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Labor & Employment — Pennsylvania


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Maintains its dominant position as the leading labor and employment practice in Pennsylvania. Extensive employment litigation strength that includes advising on noncompete disputes, wage and hour claims and discrimination suits. Also noted for its strong labor practice as well as its experience in advising on employee benefits matters. Expertise includes defending against large-scale ERISA class actions.

Strengths One source enthuses: "This is a fantastic group with a great depth of talent. What really separates them is that at a moment's notice they can deploy a substantial number of qualified and talented lawyers."

Another commentator reports: "Morgan Lewis provides efficient, well-reasoned advice and has always had resources available to help us. They've proven to be flexible with their time as well as on administrative issues."

Work highlights Represented Abington Emergency Physicians Associates in an arbitration initiated by the client's former CEO, who claimed that he was due over $7.5 million in compensation as a result of his termination.

Advised McDonald's on contentious and noncontentious matters arising from attempts by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to organize the company's US-based restaurant employees.

Significant clients Vanguard, Comcast, New York Life Insurance, Armstrong World Industries, ERISA Industry Committee.

Notable practitioners

Robert Abramowitz's clients describe him as "an excellent employee benefits lawyer who has good judgment and is efficient, responsive and smart." He is recognized for his expert employee benefits practice and frequently advises on matters such as health and welfare plans and ERISA fiduciary requirements.

"Excellent attorney" Robert Lichtenstein is known for his wide-ranging expertise in employee benefits matters. He is a go-to attorney for senior management clients overseeing corporate transactions such as buyouts, as well as advising on ERISA compliance and ESOPs.

Steven Spencer heads the firm's employee benefits practice and draws praise for his "wonderful reputation in employment law." He acts across a broad range of issues involving collectively bargained plans, including defending against withdrawal liability actions.

Joseph Costello is highlighted for his expert representation of management across a range of disputes, including noncompete litigation, ERISA class actions and government investigations. He also provides counsel on litigation avoidance.

Brian Dougherty is "extremely competent, responsive and knowledgeable," states one interviewee, adding: "I would highly recommend him." He offers experience across a range of employee benefits concerns and regularly acts for major multinationals as well as regional clients.

Amy Pocino Kelly impresses clients with her "knowledge and very practical advice." She advises on executive compensation and benefit plan issues arising from M&A, as well as providing counsel on plan design and regulatory compliance.

Mims Maynard Zabriskie is recognized for her expertise across the gamut of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, acting for clients such as universities, major corporates and technology companies. Impressed clients state: "She's extremely balanced, draws on tons of experience and is extremely accessible."

Michael Banks is highly regarded for his expert advocacy practice, which sees him regularly defend against class actions and single plaintiff employment claims across the country. One client labels him "one of the best trial lawyers anywhere."

Steven Wall comes highly recommended as an "outstanding lawyer in this market." He draws on longstanding experience across employment disputes and traditional labor law concerns, including defending against wage and hour claims and advising on union campaigns.

Michael Ossip is recognized for his expert handling of a range of employee relations matters. He frequently defends employers before state and federal courts, as well as offering extensive experience in administrative proceedings conducted by bodies such as the NLRB and DOL.

Sarah Bouchard is particularly recognized for her handling of claims brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, as well as offering broader experience across areas such as sexual harassment, noncompete and wrongful discharge disputes. Her practice also includes providing counseling on regulatory compliance and conducting corporate audits.

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Ballard Spahr LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Recognized for its dominant labor law practice, which includes advising management-side clients on collective bargaining and NLRB proceedings. Also maintains an active employment litigation practice, fielding particular expertise in wage and hour actions. Also noted for its strong employee benefits capabilities. Broad industry experience includes particular strength in the healthcare market.

Strengths One client enthuses: "The team at Ballard Spahr is just phenomenal. They really take the time to learn about us and our processes."

Another source reports: "They have a really deep understanding of labor and employment law, and of the federal and state system. They don't just understand the law, but also how things work politically."

Work highlights Acted as outside counsel for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) on multiple matters, including defending against an FLSA collective action.

Defended School District of Philadelphia against a race discrimination case brought by four plaintiffs, securing a defense verdict against one plaintiff and the denial of injunctive relief and attorneys' fees in relation to the three remaining plaintiffs following an eight-day jury trial.

Significant clients City of Philadelphia, Johnson & Johnson, Pennsylvania Employee Benefits Trust Fund, Sunoco, American Red Cross.

Notable practitioners

Edward Leeds is "well respected in the health and welfare area," according to impressed sources. He advises on areas such as Affordable Care Act compliance and the design of welfare benefit plans. One client states: "He's terrific. What I like about him is that he is very accurate, detailed and prompt."

Brian Pinheiro advises a broad nonprofit and for-profit client base on benefit plans and executive compensation matters, drawing on extensive experience in regulatory compliance. Clients hold him in high regard as a "very thoughtful and thorough" attorney.

David Fryman maintains a strong reputation for his handling of contentious labor and employment matters, including ERISA litigation, discrimination cases and labor arbitrations. He is also recognized for his expert counsel on HR concerns.

Kenneth Jarin is a "very experienced attorney" who is "very talented at public sector work," according to interviewees. He also acts for private employers in a range of matters. He is recognized for his extensive labor practice, which includes NLRB proceedings, contract negotiations and employee relations counseling.

One client labels Brian Pedrow "my go-to guy," noting that he is "a very good lawyer with lots of experience." He acts on a wide range of employment disputes, including noncompete and discrimination claims. His practice also includes ERISA litigation and labor arbitrations.

Shannon Farmer has a wealth of experience in traditional labor law, acting in contentious proceedings and contract negotiations, while also offering expertise in discrimination claims. Sources describe her as "very intelligent," adding that she's "highly skilled and very well prepared for arbitrations."

Clients report that Daniel Johns is "very highly skilled in terms of how to prepare cases and understand their genesis and how they were handled in the past, as well as their likelihood of success." He offers expertise across a range of employment disputes and labor matters, including NLRB proceedings and restrictive covenant disputes.

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Cozen O'Connor - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Comprehensive labor and employment practice that draws on a strong bench of litigators. Frequently retained in high-stakes judicial and administrative disputes, including discrimination claims, wage and hour actions and equal pay matters. Also noted for its expertise in managing labor relations and handling related arbitration. Highly respected trial practice with additional strength in appellate proceedings.

Strengths Interviewees confirm that the firm has a "great reputation" for its large labor and employment practice.

Work highlights Defended National Freight against an FLSA collective action alleging the misclassification of a class of employees as exempt from overtime, as well as advising on a related DOL investigation.

Represented Educational Testing Services in a nationwide class action concerning the payment of retirement benefits to spouses of deceased former employees.

Significant clients Iron Mountain, Revlon, Dow Chemical, Thomas Jefferson Hospitals, Turner Construction.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Pasek draws praise for his "broad-based skill set" and "very, very thorough" handling of complex labor and employment matters. He works from both New York and Philadelphia, and offers particular expertise in disputes arising from the transportation industry.

Sarah Kelly is recognized for her handling of high-stakes employment disputes such as sexual harassment and discrimination suits. Interviewees report that she's "very good at handling strategic issues and planning how to set up policies going forward to avoid liability."

Raymond Kresge "is one of the most thorough and professional people I've ever worked with," enthuses one interviewee. He is highlighted for his strong employment litigation capabilities, which include defending against ERISA class actions. Peers describe him as a "very smart" attorney.

Thomas Giotto is highly regarded for his handling of both traditional labor matters and employment disputes. One client enthuses: "He's the best labor attorney I've ever dealt with. He has that ability to communicate with people and zealously represents his clients, but not to the point of stupidity; he knows that even if you disagree with somebody, you need to explain it in a way that doesn't attack that individual."

"Seasoned labor and employment lawyer" Alfred D'Angelo comes highly recommended for his impressive experience across both employment disputes and labor issues. Sources describe him as "very well liked by clients due to his creative solutions and good personality."

Elizabeth Malloy is held in high regard for her strong employment litigation practice. She acts on a broad range of disputes, including wage and hour, disability and race discrimination claims. She is also noted for her handling of workplace investigations.

Michael Hanlon provides expert counsel across wide-ranging employment issues and labor concerns. He is particularly noted for his expert representation of public sector entities, while also offering experience in acting for major private entities.

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Reed Smith LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Standout team of litigators with particular experience in defending against wage and hour class actions. Also provides strategic counsel across a range of employment law and benefits matters. Notable expertise in drafting affirmative action plans. Attracts an impressively broad public and private sector client base, advising both corporate entities and executives.

Strengths One client remarks: "Reed Smith is the first firm I call for any matter; I have the highest respect for the firm. I get an immediate response to calls and emails, and our work is completed in a prompt and thorough manner."

Market sources confirm that this is "an excellent law firm" that offers a "strong labor practice."

Value for money Interviewees confirm that "Reed Smith is a full-service organization that's willing to work to keep costs to a budget and develop work plans that are the most cost-efficient for the type of project being addressed."

Work highlights Successfully defended Verizon against a race discrimination and retaliation suit, securing a defense verdict following a four-day jury trial.

Represented PNC Bank in two class and collective actions in which plaintiffs alleged violations of state wage and hour laws and the FLSA.

Significant clients Sysco, GlaxoSmithKline, Tenet, Allergan, Carnegie Mellon University.

Notable practitioners

John Martini is respected for his work in employee benefits and management compensation schemes. His expertise in plan design and review is complemented by notable strength in related disputes, including ERISA litigation.

"Crackerjack lawyer" Sara Begley comes highly recommended by interviewees, one of whom states: "She's strategically very sound, and knows how to approach settlement in the most advantageous moment for her client. She has very good judgment." She maintains a broad employment litigation practice, as well as advising on noncontentious matters.

Karl Fritton is "an expert in the area of unions and labor law," according to one source, who adds: "He's an extremely valuable resource for me and has provided us with outstanding results." He advises clients from a range of industries on matters such as labor arbitrations and collective bargaining.

Martha Hartle Munsch is admired for her expertise in representing nonprofit and for-profit clients in a wide range of employment disputes, including discrimination and wrongful discharge matters. She is particularly recognized for her expert counsel in the higher education space.

Casey Ryan is noted for her experience across a range of employment disputes, including breach of contract and discrimination suits. Clients describe her as "extremely skilled, practical and seasoned," as well as noting that she's "very attentive and represents us well."

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Blank Rome LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its handling of complex trade secrets and restrictive covenant disputes. Also offers experience across labor law matters such as contract negotiation and unfair labor practice disputes. Fields notable expertise in executive compensation and employee benefits matters, as well as large-scale wage and hour litigation.

Strengths Interviewees draw attention to the firm's broad capabilities, noting: "They certainly have a plethora of experts, and that's good when you need someone in niche areas."

Work highlights Acted for Language Service Associates on a range of matters, including a recent DOL audit into allegations that service providers were not paid in accordance with the Government Contracts Services Act.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, Hyatt Hotels, Safe Passage Neuromonitoring, RestorixHealth, Centennial Lending Group.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Haller is "an excellent litigator who is very talented in trade secrets work," according to interviewees. His strong litigation practice sees him frequently defend against both single plaintiff and class actions involving a range of employment law issues.

Experienced employment litigator Scott Cooper comes recommended as a "terrific lawyer who is smart and nimble." He draws on extensive trial experience, acting on disputes such as discrimination suits and trade secrets litigation. One client states: "I have full confidence in his expertise and judgment."

The "highly regarded" Jonathan Clark is an expert in benefits and compensation matters, counseling on areas such as qualified retirement plan creation and termination and issues arising from corporate transactions. Clients describe him as "responsive, practical and knowledgeable."

Andrew Rudolph is a "terrific and well-respected" benefits expert. He is held in high regard for his wealth of experience in matters such as ERISA and executive compensation, drawing on notable strength in related tax issues.

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Duane Morris LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Provides comprehensive coverage across a range of employment, immigration and benefit plans matters. Active litigation practice that is frequently retained to act on wage and hour disputes that cross state lines. Also noted for its strength in traditional labor law, drawing on significant experience in defending against NLRB proceedings.

Strengths One source observes: "Duane Morris has a very strong group, and I've had tremendous experiences with them. They're especially good in trade secrets matters."

Another client enthuses: "The quality of the staff is at the very top. I feel privileged to be represented by them."

Work highlights Acted for Mid-Atlantic Healthcare in a dispute arising from labor contract negotiations, in which one union involved alleged that the company was in violation of agreements as it had not applied a 2.5% wage increase to newly hired employees.

Represented Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in negotiations regarding a collective bargaining agreement that included employee contributions for health insurance and no wage increases for a four-year period.

Significant clients Verizon, K2 Intelligence, Xerox, Unilife, Bio-Medical Applications of New Jersey.

Notable practitioners

"Problem-solver" Thomas Servodidio is held in high regard by clients for his "complete understanding of the law and ability to understand the issue and find a solution." He is recognized for his strength in both labor disputes and employment litigation, including wage and hour and discrimination matters.

Jonathan Segal draws praise for his expert counsel on a range of employment matters, as well as his handling of traditional labor work. Impressed clients report: "He is consistently practical and flexible and crafts a number of solutions based on what we care about. He can be counted on to know the law and the legal ways to work within it to solve business problems."

Department profile by Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris' employment lawyers offer practical counseling designed to help our clients achieve their business objectives and resolve potentially disruptive labor and employment disputes. Our lawyers aggressively promote client interests before state and federal courts and in mediation and arbitration proceedings, as well as before the EEOC, the Department of Labor, the federal Wage and Hour Division, and all other state and federal agencies. On the labor relations side, our lawyers have experience assisting employers in responding to union organizing efforts and regularly defend employers against unfair labor practice charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board. In cases where a union is already present, our lawyers represent clients in the collective bargaining process as well as in labor arbitration proceedings.

Our employee benefits attorneys provide clients with the full range of benefits-related legal services, understanding that creating and maintaining effective employee benefits and compensation programs requires a delicate balancing of employee needs, company culture, cost, competitive pressures, and administrative and regulatory complexity. From qualified retirement plans to sophisticated equity compensation arrangements and from executive employment agreements to broad-based health and welfare plans, the firm's benefits lawyers combine practical experience with high-quality and efficient service that leads to practical solutions.

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Littler Mendelson, PC - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Provides traditional labor law representation in administrative proceedings, during arbitrations and in union negotiations. Also fields strong employment law and employee benefits capabilities, including acting on discrimination and ERISA disputes. Strong presence in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh complemented by extensive nationwide capabilities.

Strengths Littler is held in high regard by clients, one of whom states: "Littler is my go-to firm because it has depth of expertise in labor and employment matters and it can handle employment matters in almost every US jurisdiction. The attorneys are responsive and flexible with billing arrangements. The work product is outstanding."

Another source notes: "What I like about them is that they always seem to have the right person in the right office with the right expertise."

Work highlights Defended Weatherford International against a $3 million collective and class action, negotiating a favorable settlement for the client.

Acted as lead trial counsel to Corrections Corporation of America in defense of a multiplaintiff FLSA action, securing a defense verdict following a jury trial.

Significant clients Saint Joseph’s University, First Student, Praxair, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Genesis Healthcare.

Notable practitioners

Terrence Murphy is respected for his expertise across a wide range of employment disputes and traditional labor concerns. His expert trial practice includes acting on class actions, collective actions and single plaintiff suits, as well as defending against NLRB proceedings and advising on collective bargaining.

Kristine Grady Derewicz has a "deep knowledge of employment law and is a great litigation strategist," according to one source, who adds: "She develops a quick understanding of her client's business and uses this to provide advice and support." She is particularly recognized for her expert representation of higher education employers in both employment and traditional labor issues.

Thomas Bender is held in high regard as "an incredibly capable attorney" who offers longstanding expertise in labor relations. He serves as co-president of the firm, and also continues to advise clients on areas such as collective bargaining. Peers regard him as a "very cooperative and practical guy."

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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.


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Labor & Employment

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第四等

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What the team is known for Longstanding labor law group that is highly respected for its expertise in NLRB proceedings, transactions involving unionized entities and collective bargaining. Additionally highlighted for its employment practice, which includes defending clients against litigation and conducting investigations into alleged policy violations. Offers niche expertise in advising insurers on employment practice liability matters.

Strengths "I can't speak highly enough about Buchanan," says one client, adding: "They handle every facet of labor relations and employment law."

Another source states: "They're just outstanding. The whole team is good."

Notable practitioners

Thomas Collins is a key contact.

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Dechert LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Highlighted for its strong executive benefits and executive compensation practice, as well as its significant employment litigation expertise. Also recommended for its experience in advising on traditional labor law matters, including issues arising from M&A transactions. Routinely acts on wage and hour class actions.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's expertise and strong service: "They are knowledgeable and efficient; we're very pleased with them."

Another source remarks: "The quality of lawyering is great there. It's very, very high quality."

Work highlights Defended Iron Hill Brewery against a class and collective action alleging FLSA and Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act violations in relation to tip pools.

Acted for OCI Enterprises on the employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising from its sale of a 73% partner interest in OCI Resources to Park Holding.

Significant clients Independent Directors of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Court Square Capital Partners, News Corporation and Fox Television Stations.

Notable practitioners

David Jones is highlighted for his handling of benefit plan issues arising from transactions and acts for a broad range of public and private entities, including hedge funds. Peers label him an "excellent lawyer," while clients note that he's "smart, practical and efficient across the board."

"Excellent labor and employment lawyer" Alan Berkowitz is highly respected for his broad-based employment litigation practice. Interviewees report that he's "very calm and thorough in his understanding and advice," adding: "He offers both high-level academic advice and also real-life practical solutions."

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Solid labor and employment practice that acts for a broad nationwide and international client base. Defends employers against matters such as discrimination, noncompete and wrongful termination claims. Regularly handles major class and collective actions such as wage and hour disputes. Notable strength in representing nonprofits, while also advising for-profits in industries such as financial services, retail and manufacturing.

Strengths One client enthuses: "Drinker is a first-rate firm, with strong people who do a great job."

Interviewees also praise the firm's "proactive approach" and consistent dedication to client service.

Work highlights Defended United Building Maintenance Associates against a wage and hour dispute brought by multiple plaintiffs, arguing successfully for noncertification of a group of workers and negotiating a court-approved settlement.

Significant clients Bed Bath & Beyond, Princeton University, Hewlett-Packard, Evolution Marketing Research, Anthropologie.

Notable practitioners

Mark Foley draws praise for his expertise across a range of traditional labor issues, as well as his handling of employment disputes at trial and appellate level. Clients praise his detail-oriented approach, stating: "He's absolutely up to speed on the issues. He's fully in the know."

David Woolf maintains a broad labor and employment practice, which includes advising on issues connected to corporate transactions and handling restrictive covenant disputes. One client reports: "His style is exactly what in-house lawyers want from their external lawyers: He's very practical, has good business sense and gets to the point quickly."

Thomas Barton comes recommended as a "very, very talented litigator" who routinely acts on employment disputes, including wage and hour actions. Clients describe him as "very responsive and knowledgeable, and able to get to the heart of the issue without a lot of wasted time."

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for Standout employee benefits and executive compensation practice, drawing on additional strength in tax and securities matters. Also recognized for its experience in acting on wide-ranging employment litigation and labor law issues, including collective bargaining negotiations. Versatile bench of trial lawyers who defend against both single plaintiff and class action suits.

Strengths One interviewee reports: "This is one of the best law firms I have dealt with. They are courteous, very knowledgeable and flexible, and have all the expertise I need in-house."

Clients also confirm that the firm is "an excellent source of guidance."

Work highlights Acted for SeaStar Solutions on a range of employment matters, including recently securing the dismissal of race discrimination claims brought before the EEOC.

Served as main counsel to First Quality Enterprises on both day-to-day employment issues and litigation.

Significant clients Utz Quality Foods, Fujitsu America, Nemours Children’s Health System, Monroe Energy, Main Line Health.

Notable practitioners

"Fantastic lawyer" David Kaplan is well regarded for his experience in executive compensation matters, drawing on additional strength in securities and tax issues impacting public companies. One source remarks: "He is very knowledgeable in his area and is probably the best lawyer I know in terms of his work ethic and ability to explain things in a simple fashion."

Department profile by Pepper Hamilton LLP

Pepper Hamilton’s Labor and Employment Group has decades of experience trying complex employment cases, advising clients in transactions, managing employment risks, and representing clients in their dealings with labor unions. The Labor and Employment Group has collectively tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts involving claims of discrimination, retaliation and alleged violations of the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, WARN, OSHA and various whistleblower laws. Pepper lawyers defend employers in complex class and collective actions, such as class actions brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and wage and hour class actions, as well as claims brought by individual employees. Only lawyers who try cases can effectively evaluate and manage the risks inherent in employment litigation. Employment litigation is expensive and distracting for employers. Pepper’s extensive trial experience and unparalleled judgment allow us to advise employers on how to
avoid litigation, evaluate and manage litigation risks when they arise, and win at trial when necessary.
Pepper lawyers bring a wealth of experience to all aspects of arbitration, such as evaluating whether to use arbitration, what type of arbitration best matches the employer’s matters, drafting arbitration clauses that courts will enforce and that clearly guide the arbitrator, preparing for arbitration while minimizing cost, and winning at the arbitration hearing.





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Senior Statesmen

William Bevan III

DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis & Berardinelli

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William Bevan III of DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis & Berardinelli advises across the gamut of traditional labor issues, drawing on notable strength in both contentious and noncontentious work. He also advises on areas such as immigration law and discrimination claims.

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Eminent Practitioner

Thomas J Bender Jr

Littler Mendelson, PC

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Thomas Bender is held in high regard as "an incredibly capable attorney" who offers longstanding expertise in labor relations. He serves as co-president of the firm, and also continues to advise clients on areas such as collective bargaining. Peers regard him as a "very cooperative and practical guy."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Michael Banks is highly regarded for his expert advocacy practice, which sees him regularly defend against class actions and single plaintiff employment claims across the country. One client labels him "one of the best trial lawyers anywhere."

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent labor and employment lawyer" Alan Berkowitz is highly respected for his broad-based employment litigation practice. Interviewees report that he's "very calm and thorough in his understanding and advice," adding: "He offers both high-level academic advice and also real-life practical solutions."

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Cozen O'Connor

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Thomas Giotto is highly regarded for his handling of both traditional labor matters and employment disputes. One client enthuses: "He's the best labor attorney I've ever dealt with. He has that ability to communicate with people and zealously represents his clients, but not to the point of stupidity; he knows that even if you disagree with somebody, you need to explain it in a way that doesn't attack that individual."

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Blank Rome LLP

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Anthony Haller is "an excellent litigator who is very talented in trade secrets work," according to interviewees. His strong litigation practice sees him frequently defend against both single plaintiff and class actions involving a range of employment law issues.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Steven Wall comes highly recommended as an "outstanding lawyer in this market." He draws on longstanding experience across employment disputes and traditional labor law concerns, including defending against wage and hour claims and advising on union campaigns.

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Reed Smith LLP

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"Crackerjack lawyer" Sara Begley comes highly recommended by interviewees, one of whom states: "She's strategically very sound, and knows how to approach settlement in the most advantageous moment for her client. She has very good judgment." She maintains a broad employment litigation practice, as well as advising on noncontentious matters.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Experienced employment litigator Scott Cooper comes recommended as a "terrific lawyer who is smart and nimble." He draws on extensive trial experience, acting on disputes such as discrimination suits and trade secrets litigation. One client states: "I have full confidence in his expertise and judgment."

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Joseph J Costello

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Joseph Costello is highlighted for his expert representation of management across a range of disputes, including noncompete litigation, ERISA class actions and government investigations. He also provides counsel on litigation avoidance.

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Alfred J D'Angelo Jr

Cozen O'Connor

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"Seasoned labor and employment lawyer" Alfred D'Angelo comes highly recommended for his impressive experience across both employment disputes and labor issues. Sources describe him as "very well liked by clients due to his creative solutions and good personality."

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Foley draws praise for his expertise across a range of traditional labor issues, as well as his handling of employment disputes at trial and appellate level. Clients praise his detail-oriented approach, stating: "He's absolutely up to speed on the issues. He's fully in the know."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Karl Fritton is "an expert in the area of unions and labor law," according to one source, who adds: "He's an extremely valuable resource for me and has provided us with outstanding results." He advises clients from a range of industries on matters such as labor arbitrations and collective bargaining.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Fryman maintains a strong reputation for his handling of contentious labor and employment matters, including ERISA litigation, discrimination cases and labor arbitrations. He is also recognized for his expert counsel on HR concerns.

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Elizabeth A Malloy

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Malloy is held in high regard for her strong employment litigation practice. She acts on a broad range of disputes, including wage and hour, disability and race discrimination claims. She is also noted for her handling of workplace investigations.

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Martha Hartle Munsch

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martha Hartle Munsch is admired for her expertise in representing nonprofit and for-profit clients in a wide range of employment disputes, including discrimination and wrongful discharge matters. She is particularly recognized for her expert counsel in the higher education space.

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Terrence H Murphy

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Terrence Murphy is respected for his expertise across a wide range of employment disputes and traditional labor concerns. His expert trial practice includes acting on class actions, collective actions and single plaintiff suits, as well as defending against NLRB proceedings and advising on collective bargaining.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Ossip is recognized for his expert handling of a range of employee relations matters. He frequently defends employers before state and federal courts, as well as offering extensive experience in administrative proceedings conducted by bodies such as the NLRB and DOL.

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Thomas G Servodidio

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Problem-solver" Thomas Servodidio is held in high regard by clients for his "complete understanding of the law and ability to understand the issue and find a solution." He is recognized for his strength in both labor disputes and employment litigation, including wage and hour and discrimination matters.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Barton comes recommended as a "very, very talented litigator" who routinely acts on employment disputes, including wage and hour actions. Clients describe him as "very responsive and knowledgeable, and able to get to the heart of the issue without a lot of wasted time."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sarah Bouchard is particularly recognized for her handling of claims brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, as well as offering broader experience across areas such as sexual harassment, noncompete and wrongful discharge disputes. Her practice also includes providing counseling on regulatory compliance and conducting corporate audits.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Jarin is a "very experienced attorney" who is "very talented at public sector work," according to interviewees. He also acts for private employers in a range of matters. He is recognized for his extensive labor practice, which includes NLRB proceedings, contract negotiations and employee relations counseling.

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Kresge "is one of the most thorough and professional people I've ever worked with," enthuses one interviewee. He is highlighted for his strong employment litigation capabilities, which include defending against ERISA class actions. Peers describe him as a "very smart" attorney.

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Pasek draws praise for his "broad-based skill set" and "very, very thorough" handling of complex labor and employment matters. He works from both New York and Philadelphia, and offers particular expertise in disputes arising from the transportation industry.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One client labels Brian Pedrow "my go-to guy," noting that he is "a very good lawyer with lots of experience." He acts on a wide range of employment disputes, including noncompete and discrimination claims. His practice also includes ERISA litigation and labor arbitrations.

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barnett Satinsky of Fox Rothschild LLP is highlighted for his broad employment law capabilities, which include defending against discrimination claims, advising on benefits issues and restrictive covenants. He is also noted for his handling of labor arbitrations.

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Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Segal draws praise for his expert counsel on a range of employment matters, as well as his handling of traditional labor work. Impressed clients report: "He is consistently practical and flexible and crafts a number of solutions based on what we care about. He can be counted on to know the law and the legal ways to work within it to solve business problems."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Boudreau of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is recognized for his expert defense of employers in class and collective actions, as well as his handling single plaintiff employment disputes. He comes recommended by interviewees, one of whom notes: "He's a really smart guy and I have a lot of respect for him."

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Robert B Cottington

Cohen & Grigsby PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Cottington of Cohen & Grigsby PC has a wealth of experience in traditional labor law, including handling NLRB proceedings and collective bargaining. His practice also includes litigating employment disputes at federal and state level.

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Kristine Grady Derewicz

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kristine Grady Derewicz has a "deep knowledge of employment law and is a great litigation strategist," according to one source, who adds: "She develops a quick understanding of her client's business and uses this to provide advice and support." She is particularly recognized for her expert representation of higher education employers in both employment and traditional labor issues.  

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Shannon Farmer has a wealth of experience in traditional labor law, acting in contentious proceedings and contract negotiations, while also offering expertise in discrimination claims. Sources describe her as "very intelligent," adding that she's "highly skilled and very well prepared for arbitrations."

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Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Furman of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC comes highly recommended for his labor law practice. One source states: "As far as labor law goes, I would never use anyone else," while another adds: "He really understands the dynamics of people's relationships and can analyze a situation very quickly, giving you important insight as well as setting up very succinct action plans."

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Hanlon provides expert counsel across wide-ranging employment issues and labor concerns. He is particularly noted for his expert representation of public sector entities, while also offering experience in acting for major private entities.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients report that Daniel Johns is "very highly skilled in terms of how to prepare cases and understand their genesis and how they were handled in the past, as well as their likelihood of success." He offers expertise across a range of employment disputes and labor matters, including NLRB proceedings and restrictive covenant disputes.

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Sarah Kelly is recognized for her handling of high-stakes employment disputes such as sexual harassment and discrimination suits. Interviewees report that she's "very good at handling strategic issues and planning how to set up policies going forward to avoid liability."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Casey Ryan is noted for her experience across a range of employment disputes, including breach of contract and discrimination suits. Clients describe her as "extremely skilled, practical and seasoned," as well as noting that she's "very attentive and represents us well."

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Christopher P Stief

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

"Outstanding" litigator Christopher Stief of Fisher Phillips is described by interviewees as "one of the leading players in the US on restrictive covenants in the financial services sector." He also draws praise for his "results-oriented, creative practice and personal touch."

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Woolf maintains a broad labor and employment practice, which includes advising on issues connected to corporate transactions and handling restrictive covenant disputes. One client reports: "His style is exactly what in-house lawyers want from their external lawyers: He's very practical, has good business sense and gets to the point quickly."

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