Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment - Virginia


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What the team is known for Market-leading practice able to handle the full scope of labor and employment law issues with impressive coverage across the region. Involved in prominent class action and collective bargaining cases for a variety of clients. Noted expertise in wage and hour issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Hunton & Williams has fantastic practitioners and is a superb firm." 

Work highlights Acted for MGM Resorts International in collective bargaining negotiations for ten hotels and casinos in Las Vegas.

Represented Richmond Symphony Orchestra in complex collective bargaining negotiations with the American Federation of Musicians.

Notable practitioners  

The "exceptional" Thomas Murphy has a broad labor and employment practice and offers significant trial experience. He concentrates on the representation of employers in discrimination and harassment cases. 

Gregory Robertson offers expertise across the full spectrum of labor issues, representing clients from a variety of industrial sectors. Sources say: "He is a really experienced, sharp guy in litigation and has handled a lot of high-profile matters well on the traditional labor side."

David Mustone specializes in the employee benefits arena and provides regulatory compliance advice to clients. A client says: "He is very knowledgeable about our plans. He is very responsive to my questions and issues, while being proactive and guiding us on what needs to be done." 

Significant clients Huntington Ingalls Industries, Sunrise Senior Living.

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What the team is known for Prominent Virginia presence for handling high-profile, complex matters. Significant depth of experience in traditional labor law, employment issues and employee benefit plans. Particular involvement in trade secrets issues on behalf of major corporations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We are very pleased with the firm - their performance has been excellent. They know how to try a case, they are efficient and cost-effective, and they are very good at partnering with us."

"When it comes to the real specialty stuff, they are high quality."

Work highlights Successfully represented DuPont in a significant $919 million trade secrets misappropriation lawsuit against Kolon Industries.

Assisted Airport Retail Management in its $150,000 collective bargaining negotiations against UNITE. 

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Robinson has a diverse labor and employment practice representing public and private employers. He has particular expertise in employment litigation, and addresses a variety of issues. One commentator notes: "He is the best employment lawyer in Virginia, period."

Carter Younger has significant experience in both labor and employment matters. He provides compliance advice and litigation support in numerous areas, including employment discrimination issues, international employment and union relations. Sources "have tremendous respect" for the work he does.

Gary Marshall focuses his practice on union relations, union campaigns and employee relations. He is described as a "top notch" traditional labor attorney for major corporations.

James McElligott has a broad practice which takes in matters relating to employee benefits and compensation plans for senior management. His practice involves ERISA litigation, multiemployer plans, medical and retirement issues and class action cases.

Significant clients Booz Allen Hamilton, Remington Arms, Siemens, Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola.

Band 2 | Isler Dare

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What the team is known for Thriving labor and employment boutique representing management in a comprehensive range of matters. Clients include government contractors, political bodies, healthcare practices, transportation companies and law firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very strong firm with some good young lawyers." 

"A great boutique firm." 

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Edward Lee Isler is highly regarded for his representation of management in a wide array of employment matters. A source notes: "He has an encyclopedic knowledge of many areas of employment law and he is enthusiastic about his work."

Mark Dare is well versed in employment law and offers expertise in the area of unfair competition. Sources say: "He is extraordinarily practical and there is nothing in the field of employment law that he has not done already and done well."

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What the team is known for National labor and employment firm offering expertise across the region on behalf of a diverse range of companies. Provides significant strength in employment litigation, including class action disputes and wage and hour claims, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have been thoroughly impressed and pleased with Jackson Lewis's client service. They have been responsive to the needs of our organization and have been outstanding in establishing a strategic vision that will help us meet our goals."

"They are perfect in my mind. The attorneys are very professional and subject matter experts."

Work highlights Represented DynCorp International in a complex LMRA matter and an employment dispute. The estimated value of the cases was in excess of $500,000.

Notable practitioners

David Nagle is described as a "very good, creative lawyer who gives his clients sound advice." He handles discrimination claims, wage and hour disputes, contract breaches and wrongful discharge claims.

National head of the firm's wage and hour group Paul DeCamp provides extensive expertise in complex lawsuits and regulations. Clients say: "Paul is a very thoughtful and strategic litigator and his insight is very important to us in helping develop effective strategies in the wage and hour area."

Jewell Lim Esposito is well versed in ERISA and employee benefits matters. She counsels employers on the structuring of benefits, compensation and tax-exempt plans. "She has an impressive knowledge of this particular area of the law and brings years of experience to the issues at hand," according to commentators.

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What the team is known for Established labor and employment outfit providing compliance advice and litigation support to employers. Involved in discrimination, covenant and defamation cases.

Notable practitioners

"Excellent lawyer" John Bredehoft focuses on employment litigation and offers trial experience in discrimination charges, trade secrets cases and restrictive covenant matters. He offers additional expertise in employment defamation claims. He is highly regarded by his fellow practitioners. 

Burt Whitt has a broad labor and employment practice, but earns particular recognition for being "very good in covenant cases." He also handles disputes involving claims of discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge.

Band 3 | LeClairRyan

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What the team is known for Represents businesses and insurance companies in a variety of labor and employment matters. Experienced in handling complex employment litigation concerning discrimination and harassment claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a terrific firm for this specific practice area. The team is very economical and very responsive, and we have had terrific results with them."

"It is an excellent firm. Very client-focused with an extremely high quality of legal expertise."

Notable practitioners

Clinton Morse focuses his practice on traditional labor matters. He has a broad industry focus and represents both unionized and nonunionized companies. He offers additional expertise in wage and hour cases. One source described him as "a practical, experienced problem solver and very good with collaboration. He has a deep subject matter expertise."

Charles Meyer is lauded by one client as "my go-to guy in high-stakes employment matters. He is not only incredibly bright, but his client skills and ability to grasp the key issues in cases are extraordinary." He has a wealth of experience in employment litigation.

Susan Childers North engages in a broad spectrum of employment matters, including discrimination claims, wage and hour cases and noncompete covenants. One source reports: "She is an extremely talented employment attorney with a high attention to detail and client expectations."

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What the team is known for Reputed international boutique handling significant issues for regional, national and global clients. Considerable bench strength and expertise in the full spectrum of labor and employment law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An excellent firm. The lawyers I have dealt with are clear experts in the subject matter, but beyond that they bring good judgment to the issues. They understand that they are in a service industry and provide top quality service."

"They give very practical advice and are extremely efficient."

Notable practitioners

Elizabeth Lalik concentrates on employment litigation for employers from numerous industries, and is praised for her "thoughtful, practical advice." Sources add: "She is a class act who can apply judgment in a way that has real world practicality."

The "very strong" Thomas Flaherty covers a broad spectrum of issues in his labor and employment practice. He has experience of both complex employment litigation and labor negotiations. Clients note: "He is a good writer who has a good balance of covering legal issues without overworking the case."

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What the team is known for Diverse practice with involvement in union activity on behalf of employers, as well as a range of employment issues and matters relating to employee benefit plans. Represents organizations from a variety of industrial sectors including financial services and healthcare.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide intelligent, experienced, service-oriented resources, with lawyers who are committed and who deliver."

"They are very responsive, with a good reputation and a good track record."

Work highlights Assisted AREVA with the redesign of its multiple, multistate employee benefits schemes into one unified plan.

Notable practitioners 

David Constine provides expertise in a wide array of employment litigation, with experience across a range of ERISA lawsuits. Clients say: "His legal dexterity is an incredible asset to us when we have matters requiring strategic and legal consultation. His knowledge of the law is only surpassed by his service level."

Eugene Webb is well versed in traditional labor matters for employers. He offers advice in both union avoidance and collective bargaining, as well as employee termination and trade secrets issues. "He is a longtime practitioner who is very good at traditional labor work," say sources.

Evelyn Traub represents governmental bodies and public and private businesses in the employee benefits area. Clients state: "Evelyn is extremely intelligent, resourceful and can be relied on for thorough analysis and clear answers. We very much value her expertise and knowledge."

Significant clients Kiawah Development Partners, Swedish Match North America, Union First Market Bank, DePuy Spine, Capital Area Health Network.

Band 3 | Venable LLP

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What the team is known for Northern Virginia-based team with particular expertise in labor and employment matters for energy clients, as well as acting for entities from numerous other industries. Handles collective bargaining, class action disputes, and wage and overtime litigation, among other matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and professional. We have gained a tremendous amount of confidence in their abilities."

Notable practitioners

David Smith represents companies in various labor issues, including collective bargaining, lobbying and labor planning. Once source notes: "I think he is an outstanding lawyer. He is a creative thinker and a strategic tactician - he is terrific on that front."

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What the team is known for Broad practice handling the full spectrum of matters, including a prominent focus on traditional labor law, with experience in union-avoidance and collective bargaining negotiations. Also handles employment litigation and employee benefits issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm's availability and accessibility are strengths that we value. Their practical advice and knowledge in the employment law arena is another major strength."

"In terms their overall performance, it is exceptional. They are prompt, courteous and fully responsive."

Work highlights Acted for ADS in a lawsuit involving a former employee's breach of a non-solicitation clause during his employment.

Successfully defended Green Bay Packaging against a False Claims Act complaint brought by a former employee.

Notable practitioners  

The "superb" James Meath has experience representing public and private companies nationally and internationally in a wide array of labor and employment issues. Market commentators describe him as "an excellent practitioner."

Lynn Jacob practices predominantly in the field of employment litigation, addressing cases involving wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims and wrongful discharge allegations. "She is superb in her writing and when she is in front of a court," say sources.

David Burton undertakes labor matters for employers both in and out of state. He has experience in handling union campaigns and negotiations for employers across a variety of industries. Clients say: "He continues to impress us with his availability, candor and practical advice."

Catherine Marriott specializes in employee benefits and executive compensation. She offers counsel on the design and operation on a range of benefits and incentives plans, including those applicable for tax-exempt employers.

Significant clients Hampton Roads Transit, Carmeuse Lime and Stone, Universal Leaf Tobacco, Southern Hospitality Automotive Group, Media General.

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What the team is known for Full service practice for local and national employers. Demonstrates expertise in employment litigation, with extensive involvement in trade secrets, wage and hour and noncompete cases among others.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Bagby is a key contact at the Roanoke office.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Maureen Knight of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP provides expertise in employment discrimination litigation, in addition to wage and hour matters. According to clients, "you can ask her to handle incredibly complex, important matters and know that she will handle them with almost flawless ease."

Head of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP's Northern Virginia office James Coleman represents high-profile employers from the restaurant space in wage and hour matters. He is valued by clients for his "good understanding of our industry, very thorough research and preparation of defense."

Theresa Connolly of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP advises companies on a range of compliance issues. She has a wealth of experience in employment training, contract drafting and workplace investigations, as well as managing labor relations.

Reston-based Betsey Lewis of Cooley LLP has a diverse labor and employment practice. She represents technology companies, government contractors and international businesses as part of a broad client roster. "She provided brilliant insight and took the time to understand clearly the complexity of our organization and the appropriate route to take," say clients.

William Flanagan of Hogan Lovells US LLP handles employment cases at both the federal and state levels. He is experienced in internal investigations, senior executive agreement negotiations and employment litigation. Clients say: "His vast knowledge of law in the employment field is amazing. He is fantastic and very helpful." 

Lorenger & Carnell PLC founding partner Michael Lorenger provides a comprehensive array of labor and employment services for his clients. He offers both litigation support and compliance advice to employers from a variety of industries.

Daniel Westman of Morrison & Foerster LLP concentrates his practice on trade secret, noncompete, whistleblower and data security issues. He engages in all forms of dispute resolution for his clients including trials, arbitrations and mediations.

King Tower of Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC is described by clients as "a really good employment law generalist with a good feel for legal trends and court decisions." He represents employers from numerous sectors in a wide array of labor and employment matters, including employment litigation and union negotiations.

Thomas Sawyer heads the department at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP and regularly represents companies in trade secrets, unfair competition and noncompete cases. Commentators say: "He is extremely knowledgeable in complex compliance issues and federal laws, and his expertise in dealing with Department of Labor requirements is unmatched. His ongoing advice has been invaluable."

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