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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Labor & Employment

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths Clients say the "department's client service is excellent," with one source in particular noting: "They are extremely responsive and their greatest strength is their creative, out-of-the-box thinking. It's as if you're working with an internal business peer, not just your outside counsel."

Work highlights Represents Cablevision and its CEO, Jim Dolan, in a highly publicized dispute with labor union Communications Workers of America, involving nine unfair labor claims against the client. The NLRB issued a decision in April 2016 dismissing seven of the nine claims.

Continues to act for Primerica on long-running litigation challenging the DOL's decision to change the 40-year definition of who qualifies as a 'fiduciary.'

Significant clients Ford, PwC, Capital One, Sunrise Senior Living, UBS.

Notable practitioners

"Top practitioner" and "outstanding intellect" Eugene Scalia is a highly regarded lawyer handling significant labor and employment matters for high-profile clients. He offers particular expertise in complex whistle-blower cases.

Market commentators say William Kilberg is "universally respected" and "widely regarded as brilliant." He advises a number of household names from various industries.

Jason Schwartz is recognized for his handling of large-scale employment litigation, including restrictive covenant disputes, wage and hour class actions and discrimination suits. He also advises corporate clients on a range of noncontentious matters. Clients highlight his "very good, strategic advice."

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Jones Day - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its expertise in providing comprehensive assistance to national and international clients, particularly in complex labor relation proceedings. Other key areas of experience include the defense of class and collective actions, wage and hour litigation, and whistle-blowing or retaliation claims.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's quality of service, in addition to the lengths it goes to to accommodate them. Sources note its "very strong performance" and "flexibility in working with clients."

Work highlights Successfully represented the US Chamber of Commerce against the EEOC before the US Supreme Court in a dispute regarding whether attorneys' fees could only be awarded by a district to a prevailing defendant when they obtain a ruling on the merits.

Successfully defended BNSF Railway against a union attempt to block the implementation of a new rail freight service, which involved changes to the way in which employees work.

Significant clients CSX, The Washington Post, Staples, Bloomberg, R.J. Reynolds.

Notable practitioners

Eric Dreiband is a widely respected and "terrific" class litigator, with peers describing him as "one of a very small number of people who are skilled at representing and defending in front of the EEOC." He has a strong focus on class actions and regularly represents clients in complex employment disputes and government investigation proceedings. His recent work includes leading the representation of the US Chamber of Commerce and others in litigation against the EEOC in the Supreme Court.

Employment litigator Alison Marshall handles a wide range of complex and sensitive disputes, including wage and hour, discrimination and harassment lawsuits. She recently co-led on the representation of IBM in a nationwide age discrimination class action regarding its reduction in force and hiring practices. Clients describe her as "very responsive and knowledgeable."

Peers acknowledge Glen Nager as an "absolutely brilliant" and "well-respected litigator" who offers considerable experience in employment disputes. He regularly defends employers in complex discrimination claims and has a strong track record appearing before the US Supreme Court.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Labor & Employment

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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.

Strengths Clients agree that the "overall substantive quality is very high." One source reports that the team's services are "strategic, efficient and specifically tailored to the matter at hand."

Work highlights Represents Wells Fargo in a nationwide race discrimination class action brought by African-American financial advisers, alleging that the company's practices disadvantage African-American employees in comparison with their white counterparts.

Continues to act for FedEx Ground Package System on a nationwide ADA case claiming that the client failed to appropriately accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.

Significant clients HP, General Dynamics, Amtrak, Lockheed Martin, Maxim Healthcare.

Notable practitioners

Leader of the firm's labor and employment practice Grace Speights represents some of the nation's most prestigious employers in complex nationwide disputes. She maintains her solid reputation as an "excellent" and "highly respected lawyer" in the industry, and clients comment that she is "client-focused" and "results-oriented."

Charles Cohen draws on his extensive knowledge and experience to advise senior management on all aspects of employment law. He has assisted in the shaping of national labor policy through his testimony before Senate and House Congressional Committees. Sources remark that "no one knows the NLRB better than he does."

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Paul Hastings LLP - Labor & Employment

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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. Also distinguished for handling employment issues on behalf of law firms, as well as more recently in advising on the risks of 'big data' use in recruiting.

Strengths Sources agree that Paul Hastings is a "top-notch, exceptional firm." One client reports: "They do excellent work, and on cutting-edge issues they seem to have more expertise than others," with another stating: "They are really strong, one of the top-tier firms for sure."

Work highlights Represents the FAA in a series of employment discrimination class actions before the EEOC.

Continues to represent Goldman Sachs in a closely watched class action regarding sex discrimination.

Significant clients Honeywell, BAE Systems, Dollar Tree, Farmers, Living Social.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe the "amazing" Barbara Brown as "our go-to for high-level executive issues," adding: "She's renowned in her field and super-smart." She represents multinationals in the full range of employment matters, with noted recent activity in OFCCP compliance and pay equity studies.

"Fine litigator" Neal Mollen has extensive experience appearing before the Supreme Court and EEOC on behalf of major employer associations and employers. He recently acted for Goldman Sachs in complex sex discrimination litigation.

Ken Willner is noted for his experience representing federal agencies before the EEOC in discrimination suits. His recent work includes representing the FAA in an employment discrimination class action.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Labor & Employment

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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. Also known for its expertise in handling contentious and noncontentious matters, including arbitration, and wage and hour class actions.

Strengths Clients say of the practice: "Great results are achieved overall. The team has worked to do so over the years with ever-increasing efficiency, and provides great value."

Work highlights Represented the NFL in numerous arbitrations, class actions and disciplinary proceedings involving many high-profile current and former league players. One class action concerned ten former players seeking damages on behalf of over 750 plaintiffs for alleged injuries suffered due to various drugs and painkillers taken over the course of their careers.

Acts for Starbucks on a claim brought by a plaintiff alleging that the company improperly calculates overtime rates by not accounting for the value of free beverages employees receive.

Significant clients US Tennis Association, CEC Entertainment, Freeman Co, The Home Depot, Quanta Services.

Notable practitioners

Donald Livingston brings his experience as former general counsel of the EEOC to bear on complex employment disputes before government bodies. His recent work includes successfully defending The Freeman Company against a claim by the EEOC alleging unlawful use of criminal history when hiring.

Daniel Nash is a highly regarded employment litigator who is particularly well known for his sports law practice, which sees him representing the NFL and other sport entities in highly publicized disputes. Clients praise his strategic approach to litigation and recommend him for complex bet-the-company matters.

Head of the firm's national wage and hour practice Joel Cohn specializes in handling class actions, including FLSA and discrimination cases. One impressed client calls him a "master of wage and hour class actions" with "a very strategic mind and a will to win."

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Labor & Employment

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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 housing a dedicated government strategies and compliance team. The group has recently been increasingly active in labor and employment regulatory activity.

Strengths Sources confirm that "Seyfarth's reputation in the labor and employment space is well earned - it is one of the top-performing units." Clients state that the team is "excellent across the board" and offers "strong client service."

Value for money Clients report that the firm is "solid value for money" and praise its "transparent" billing.

Work highlights Acts on behalf of the US Chamber of Commerce and the International Franchise Association on preparing joint statements in response to the DOL's proposal to adopt an executive order on paid sick leave for government contractors.

Continues to represent Sterling Jewelers in a long-running sex discrimination claim seeking $500 million in damages on behalf of 44,000 of Sterling's female employees.

Significant clients Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Atria Senior Living, US Foods, BAE Systems, Gap.

Notable practitioners

Lawrence Lorber is a seasoned practitioner whom peers describe as a "thought leader" and "labor union expert." He handles a wide range of complex matters, including labor negotiations, wage and hour class actions and DOL audits. His practice also covers federal contract compliance and lobbying.

Joseph Damato is recognized for his "well respected" labor relations and collective bargaining practice, with particular expertise in the NLRA. Clients describe him as a "visionary" with an in-depth understanding of developments in the law, and further state that he does a "great job of tailoring his advice to align with what his clients are looking for."

Minh Vu is noted for her strength in legal matters concerning government contractors and public accommodation, as well as her "top-notch ADA substantive expertise." She recently defended AMC Entertainment against a claim brought by a wheelchair user alleging that an AMC theater's wheelchair seating locations did not properly comply with Title III of the ADA.

Department profile 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.

Please visit our website for more information: http://www.seyfarth.com/labor-employment






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Littler Mendelson, PC - Labor & Employment

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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.

Strengths Clients remark upon the firm's "excellent performance," praising its deep resources and stating: "They tend to have an expert for everything." One client reports: "I view the firm as a first-rate resource for the company on employment matters."

Work highlights Defended Six3 Intelligence Solutions, a subsidiary of CACI, against a $10 million claim brought by a former sales executive alleging breach of the commission plan.

Represented MedSTar Health in a FLSA collective action brought by hospital employees claiming they had been forced to work through their meal breaks without due compensation.

Significant clients ADP, Aerotek, Hanesbrands, Owens & Minor, BJ's Wholesale.

Notable practitioners

Jason Branciforte regularly represents management in labor and employment disputes and maintains a robust labor relations and government contractor practice. Clients laud his abilities, stating: "He is incredibly responsive, practical and efficient in approach - he's exceptional."

Former administrator of the wage and hour division of the DOL Tammy McCutchen is "very highly regarded" by her peers and clients, who say: "She is very knowledgeable about wage and hour issues and able to give practical advice on tricky issues in a concise manner." She additionally acts for employers on pay practice matters and high-profile investigations.

Department profile by Littler Mendelson, PC

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,300 attorneys in over 75 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves 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. For more information, visit www.littler.com.

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With Littler’s collective knowledge and experience, the firm provides clients with comprehensive legal services covering the full range of workplace issues, including general labor and employment advice, litigation and dispute resolution, labor relations, compliance, codes of conduct, workforce management, data privacy, employment and transfer agreements, corporate labor governance, and knowledge management and training.
Littler is experienced in handling multi-country labor and employment matters that span the globe and often work with leading attorneys in jurisdictions worldwide to provide clients with global legal services and a single point of contact. The firm’s international offices span three continents – North America, South America and Europe – and include: Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico the United Kingdom and Venezuela. Littler’s global capabilities also include a number of U.S. - based lawyers who are qualified practitioners in Australia, Brazil, China, Japan and South Africa, among other countries.


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

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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.

Strengths Clients report a high-quality work product and good value from the firm, with sources stating: "Ogletree works well as a team, with an unwavering focus on accomplishing the best outcomes for its clients." A further source notes: "They have always provided great service and value to our company."

Work highlights Defended Honeywell Technology Solutions in an age, race and sex discrimination claim.

Represented Key Energy Services in an OSHA claim alleging that employees had not been properly trained to handle extreme weather conditions after a lightning bolt injured three employees following a storm on the client's sites. The judge ruled the client had properly trained employees in what to do in the event of extreme weather and the case was dismissed.

Significant clients Holy Cross Hospital, Barrick, BAE Systems, Lehigh Hanson, CONSOL Energy.

Notable practitioners

Sources report that Douglas Topolski is "a very effective traditional labor lawyer" specializing in labor relations and collective bargaining proceedings.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Labor & Employment

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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.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's work product, saying it does "an outstanding job."

Work highlights Successfully represented US Foods in a long-running case involving trade secret, whistle-blower and employment contract claims, brought by two former company executives and spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Handled a number of cases for Lincoln Military Housing, one of which involves a plaintiff seeking $8 million in damages over an alleged breach of contract and negligence.

Significant clients Freedom Mortgage, Pepco Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators say practice head Connie Bertram is "looked to as an expert in the field, particularly in the whistle-blower and noncompete areas." She represents major multinational businesses in major employment litigation proceedings.

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Senior Statesmen

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Cohen draws on his extensive knowledge and experience to advise senior management on all aspects of employment law. He has assisted in the shaping of national labor policy through his testimony before Senate and House Congressional Committees. Sources remark that "no one knows the NLRB better than he does."

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William J Kilberg

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market commentators say William Kilberg is "universally respected" and "widely regarded as brilliant." He advises a number of household names from various industries.

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Star Individuals

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe the "amazing" Barbara Brown as "our go-to for high-level executive issues," adding: "She's renowned in her field and super-smart." She represents multinationals in the full range of employment matters, with noted recent activity in OFCCP compliance and pay equity studies.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Dreiband is a widely respected and "terrific" class litigator, with peers describing him as "one of a very small number of people who are skilled at representing and defending in front of the EEOC." He has a strong focus on class actions and regularly represents clients in complex employment disputes and government investigation proceedings. His recent work includes leading the representation of the US Chamber of Commerce and others in litigation against the EEOC in the Supreme Court.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Top practitioner" and "outstanding intellect" Eugene Scalia is a highly regarded lawyer handling significant labor and employment matters for high-profile clients. He offers particular expertise in complex whistle-blower cases.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leader of the firm's labor and employment practice Grace Speights represents some of the nation's most prestigious employers in complex nationwide disputes. She maintains her solid reputation as an "excellent" and "highly respected lawyer" in the industry, and clients comment that she is "client-focused" and "results-oriented."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market commentators say practice head Connie Bertram is "looked to as an expert in the field, particularly in the whistle-blower and noncompete areas." She represents major multinational businesses in major employment litigation proceedings.

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Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Deborah Kelly of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has a broad practice covering compliance, high-end litigation and trade secrets. Peers describe her as an "excellent litigator."

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Donald R Livingston

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Livingston brings his experience as former general counsel of the EEOC to bear on complex employment disputes before government bodies. His recent work includes successfully defending The Freeman Company against a claim by the EEOC alleging unlawful use of criminal history when hiring.

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Lawrence Z Lorber

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Lorber is a seasoned practitioner whom peers describe as a "thought leader" and "labor union expert." He handles a wide range of complex matters, including labor negotiations, wage and hour class actions and DOL audits. His practice also covers federal contract compliance and lobbying.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Employment litigator Alison Marshall handles a wide range of complex and sensitive disputes, including wage and hour, discrimination and harassment lawsuits. She recently co-led on the representation of IBM in a nationwide age discrimination class action regarding its reduction in force and hiring practices. Clients describe her as "very responsive and knowledgeable."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Fine litigator" Neal Mollen has extensive experience appearing before the Supreme Court and EEOC on behalf of major employer associations and employers. He recently acted for Goldman Sachs in complex sex discrimination litigation.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Nash is a highly regarded employment litigator who is particularly well known for his sports law practice, which sees him representing the NFL and other sport entities in highly publicized disputes. Clients praise his strategic approach to litigation and recommend him for complex bet-the-company matters.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Paul Skelly of Hogan Lovells US LLP as "knowledgeable, friendly, responsive and very positive," with one adding: "He understands and respects our organization, culture and style, and his advice takes all of that into account." He advises on the full range of labor and employment matters.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ken Willner is noted for his experience representing federal agencies before the EEOC in discrimination suits. His recent work includes representing the FAA in an employment discrimination class action.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients praise Patricia Ambrose of Hogan Lovells US LLP for her "really deep subject matter expertise," adding: "She is incredibly responsive, thoughtful and a problem solver." She has a particularly strong track record and focus on advising universities.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe David Barmak of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC as a "superior lawyer who is very knowledgeable and attentive." Several interviewees highlight his practicality and strong communication skills. He recently successfully defended Cava Mezze Grill against a lawsuit brought by an ex-employee alleging she was fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment.

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Jason Branciforte

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jason Branciforte regularly represents management in labor and employment disputes and maintains a robust labor relations and government contractor practice. Clients laud his abilities, stating: "He is incredibly responsive, practical and efficient in approach - he's exceptional."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of the firm's national wage and hour practice Joel Cohn specializes in handling class actions, including FLSA and discrimination cases. One impressed client calls him a "master of wage and hour class actions" with "a very strategic mind and a will to win." 

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Damato is recognized for his "well respected" labor relations and collective bargaining practice, with particular expertise in the NLRA. Clients describe him as a "visionary" with an in-depth understanding of developments in the law, and further state that he does a "great job of tailoring his advice to align with what his clients are looking for."

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Fortney & Scott, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Fortney of Fortney & Scott, LLC is best known in the market for his strength in labor law, where clients benefit from his background working at the DOL. Peers say: "He's very well regarded, especially on the regulatory side."

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Tammy D McCutchen

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Former administrator of the wage and hour division of the DOL Tammy McCutchen is "very highly regarded" by her peers and clients, who say: "She is very knowledgeable about wage and hour issues and able to give practical advice on tricky issues in a concise manner." She additionally acts for employers on pay practice matters and high-profile investigations.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers acknowledge Glen Nager as an "absolutely brilliant" and "well-respected litigator" who offers considerable experience in employment disputes. He regularly defends employers in complex discrimination claims and has a strong track record appearing before the US Supreme Court.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Kerry Scanlon of McDermott Will & Emery LLP as "thoughtful, strategic, hard-working and thorough." He co-heads the firm's labor and employment litigation team and has extensive experience in employment discrimination class actions.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jason Schwartz is recognized for his handling of large-scale employment litigation, including restrictive covenant disputes, wage and hour class actions and discrimination suits. He also advises corporate clients on a range of noncontentious matters. Clients highlight his "very good, strategic advice."

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Michael L Stevens

Arent Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Stevens of Arent Fox LLP is regarded by clients as "very thorough, measured and thoughtful in his approach." Further interviewees add: "He is very good at moving things along; he can be supportive and soft as needed, and equally as aggressive as necessary to get the job done, which is an art."

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources report that Douglas Topolski is "a very effective traditional labor lawyer" specializing in labor relations and collective bargaining proceedings.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Minh Vu is noted for her strength in legal matters concerning government contractors and public accommodation, as well as her "top-notch ADA substantive expertise." She recently defended AMC Entertainment against a claim brought by a wheelchair user alleging that an AMC theater's wheelchair seating locations did not properly comply with Title III of the ADA.

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