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Paul Hastings LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Stands out for its fantastic reputation and excellent bench strength. Well known for handling class actions and appellate litigation. Handles high-stakes employee mobility and trade secrets disputes, as well as complex discrimination and wage and hour litigation. An impressive client list consisting of a raft of household-name companies, including entities from the technology, retail and financial services sectors.

Strengths Clients report: "The quality of service, responsiveness and expertise is great."

"Paul Hastings’ labor and employment department is our first choice for employment matters," says one source, adding: "We have not found another firm that compares to its breadth of employment law expertise or consistently high level of service."

Another client comments: "The firm has a keen understanding of the business, understood our people, the nature of the business and the issues we faced."

Work highlights Represented Fiber Systems International and Amphenol in litigation relating to the enforceability of post-employment restrictions in Texas employment agreements.

Defended Activision Blizzard in a putative class action suit alleging that senior video game artists were misclassified as exempt from overtime.

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Paul Grossman is a highly-respected attorney with a wealth of experience acting on behalf of employers. His expertise includes high-level wrongful discharge, whistle-blower and harassment disputes.

Kirby Wilcox continues to be recognized as "the dean of the wage and hour Bar" by market commentators. He provides counsel on a range of contentious and noncontentious labor and employment matters, and has extensive experience handling wage and hour class actions and advising employers on complex wage structures.

Nancy Abell has extensive experience handling employment disputes and is particularly skilled in the defense of large class actions, including claims under the California Fair Pay Act. "Her work quality, product and judgment are second to none," according to one client, who also highlights her responsiveness.

Paul Cane is recognized as "a great appellate lawyer," and has extensive experience advocating on behalf of employers in appeals. His recent work includes discrimination and retaliation claims, as well as wage and hour disputes. Clients comment: "His main strengths are his expertise in the area and ability to develop key agreements for us, taking into account his learning and knowledge of the case. He comes up with top-notch documents and gives you really certain answers."

Elena Baca is described by peers as "very impressive" and "a very fine lawyer." Clients comment: "She knows everybody and is incredibly familiar with California courts and judges, and is very capable." She is a strong choice to represent companies in disputes involving the termination of senior executives and has experience handling complex wage and hour and unionization disputes.

Jeffrey Wohl is "the best brief writer I've ever worked with," says one client, adding that "he makes briefs come alive" and has "a great touch." He defends clients in complex employment class actions, including wage and hour disputes.

Sources say Leslie Abbott is "a very practical, balanced, smart and detail-oriented litigator, who is able to handle complex class action litigation on the employment side." She is well versed in wage and hour law, and frequently defends employers in complex class actions.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for the strength of its employment litigation capabilities, particularly in high-stakes disputes with significant financial and reputational risk. Highly regarded for its work on complex class actions, single plaintiff litigation and appellate matters. Particularly active in high-stakes wage and hour cases, including employee classification disputes.

Strengths "We very much appreciate working with Gibson because the lawyers are very business-minded and are deal closers," says one client adding: "They are also great people who we enjoy working with."

Sources also note that "the writing is excellent" and "its appellate practice is strong."

Work highlights Represented Chevron in a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action alleging misclassification of well site managers as independent contractors and seeking unpaid overtime and missed breaks.

Advised Comcast in a dispute involving alleged failure to properly calculate pay and commission.

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Head of department Catherine Conway is "a great lawyer," according to peers. She focuses on contentious employment matters and has particular experience handling wage and hour disputes.

The "excellent" Jesse Cripps focuses on the defense of wage and hour class actions. Clients say: "He is responsive and very thoughtful on complex legal issues, and the quality of his writing is superlative."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable practice that works on a range of issues and is able to draw on the firm's tremendous national presence. Expert in collective actions, as well as defending a range of single plaintiff claims including discrimination, retaliation and wrongful dismissal disputes. Notable experience handling disputes involving noncompete agreements and trade secrets. Serves clients in a wide range of industries, including leading aviation, insurance and technology companies.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "technical proficiency" and describe the team as "very knowledgeable."

Work highlights Represented Alliant Insurance Services and 10 insurance providers who had formerly been employed by Alliant's competitor Aon in a dispute with Aon concerning the enforceability of nonsolicitation of customers provisions.

Represented Delta Air Lines in litigation challenging its flight attendant pay structure under California wage law.

Notable practitioners

Debra Fischer "is an outstanding attorney," according to one client, who adds: "She has the ability to understand the business and our perspective, as well as providing tremendously successful legal strategies." She offers expertise in noncompete and trade secret disputes, and is also experienced in handling harassment and wage and hour cases. She is especially active in the financial services sector.

Melinda Riechert focuses on employment litigation, and is regarded by clients as "a phenomenal trial lawyer." Her expertise includes defending employers in harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination claims.

Barbara Miller is recognized as "brilliant and fantastic," and is also described by clients as "responsive and creative." She represents employers in a wide range of disputes, including wage and hour and wrongful termination claims.

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Morgan Lewis’s labor and employment group is one of the premier practices in the world. Our lawyers represent leading employers in the most sophisticated labor and employment matters facing businesses today. Our clients rely on our deep experience and our proven ability to find solutions to their most difficult legal issues, and continue to turn to us as trusted advisors on all matters relating to the workforce.

Of the firm’s approximately 2,000 legal professionals across 30 offices in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, nearly 250 are dedicated to the practice of labor and employment law. Our full-service labor and employment practice helps employers around the world navigate the constantly changing landscape of global, federal, state, and local laws and regulations that govern the workplace. 

We proactively identify risks and develop strategies and solutions to help employers avoid litigation and other employee disputes. When litigation arises, we assemble teams of trial lawyers who handle disputes ranging from individual employee claims to wage and hour class and collective actions, complex ERISA/benefits litigation, and bet-the-company systemic employment class actions. We also defend employers in whistleblower actions and noncompetition and trade secret disputes. We counsel employers on the full range of issues arising in the workplace.

We represent 116 Fortune 500 companies, including 45 of the top 100. 

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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for A quality firm noted for defending employers in high-profile individual and class action cases. Works with clients from a range of industries, including financial services and retail. Particularly proficient in wage and hour disputes, and also offers expertise in discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination disputes.

Strengths Client describe the team as "really, really good," explaining that the lawyers are "extremely smart, excellent writers and phenomenal communicators."

Work highlights Represented Wells Fargo in a putative class action challenging the compensation policy for thousands of home mortgage consultants, which was alleged to violate state labor law.

Defended 99 Cents Only Stores in an action brought under the Private Attorneys General Act alleging failure to provide suitable seating to retail cashiers.

Notable practitioners

Terry Sanchez is knowledgeable about discrimination law, and also offers expertise in the defense of retaliation claims. He is noted for his handling of sensitive internal investigations.

Malcolm Heinicke offers expertise in labor and employment litigation and regulatory compliance. Clients describe him as "a phenomenal communicator" and explain that he is "great at talking to boards of directors and is persuasive." He has extensive experience defending class action suits, and is particularly well versed in handling misclassification and other wage and hour claims.

Katherine Forster is "an expert in her field and very client oriented," say sources. Her practice encompasses wage and hour class action and discrimination claims.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Highly recommended labor and employment outfit, renowned for its work for high-profile multinational clients. Covers the full range of work including high-stakes litigation, arbitration and advisory matters. Acts on behalf of clients in a range of industries, including financial services, technology and retail. Areas of expertise include wage and hour, trade secrets and employment mobility litigation. A recent area of focus is pay equity and gender discrimination litigation.

Strengths Clients describe the team as very knowledgeable with expertise in cutting-edge legal developments and best practice.

Work highlights Defended Morgan Stanley in a prolonged wage and hour dispute involving claims that financial advisers were entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law.

Represented SolarCity and Tesla in several class actions, involving allegations that certain employees were misclassified as exempt as well as numerous wage and hour violations on behalf of non-exempt employees.

Notable practitioners

Gary Siniscalco has a wealth of experience counseling employers and has recently been active handling complex gender discrimination litigation.

Lynne Hermle is immensely respected for her wealth of experience defending high-stakes discrimination, wage and hour and harassment claims, including class actions. Clients value her courtroom skills.

Joseph Liburt skillfully navigates complex discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims on behalf of employers.

Head of department Andrew Livingston is particularly well versed in defending complex wage and hour class actions, and also offers expertise in discrimination and wrongful termination disputes.

Jessica Perry is a tough negotiator, according to clients. Her practice involves an emphasis on the defense of wage-hour matters, and has a strong track record of defeating class certification.

Julie Totten frequently handles wage and hour class actions on behalf of employers.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Nationally reputed employment practice engaging in all labor and employment matters at a high level, including wage and hour class actions. A strong track record of defeating class certification in employment disputes, and offers additional expertise in appellate litigation. Services well known multinationals with a highly regarded and deep bench of specialists.

Strengths One client describes the firm as "extraordinarily responsive," and adds: "They know our business, have our best interests at heart and defend us zealously."

Work highlights Represented the Farmers Insurance Exchange in a dispute relating to the classification of over 600 commercial lines claims adjusters as exempt from overtime.

Defended PAC-12 Conference in a lawsuit brought by a former University of Southern California Division I football player regarding the classification of student athletes as employees.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Berman provides significant expertise in wage and hour matters. One client appreciates that he is "incredibly experienced" and adds: "He is a good counselor and genuinely cares for our organization."

The "excellent" David Kadue receives praise for his "high level of responsiveness and client service." He has recently been involved in high-stakes wage and hour cases and also offers expertise in discrimination, wrongful termination and harassment claims.

Brian Ashe has extensive experience with wage and hour class actions, and has recently been active in whistle-blower litigation. Clients say: "He understands the law and understands what you can do. He can advise and counsel a company on business practices to implement and can look at issues and risks and tell you what you should do and why. He's also exceptionally talented at communicating why his advice meets your business objectives, and he can also help you litigate and resolve an issue if you're in trouble."

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For more than 70 years, Seyfarth’s Labor & Employment Department has been recognized as one of the “go to” labor and employment groups. Our national presence with more than 400 employment attorneys at all levels of experience ensures seamless, consistent representation across jurisdictions.

While the trend among labor and employment law providers is toward specialization, with firms primarily focused on class and complex litigation or offering low-cost commoditized services, Seyfarth maintains a unique position in the industry. We handle the most complex, bet-the-company labor and employment work in the country and we also handle single plaintiff cases and routine administrative charges. Seyfarth is one of the most well-positioned firms to provide cost-effective and efficient services for routine litigation and to bring to bear the talents and resources of some of the best labor and employment lawyers in the industry when clients face more complex litigation threats.


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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises on a variety of labor and employment matters, including course of business issues as well as high-stakes litigation. The team regularly undertakes work on wage and hour disputes, single plaintiff discrimination cases and harassment claims. Represents clients from a wide range of industries, including the financial services, retail and healthcare sectors.

Strengths Sources say: "The quality of service provided by this team is outstanding. The lawyers are always present, available and operate as if ours were their only cases. They are also adept at communicating with me on all matters."

Work highlights Represented E&B Natural Resources in a lawsuit brought by a former employee who claimed that she was sexually harassed, discriminated against due to her gender and race, and retaliated against and wrongfully terminated.

Represented Chipotle in a long running dispute about the classification of persons in the role of apprentice.

Notable practitioners

Tracey Kennedy enjoys a strong reputation among peers, who describe her as "an outstanding trial lawyer; absolutely fantastic and deserving of high accolades." She has experience representing clients in the energy, retail and financial services sectors, and her expertise includes discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination claims.

Richard Simmons is widely regarded as "a wage and hour guru." He has a wealth of experience defending employers in wage and hour class actions, and his recent work includes high-stakes disputes about the classification of workers. Clients report that "the experience of working with him has been outstanding," explaining: "Richard is a lawyer's lawyer. He is an expert in the law, extremely insightful and creative in his advice, and relentless and effective in his advocacy."

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Jones Day - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Undertakes a wide range of work including advising on collective bargaining and National Labor Relations Board work. Also experienced in advising on a full range of contentious employment matters, including trade secret and whistle-blower cases. Bolstered by an impressive national labor and employment footprint, which enables a comprehensive service both in the USA and internationally. Represents a broad client base including entities from the education and healthcare sectors.

Strengths One client highlights the firm's depth of experience, explaining: "When I ask difficult questions, they have inevitably already been over that ground and are familiar with what I am asking, so I don't have to feel like it's going to take them a lot of time to get up to speed on the unique issue."

Sources say: "Client services are outstanding."

Work highlights Represented McDonald's in a putative class action brought on behalf of crew members employed in stores in California, alleging various violations of the California Labor Code, PAGA and unfair competition law.

Represented Stanford Healthcare and Stanford Children's Healthcare in negotiations with the union representing over 3000 of the hospitals' registered nurses.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Fred Alvarez has a strong track record of representing employers in labor and employment litigation. His recent experience includes the defense of discrimination claims as well as wage and hour disputes.

George Howard specializes in handling contentious labor disputes, including wage and hour cases. He has experience handling trial and appellate litigation. He also counsels employers on unionization and labor relations.

Rick Bergstrom represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration proceedings. His experience includes wage and hour litigation as well as wage statement and contractual claims. Clients say: "He is able to bring home the results that we expect and has proven that he doesn't shy away from high-stakes litigation, keeping clients as his focal point."

Clients say Curt Kirschner is "very reliable, extremely thorough and incredibly responsive when unplanned issues arise." He frequently acts on behalf of employers in the healthcare sector, and advises on a wide range of issues including collective bargaining, NLRB proceedings and other employment disputes.

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Littler Mendelson, PC - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for A quality firm with a broad-ranging practice that extends to all areas of employment law. The team is notable for its work on employment disputes and has experience litigating at both the state and federal levels. Counsels employers on the use of robotics in the workplace and is experienced in guiding employers through union organizing campaigns.

Strengths "The team's strengths are the resources it has readily available and the local knowledge it brings," according to one client, who adds: "The Littler attorneys have the ability to apply state and local interpretations, and help us decide the next course of action."

Another source says: "The team is very responsive and I feel confident in the the information they provide."

Work highlights Advised Huntington Hospital in connection with a union organizing effort by the California Nurses Association, which included defending it against charges of unfair labor practices filed by the union.

Advised Rakuten on an array of contentious and noncontentious employment matters, including assisting with updating the employee handbook.

Notable practitioners

Garry Mathiason has a broad employment practice which includes defending wage and hour and discrimination class actions, as well as advising clients on the use of technology in the workplace.

Robert Millman is "very good at labor law and NLRB work," say sources. He handles complex labor negations on behalf of employers and also advises on union organizing efforts. His broad expertise also includes discrimination and wrongful termination claims.

About the Team (content provided by Littler Mendelson, PC)

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, representing management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serving as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for more than 75 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing member entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms. For more information visit littler.com.



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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Highly recommended for its work for employers in the entertainment industry. Caters to an impressive client roster consisting of major film studios, television networks and production companies. Offers advice on a broad range of matters including wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff discrimination cases, with noted expertise in First Amendment defense and collective bargaining agreements.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very knowledgeable and resourceful."

Work highlights Defended Fox Entertainment Group in a dispute brought by a former host of the show 'Hollywood Today Live', alleging discrimination based on gender, race and marital status.

Represented Touchstone Television in a lawsuit filed by one of the stars of the television show 'Desperate Housewives', alleging that her character was killed off on the show as retaliation for her complaints about an on-set altercation with the show creator.

Notable practitioners

Adam Levin is described by clients as "fantastic and very strong." He handles a wide range of employment disputes on behalf of clients in the entertainment industry, and is notable for his use of First Amendment arguments, including anti-SLAPP legislation, in the defense of employment claims.

William Cole handles litigation and arbitration on behalf of clients in the entertainment sector, including major motion picture studios. He is especially well versed in handling labor arbitrations and also offers expertise in employee benefits matters.

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Provides a full service for clients in all areas of labor and employment law, with a particularly busy litigation team. Its impressive client list includes numerous Fortune 500 companies, from the full spectrum of sectors. Extensive experience with contentious labor issues, including wage and hour class actions, and also offers counsel on Cal/OSHA compliance.

Strengths Clients say: "Ogletree is efficient and consistently delivers excellent results. It also places a large emphasis on client service."

One source highlights its "excellent responsiveness" and "good counsel."

Source say: "The entire team is very congenial and very strong in the California labor and employment area, which is complicated and full of land mines."

Work highlights Represented C.H. Robinson in a dispute concerning the enforcement of an arbitration agreement, which considered the validity of venue provisions, confidentiality provisions and an employer's ability to unilaterally modify an arbitration agreement, among other issues.

Represented Central Freight Lines in a dispute concerning truck drivers allegedly misclassified as independent contractors.

Notable practitioners

Lori Bowman is a key contact.

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Ogletree Deakins currently has more than 120 labor and employment specialists in California, much more than most other firms currently ranked by Chambers.

National and international employers doing business in California recognize the many issues and significant financial exposure posed by California’s unique labor and employment laws. Contained in the nation’s most extensive Labor Code,Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders, and a myriad of enabling regulations and decisions, California labor and employment law presents an area of law unto itself.

In addition to numerous litigation successes on our clients’ behalf, we have nationally known employment counseling specialists in California for:

  • class actions litigation under PAGA and California law (Spencer Skeen and      Evan Moses, shareholders in the San Diego and Los Angeles offices, respectively)
  • disability access and Title III issues (David Raizman, shareholder in Los Angeles office)
  • intricate wage/hour topics (Robert Roginson,former Chief Counsel for the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement)
  • unionizing and traditional labor relations issues (Maria Anastas, shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office) 

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Handles a wide range of labor and employment matters, with notable expertise in the issues affecting airlines under the Railway Labor Act. Experienced in both disputes and transactional matters, with particular strengths in wage and hour class actions and disputes involving noncompete agreements and trade secrets.

Strengths Sources highlight the "deep bench of experts" at the firm and note its "really fantastic trial lawyers."

Work highlights Represented United Airlines in class actions brought by California resident flight attendants and pilots who alleged that United Airlines issued wage statements that did not conform to California law.

Defended Starz Entertainment in a wrongful termination case brought by a former Senior Vice President alleging retaliation for race and gender discrimination complaints.

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Clients say Apalla Chopra is "practical, insightful and a good partner in analyzing both legal and business issues." She is recognized for her expertise in representing educational institutions. She handles a range of matters, including wrongful termination, wage and hour and discrimination disputes.

Robert Siegel is especially noted for his handling of labor issues arising in the aviation industry. His expertise includes defending class actions and handling arbitrations.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Notable for the breadth of its employment practice, which includes advice on everything from collective bargaining agreements to class action litigation. Particularly proficient in the representation of clients in the entertainment sector, and also offers counsel to law firms. Areas of expertise include labor management, wage and hour disputes and discrimination claims.

Strengths Clients describe the firm as "client-centered" and highlight its "excellent legal services."

Work highlights Represented Creative Artists Agency in a dispute with United Talent Agency and a group of former CAA agents, involving claims of breach of contract, unfair competition and tortious interference.

Advised Sprint on a number of contentious labor matters, including litigation brought by three former employees alleging several violations of California wage and hour laws, including failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to compensate overtime work and retaliation for complaining about these alleged violations.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Oncidi is "brilliant at what he does," according to clients, who add: "He is even keeled, has a high emotional IQ, is a great legal writer and orator, and never gives up." He advises clients in the media and entertainment industry on all aspects of labor and employment law, including wrongful termination and breach of contract disputes.

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Allen Matkins - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Strong Californian firm with a number of offices throughout the state. Has a wide-ranging practice that includes standout work on employment litigation, including class actions and single-plaintiff claims. Especially skilled in the defense of discrimination and wrongful termination claims.

Strengths One client appreciates that the team is "tough in litigation when it needs to be, but also able to resolve and settle conflicts when it makes sense," and adds: "The service is excellent."

Another client comments: "I couldn't have a better impression of the team; I would trust it with any case. The client service is great."

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Dwight Armstrong is "highly educated, intelligent, strategic and, most importantly, he provides practical advice," report clients. He acts in a broad array of matters on behalf of employers, and has recently been active in a number of complex discrimination cases.

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The Allen Matkins Labor & Employment practice is widely known for several unique reasons: our jury trial expertise, strength in the technology industry, and breadth in wage and hour class action defense, as well as a significant traditional NLRA practice. 

Our practice staffs litigation matters extremely efficiently, typically with one partner/one associate, and clients receive substantial partner attention to their matters.

In the past three years, the Allen Matkins Labor & Employment practice has handled approximately 40 class actions with exposure of more than $1 million. During the same time period, the practice has handled approximately 140 single plaintiff litigation cases.

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Baker McKenzie - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Reputable team that is able to leverage the strength of the firm's global network to advise on national and international labor and employment matters. Offers particular expertise in employment and employee benefit issues stemming from M&A transactions.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "focused and knowledgeable," and highlight its "smart attorneys with strong backgrounds."

Clients value its "very broad international reach," with one source commenting: "The firm's ability to work cross border is a big help to clients and they do a good job of coordinating that."

Work highlights Advised Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the employment and employee benefits issues related to its acquisition of Nimble Storage for $1.09 billion.

Counseled Nielsen on international employment issues arising in the purchase of Gracenote, a provider of media and entertainment metadata.

Notable practitioners

Susan Eandi is a key contact.

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for A full-service labor and employment group that works with employers in a number of industries including retail and technology. Particularly well known for its work for groups in the entertainment sector. Areas of expertise include wage and hour disputes and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. Also frequently counsels clients on regulatory compliance.

Work highlights Defended Dawn Food Products in a putative wage and hour class action brought by former employees involving allegations that drivers were not provided with meal and rest periods or complete and accurate wage statements.

Represented a group of video game companies, including Electronic Arts and Activision, in negotiations for a new industry-wide collective bargaining agreement for performers in video games, who were previously represented by AFTRA.

Notable practitioners

Howard Fabrick has a wealth of experience with negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and advises employers on the interpretation of and compliance with those agreements.

Head of department Scott Witlin has experience with negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and is involved in a range of traditional labor disputes, including wage and hour cases. He regularly represents clients in the entertainment sector.

About the Team (content provided by Barnes & Thornburg LLP)

Attorneys routinely defend clients against claims of wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination, workplace defamation, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, ERISA violations, illicit drug testing and other federal and state law claims, and enforce non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. The firm’s extensive traditional labor practice encompasses defending against unfair labor practice charges and union-organizing campaigns, negotiating and administrating union contracts, and coaching and training on lawful union-avoidance techniques.

Our passion is for tackling the hard labor issues, stamping out opportunistic employment claims and wrestling with the ever-changing labor laws. Helping you manage your workforce – which is vital to your success.

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Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded labor and employment practice offering wide-ranging expertise to employers. Particularly skilled in the representation of educational institutions and healthcare organizations. Handles internal investigations into employee misconduct as well as advising on regulatory compliance and employment training. Also offers prowess in contentious issues, including wage and hour, discrimination and retaliation claims.

Strengths One source comments: "I find Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP to be extremely client service oriented. Whenever I call them, I almost always get an immediate response back. The advice is practical and helpful, and they are easy to work with."

Clients also highlight the team's "responsiveness, clear legal guidance, strategic partnering in developing a legal response to any issue, and individual attention and care."

One client says: "The team is excellent at describing legal options and levels of risk, and is very good at coaching us in our practices."

Work highlights Represented Recology in a number of arbitrations involving employee misconduct, including a dispute involving more than $1 million in property damage.

Advised Fremont Bank on a number of employment matters, including a dispute brought by an employee who voluntarily resigned from the bank involving claims of constructive discharge, disability discrimination and failure to accommodate.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Hirschfeld is "very strong technically with great customer-facing skills, according to one happy client," who adds: "He makes you feel like you are in safe hands throughout the entire litigation process." He advises employers on all aspects of labor and employment, and has been particularly active in the representation of education institutions.

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Jackson Lewis P.C. - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Strong employment practice with a statewide presence. Provides a comprehensive labor and employment service. Notable for work in collective and class action matters. Works with a range of clients, including companies in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, offering assistance on breach of contract and trade secret disputes.

Strengths Clients comment: "The client service is exceptional."

Work highlights Advised the Emergency Department Physicians Medical Group in litigation brought by a former employee who claimed breach of contract and constructive termination.

Notable practitioners

Mia Farber is a key contact.

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Jackson Lewis P.C. is a law firm with more than 850 attorneys in major cities nationwide serving clients across a wide range of practices and industries. Having built its reputation on providing premier workplace law representation to management, the firm has grown to include leading practices in the areas of government relations, healthcare and sports law. The firm’s commitment to client service, depth of expertise and innovation draws clients to Jackson Lewis for excellent value-driven legal advice.


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Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Standout reputation for its employment work in the retail, entertainment and healthcare industries. The team has a growing network of offices throughout the state and works with clients on the full spectrum of labor and employment matters, including wrongful termination, harassment and gender discrimination disputes.

Strengths Clients highlight its "high-level of service and attention to detail," adding: "The firm has the bandwidth and legal knowledge to deal with complex litigation."

Work highlights Defended Blue Shield of California in a lawsuit brought by a senior executive claiming that he was terminated after he attempted to blow the whistle on the company’s chief information officer, who he alleged was accepting bribes from a vendor.

Represented CashCall in a wage and hour class action brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act, involving allegations of unpaid overtime wages, missed meal and rest breaks, and the failure to allow inspection of employment records.

Notable practitioners

Alan Brunswick represents employers in the media and entertainment sector on contractual and wrongful termination disputes. He also offers counsel on union and guild issues.

About the Team (content provided by Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP)

Manatt's California Labor and Employment lawyers put to work years of experience and extensive employment law skills to:

  • Help prevent problems by creating the best workplace policies and procedures, as well as designing training and auditing programs.
  • Guide clients through the maze of federal and state regulatory employment and labor laws.
  • Provide aggressive and goal-oriented representation before courts, administrative agencies, arbitrators and mediators.    
  • Handle the collective bargaining process and advance clients' interests in interactions with labor unions.


Whether a client has 15 employees or 15,000, Manatt helps them analyze options, make informed decisions and take effective action to protect their company in today's complex work environment.​

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Morrison & Foerster LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Recommended for high-stakes litigation involving issues such as wage and hour disputes, discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination. Regularly advises clients on the protection of trade secrets. Additionally provides counsel on whistle-blower and retaliation cases.

Strengths Clients say: "They work together very smoothly and work well with the client as part of that team."

Work highlights Represented Ralphs Grocery Company in an action brought under the Private Attorneys General Act alleging failure to pay wages owed and failure to provide rest breaks, among other things.

Acted on behalf of Staples in a wage and hour action alleging that 500 general managers had been misclassified as exempt employees.

Notable practitioners

Janie Schulman is a key contact.

About the Team (content provided by Morrison & Foerster LLP)

Morrison & Foerster’s Employment & Labor Group focuses on matters of critical strategic importance to our clients. The hallmark of our practice is high-stakes litigation, and our team is positioned squarely at the forefront of key issues affecting the labor and employment market today:

Employee mobility and trade secrets.  We have litigated some of the most significant cases in California and the United States, and we author or contribute to several of the leading treatises in these areas.

Wage-and-hour disputes.  Our team has a winning record of defeating class certification in wage-and-hour class actions, including actions based on alleged worker misclassification and meal and rest break violations. This year, we have scored nearly one major victory a month for our clients in wage-and hour class actions.

Whistleblower cases.  We are leaders in investigating and defending whistleblower retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and many other state and federal whistleblower protection laws.

Discrimination/wrongful termination.  We routinely advise clients on discrimination issues and defend them against claims of discrimination and harassment.

We also provide counseling, auditing, and litigation-avoidance strategies concerning all aspects of the employment relationship, and work seamlessly across practice areas to assist clients in the multijurisdictional employment aspects of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and sourcing transactions.

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Reed Smith LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Experienced defending against complex, high-stakes wage and hour litigation. Advises clients on the full spectrum of labor and employment issues, often working in concert with its impressive network of offices. Offers adept handling of class action litigation as well as single plaintiff suits. Works with clients from the media and entertainment, healthcare and energy sectors, among others.

Work highlights Successfully represented MasTec and DIRECTV in a series of wage and hour class action suits alleging various state law and FLSA violations pertaining to the compensation of satellite technicians.

Represented NCR in a nationwide collective action involving over 4,300 employees from across the country, alleging violations of the FLSA because they were required to work off-the-clock without compensation.

Notable practitioners

Linda Husar regularly represents employers in sizable wage and hour class actions, and also offers expertise in discrimination and wrongful termination disputes.

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Winston & Strawn LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Strong labor and employment practice that maintains an impressive reputation for its handling of litigation. Frequently defends employers against large-scale class and collective actions, including discrimination claims and wage and hour suits. Also offers expertise in whistle-blower and business tort cases. Represents clients from a range of industries including manufacture, retail and financial services.

Strengths Clients say "the team is extremely confident," adding that "it is willing to fight hard for the client."

Sources say the firm houses "very bright practitioners."

Notable practitioners

Joan Fife is experienced with defending wage and hour class actions. Her recent work includes misclassification disputes and claims regarding unpaid overtime, and failure to provide meal and rest breaks.

Laura Petroff "is excellent and has taken the time to get to know us and our philosophy," reports one client, adding that "she is a very strong, aggressive and extremely confident adviser." Clients also appreciate that "she brings a lot of judgment to cases." She advises clients on trade secret protection and the enforcement of noncompete agreements. She also handles wage and hour class actions and internal investigations.

About the Team (content provided by Winston & Strawn LLP)

Winston’s California labor and employment attorneys are regularly engaged to tackle high-profile cases, including significant trial work, for some of the country’s largest employers. Our attorneys regularly handle complicated and sophisticated wage and hour class and collective actions, with an impressive record of success defeating class certification during early phases of these cases.

Throughout Winston’s more than 15-year presence in California, our team has been at the forefront of the major issues affecting employers in the state. In the last year, we have been advising clients with respect to such critical issues as independent contractors, seating, misclassification, meal and rest breaks, paid and parental leave, disability leave and accommodations, equal pay, and pay transparency.

While we have a proven track record of success handling wage and hour cases, our California attorneys boast a diverse portfolio of work. This includes single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, class, and collective actions covering all types of labor and employment law issues—including those involving EEO, restrictive covenants, whistleblower matters, business torts, and leave laws; as well as high-stakes investigations and arbitrations. Importantly, all of our employment counsellors are also seasoned litigators, and vice versa. This service delivery model allows us to draw from our courtroom disputes experience to provide practical, litigation-minimizing advice to our clients.

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Senior Statesperson

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior statesman Fred Alvarez has a strong track record of representing employers in labor and employment litigation. His recent experience includes the defense of discrimination claims as well as wage and hour disputes.

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Fabrick has a wealth of experience with negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and advises employers on the interpretation of and compliance with those agreements.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Grossman is a highly-respected attorney with a wealth of experience acting on behalf of employers. His expertise includes high-level wrongful discharge, whistle-blower and harassment disputes.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Siniscalco has a wealth of experience counseling employers and has recently been active handling complex gender discrimination litigation.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kirby Wilcox continues to be recognized as "the dean of the wage and hour Bar" by market commentators. He provides counsel on a range of contentious and noncontentious labor and employment matters, and has extensive experience handling wage and hour class actions and advising employers on complex wage structures.

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Star Individuals

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lynne Hermle is immensely respected for her wealth of experience defending high-stakes discrimination, wage and hour and harassment claims, including class actions. Clients value her courtroom skills.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Abell has extensive experience handling employment disputes and is particularly skilled in the defense of large class actions, including claims under the California Fair Pay Act. "Her work quality, product and judgment are second to none," according to one client, who also highlights her responsiveness.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Cane is recognized as "a great appellate lawyer," and has extensive experience advocating on behalf of employers in appeals. His recent work includes discrimination and retaliation claims, as well as wage and hour disputes. Clients comment: "His main strengths are his expertise in the area and ability to develop key agreements for us, taking into account his learning and knowledge of the case. He comes up with top-notch documents and gives you really certain answers."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Oncidi is "brilliant at what he does," according to clients, who add: "He is even keeled, has a high emotional IQ, is a great legal writer and orator, and never gives up." He advises clients in the media and entertainment industry on all aspects of labor and employment law, including wrongful termination and breach of contract disputes.

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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Terry Sanchez is knowledgeable about discrimination law, and also offers expertise in the defense of retaliation claims. He is noted for his handling of sensitive internal investigations.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Elena Baca is described by peers as "very impressive" and "a very fine lawyer." Clients comment: "She knows everybody and is incredibly familiar with California courts and judges, and is very capable." She is a strong choice to represent companies in disputes involving the termination of senior executives and has experience handling complex wage and hour and unionization disputes.

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Jeffrey A. Berman

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Berman provides significant expertise in wage and hour matters. One client appreciates that he is "incredibly experienced" and adds: "He is a good counselor and genuinely cares for our organization."

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say Apalla Chopra is "practical, insightful and a good partner in analyzing both legal and business issues." She is recognized for her expertise in representing educational institutions. She handles a range of matters, including wrongful termination, wage and hour and discrimination disputes.

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Catherine A Conway

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Catherine Conway is "a great lawyer," according to peers. She focuses on contentious employment matters and has particular experience handling wage and hour disputes.

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Munger, Tolles & Olson

From the Chambers USA guide

Malcolm Heinicke offers expertise in labor and employment litigation and regulatory compliance. Clients describe him as "a phenomenal communicator" and explain that he is "great at talking to boards of directors and is persuasive." He has extensive experience defending class action suits, and is particularly well versed in handling misclassification and other wage and hour claims.

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George S Howard Jr

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

George Howard specializes in handling contentious labor disputes, including wage and hour cases. He has experience handling trial and appellate litigation. He also counsels employers on unionization and labor relations.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent"David Kadue receives praise for his "high level of responsiveness and client service." He has recently been involved in high-stakes wage and hour cases and also offers expertise in discrimination, wrongful termination and harassment claims.

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tracey Kennedy enjoys a strong reputation among peers, who describe her as "an outstanding trial lawyer; absolutely fantastic and deserving of high accolades." She has experience representing clients in the energy, retail and financial services sectors, and her expertise includes discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination claims.

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Garry G Mathiason

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Garry Mathiason has a broad employment practice which includes defending wage and hour and discrimination class actions, as well as advising clients on the use of technology in the workplace.

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Simmons is widely regarded as "a wage and hour guru." He has a wealth of experience defending employers in wage and hour class actions, and his recent work includes high-stakes disputes about the classification of workers. Clients report that "the experience of working with him has been outstanding," explaining: "Richard is a lawyer's lawyer. He is an expert in the law, extremely insightful and creative in his advice, and relentless and effective in his advocacy."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Wohl is "the best brief writer I've ever worked with," says one client, adding that "he makes briefs come alive" and has "a great touch." He defends clients in complex employment class actions, including wage and hour disputes.

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Dwight L Armstrong

Allen Matkins

From the Chambers USA guide

Dwight Armstrong is "highly educated, intelligent, strategic and, most importantly, he provides practical advice," report clients. He acts in a broad array of matters on behalf of employers, and has recently been active in a number of complex discrimination cases.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Ashe has extensive experience with wage and hour class actions, and has recently been active in whistle-blower litigation. Clients say: "He understands the law and understands what you can do. He can advise and counsel a company on business practices to implement and can look at issues and risks and tell you what you should do and why. He's also exceptionally talented at communicating why his advice meets your business objectives, and he can also help you litigate and resolve an issue if you're in trouble."

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Charles S Birenbaum

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Birenbaum of Greenberg Traurig, PA focuses on traditional labor issues, including handling union negotiations on behalf of employers. Recently, he has been active handling matters in the construction and healthcare sectors.

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Jesse A Cripps Jr.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent"Jesse Cripps focuses on the defense of wage and hour class actions. Clients say: "He is responsive and very thoughtful on complex legal issues, and the quality of his writing is superlative."

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Joan B. Tucker Fife

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joan Fife is experienced with defending wage and hour class actions. Her recent work includes misclassification disputes and claims regarding unpaid overtime, and failure to provide meal and rest breaks.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Debra Fischer"is an outstanding attorney," according to one client, who adds: "She has the ability to understand the business and our perspective, as well as providing tremendously successful legal strategies." She offers expertise in noncompete and trade secret disputes, and is also experienced in handling harassment and wage and hour cases. She is especially active in the financial services sector.

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Katherine M. Forster

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Katherine Forster is "an expert in her field and very client oriented," say sources. Her practice encompasses wage and hour class action and discrimination claims.

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Stephen J Hirschfeld

Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Hirschfeld is "very strong technically with great customer-facing skills, according to one happy client," who adds: "He makes you feel like you are in safe hands throughout the entire litigation process." He advises employers on all aspects of labor and employment, and has been particularly active in the representation of education institutions.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Husar regularly represents employers in sizable wage and hour class actions, and also offers expertise in discrimination and wrongful termination disputes.

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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Levin is described by clients as "fantastic and very strong." He handles a wide range of employment disputes on behalf of clients in the entertainment industry, and is notable for his use of First Amendment arguments, including anti-SLAPP legislation, in the defense of employment claims. 

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Linda Miller Savitt

Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP,

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very impressive"Linda Miller Savitt of Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP represents employers in a wide range of contentious employment matters, including wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims. She is recognized as "a great trial lawyer" and one source says: "She tries a lot of cases and gets good results."

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Robert F. Millman

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Millman is "very good at labor law and NLRB work," say sources. He handles complex labor negations on behalf of employers and also advises on union organizing efforts. His broad expertise also includes discrimination and wrongful termination claims.

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Melinda S Riechert

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Melinda Riechert focuses on employment litigation, and is regarded by clients as "a phenomenal trial lawyer." Her expertise includes defending employers in harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination claims.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Siegel is especially noted for his handling of labor issues arising in the aviation industry. His expertise includes defending class actions and handling arbitrations.

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Jeffrey M Tanenbaum

Nixon Peabody LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Tanenbaum of Nixon Peabody LLP counsels employers on occupational health and safety, including compliance advice and dispute resolution. One client highlights his "expert technical knowledge" and adds that he is "a pleasure to work with and we rely greatly on his judgment."

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Scott Witlin has experience with negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and is involved in a range of traditional labor disputes, including wage and hour cases. He regularly represents clients in the entertainment sector.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say Leslie Abbott is "a very practical, balanced, smart and detail-oriented litigator, who is able to handle complex class action litigation on the employment side." She is well versed in wage and hour law, and frequently defends employers in complex class actions.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Rick Bergstrom represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration proceedings. His experience includes wage and hour litigation as well as wage statement and contractual claims. Clients say: "He is able to bring home the results that we expect and has proven that he doesn't shy away from high-stakes litigation, keeping clients as his focal point."

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Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Brunswick represents employers in the media and entertainment sector on contractual and wrongful termination disputes. He also offers counsel on union and guild issues.

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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Cole handles litigation and arbitration on behalf of clients in the entertainment sector, including major motion picture studios. He is especially well versed in handling labor arbitrations and also offers expertise in employee benefits matters.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen Corman of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates receives praise for her "unflappable demeanor" and "practical advice," and clients add that she "works toward great resolutions, is always responsive and always available." She provides labor and employment counsel on high-value M&A transactions. She is particularly adept at representing clients in the technology sector.

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Hill recently joined Holland & Knight LLP. He handles wage and hour class actions across the country. He receives particular praise for his written advocacy.

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Dentons

From the Chambers USA guide

Cynthia Jackson of Dentons advises employers on litigation as well as regulatory compliance, and her capabilities include cross-border employment issues. Recently, she has been conducting pay equity audits.

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Judith Droz Keyes

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Judith Droz Keyes of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP handles contentious and noncontentious law and employment matters. She advises employers on discrimination disputes, as well as regulatory compliance and internal investigations. "She is an exceptionally good lawyer," says one source.

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F. Curt Kirschner Jr

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say Curt Kirschner is "very reliable, extremely thorough and incredibly responsive when unplanned issues arise." He frequently acts on behalf of employers in the healthcare sector, and advises on a wide range of issues including collective bargaining, NLRB proceedings and other employment disputes.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Knopp of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is regarded by clients as a "go-to person for high-stakes employment matters." One source describes him as "methodical and academic," and adds: "He is great at employment litigation." He has a wealth of experience handling wage and hour cases.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Liburt skillfully navigates complex discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims on behalf of employers.

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Andrew Livingston

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Andrew Livingston is particularly well versed in defending complex wage and hour class actions, and also offers expertise in discrimination and wrongful termination disputes.

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Sandra R McCandless

Dentons

From the Chambers USA guide

Sandra McCandless of Dentons is described by clients as "a human resources expert who immediately sees all the angles for her clients and is able to tackle very complex employment situations very quickly." She has a broad labor and employment practice, which includes cross-border transactional issues as well as dispute resolution.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barbara Miller is recognized as "brilliant and fantastic," and is also described by clients as "responsive and creative." She represents employers in a wide range of disputes, including wage and hour and wrongful termination claims.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Cheryl Orr of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is recognized as "an expert in employment litigation," and further described by clients as "responsive and pragmatic." She regularly defends wage and hour class actions.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jessica Perry is a tough negotiator, according to clients. Her practice involves an emphasis on the defense of wage-hour matters, and has a strong track record of defeating class certification.

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Laura Petroff"is excellent and has taken the time to get to know us and our philosophy," reports one client, adding that "she is a very strong, aggressive and extremely confident adviser." Clients also appreciate that "she brings a lot of judgment to cases." She advises clients on trade secret protection and the enforcement of noncompete agreements. She also handles wage and hour class actions and internal investigations.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Maria Rodriguez of McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises clients on employment disputes as well as litigation avoidance. Her expertise includes wage and hour, discrimination and suitable seating disputes. Recently, she has been active handling high-level employment issues in the entertainment and sports sectors.

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Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Sulzer of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP has a wealth of experience with wage and hour class actions and claims brought under the Private Attorneys General Act. Recently, he has been involved in high-stakes disputes in the sport, healthcare and hospitality sectors.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Julie Totten frequently handles wage and hour class actions on behalf of employers.

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