THE FIRM Seyfarth Shaw's stellar Boston employment team has a wealth of experience in defending employers against complex litigation, and recently obtained the complete dismissal of a hospital wage and hour collective action brought against Caritas Christi. The attorneys' expertise further extends to workplace counseling, affirmative action compliance and union-management labor relations.
Sources say: "The partners are accessible and helpful, and you really feel the whole team is working together to service the client." "A premier firm with in-depth knowledge across the entire spectrum of employment law."
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Tough-minded and a strong writer," Richard Alfred "clearly lays out a strategy, so that it is easily understandable for clients," say sources. He has particular experience in advising on alleged off-the-clock wage and hour violations in the healthcare sector.
When it comes to Arthur Telegen, observers note that "the depth and breadth of his labor knowledge is really limitless." His client portfolio includes SuperMedia and Verizon Communications.
Lisa Damon is national chair of the firm's labor and employment practice and attracts praise for her client relationship management and excellent responsiveness. She has core expertise in discrimination and harassment litigation.
When asked about Ariel Cudkowicz, one client was quick to assert: "I'm confident that things are being handled effectively when he is on the case." Cudkowicz is noted for his representation of clients in the retail sector, where he has achieved considerable success advising on tip law claims.
Recently made partner Barry Miller is a rising star within the practice. He has developed an impressive body of experience advising on class actions and wage and hour disputes, and also demonstrates niche expertise in mortgage loan officer classification cases.
Since publication, Patrick Bannon has moved to the firm from McCarter & English. He is singled out as a strong strategist and "a forceful advocate for his client's position." He has handled disputes relating to the enforcement of noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, as well as wage and hour and discrimination claims.