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DLA Piper LLP (US)
1251 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States

Work Department

Employment

Position

Of Counsel

Career

Garrett Kennedy represents employers and senior executives in all aspects of employment-related litigation, including before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels, as well as in mediations.

His litigation experience includes defense of claims of sex, race and national origin discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation, as well as claims brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act and state and local wage and hour laws, disputes involving the enforcement of employment contracts and post-employment restrictive covenants and tort claims arising out of the employment relationship, such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and defamation, among other related areas. Garrett also has significant experience defending employers in class and collective actions.

Garrett additionally advises clients on a broad variety of subject matters including: terminations and other disciplinary actions, employment, consulting and separation agreements, investigations of alleged harassment and other employee misconduct, employment policies and practices and litigation avoidance.

Education

J.D., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

DLA Piper LLP (US) has an ‘outstanding practice across the board‘, and is known to cover the full range of labor and employment disputes for clients from the financial services, advertising, fashion, and healthcare sectors, among others. Brian Kaplan heads the department and is considered an ‘extraordinary lawyer‘. He was part of a team that successfully defended New York University in multiple lawsuits and charges in excess of $50m against a former adjunct instructor relating to alleged discrimination. Joseph Piesco represents Fox in several disputes, each alleging race discrimination. Piesco and Norman Leon also reached a favorable judgment for Domino’s after employees of numerous franchisees tried to hold the client liable as a ‘joint employer’. Counsel Garrett Kennedy, who is the ‘perfect partner in challenging disputes‘, was also involved in both cases; Daniel Turinsky is noted. Aforementioned lawyers are based in New York. Other highlighted individuals are San Diego’s Mary Dollarhide and Joseph Guarino in New Jersey. In Dallas, Marc Katz and Isabel Crosby, who joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in February 2018, are the key contacts. Evan Parness in New York made partner in April 2018. New arrivals to the team include Holly Lake in Los Angeles from Miller Law Group in September 2018 and Ryan Vann in Chicago from Baker McKenzie LLP. In March 2018, the Chicago-based former department head Michael Sheehan left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and not long after, in April 2018, a team including Rachel Cowen, Ron Holland and Maria Rodriguez made the same move.