Labor & Employment - New York
What the team is known for A labor and employment powerhouse. Offers a comprehensive and versatile service bolstered by exceptional regional and national bench strength. Expertise in class action defense, with additional support in employee benefits, compensation and ERISA litigation.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their depth of expertise is second to none. Their creativity, too - they've seen it all before, and typically they won't need to research something that someone else will."
"They're well-trained lawyers who can be both practical and thoughtful - for some cases you need someone more academic, in some cases a more practical solution, and they can fulfill both needs."
What's new? The group recently brought over Zachary Fasman, Erika Collins and Allan Bloom from Paul Hastings.
Work highlights Continues to represent the labor and employment requirements of numerous sporting entities, including the NFL, NBA and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), with particular emphasis on collective bargaining matters.
Supports Whole Foods Market on daily labor and employment HR, policy drafting and handbook needs.
Described by interviewees as a "really good, go-to lawyer," Paul Salvatore maintains his substantial reputation for his work in mediation, arbitration and litigation. More recently, he has advised a number of big-name clients on large collective bargaining agreements, particularly in the construction and real estate spaces. Peers observe that he is a first port of call for clients looking for guidance in big cases.
Bettina Plevan is a distinguished practitioner with a vast base of trial experience across a number of industries, in issues ranging from discrimination and harassment to employee benefits. "She's a great strategist and a very nuanced thinker, so when you're working with her on something, you're getting someone who brings a higher level of thinking to a transaction. She's also a very tough advocate who represents you well. She's just a pleasure to work with on every level."
Zachary Fasman is praised by sources for his "terrific" wealth of experience in traditional labor work, cutting-edge class action matters, sensitive litigation and general employment law and counseling. Sources describe him as "a very smart guy, who is interested in the development of law and is very collegial."
Joseph Baumgarten represents private and public employers in an extensive range of matters, including those falling within the scope of Sarbanes-Oxley, the NLRA and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Clients affirm that he is "very smart, careful, thoughtful and practical."
Howard Ganz maintains his dual labor and employment and sports concentrations, continuing his long history of serving as principal outside labor counsel to the NBA, and providing extensive support to Major League Baseball. He provides full-spectrum representation, counsel and litigation services for sport, financial, media and general trading entities.
Kathleen McKenna's practice runs the full scope of alternative dispute resolution, through negotiation and dispositive motions to extensive trial experience, particularly before juries. She brings her strategic acumen to bear on all manner of discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, wrongful discharge and breach of contract disputes.
Erika Collins focuses her advice on HR and global employment law matters for multinational employers. Her extensive experience in cross-border labor and employment issues includes corporate transaction-derived work, such as employee transition and international subsidiary due diligence within M&A contexts.
Labor management relations group co-head Bernard Plum concentrates his practice on bargaining, arbitration and strategic planning, on behalf of clients within the media and arts sectors, among others. One satisfied client asserts: "He is able to develop a strategy - honestly, forthrightly and believably - that maintains a union relationship without being nasty or acrimonious."
Allan Bloom is described by interviewees as "an excellent litigator." As well as maintaining his substantive litigation practice across a variety of industries, he frequently advises public, private and nonprofit companies on all manner of labor and employment issues.
Elise Bloom has expertise in wage and hour and discrimination-based collective action defense, as well as providing clients with more general labor and employment counsel. She is regarded by observers as a "phenomenal resource - someone who is willing to work with you to achieve your objective."
Significant clients Sprint Nextel, McGraw-Hill, The New York Times Company, NYSE Euronext, Major League Baseball.