collar & Government Enforcement Paul V. Kelly (Boston) Paul.Kelly@jacksonlewis.com 617-305-1263
Workplace Safety & Health Courtney M. Malveaux (Richmond) Courtney.Malveaux@jacksonlewis.com 804-212-2862
Photo Name Position Profile
Stacey C.S. Cerrone photo Stacey C.S. Cerrone Principal and Office Litigation Manager
René E. Thorne photo René E. Thorne Principal and co-leader of the firm’s ERISA Litigation group
Charles F. Seemann photo Charles F. Seemann Office Managing Principal
Howard Shapiro photo Howard Shapiro Principal and Co-Leader of the ERISA Litigation group
Number of total partners : 483
Number of counsel : 88
Number of associates : 421
Total lawyers : 992