THE FIRM This firm continues to have a stellar reputation in the field. Its full-service labor and employment practice has a significant number of attorneys specializing in employee benefits and compensation. The team has been busy handling high volumes of ERISA class actions, wage and hour disputes, and pension and welfare benefits cases. Key clients include Dell and ARAMARK, as well as a number of major financial institutions.
Sources say: "A fine firm that does wonderful work with talented lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Banks is a highly experienced litigator and receives praise from peers and clients as "a go-to guy when you are having major class action lawsuits." He recently represented Hewlett-Packard in a significant case against IBM.
Robert Abramowitz is described as a "very accomplished" lawyer. He has deep knowledge in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation, and regularly counsels clients on ERISA concerns and retiree health plans.
Robert Lichtenstein is well respected for his work with private equity firms on transactions involving private and public companies. Clients solicit his advice on all aspects of benefits and compensation law, and note that he has "great knowledge in his area."
"Very good lawyer" Steven Wall offers strong traditional labor advice and receives accolades for his employment litigation skills before federal and state courts and regulatory bodies.
Litigator Joseph Costello heads the labor and employment practice group at Morgan Lewis and recently represented Unisys in a putative class action case.
Michael Ossip cochairs the practice's wage and hour group and represents management clients. He counsels on employee relations and defends claims of discrimination and wrongful discharge.
Steven Spencer is known as "an incredibly accomplished lawyer." He has a solid reputation for handling pension and welfare health benefits, and has great depth of experience in ERISA litigation.
Mims Maynard Zabriskie counsels high-profile clients on their employee benefits plans, specializing in the design and implementation of executive compensation programs.
Amy Pocino Kelly is a "competent benefit plan specialist who gives good technical advice." Sources say she is "easy to work with on pension and employee benefit matters."
Brian Dougherty excels in plan design, compliance and administration for his employee benefits clients, and is also able to counsel on executive compensation matters.
Sarah Bouchard has developed a reputation as a "very knowledgeable, strategic, bright and effective" attorney. She recently assisted Michael Banks on the Hewlett-Packard litigation, and has been involved in a number of significant cases over the past year. "It's unique, the trust her clients place in her at this stage of her career," say interviewees.
Since publication, Doreen Davis has joined Jones Day