Labor & Employment - Arizona
THE FIRM This national boutique has gained a strong reputation in Arizona, which has been reflected in the recent expansion of the team and the increased time the firm is devoting to labor matters. It has experience across many areas of labor and employment law, and is particularly strong in matters relating to discrimination, harassment and retaliation. It recently successfully defended Hanger in a complex case involving harassment and retaliation. Other clients include Best Western International, City of Apache Junction and Southwest Risk Services.
Sources say: "The service they gave me was fantastic, with good strategy and planning."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Cohen advises public and private businesses on any type of employment law, with a particular focus on discrimination. He also advises clients on everyday issues relating to sexual harassment, disability accommodation, and employee terminations and discipline. One source says: "He is very responsive to clients; he kept me involved and in the loop at all times. We worked closely together developing strategy."
Former office managing partner Amy Gittler is particularly skilled at defending large firms in wage and hour, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and employment discrimination cases. Clients admire her ability to win in difficult, complex cases.
THE FIRM A nationwide firm with offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Ogletree has one of the strongest full-service labor and employment specialist teams in Arizona, handling employment litigation, appeals and representation before administrative agencies. It represents clients of all sizes, and recently defended Boeing Laser Technical Services against a $500,000 claim by a former employee.
Sources say: "Not only is the work of high quality, but the responsiveness is incredible." "It's my go-to firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Clees is head of the firm's practice in Phoenix and is regarded by clients as "savvy, smart and practical – and he has a good business focus." He has particular expertise in discrimination, labor relations and wrongful termination matters. He recently successfully defended Advanced Call Center Technologies against a $5 million wrongful dismissal lawsuit.
Head of department at the Tucson office, Tibor Nagy represents clients across a broad spectrum of labor and employment laws, including labor-management relations, wage and hour, and employment handbooks and contracts. Clients praise him for giving "comprehensive analysis that is applicable and realistic."
Mark Kisicki has over 20 years of experience representing clients, including in union-avoidance campaigns, litigation under the False Claims Act and complicated IP theft cases. Sources note: "He's fantastic, an excellent lawyer – diligent, responsive and creative."
THE FIRM This team prides itself on its ability to provide a full service to clients, and on its ability to successfully argue complex matters before federal agencies, such as the NLRB and the EEOC, and the US Supreme Court. It has in-depth experience taking on union-organizing campaigns and is skilled at defending employers against breach of contract, civil rights and wrongful termination cases. It recently defended Red Door Spa Holdings against an 18-plaintiff case, including claims of discrimination.
Sources say: "They're very good. We were very happy with the conclusion."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Katz is head of the firm's labor relations and employment law department, and has deep experience handling union-related issues, including litigation. He also litigates in both state and federal court on common law employment rights and employment discrimination statutes and contracts. Peers refer to him as "the dean of labor and employment."
Stephanie Quincy is rated by peers as "a wonderful labor and employment lawyer," and is respected for the depth of her experience. She recently defended Banner Health against a $10 million claim including allegations of religious discrimination, breach of contract and a violation of the False Claims Act.
Steven Wheeless has a national practice and often advises clients in the Eastern USA. He acts on matters relating to NLRB representations, arbitration and collective bargaining.
THE FIRM The labor and employment team at this strong regional firm defends and advises on virtually all aspects of employment law. Its clients range from small businesses to large utilities and mining companies. It recently defended Southwest Airlines against a claim that it violated employees' rights under the FMLA. It also serves as benefits counsel to ASARCO, and assists with employee retirements plans, including any restating of, and amendments to, plans.
Sources say: "The advice we have received on personnel matters has been timely and on the mark."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Cochair of the firm's labor and employment practice, Ronald Stolkin is well versed in advising management on discrimination and harassment matters. He is considered a top trial lawyer, and referred to as a "dynamite attorney."
Fellow cochair Donald Gilbert advises clients on HR matters, such as reviewing changes to employee policies. His abilities are respected by peers, and clients appreciate that he becomes "part of the team and fabric."
Tucson-based Erwin Kratz focuses on employee benefits law and ERISA. He acts on a number of benefits cases nationally and is the lead attorney advising ASARCO.
THE FIRM This regional firm has a diverse labor practice and is able to advise clients on collective bargaining and union representation, counseling employers on their rights and obligations under local and federal employment and employee benefits laws. It represents clients in a diverse range of sectors, such as manufacturing, banking, technology and healthcare. Its client list includes Bank of America, Intel, Thames Water and Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold.
Sources say: "The firm is very thoughtful with its legal advice, very accessible, and willing to take the time to assure that all aspects of the matter at hand are fully addressed in a cost-effective manner."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Former head of the firm's labor and employment practice, Michael Moberly has over 20 years' experience in the field and is considered by peers to be an "exceedingly talented lawyer."
Nathan Niemuth advises employers on matters of government contractor, labor relations, wage and hour and equal opportunity laws at both the state and federal levels. He is described as a "high-quality" labor lawyer.
THE FIRM From its offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Snell & Wilmer is capable of taking clients through all phases of employment and labor litigation, and helps them avoid litigation where possible. Among other things, it advises clients on matters relating to the Equal Pay Act, age discrimination and wrongful termination. It also has a strong cross-border labor practice, with Mexico labor matters being a particular area of accomplishment.
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Lomax frequently advises clients on union-related matters. Peers recommend him as a "dynamite employment attorney," and clients appreciate his litigation skills.
Rebecca Winterscheidt is cochair of the firm's labor and employment practice, and takes clients' cases all the way from administration through discovery and finally to trial. She has handled jury trials in both state and federal court, and has nearly 30 years' experience defending against discrimination cases.
Fluent Spanish speaker Gerard Morales advises on Hispanic labor force and cross-border employment, compliance and wage and hour laws before both state and federal regulatory bodies.
THE FIRM This Phoenix-based firm prides itself on having good relationships with local organizations and has become very well known in Arizona for its work in the employment field. It advises management on compliance with federal and state laws, internal investigations and the preparation and review of employment policies.
Sources say: "Good rate structures."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Kent Brockelman serves as the primary outside counsel to a number of businesses in Arizona, and can represent clients in state and federal court, in addition to advising on day-to-day employment issues. Peers note that he is a top choice for conflict referrals.
Kimberly Fatica is "very experienced and talented." She represents clients before administrative agencies as well as in state and federal courts. Peers also use her as an investigator on labor matters.
THE FIRM The Phoenix office of this national labor and employment specialist is praised for its strong local knowledge of the businesses and professional bodies in Arizona. It advises companies of all standings and statures, from Fortune 500 firms to local small businesses. It is capable of taking on NLRA, collective action and discrimination matters. It recently successfully defended the City of Phoenix in a class action suit alleging denial of benefits and constructive fraud.
Sources say: "They're very responsive and cost-conscious, and do all they can to make good economic decisions for our company."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Shawn Oller is a trial lawyer who defends employers in arbitration, mediation and litigation. Clients say "he's as good a guide as Virgil" and "balances a company's need to be prepared for litigation against all relevant costs." In addition to leading on the City of Phoenix case mentioned above, Oller also defended the City of Surprise against a $1 million wrongful termination claim.
THE FIRM This firm maintains a strong presence throughout Arizona. It has a strong labor practice, in addition to established ability in employment law, giving its team great depth. It offers a full range of services, including ERISA litigation, affirmative action requirements, training programs for managers and supervisors, and OSHA matters.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Chair of the firm's labor and employment practice group, Jon Pettibone is thought of as "a stalwart" and "a really fine lawyer." His knowledge of the NLRA earns particular praise, and he often represents management in collective action matters.
Peers "think the world" of Mary Ellen Simonsen of Lewis and Roca LLP, and clients are impressed with her communicative style. She has nearly three decades of experience handling litigation and counseling businesses on labor and employment matters.
Said by sources to be "even-keeled yet tenacious," Scott Rodgers heads the employment law practice at Osborn Maledon PA. He defends management against a range of allegations, such as contract violations, and regularly advises corporations on employment law.
Michael Berman of Perkins Coie LLP has a strong employment practice, in addition to being an accomplished litigator and alternative dispute resolution attorney.
John Doran of Sherman & Howard LLC is singled out for his strong presence in court. He recently successfully defended loanDepot against restrictive covenants attempted to be enforced on several employees by a rival.
Former NLRB attorney Daniel Pasternak, also of Squire Sanders, represents employers before state and federal administrative agencies and courts in the areas of class action, discrimination and retaliation.
Lawrence Rosenfeld of Squire Sanders (US) LLP has been practicing employment law, as well as health and administrative law, for over 35 years and peers are very enthusiastic about the quality of his work. He recently represented a number of groups and individuals in the healthcare sector in a series of contract negotiations and employment disputes.
Lonnie Williams of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP focuses on civil litigation, particularly as it relates to employment matters. He recently represented Service Corporation International in decertifying a previously conditionally certified class action.
David Selden of The Cavanagh Law Firm is described by clients as "incredibly diligent, very thoughtful and strategic. He's a pleasure to work with." He represents management in a number of employment cases, including breach of contract, discrimination and unfair competition. He recently represented Pinal County in a federal investigation of its sheriff's office, alleging illegal political activities.