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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Widely praised for its representation of top-tier companies in connection with the most sophisticated labor and employment matters. Renowned for its breadth of expertise in handling the full range of issues, including wage and hour cases, antidiscrimination law and labor relations. Recent experience includes high-profile employment litigation arising out of the gig economy.

Strengths Clients say it is "an outstanding, client-focused firm that provides high-quality and pragmatic advice."

Clients highlight its "superb legal advice" and "excellent, top-notch legal services."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Cablevision in connection with a labor dispute with the Communications Workers of America, which involved allegations that a union leader's employment had been terminated in retaliation for his union activity, and that Cablevision's CEO made unlawful threats to employees in a speech in order to encourage them to abandon the union.

Continued to represent Uber Technologies in a series of class actions against the company, including a case in the Ninth Circuit concerning the enforceability of its arbitration agreement with drivers.

Notable practitioners

The "superb" Eugene Scalia is highly regarded for his handling of contentious high-stakes labor and employment matters, including class actions, appeals and regulatory challenges. He has experience in cases involving discrimination as well as whistle-blower claims. Sources say: "He is a terrific lawyer" and add that "he is undeniably a go-to lawyer on cases that are politically challenging."

Jason Schwartz acts in a diverse array of labor and employment disputes, including cases pertaining to noncompetes, trade secrets, wage and hour matters, and whistle-blower claims. Clients describe him as both an “outstanding” and “terrific lawyer.”

About the Team (content provided by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP)

To learn more about our practice, please visit gibsondunn.com.

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Jones Day - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its ability to provide comprehensive assistance to national and international clients, particularly in complex labor relations proceedings. Experienced in handling government investigations, including enforcement proceedings brought by the EEOC. Other key areas of experience include the defense of class and collective actions, wage and hour litigation, and whistle-blowing or retaliation claims.

Strengths The firm receives praise for its "tremendous resources" and "very knowledgeable people."

One client says: "The firm has done great work for us and we are extremely pleased with the results. It does a good job of working with our staff and making them feel comfortable."

Work highlights Represented SW General in litigation before the US Supreme Court concerning the President's ability to fill high-level vacancies without the Senate's advice and consent under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.

Represented BNSF Railway in relation to a Federal Railroad Safety Act retaliation claim brought by a former employee, alleging that BNSF had unlawfully dismissed him.

Notable practitioners

Eric Dreiband is labeled by peers as “a talented litigator” and further described as “very smart.” He has a wealth of experience defending high-profile discrimination lawsuits.

Alison Marshall is "terrific, exceptionally responsive and very knowledgeable," according to one client, who adds: "What I like about Alison is she is definitive in her guidance." She handles significant discrimination disputes on behalf of corporate clients and is also knowledgeable about wage and hour matters and whistle-blower cases. She frequently counsels clients on the implementation of harassment policies.

Patricia Dunn is sought out to represent employers in connection with labor relations. Clients say: "She is fabulous at negotiations and handles them well. She is very knowledgeable, gets very good results, is responsive and gives excellent advice. She works very long and hard on the project and is definitely client-focused."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Preeminent in handling a wide range of labor and employment matters for top-tier companies and employers. Deep bench with comprehensive expertise in litigation and alternative dispute resolution across the full spectrum of related issues, such as wage and hour, and trade secret disputes. Frequently acts for clients in the defense industry, as well as servicing companies in the transportation, education and public sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "legal knowledge and ability to communicate effectively to all parties."

One source says: "We are extremely happy with the quality, breadth and depth of legal advice and support we are getting."

Work highlights Represented the American Chemistry Council and the National Association of Chemical Distributors in a challenge to OSHA's decision to broaden the scope of its process safety management standards.

Acted on behalf of Amtrak in relation to an arbitration concerning the company’s right to contract out the installation of track switch heater devices in various New England locations, which was challenged by a union called The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen.

Notable practitioners

Charles Cohen has a wealth of experience in representing senior management in connection with labor relations, including collective bargaining negotiations. His previous experience as a member of the National Labor Relations Boards is of particular note.

Grace Speights heads the firm's labor and employment practice. She is well versed in handling employment discrimination matters on behalf of employers, and frequently acts in claims brought by the EEOC. Clients say she is “phenomenally good at complex cases” and explain that she is "very responsive and extremely strategic." One source says: "She is just so resourceful and experienced that she knows how to read the regulator."

About the Team (content provided by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP)

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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Paul Hastings LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Celebrated for its robust representation of employers in class and collective actions such as sex discrimination and wage and hour cases. Distinguished for handling employment issues for professional service organizations such as law firms and also caters to clients in the financial services, technology, healthcare and hospitality sectors. Also advises clients on the use of big data in recruitment.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "excellent" and explain that it is "attentive, extremely responsive and very considerate of all stakeholders involved in employment matters."

Clients also note that the firm is “practical, business-focused and extremely responsive.”

One source reports: "The firm has been incredibly professional, helpful, productive and efficient."

Work highlights Represented Farmers Insurance in a pay discrimination class action brought on behalf of female attorneys.

Acted on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration in relation to an age discrimination class action brought before an administrative judge of the EEOC.

Notable practitioners

Barbara Brown is held in the utmost regard by peers, who label her as "the role model many of us aspire to." Clients praise her as a "fantastic, experienced attorney who understands the way the business world works" as well as a "true professional, who is incredibly smart and easy to work with." She has a wealth of experience defending labor and employment litigation, including discrimination class actions and sexual harassment claims. She is also well versed in whistle-blower retaliation suits.

Neal Mollen regularly defends gender and race discrimination and retaliation lawsuits. His experience with appellate matters is of particular note, and he has appeared before the US Supreme Court as well as other state and federal appeals courts.

Ken Willner is recognized for his "encyclopedic, substantive knowledge of employment and class action law." He litigates complex discrimination claims on behalf of employers, and is also knowledgeable about the use of big data in recruitment. One source says: "He is extremely knowledgeable and incredibly intelligent. He knows this area of law very well and is practical, which is very important. He understands business and how business works." Clients also describe him as a "professional in every sense of the word."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Well-respected firm that provides robust advice to national businesses in relation to a variety of labor and employment issues. Known for its expertise in handling contentious and noncontentious matters, including arbitration, and wage and hour class actions. Extensive experience in disputes involving collective bargaining agreements, and also offers expertise in discrimination cases.

Strengths One source says: "The lawyers are responsive, sophisticated, highly experienced and intelligent. I have absolute trust in them to give me the best advice."

Another client says the firm does "great work and understands business," adding that the team "gives good and practical advice that we can act on, and always makes sure we know what is around the corner."

Work highlights Represented Purple Communications in a labor dispute with Pacific Media Workers Guild involving charges of unfair labor practices.

Acted on behalf of the government of Guatemala in government-to-government international trade and labor arbitration proceedings brought by the United States under the labor chapter of the Central America Free Trade Agreement.

Notable practitioners

Donald Livingston focuses his practice on representing employers in dispute resolution. He is particularly skilled in handling employment discrimination claims, and has extensive experience representing clients before the EEOC. Clients say: "He is very knowledgeable on labor and employment law" and add that he is "great for giving very practical and actionable advice."

Daniel Nash is "very good at wage and hour class action work," say sources. His broad employment litigation practice also sees him act on behalf of sports leagues in disciplinary cases and class actions. Clients highlight his "excellent communication skills and deep experience with complex issues."

Joel Cohn leads the firm's national wage and hour practice. His wide-ranging labor and employment experience includes discrimination actions as well as highly complex wage and hour disputes. Clients praise him as a "fearless litigator with great knowledge of the wage and hour space," and add that "he is great on his feet in a courtroom and delivers great results."

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Recognized for its expertise in handling traditional labor issues, employment disputes and ADA Title III litigation, as well as for housing a dedicated government strategies and compliance team. Increasingly active in labor and employment regulatory activity. Experienced in representing clients from the hospitality, retail and financial services industries, among others.

Strengths One source says: "Overall, the attorneys with whom we've worked at Seyfarth are intelligent, practical and cost effective in their approach to advice and litigation defense."

Clients also praise the team as "responsive, sophisticated, highly experienced and intelligent," and one interviewee comments: "I absolutely trust in them to give me the best advice."

Work highlights Represented Sterling Jewellers in a gender discrimination class action, in which the plaintiffs alleged that Sterling systematically discriminated against its female employees in pay and promotion practices, seeking $500 million in damages.

Advised the US Chamber of Commerce on regulatory matters, including a proposal from the EEOC which would require employers to file extensive reports regarding the compensation, hours worked and demographic breakdown of their workforce and applicants.

Notable practitioners

Lawrence Lorber counsels clients on regulatory labor and employment matters, including DOL audits and regulatory advocacy. He also has experience in employment litigation, including wage and hour claims. "He is very good at determining risks and gives practical advice," report clients, who also appreciate that he is "very easy to work with and very knowledgeable."

Joseph Damato is recognized as a "top-notch labor negotiator." His experience includes complex collective bargaining negotiations and other labor relations issues.

Minh Vu is "a go-to resource when it comes to ADA access issues," according to clients, who add: "She is incredibly efficient and takes a very practical approach to helping us resolve compliance issues and claims." She has a wealth of experience defending litigation and in regulatory investigations pertaining to Title III of the ADA, and is also frequently sought out as a counselor on access issues.

About the Team (content provided by Seyfarth Shaw LLP)

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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Littler Mendelson, PC - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Solid labor and employment team offering assistance across a wide spectrum of industries, such as retail, pharmaceutical, restaurant and hospitality. Well respected for handling single-plaintiff litigation as well as class and collective actions, and for its provision of compliance advice and training. Litigates a wide range of matters, including wage and hour and discrimination claims, and also involved in challenging government rulemaking in the area of labor and employment.

Strengths Clients note its "deep bench strength of knowledge and expertise, broad scope of capabilities, keen management insight and strategic perspective."

Clients also highlight the firm's "broad expertise across multiple jurisdictions" and "significant national and international footprint," with one source noting: "It is a strong firm that focuses on client service, with strong resources and excellent attorneys in many offices that can meet clients' needs around the country."

Work highlights Defended Thompson Facilities Services in a jury trial before the DC Superior Court, where the plaintiffs, three former employees, were alleging racial and age discrimination and retaliation.

Represented the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its 351 Division I member schools in a nationwide putative class action brought by a former student athlete alleging that the NCAA violated the FLSA's minimum wage provisions by failing to pay student athletes.

Notable practitioners

Jason Branciforte regularly represents government contractors in labor and employment litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings. Clients appreciate that he is "very accessible, responsive and easy to work with" and add that “his advice is always practical.”

Tammy McCutchen is recognized as “a good wage and hour lawyer,” and draws on her previous experience serving as an administrator of the DOL Wage and Hour Division. She advises businesses and employers on wage and hour compliance and also represents clients in DOL investigations and class actions.

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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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 National labor and employment boutique firm noted for its representation of employers in a range of matters, including wage and hour law and labor relations. Also prominent in the field of workplace safety, with a solid team of experienced OSHA and MSHA attorneys. Frequently counsels clients in the healthcare sector, and also offers expertise to clients in the energy and natural resources industry.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the firm provides "rock solid expertise" and note that "it consistently delivers excellent results."

Clients also highlight its "technical expertise" and "practicality of advice."

Work highlights Represented Meritus Medical Center in a trial brought under the Family and Medical Leave Act concerning an employer's right to change the shift schedules of an employee while on family and medical leave.

Defended Lockheed Martin in a case brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, where the plaintiff alleged that she had been subjected to a hostile work environment while employed at the company and that the termination of her employment was discriminatory on the basis of her disability, gender and race.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Douglas Topolski is "excellent in any labor law issue." He has a wealth of experience advising employers on labor and union relations, including proceedings before the NLRB. Clients value his "good understanding of how the business world works" and add that "he gives pragmatic and insightful advice." One source says: "I have found Doug Topolski to be client-oriented and a no-nonsense lawyer wanting to get things done in a positively negotiated manner with mutual benefit to all parties."

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The Workplace Safety Practice is unparalleled

  • Multiple full time nationally recognized expert attorneys 
  • Respond 24/7 to accidents, government investigations and inspections throughout the country
  • Internally specialized––attorneys are either OSHA or MSHA (mine safety) litigation specialists.
  • Ogletree Board Member Melissa Bailey has specialized in OSHA throughout her long career.
  • James Lastowka,based in the firm’s DC office, is a former Commissioner and General Counsel for the Federal Mine Safety and Health Revision Commission and Assistant General Counsel for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
  • Mine Safety Co-chairs Margaret Lopez and William Doran representing mining clients nationwide for over 20 years.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Continuing strength in the representation of employers before government agencies such as the EEOC, DOL and OFCCP. Also has solid experience in acting on behalf of clients in connection with employment law disputes such as whistle-blower cases. Sought out to advise clients on employment compliance and regulatory audits.

Work highlights Represented Smith & Wesson in connection with a whistle-blower complaint filed by a former employee with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, alleging that he was terminated in violation of section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Represented Lincoln Military Housing in several cases of tort, breach of contract and statutory claims arising out of the plaintiffs' alleged exposure to mold in military housing owned or managed by Lincoln Military Housing.

Notable practitioners

Connie Bertram is recognized as a "good litigator" and has a notable focus on handling whistle-blower claims on behalf of employers. She also advises clients on regulatory compliance, and is particularly well versed in matters affecting government contractors.

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Senior Statesperson

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Cohen has a wealth of experience in representing senior management in connection with labor relations, including collective bargaining negotiations. His previous experience as a member of the National Labor Relations Boards is of particular note.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barbara Brown is held in the utmost regard by peers, who label her as "the role model many of us aspire to." Clients praise her as a "fantastic, experienced attorney who understands the way the business world works" as well as a "true professional, who is incredibly smart and easy to work with." She has a wealth of experience defending labor and employment litigation, including discrimination class actions and sexual harassment claims. She is also well versed in whistle-blower retaliation suits.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Dreiband is labeled by peers as “a talented litigator” and further described as “very smart.” He has a wealth of experience defending high-profile discrimination lawsuits.

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Alison B Marshall

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Alison Marshall is "terrific, exceptionally responsive and very knowledgeable," according to one client, who adds: "What I like about Alison is she is definitive in her guidance." She handles significant discrimination disputes on behalf of corporate clients and is also knowledgeable about wage and hour matters and whistle-blower cases. She frequently counsels clients on the implementation of harassment policies.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "superb" Eugene Scalia is highly regarded for his handling of contentious high-stakes labor and employment matters, including class actions, appeals and regulatory challenges. He has experience in cases involving discrimination as well as whistle-blower claims. Sources say: "He is a terrific lawyer" and add that "he is undeniably a go-to lawyer on cases that are politically challenging."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Grace Speights heads the firm's labor and employment practice. She is well versed in handling employment discrimination matters on behalf of employers, and frequently acts in claims brought by the EEOC. Clients say she is “phenomenally good at complex cases” and explain that she is "very responsive and extremely strategic." One source says: "She is just so resourceful and experienced that she knows how to read the regulator."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Connie Bertram is recognized as a "good litigator" and has a notable focus on handling whistle-blower claims on behalf of employers. She also advises clients on regulatory compliance, and is particularly well versed in matters affecting government contractors.

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Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Deborah Kelly of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP is skilled at representing employers in labor and employment disputes, including discrimination, retaliation and breach of contract claims. Clients appreciate that "Deborah is very practical and is a great listener" who "is always available, very responsive and client-focused."

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Donald R Livingston

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Livingston focuses his practice on representing employers in dispute resolution. He is particularly skilled in handling employment discrimination claims, and has extensive experience representing clients before the EEOC. Clients say: "He is very knowledgeable on labor and employment law" and add that he is "great for giving very practical and actionable advice."

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Lawrence Z Lorber

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Lorber counsels clients on regulatory labor and employment matters, including DOL audits and regulatory advocacy. He also has experience in employment litigation, including wage and hour claims. "He is very good at determining risks and gives practical advice," report clients, who also appreciate that he is "very easy to work with and very knowledgeable."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Neal Mollen regularly defends gender and race discrimination and retaliation lawsuits. His experience with appellate matters is of particular note, and he has appeared before the US Supreme Court as well as other state and federal appeals courts.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Nash is "very good at wage and hour class action work," say sources. His broad employment litigation practice also sees him act on behalf of sports leagues in disciplinary cases and class actions. Clients highlight his "excellent communication skills and deep experience with complex issues."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Skelly of Hogan Lovells US LLP is described by clients as "very diligent, smart and tactful," with one source adding: "We have had a consistently excellent experience working with him. He is extremely responsive, explains the legal aspects of a situation thoroughly and makes sure we understand what we need to know." He advises on the full range of labor and employment matters, such as collective bargaining, discrimination and unfair labor practice disputes, as well as day-to-day counseling.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ken Willner is recognized for his "encyclopedic, substantive knowledge of employment and class action law." He litigates complex discrimination claims on behalf of employers, and is also knowledgeable about the use of big data in recruitment. One source says: "He is extremely knowledgeable and incredibly intelligent. He knows this area of law very well and is practical, which is very important. He understands business and how business works." Clients also describe him as a "professional in every sense of the word."

^ See whole ranking table

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patricia Ambrose of Hogan Lovells US LLP receives praise for her "strategic advice" and one client comments: "She's an expert in her legal field. I find her particularly helpful because she's very practical and pragmatic. She listens to what we want to accomplish and our risk tolerance, and she helps us to meet our goals." Interviewees note that "her experience and her judgment differentiate her." She advises employers on a variety of labor and employment matters, including government investigations and dispute resolution. She is particularly proficient in advising higher education institutions.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Barmak of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC is held in high regard by clients, who praise his "invaluable counsel" and "excellent, sound advice." One client says: "He has a sharp mind and anticipates problems. He is highly responsive and absolutely strategic." He acts for national and international companies in employment litigation, including unlawful termination, discrimination and retaliation lawsuits.

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Jason Branciforte

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jason Branciforte regularly represents government contractors in labor and employment litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings. Clients appreciate that he is "very accessible, responsive and easy to work with" and add that “his advice is always practical.”

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Cohn leads the firm's national wage and hour practice. His wide-ranging labor and employment experience includes discrimination actions as well as highly complex wage and hour disputes. Clients praise him as a "fearless litigator with great knowledge of the wage and hour space," and add that "he is great on his feet in a courtroom and delivers great results."

^ See whole ranking table

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Damato is recognized as a "top-notch labor negotiator." His experience includes complex collective bargaining negotiations and other labor relations issues.

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Epstein Becker & Green PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul DeCamp of Epstein Becker & Green PC is well respected for his representation of employers and trade associations in major wage and hour litigation, including class actions and DOL investigations. Clients appreciate that he is "unfailingly responsive and helpful, and an absolute pleasure to work with."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Patricia Dunn is sought out to represent employers in connection with labor relations. Clients say: "She is fabulous at negotiations and handles them well. She is very knowledgeable, gets very good results, is responsive and gives excellent advice. She works very long and hard on the project and is definitely client-focused."

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Fortney & Scott, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Fortney of Fortney & Scott, LLC is "an invaluable adviser to any client with government enforcement action," according to interviewees. He is a strong choice to represent clients before the Department of Labor and other regulatory agencies, and receives particular recognition for his expertise in wage and hour and government contracting.

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Tammy D McCutchen

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Tammy McCutchen is recognized as “a good wage and hour lawyer,” and draws on her previous experience serving as an administrator of the DOL Wage and Hour Division. She advises businesses and employers on wage and hour compliance and also represents clients in DOL investigations and class actions. 

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kerry Scanlon of McDermott Will & Emery LLP receives praise for his "subject matter expertise" and "pragmatic and strategic analysis." He has a wealth of experience in employment litigation, and offers particular prowess in discrimination claims.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jason Schwartz acts in a diverse array of labor and employment disputes, including cases pertaining to noncompetes, trade secrets, wage and hour matters, and whistle-blower claims. Clients describe him as both an “outstanding” and “terrific lawyer.”

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Michael L Stevens

Arent Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Stevens leads Arent Fox LLP's labor and employment practice. He advises a diverse client base on labor and union issues, and his experience includes compliance and dispute resolution. He is frequently sought out by clients in the fashion, hospitality and professional services sectors.

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say Douglas Topolski is "excellent in any labor law issue." He has a wealth of experience advising employers on labor and union relations, including proceedings before the NLRB. Clients value his "good understanding of how the business world works" and add that "he gives pragmatic and insightful advice." One source says: "I have found Doug Topolski to be client-oriented and a no-nonsense lawyer wanting to get things done in a positively negotiated manner with mutual benefit to all parties."

^ See whole ranking table

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Minh Vu is "a go-to resource when it comes to ADA access issues," according to clients, who add: "She is incredibly efficient and takes a very practical approach to helping us resolve compliance issues and claims." She has a wealth of experience defending litigation and in regulatory investigations pertaining to Title III of the ADA, and is also frequently sought out as a counselor on access issues.

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