What the team is known for Esteemed labor and employment group that adeptly handles diverse issues such as labor relations, employee benefits and regulatory compliance. Also skilled in litigation matters including noncompetition disputes, wage and hour cases and discrimination claims. Offers recognized experience before state and federal courts and bodies such as the EEOC and NLRB.
Strengths One interviewee notes: "They've been excellent. Their availability, their attention to detail, their responsiveness and their understanding of who we are and what's important to us have been outstanding."
Respondents also highlight that the firm is "good to work with, accessible and reliable in their counsel."
Work highlights Act for Viewpoint Construction Software in litigation stemming from the departure of the firm's CFO and his solicitation of other executives while he was still at the company. The case involved issues of trade secret enforcement, nonsolicitation and confidentiality obligations.
Significant clients Nike, Costco Wholesale, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, New Seasons Market, SolarWorld Industries.
Amy Joseph Pedersen is held in high esteem for her handling of employment disputes, such as discrimination claims, class actions and noncompete cases. Sources say: "She fights very hard for her clients and does a fantastic job in court."
Victor Kisch offers a wide-ranging practice encompassing areas such as employment litigation, counseling and traditional labor law, including labor negotiations and NLRB matters. Sources name him as "a great lawyer."
The "fantastic" Karen O'Connor advises in connection with a wide variety of employment matters, including harassment, drug and alcohol issues and disciplinary actions. She is also a highly effective employment litigator. Commentators note that she is "very bright" and "very conscientious."
Brenda Baumgart excels in the employment litigation arena, handling matters at both trial and appellate level. She is also noted for her representation of clients in labor arbitrations before the NLRB. Respondents observe that "she has a real competence about her."
Carolyn Walker is noted for her strength in employment law matters, including cases involving claims of discrimination and sexual and racial harassment. She often handles matters for clients in the higher education sector. Sources consider her to be "well regarded and very professional."
Edward Reeves is noted for his expertise in matters at the intersection of employment law and education law, and is regularly called upon to advise clients such as private colleges and universities. One client reports: "Ed doesn't see us as just a file in his cabinet. He has worked really hard to understand us and our organization."
Chris Kitchel is a hugely experienced attorney who continues to offer her clients the benefit of her wealth of knowledge in the employment litigation and advisory space. Sources attest that she "has enormous client loyalty and staying power."