THE FIRM This leading boutique excels in the full spectrum of labor and employment law. The team's substantial experience covers FMLA, ERISA and NLRB litigation, retaliation and harassment cases and traditional labor matters. The group represented El Paso in a retiree healthcare class action lawsuit which recently settled after years of negotiation. The lawyers also provide advice to Ford, Comcast and Aon.
Sources say: "Strong lawyers with intellect, tenacity and the ability to explain the legal process every step of the way."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Standout performer Thomas Kienbaum's practice covers traditional labor law, litigation and arbitration. He is particularly well known for his representation of significant corporations in retiree healthcare class action lawsuits. Clients laud him as "extremely thoughtful and very reliable in terms of his judgment."
Employment litigator Elizabeth Hardy is known for her substantial trial and appellate experience, having handled numerous cases for corporations involving discrimination, defamation and breach of contract claims. She is described as "very insightful and thoughtful and she gives great advice."
Theodore Opperwall has a fine reputation for traditional labor work, with extensive expertise in handling union organizing, collective bargaining issues and NLRB hearings. Clients describe him as "not just a lawyer but a business partner."
Eric Pelton's national practice encompasses traditional labor work and litigation. In addition to his involvement in class actions, he represents clients in noncompete and trade secret matters and acts as a mediator in labor relations cases.
Rising star William Forrest is gaining increasing presence as an employment litigator. He defends corporations in cases involving discrimination, whistle-blowing and retaliation claims, and he is also very experienced in handling ERISA class actions.