Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment - Arizona


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What the team is known for Well-resourced department known for representing corporate giants in employment issues spanning discrimination claims, litigation and union negotiations. Clients value the size and depth of the team and its large geographical network which enables it to work seamlessly and effectively on matters that traverse states.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their responsiveness is excellent, I rarely have to wait more than a few minutes for a response. Their teamwork is very good, so if I call with a question that may be slightly outside of their area, they are very quickly able to connect me to somebody who can help."

"They have a multitude of different employment areas that they cover and they make sure you are dealing with the best lawyer for the question at hand."

Work highlights Successfully defended Raytheon Company and MetLife Group before the Arizona District Court in wrongful termination claims from a former employee totaling $200 million. 

Represented Metropolitan Life Insurance in a judicial review over the company's decision not to provide long-term disability benefits to a worker whose ERISA plan they insured. 

Notable practitioners  

Rainmaker Joseph Clees manages the department's relationships with major national employers. One client admiringly observes: "He is the consummate client relationship professional, a very smart yet approachable person. I appreciate his accessibility, his creativity, his commitment to a true partnership with our company, and the sheer amount of things he knows off the top of his head."

Tucson-based Tibor Nagy represents top employers who appreciate his level of experience and skill in strategizing. One source enthuses: "Of all the people I've worked with, he is the most responsive, and the breadth of his expertise is great."

Clients say Mark Kisicki is "very intelligent and strategic, a good listener, and distills his years of experience into very useful advice." He co-led a team that successfully defended General Dynamics Land Systems against a disability discrimination suit.

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What the team is known for Garners praise for representation of national companies across the healthcare, chain store, automotive and aviation industries. Represents clients in NLRB proceedings, restrictive covenant disputes, wage and hour class actions, discrimination charges and union negotiations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is simply amazing. They routinely strategize best approaches, are very thorough to ensure all angles are considered and investigated, and provide solid counsel."

"The team is very cohesive, and they all have great strengths in writing, communication and preparation. All are responsive and available to us at any time."

Work highlights Handled litigation brought by a former employee of media company Gannett, on the grounds that she had been unfairly dismissed due to behavior resulting from a mental condition.

Defended Bashas’ grocery store chain in an EEOC investigation and four-day bench trial, achieving a limited enforcement action.

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Katz is a "fantastic, responsive lawyer who will give parameters and analyze legal risks," say impressed clients. He anchors the firm's relationship with an impressive roster of companies in the automotive and supermarket chain industries, providing counsel on wrongful dismissal disputes, labor and union relations, as well as general personnel matters.

Stephanie Quincy conducts an impressive practice including defense of companies in EEOC litigation. Interviewees describe her as "brilliant, caring, strategic, thorough and a pleasure to deal with." Notable clients include Red Door Spa Holdings, Elizabeth Arden Spas and Banner Health.

Labor law specialist Steven Wheeless is a "very down-to-earth, personable lawyer, who makes you feel like his only client," say interviewees. He frequently represents clients before the NLRB.

Significant clients Dignity Health, Kia Motors, Mesa Air Group, William Coulter Motor Company, Cemex.

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What the team is known for Advises companies on a variety of employment matters including employee benefits, ERISA and audits. Also provides representation in discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. Services particularly sought by engine manufacturers, as well as mining and utility companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're an excellent team; they work very well, are very responsive, and they keep me advised. I have complete confidence when I refer a matter to them that it will be handled properly."

"Extremely professional in all areas; nothing but top-notch in all aspects of the communication, whether on the phone or via e-mail."

Work highlights Received a mandate from the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind to investigate the grounds for six discrimination complaints brought by current and former employees.

Notable practitioners  

Seasoned trial lawyer Ronald Stolkin "does an exemplary job," say clients, who appreciate that "he takes an interest in seeking the most effective, most efficient way of resolving a matter." He is known for handling work in Nevada and California, as well as more locally in Phoenix and Tucson.

Donald Gilbert has a wealth of experience in labor arbitrations and has represented clients in state and federal court in numerous employment suits. His wide-ranging practice emphasizes restrictive covenant and trade secret disputes.

Clients value the technical expertise of employee benefits and ERISA specialist Erwin Kratz, commenting: "Erwin knows his stuff on ERISA; he has vast knowledge and is very responsive."  

Significant clients Freeport-McMoRan, Robson Communities, Southwest Airlines, Ventana Medical Systems, Walbro.

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What the team is known for Acclaimed labor management and workplace law specialist firm serving clients ranging from national hotel chains to technology consulting companies. Experienced in responding to EEOC charges, discrimination claims and other litigation matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're smart, they're diligent, they know the law, they make sure they completely understand your case and give you good advice."

"They don't just react; they're proactive, and are very seasoned practitioners."

Work highlights Acted for Swissport on a class action brought by the EEOC on behalf of a very large class of claimants. Granted a summary judgment on the majority of the claims.

Represented Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in gender discrimination claims by a former employee. Awarded summary judgment in favor of the client.

Notable practitioners  

Seasoned labor and employment attorney Richard Cohen is highly regarded by clients: "He's very unassuming, not arrogant, and has an excellent reputation." He is noted for his experience as a mediator as well as a litigator, and recently achieved victory for client Swissport in a number of claims brought against the company.

Senior partner Amy Gittler specializes in discrimination and wrongful dismissal cases, as well as wage and hour disputes. She frequently appears before the EEOC and has argued cases before the US Supreme Court.

Significant clients Best Western International, City of Apache Junction, ON Semiconductor, Southwest Risk Services, VetMed Consultants.

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What the team is known for Recommended for handling of EEOC and NLRB charges, wage and hour suits, union arbitrations and restrictive covenants. Particular experience of representing local municipalities throughout the State of Arizona.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team are experts in their fields, responsive to our needs, focused and passionate about winning."

"They're very bright, high-level attorneys; they're good at identifying who in particular has a strength in this niche, and in controlling our bill. Overall their strategizing is phenomenal."

Work highlights Defended Home Health Agency Arizona against charges of religious discrimination and sexual harassment in the federal courts, achieving a favorable settlement for the client.

Successfully represented the City of Glendale in retirement scheme-related litigation brought by members of the fire department.

Notable practitioners  

"Dynamite attorney" Michael Moberly receives accolades from clients for his depth of knowledge and thorough approach to his work. He has recently received mandates to defend technology companies Intel and Tolt, as well as the cities of Chandler and Glendale, in various employee class actions.

Interviewees describe labor law specialist Nathan Niemuth as one of the foremost practitioners in his field in the Phoenix area: "He is an excellent attorney whose judgments we value and trust."

Significant clients Freeport-McMoRan, Safeway, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley.

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What the team is known for Attracts clients in the mining, healthcare and manufacturing industries with a strong reputation in class action litigation. Additional strength in advising on workforce reductions and health and safety matters under the OSHA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are efficient and cost-effective, and are aggressive and thorough in conducting their work."

"They give really outstanding service, they give me extremely good accessibility, they deliver on time consistently and they are practical."

Work highlights Successfully defended McLane Company against an enforcement action brought by the EEOC on behalf of a former employee alleging disability and gender discrimination based on the company's policy of conducting a physical assessment of employees to evaluate their fitness for work.

Represented Rural/Metro Corporation in claims of wrongful dismissal under the Arizona Employment Protection Act by a former employee who alleged he had been fired in retaliation for whistle-blowing. A summary judgment was obtained for the client.

Notable practitioners  

John Lomax focuses his practice on labor and employment litigation. Sources remark that he is "a top-notch lawyer with a low-key approach that judges are particularly receptive to." He has experience of representing major national companies in labor arbitrations.

Clients say Rebecca Winterscheidt is "very accessible, extremely responsive and very practical." She is a respected mediator in labor and employment matters, particularly relating to immigration. She also has a growing privacy practice.

Jerry Morales represents employers in labor law matters, with an emphasis on acting for construction sector clients. He is noted for his experience in alternative dispute resolution.

Significant clients Insight Enterprises, Sun Tran, Swift Transportation, Tucson Electric Power, Universal Technical Institute.

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What the team is known for Recognized for labor and union law expertise, as well as for advising major businesses on the employment side of their acquisitions and divestitures. Represents clients in contentious matters regarding breach of contract and noncompete agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is very responsive and available, well schooled in the most contemporary elements of labor law, and offers excellent counsel, tailored to the client."

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Rosenfeld remains recognized as a major player in the labor and employment field, as one source said: "He's been recognized for some time as one of the real players in this market." He has significant experience defending companies against EEOC charges relating to gender and age discrimination. He is noted for representing clients in the healthcare sector.

Lewis Clark is singled out for praise by clients, who appreciate his "ability to reach a resolution without putting the company at risk of significant exposure," as well as his "reasonable, sound judgment on issues as they come up."  

Daniel Pasternak is noted by interviewees as an up-and-coming labor and employment litigator. One impressed client said: "He is an outstanding attorney with a capital 'O' who I've already recommended to other people".

Significant clients Dignity Health,, JDA Software, Rural/Metro Corporation, StandardAero.

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What the team is known for Compact but powerful labor and employment team representing employers in administrative matters. Also handles discrimination claims and post-employment restriction litigation in state and federal courts.

Notable practitioners  

Firm managing partner Kent Brockelman provides counsel on all employment matters on an ongoing basis to Arizona-based companies. He also handles related litigation at a state and national level.

Kimberly Fatica advises on all aspects of employment law, with a focus on restrictive covenants and representing employers in associated litigation.

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What the team is known for Well-reputed national labor and employment boutique. Advises management, mining and healthcare companies on multistate and local matters. Experienced in discrimination and unfair dismissal litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are strong in defense and in outlining the weaknesses in the plaintiff's case. They have an extremely strong courtroom presence and preparation, and win the jury over with their prowess, kindness and logic."

"The attorneys are more than willing to connect you with the partner or attorney most experienced in the area in which you need assistance. Their breadth of knowledge and experience is clearly a strength."

Work highlights Successfully represented Rossmar & Graham in litigation initiated by a former manager in response to the company's refusal to allow the employee to work from home on poor health grounds.

Successfully defended Eagle Golf against charges brought by the EEOC on behalf of a former employee with cerebral palsy who claimed his employment was terminated in retaliation for a complaint filed against a supervisor who made a derogatory remark about disabled people. 

Notable practitioners  

Department head Mark Ogden is highlighted by commentators as "a true player in the labor and employment world." He manages the group's relationships with national corporate clients and has substantial trial experience.

Shawn Oller "has an uncanny knowledge of employment law," admire clients, singling him out as a "highly skilled litigation counsel who keeps you informed and helps you and your organization prevent litigation."

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What the team is known for Provides labor and employment counsel to businesses in a variety of sectors. Experienced in handling union negotiations and arbitrations, as well as overseeing compensation, benefits and discrimination claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very thorough, and they understand what needs to be done to win a case. They not only process the case but can leverage some of their knowledge, experience and insight to get the client the best advantage in a particular situation."

"They are knowledgeable and pleasant to work with, are strong litigators and not afraid to stand up to opposing counsel."

Work highlights Represented Amsafe in a noncompete case against a group of former employees who set up a rival company, PolyFiber Enterprises.

Counseled TERROS on the spectrum of matters relating to its workforce, including disciplinary procedures, hiring and dismissal policies, as well as associated disputes.

Notable practitioners  

Experienced labor lawyer Jon Pettibone is "very knowledgeable, very straightforward, and gives good solid advice," say clients. He has experience representing large companies in wage and hour investigations and is recommended for his handling of union negotiations.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Mary Ellen Simonson of Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP has "a reputation for being tough and aggressive as a litigator and diligent and dedicated in working on behalf of her clients," enthuse interviewees. Her expertise includes trade secrets litigation.

Sources say Scott Rodgers of Osborne Maledon PA is "a clear, concise communicator with the ability to educate the client about the legal issues and courses of action to be considered." Notable clients include American Traffic Solutions, Inventure Foods and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community.

Tenacious advocate John Doran of Sherman & Howard LLC is an esteemed trial lawyer with a labor and employment focus. "He has an excellent ability to anticipate consequences in litigation and devise a strategy that will be successful in meeting our goals," according to one client. He is particularly noted for the strength of his appellate practice.

Sources enthusiastically endorse Lonnie Williams of Stinson Leonard Street as "unquestionably one of the best trial lawyers in the state." He focuses his practice on representing large companies in discrimination lawsuits.

David Selden of The Cavanagh Law Firm is praised for his aggressive representation of business clients in court. He has experience across the board in administrative as well as contentious employment matters, with additional expertise in wrongful termination law.  

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