Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment - Arizona


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What the team is known for Highly respected labor and employment boutique with offices across the nation, benefiting clients with issues in multiple states. A wide-ranging offering encompasses litigation in relation to discrimination claims, and traditional labor law matters. A deep bench of practitioners provide expertise in specialist fields, such as restrictive covenant disputes and advising employers on LGBT workplace issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have provided very effective and pragmatic counseling in labor and employment issues."

"Their solutions are real-world practical, common sense, taking in not just the legal aspect but also the business implications."

Work highlights Defended YRC Worldwide in a claim of sex discrimination leading to termination of employment. Complete summary judgment was granted and costs were awarded to the corporation.

Acted for Browning-Ferris Industries of California trading as BFI Newby Island Recyclery in a hearing to find that the company was not considered a joint employer of a subcontractor's workers, a decision prompting the NLRB to review the standard for deciding when two entities are joint employers.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Clees gains high praise from clients: "He's very wise, real pragmatic, quick to respond and articulate - I can't speak highly enough of him!" Another interviewee notes: "He's been very valuable as a strategic adviser." He manages relations with many of the firm's key corporate clients.

Mark Kisicki is commended for his experience in traditional labor law and employment litigation. Clients describe him as "a thoughtful counselor, and good at explaining things to employees at all levels." He assisted Browning-Ferris Industries of California, known as BFI Newby Island Recyclery, with a hearing, gaining a favorable decision that the company is not considered a joint employer of a subcontractor's workers.

Based in Tucson, Tibor Nagy has extensive experience in discrimination claims, wage and hour matters and employment contracts. Recently, he has been advising University Physicians Healthcare on a disability discrimination claim. Sources say: "He responds quickly, and is able to dumb issues down for some of us who are less knowledgeable!" 

Nonnie Shivers enters the rankings following recommendations from both peers and clients, with one source remarking: "She's very good at fact-gathering, and has a good ability to get right to the point," while another adds: "She's a very accomplished, strong lawyer - tenacious." She is experienced in handling discrimination claims for employers, and is considered an expert in LGBT workplace issues.

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What the team is known for Gains praise for depth of experience in employment litigation, including disputes regarding restrictive covenants and noncompete agreements. Also has a strong labor practice handling arbitrations and hearings before the NLRB. Boasts a stellar clientele including major corporations and local Arizona municipalities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they're top-notch, as good as it gets - extremely sharp people who keep the client's interest in mind."

"I appreciate working with them as they're able to listen to what we feel and what our needs are, and are able to talk to us from the legal side to explain how to move forward."

Work highlights Represented the City of Glendale against allegations of violation of the FLSA involving apparent encouragement of off-the-clock work.

Acted for the City of Chandler in litigation brought by police sergeants concerning alleged wrongfully withheld bonus compensation.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Moberly is highly respected by both peers and clients for his experience in employment litigation, arbitration and discrimination claims. Of late, he has been acting for the City of Chandler in a class action regarding additional bonus compensation brought by police officers. He has also been advising the Colorado Mining Association on an amicus brief regarding an employer's right to terminate employment for off-duty marijuana use despite medical marijuana use being legal in the state. Clients say that he is "very knowledgeable, responsive and very helpful in finding solutions."

Nathan Niemuth is described as "extremely knowledgeable regarding labor law, and one of the brightest people I have worked with" by one satisfied client. He regularly represents clients in union avoidance, arbitrations and collective bargaining.

Head of department Andrea Lovell handles both litigation and employer training, with work spanning discrimination and harassment claims, collective bargaining arbitrations and creating handbooks for employees. "She has good listening skills and she's thorough - she's wonderful," enthuses one client.

Significant clients AeroTurbine, Capstone Mining, Merchants Information Solutions, Superstition Mountains Community Facilities District No. 1, Tolt Solutions.

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What the team is known for Well known for representing major national clients in a range of claims, including EEOC charges, matters before the NLRB and other employment litigations such as wage and hour and wrongful discharge claims. Receives regular instructions employers in a variety of sectors, with an especially notable expertise for cases in relation to sports employment.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very practical, and we appreciate their ability to put things in plain English and be very helpful."

"Very timely in getting back to us." 

Notable practitioners  

Sources assert Richard Cohen is "a superior lawyer, a great litigator and negotiator." Following over 35 years of practice, he is well versed in a broad range of employment litigation, including class actions. He is also noted for his work as a mediator.  

Amy Gittler has experience in discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims. Market sources say: "She's smart, she's tenacious when necessary, and one thing I learned from her is to listen more than talk."

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

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What the team is known for Offers the full spectrum of labor and employment advice, covering litigation, counseling, immigration and employee benefits. Especially well known for class action law suits. Also active in advising on trade secret and restrictive covenant matters, and workplace health and safety issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A good core labor and employment practice."

"I'm impressed by them; they're very good lawyers." 

Work highlights Represented B/E Aerospace in a noncompete agreements dispute with competitor manufacturer Weber Aircraft, invalidating those overboard noncompete agreements signed by four former Web Aircraft employees who now work for B/E Aerospace.

Notable practitioners  

John Lomax concentrates his practice on labor and employment litigation, with an active arbitration practice in addition. His work spans class actions, trade secret litigation and wage and hour issues. He is regarded by interviewees as "a gifted lawyer, very smart, and a good strategist."

Rebecca Winterscheidt cochairs the firm's labor and employment practice and is highly experienced in a range of contentious matters. She has a particular specialism in immigration work. Clients appreciate that she is "very responsive and business-minded."

Significant clients Swift Transportation, Insight Enterprises, Universal Technical Institute, Arizona Public Services, Mayo Clinic.

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What the team is known for Recommended for strength in handling both day-to-day counseling, including risk management and litigation avoidance, and employment litigation. Also advises clients on the employment side of M&A transactions. Active in traditional labor relations matters in addition.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Phenomenal; I'd recommend them."

"They have high-level clients." 

Notable practitioners  

Seasoned attorney Lawrence Rosenfeld is seen as a "one of the best in the state" by market commentators. He is well known for handling EEOC claims and other employment litigation, with a particular reputation for acting for healthcare clients.

Clients say Lewis Clark is "very steady, and has a calming presence in a time of crisis. He also has a deep level of experience in employment matters across the board." He acts on a range of employment litigation concerning matters such as discrimination, harassment, employment benefits and wage and hour law. He is also active in collective bargaining arbitrations.

Daniel Pasternak is an employment litigation and arbitration specialist, with clients benefiting from his experience as a former NLRB attorney. He is also singled out for his dexterity in dealing with traditional labor law issues such as unfair labor practice charges, union organizing campaigns and strike response.

Significant clients Dignity Health, imortgage.com, Mednax, Sprouts Farmers Market, StandardAero.

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What the team is known for Well-respected team that is skilled at handling discrimination law suits, class actions and matters in front of the EEOC and NLRB. Advises employers in a range of industries, from healthcare providers to major retailers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is responsive, diligent and creative. Their research is thorough, their writing and negotiations persuasive."

"They're very candid with their counsel, and very available and open."

Work highlights Represented Red Door Spa Holdings in a national origin discrimination claim involving 18 plaintiffs.

Acted for Bashas', a grocery chain, in an EEOC investigation relating to a class action lawsuit resolved earlier.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Lawrence Katz "has an uncanny ability to view a matter from a variety of perspectives, which assists him in finding a multitude of possible solutions to a concern," says one appreciative client. Another describes him as "one of the smartest lawyers I know." He is the point of contact for many of the firm's key clients, and advises on disputes and union relations. 

Steven Wheeless concentrates his practice on labor law, often representing clients in front of the NLRB. He gains plaudits from clients, who say: "Steve is an excellent litigator, and molds a litigation tactic for each matter to the most successful end possible. He also skillfully manages witnesses throughout litigation."

Significant clients Banner Health, CEMEX, Dignity Health, KIA Motors, Mesa Air Group.

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What the team is known for Impressive local practice handling a mix of ongoing employment counseling and litigation, including discrimination, wrongful discharge and whistle-blower cases. Particularly well known for working with clients in the healthcare sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're efficient and effective. They will give us a recommendation, and tell us the risk involved."

"They don't send more lawyers than necessary; the time that they spend is appropriate."

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Kent Brockelman is singled out by clients for being "quick-minded, and quick with answers and solutions," as well as for his effective and collegial attitude in negotiations. He has built up a deep knowledge of employment law during his 30 years of practice, and provides litigation and arbitration representation as well as regular employment counsel.

Kimberly Fatica is highlighted for covering a broad spectrum of employment work, acting for clients in litigation and before administrative boards, with a particular focus on restrictive covenants. She gains praise from interviewees for her practical approach. 

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What the team is known for Remains a popular choice for mining and utility companies, providing a broad range of employment advice encompassing employee benefits, compliance planning and policy review and immigration audits. Often handles employment litigation and arbitrations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I appreciate the fact that they're responsive, practical with advice and knowledgeable in employment law."

"They're balanced and timely."  

Work highlights Successfully represented a financial adviser in arbitration concerning his being owed trailing commissions by 1st Global.

Acted for Quality Furniture when an ex-employee claimed wrongful dismissal, alleging it was due to the plaintiff's acting as an eyewitness to another employee's allegation of sex discrimination. 

Notable practitioners  

Ronald Stolkin is "a true marquee name in town," according to interviewees. A veteran labor and employment attorney, he is well versed in employment discrimination claims, labor relations and personnel policies.

Donald Gilbert has experience in representing clients in labor arbitrations and employment litigation at both the state and federal levels. Clients say: "He's probably one of the most knowledgeable and experienced employment lawyers I've ever worked with. In addition to being extremely intelligent, he's down to earth and practical with his advice, able to give quick, accurate responses that I can trust."

John Balitis is a litigator with a strong focus on labor and employment disputes, acting in litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings. Matters handled include issues around restrictive covenants, wage and hour, discrimination and unemployment compensation. He represented an individual financial adviser in an arbitration claim with regard to outstanding trailing commissions by his former employer.

Erwin Kratz is noted for his ERISA and employee benefits specialty. One client notes that he is "very analytical, and has the ability to look at all different sides of an issue," while another appreciates that "his response is always very balanced."

Significant clients ASARCO, Cliffs Natural Resources, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Southwest Airlines, Ventana Medical Systems, Walbro Engine Management.

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What the team is known for Powerful labor and employment boutique with offices across the USA. Possesses a diverse range of expertise including NLRB work, employment litigation and class actions, and health and safety issues under OSHA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A firm that stands out - they do a good job on difficult issues."

"They're very smart attorneys, and very good to work with."

Work highlights Acting for Integrity Staffing in the US Supreme Court on the Arizona class action of six class actions being handled by different offices of the firm regarding the FLSA.

Represented the City of Phoenix in a claim of wrongful dismissal brought by a firefighter.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Ogden has extensive experience in employment litigation, including discrimination and whistle-blower claims. He is also highlighted for his work in managing relationships with some of the firm's key clients. Sources note that he is "very easy-going, down to earth and responsive."

Managing partner Shawn Oller focuses his practice on contentious employment matters. He has handled a range of harassment and discrimination claims, as well as advising on breach of contract, wrongful termination and defamation issues. In addition to litigation, he is adept at handling mediation and arbitration.

Frederick Miner has been described as "responsive, cooperative and knowledgeable" by interviewees. He concentrates on labor relations, advising on collective bargaining negotiations, arbitration of disputes and related litigation.

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What the team is known for Well versed in a range of employment litigation, acting on wage and hour, ERISA and discrimination matters. Offers regular counsel on compliance, advising on such issues as affirmative action plans and ADA compliance. Works on collective bargaining matters as well.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Completely professional and knowledgeable, and large enough to have the resources." 

"They accurately anticipated the moves of the other side." 

Work highlights Defending Comfort Systems USA Southwest in a wage and hour class action. 

Advised Ipacesetters on a DOL investigation into wage and hour practices and subsequent appeal of alleged violations.

Notable practitioners  

Leading lawyer Jon Pettibone gains high praise for his extensive experience and knowledge of labor matters. He is well known for handling wage and hour disputes, collective bargaining and representing employers before government agencies, including the NLRB. 

Stephanie Quincy recently joined the firm from Steptoe & Johnson. She is well regarded for her concentration on employment litigation, covering sex and race discrimination, wage and hour violations and sexual harassment matters. A client says: "Her communication skills are phenomenal, her strategy formation is terrific, and she's down to earth and easy to relate to - I always feel like she has my back." While at her previous firm, she defended Banner Health in a federal lawsuit in relation to a number of claims including alleged breach of contract and religious discrimination and retaliation.  

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Mary Ellen Simonson of Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP earns praise for her employment litigation skills, with recent work including restrictive covenant matters. Of late, she has also been defending Neff Rental against claims by a former employee concerning workers’ compensation. Clients are impressed with "her thoroughness, her friendliness, and her understanding of the balance between business needs and legal requirements."

James Burr Shields of Milligan Lawless, P.C. is well recognized in the market for handling both defendant and plaintiff work, though of late he has had an increasing emphasis on representing employers. One client says: "His knowledge is absolutely incredible - it's mind-blowing how we can present a situation and he understands where it should go. I trust him 100%." He has significant experience in acting for clients in the healthcare sector.

Scott Rodgers of Osborn Maledon PA provides employment counseling and litigation expertise to clients, regularly advising on terminations and hiring and restrictive covenant law suits. Market sources single him out for being "technically proficient." 

John Doran of Sherman & Howard LLC is regarded as a talented employment litigator, with recent work including successfully representing the City of Phoenix when the United Phoenix Firefighters Association sued the city as an attempt to halt changes to pay practices. A source says: "He is creative in his search for answers to problems and he is extremely responsive."

Lonnie Williams of Stinson Leonard Street LLP concentrates his litigation practice primarily on employment matters. "I have supreme confidence in him; he's not afraid to go to court," observes one interviewee. He recently represented Service Corporation International on numerous class action lawsuits.

David Selden of The Cavanagh Law Firm frequently handles employment litigation, including disputes relating to restrictive covenants, trade secrets, wrongful termination and discrimination. He also advises on OSHA compliance and litigation. "He's fantastic, a really bright guy," notes one market source.

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