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Jackson Lewis P.C.
211 N. Pennsylvania Street
Suite 1700
United States

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 2

Jackson Lewis P.C.‘s national practice has seen particular growth in the areas of healthcare, transportation and oil and gas. The firm is led by Atlanta-based co-leader Jonathan Spitz , who works in union management for the oil and gas sector, and Hartford, Connecticut-based co-leader Richard Vitarelli, who is involved in labor relations, collective bargaining and multiemployer pensions benefits. Laura Pierson-Scheinberg, from the Orange County office, has overseen contentious negotiations between employers and unions representing thousands of workers, and assisted in negotiating a contract without labor strife. Litigation practice manager Alan Feldman is another key name in the team, handling employee discipline and unfair labor practice charges from the Phoenix office.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Spitz; Richard Vitarelli


‘Solution-oriented. Cost-effective. They are our go to firm for all labor disputes and employee training for harassment and discrimination compliance.’

‘Responsive, always available, fully understand our business and corporate culture.’

Key clients

Equinor US, LLC

The Johns Hopkins University

Howard University

Nationwide Insurance

Daniel G. Schuster Inc

County of Santa Clara

Sofco Erectors, Inc.


Work highlights

  • Represented a company in challenging the method used by the pension fund to calculate the company’s withdrawal liability after its bargaining relationship with the union terminated. In a precedent setting decision, the Sixth Circuit Court ruled that the fund’s use of the Segal Blend was unlawful, and that the fund instead should have used its higher funding interest rate.
  • Represented an international oil-and-gas company in a union decertification campaign that involved 170 eligible voters at a facility that had been unionized for more than 50 years.
  • Assisted a pension plan in the $162m acquisition of substantially all the assets of an entity with significant (approximately $85m) potential withdrawal liability exposure involving eight multiemployer pension plans (MEPPs).

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

Jackson Lewis P.C. fields a sizeable team of employment law specialists dedicated to advising on management and workplace issues. The firm has the size and resources to provide advice across a range of areas, including employment applications, background checks, disability and leave management, fitness for duty examinations, handbooks and personnel policies, reductions in workforce, and preventing violence in the workplace. The team is led by New York-based partner Kevin Lauri and William Anthony in Albany. Other prominent lawyers include Katherine Van Dyke in Detroit; she specialises in the manufacturing and chemicals sectors. Daniel Doron joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP at the start of 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richard Greenberg; Susan Groff; Patricia Anderson Pryor

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Haas & Wilkerson Insurance

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

America East Conference

NHL Alumni Association

Work highlights

  • Advising DuPont on labor relations matters, benefits and immigration in all states and territories in which the company operates.
  • Advised multiple clients on remote work arrangements for employees, including multi-state support for a new and growing remote worker population.
  • Advising clients on complying with California regulations and requirements.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

Jackson Lewis P.C. focuses on the defense of ERISA class action litigation nationwide, with a growing focus on defending single-plaintiff ERISA matters. The firm handles 401(k) litigation, COBRA class actions, and mental health and healthcare-related cases, among others. The firm is led by New Orleans-based partners Howard Shapiro and René E. Thorne, with key support from Charles F. Seemann and Stacey C.S. Cerrone.

Practice head(s):

Howard Shapiro; René Thorne


‘Excellent industry expertise and experience in the ERISA field; very high level of responsiveness and client service.’

Key clients

MGM Resorts International

Charles Schwab

Sutter Health


MidAmerican Energy Company

University of Tampa

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Pfizer Inc.

Estée Lauder


Work highlights

  • Representing seven individual and institutional defendants in a breach of fiduciary duty class action filed in Chicago.
  • Representing a contactor in a class action suit alleging that the client failed to comply with notice requirements relating to continuation of medical coverage under COBRA.

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

Labor and employment specialist law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. acts for clients across the retail, healthcare, technology, energy and hospitality sectors on a range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. In the firm’s Baltimore office, Joy Napier-Joyce heads the team and advises on compliance issues relating to qualified retirement plans under ERISA and the IRS, while Kellie M. Thomas focuses on deferred compensation matters, including Section 409A issues, as well as defined benefit plans and HIPPA compliance mandates. South Carolina-based Suzanne G. Odom is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Joy Napier-Joyce

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

At Jackson Lewis P.C. team has experience advising on non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters and regulatory compliance work. The team is jointly managed by Omaha-based Amy Peck who handles employment-based immigration law and business immigration expert Otieno Ombok in New York. In Washington DC, co-head of the group Michael H. Neifach advises on border security matters and represent employers in investigations by the Department of Homeland Security. He is supported by Brenda Oliver who joined from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy in September 2021. Also in DC is Minnie Fu, who co-leads the international employment practice group and is the key contact for employment visas. The team also advises on travel restrictions, particularly amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Amy Peck; Michael Neifach; Otieno Ombok

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Represented a company in processing multiple intracompany transferee visa petitions, which in turn established the company’s eligibility to pursue a blanket visa petition.
  • Advised a foreign national employee and his spouse on an approval of adjustment of status.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 4

Boutique law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is noted for defending clients before trial and appellate courts as well as arbitration proceedings involving wage and hour claims, discrimination and harassment allegations as well as trade secret and antitrust cases. Skilled in class, collective and single-plaintiff cases, the team benefits from the ability to leverage the firm’s e-discovery capabilities when handling complex litigation. It is managed by Orange County-based Samantha Hoffman and chaired by Kevin Lauri in New York. The class action and complex litigation practice group is jointly led by wage and hour experts Mia Farber in Los Angeles, David Golder in Hartford and Eric Magnus in Atlanta. Nadine Abrahams in Chicago directs the general employment litigation practice group alongside Orlando-based litigator Stephanie Adler-Paindiris. Other key names include Stephen Silvestri in Baltimore, Debra Weiss Ford in Portsmouth and Katherine Van Dyke in Detroit. Reynaldo Velazquez, formerly at Ford & Harrison LLP,  joined the Miami office in November 2021 and Garen Dodge, formerly at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., joined the Washington DC office in July 2021. Las Vegas-based Lisa McClane left the firm in June 2021 for Fisher & Phillips.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lauri; Samantha Hoffman; Mia Farber; David Golder; Eric Magnus; Nadine Abrahams; Stephanie Adler-Paindiris

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Valentino; Jeffrey Brecher; Alessandro Villanella; Stephen SilvestriDebra Weiss Ford; Katherine Van Dyke; Reynaldo Velazquez; Garen Dodge


‘Their customer service, follow up and attention to detail have been second to none. They are the best law firm we have ever worked with.’

‘The firm leadership and accessibility of Christopher Valentino the managing partner was extremely detail oriented and top shelf.’

‘In an extremely complex litigation we dealt with Jeffrey Brecher the lead partner assisted by Alex Villanella another excellent young partner. They were extremely fair with their billing and gave us excellent legal representation 7/24 365 days a year.’

Key clients



DaVita Inc


Johns Hopkins University

City of Portsmouth

Catholic Medical Center

BMW Manufacturing Co LLC

Advance Auto Parts Inc

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a federal contractor against FLSA claims by a collective of approximately 65 plaintiffs.
  • Successfully assisted DGS with a jury trial of two class action claims involving over 1,000 employees and complex claims of breach of contract, violation of wage laws, and common law claims of unjust enrichment.
  • Represented Cellmark Paper Inc in a multimillion-dollar commission dispute that is pending in Connecticut Superior Court, involving claims of breach of contract, failure to page wages and retaliation.

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.

Advice and Counsel Richard I. Greenberg (New York City)Richard.Greenberg@jacksonlewis.com212-545-4080
Advice and Counsel Susan E Groff (Los Angeles)Susan.Groff@jacksonlewis.com213-689-0404
Advice and Counsel Tasos Paindiris (Orlando)Tasos.Paindiris@jacksonlewis.com407-246-8440
Affirmative Action, OFCCP & Government Contract Compliance Matthew J Camardella (Long Island)Matthew.Camardella@jacksonlewis.com631-247-4639
Affirmative Action, OFCCP & Government Contract Compliance K Joy Chin (Long Island)Joy.Chin@jacksonlewis.com631-247-4613
Class Actions & Complex Litigation Mia Farber (Los Angeles)Mia.Farber@jacksonlewis.com213-630-8284
Class Actions & Complex Litigation David R. Golder (Hartford)David.Golder@jacksonlewis.com860-522-0404
Class Actions & Complex Litigation Eric R. Magnus (Atlanta)Eric.Magnus@jacksonlewis.com404-525-8200
Collegiate & Professional Sports Paul V. Kelly (Boston)Paul.Kelly@jacksonlewis.com617-305-1263
Corporate Diversity Counseling John M. Bryson II (DC)John.Bryson@jacksonlewis.com703-483-8318
Corporate Diversity Counseling Weldon H. Latham (DC)Weldon.Latham@jacksonlewis.com703-483-8333
Corporate Governance & Internal Investigations Richard J. Cino (Berkeley Heights)Richard.Cino@jacksonlewis.com973-451-6324
Corporate Governance & Internal Investigations David R. Jimenez (Hartford)David.Jimenez@jacksonlewis.com860-522-0404
Disability, Leave & Health Management Joseph L. Lynett (White Plains)Joseph.Lynett@jacksonlewis.com914-872-6888
Disability, Leave & Health Management Sheri L. GigerSheri.Giger@jacksonlewis.com412-338-5146
Disability, Leave & Health Management Katharine C. Weber (Cincinnati)Katharine.Weber@jacksonlewis.com513-898-0050
Employee Benefits Joy M. Napier-Joyce (Baltimore)Joy.NapierJoyce@jacksonlewis.com410-415-2028
Employee Benefits Melissa Ostrower (New York City)Melissa.Ostrower@jacksonlewis.com212-545-4000
ERISA Complex Litigation Howard Shapiro (New Orleans)Howard.Shapiro@jacksonlewis.com504-208-5835
ERISA Complex Litigation Rene E. Thorne (New Orleans)Rene.Thorne@jacksonlewis.com504-208-1755
ERISA Complex Litigation Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris (Orlando)Stephanie.Adler-Paindiris@jacksonlewis.com407-246-8409
Immigration Michael Neifach (DC)Michael.Neifach@jacksonlewis.com703-483-8300
Immigration Otieno B. Ombok (White Plains)Otieno.Ombok@jacksonlewis.com914-872-6895
Immigration Amy Peck (Omaha)Amy.Peck@jacksonlewis.com402-391-1991
International Employment & L&E Global Minnie Fu (DC)Minnie.Fu@jacksonlewis.com703-483-8311
International Employment & L&E Global John L. Sander (New York City)John.Sander@jacksonlewis.com212-545-4050
Litigation Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris (Orlando)Stephanie.Adler-Paindiris@jacksonlewis.com407-246-8409
Litigation Stephanie E. LewisStephanie.Lewis@jacksonlewis.com864-672-8048
Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity Jason C. Gavejan (Berkeley Heights)Jason.Gavejian@jacksonlewis.com908-795-5139
Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity Joseph L. Lazzarotti (Berkeley Heights)Joseph.Lazzarotti@jacksonlewis.com908-795-5205
Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition Clifford R. Atlas (New York City)Clifford.Atlas@jacksonlewis.com212-545-4017
Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition Erik J. Winton (Boston)Erik.Winton@jacksonlewis.com617-367-0025
Trials and Appeals Donald E. English, Jr. (Baltimore)Donald.English@jacksonlewis.com410-415-2007
Trials and Appeals Greg Riolo (Albany)Greg.Riolo@jacksonlewis.com518-512-8791
Wage & Hour Justin R. Barnes (Atlanta)Justin.Barnes@jacksonlewis.com404-586-1809
Wage & Hour Jeffrey W. Brecher (Long Island)Jeffrey.Brecher@jacksonlewis.com631-247-4652
White Collar & Government Enforcement Paul V. Kelly (Boston)Paul.Kelly@jacksonlewis.com617-305-1263
Workplace Safety & Health Courtney M. Malveaux (Richmond)Courtney.Malveaux@jacksonlewis.com804-212-2862
Workplace Safety & Health Melanie L. Paul (Atlanta)Melanie.Paul@jacksonlewis.com404-586-1869
Workplace Training Edward M. Cherof (Atlanta)Edward.Cherof@jacksonlewis.com404-586-1851
Workplace Training Samia M. Kirmani (Boston)Samia.Kirmani@jacksonlewis.com617-367-0025
Number of total partners : 483
Number of counsel : 88
Number of associates : 421
Total lawyers : 992