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Labor & Employment — Pennsylvania


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 noncontentious labor practice, as well as its experience with advising on employee benefits. Adept at handling matters for clients in sectors such as transportation, pharmaceutical, energy and food and beverage.

Strengths One client reports: "They are excellent. They're my go-to firm in the United States because they are the best in this market space."

Sources say: "It's an excellent firm, with a top-notch traditional labor relations practice and employee benefits group."

Work highlights Successfully defended Alliant Insurance Services and ten of its insurance producers following claims brought by Aon Risk Services pertaining to Alliant's hiring of former Aon staff. The suit alleged breach of fiduciary duty, breach of loyalty and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Represented GM in connection with strategic and litigation matters related to the company's upcoming collective bargaining negotiations with the United Automobile Workers union.

Notable practitioners

The "brilliant" Robert Abramowitz is a renowned employee benefits and compensation lawyer with tremendous expertise in pension plans and executive compensations matters. Clients say: "His strengths are his broad industry expertise and his familiarity with the DOL, its people and its perspectives."

Michael Banks is an accomplished litigator and offers well-honed trial strengths in areas including breach of fiduciary duty claims and misappropriation of trade secrets. He is noted as "exceptional" and "one of the best trial lawyers around" by impressed market sources.

Robert Lichtenstein is highly skilled in matters including retirement, health and welfare plans, alongside a wealth of experience in executive compensation arrangements. He is frequently retained by boards of directors and corporate clients to advise on labor issues arising from M&A transactions and strategic alliances.

Steven Wall is regarded as one of the state's premier labor and employment lawyers, with clients turning to him for his excellent track record in traditional labor work. His strengths include collective bargaining arrangements, discrimination claims and wage and hour matters.

Joseph Costello's practice features notable experience in ERISA issues, alongside wider strengths in discrimination cases, trade secret claims and defending whistle-blower retaliation disputes. He also regularly represents clients before a range of administrative agencies, including the DOL, NLRB and EEOC.

Brian Dougherty earns praise for his "well-reasoned, expert advice," with sources highlighting his "very responsive" manner as a key strength. His practice features notable strengths in the administration and operation of benefit plans.

Michael Ossip is a proficient litigator managing issues including ERISA disputes and defending discrimination claims. Sources cite his ability to "balance practicality and wisdom with strong advocacy" as a notable asset, and clients describe him as "a strong business partner."

Amy Pocino Kelly is noted by clients for her "strong client service focus, ability to quickly identify the issues and move forward in a swift and efficient manner." She offers particular strengths in employee benefits matters, including executive compensation issues, welfare benefit plans and retirement plans.

Fellow practitioners describe Steven Spencer as "very highly regarded and accomplished." He chairs the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice and advises corporate clients and employer-trustees in a range of benefits matters.

The "terrific" Mims Maynard Zabriskie offers impressive credentials in employee benefit issues, with clients valuing her strengths in the design and implementation of a wide range of plans and in compensation matters. Clients say: "She is super knowledgeable, highly experienced and has very strong commercial awareness."

Sarah Bouchard receives plaudits for her "skilled and practical" handling of employment matters, with clients noting her strengths in defending whistle-blower claims. Her practice also encompasses harassment and discrimination claims, trade secret disputes and termination matters.

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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Ballard Spahr LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognized for its distinguished labor law practice, which includes advising management-side clients on collective bargaining and NLRB proceedings. Maintains an active employment litigation practice, fielding particular expertise in wage and hour actions. Also noted for its strong employee benefits and ESOP capabilities, offering clients notable experience in the design, implementation and restructuring of benefit plans. Broad industry experience includes particular strength in the healthcare market.

Strengths Sources say: "Ballard’s attorneys stand out for their commitment to clients and the high-quality legal advice and consultation they provide."

Clients say: "They are very, very knowledgeable about labor law and always come prepared well in advance. They're always very good at guiding us through some of the traps in labor law statutes."

Work highlights Represented the City of Philadelphia in negotiations with more than 10,000 employees concerning changes to their pensions to aid the City's underfunded pension system.

Advised Temple University in connection with a petition for representation filed by its faculty union to add more than 1,100 adjunct faculty members to the existing full-time faculty bargaining unit.

Notable practitioners

David Fryman is an expert litigator who excels in defending employers facing unfair labor practice disputes, wage and hour cases and trade secret matters, and additional strengths advising clients on collective bargaining and wider operational issues. Sources describe him as a "really brilliant trial attorney," adding that he is "masterful at preparation and very effective at persuading the jury."

Edward Leeds is accomplished in a wide range of employee benefits and compensation matters, with notable expertise in health and welfare plans. He offers additional strengths in data privacy issues, particularly on the protection of health information.

Brian Pinheiro is an expert employee benefits and compensation attorney, who advises a range of private sector, religious and governmental entities on a wide variety of benefit plans. Clients value his "practical, personable and responsive" approach and praise his "depth of background" in the sector.

Kenneth Jarin is noted for his "excellent reputation in the public sector," and acts for a range of towns, cities, counties and state governments. He regularly advises clients on regulatory compliance, administrative proceedings and wider labor relations issues.

Brian Pedrow is described as "very talented and really devoted to employment," and also receives praise for his "responsiveness and organizational skills." He regularly handles issues such as unfair labor practice charges, discrimination allegations and executive compensation issues for employers.

Shannon Farmer offers expertise in a broad spectrum of traditional labor issues, with clients turning to her for her strengths in contractual matters, collective bargaining and labor relations work. She also offers strengths in disputes work, with experience in litigation and arbitrations concerning discrimination, tort and wage and hour claims.

Daniel Johns is noted by clients for his "tenacity and his verbal and written advocacy." He offers particular expertise advising higher educational institutions in disputes work and day-to-day operational issues.

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Cozen O'Connor - Labor & Employment Department

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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. Represents clients from an array of sectors, including healthcare, education, technology and energy.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very easy to work with and give good, practical business advice."

Sources add: "The attorneys I work with are exceptional. You get exceptional advice and service, and they are practical."

Work highlights Retained by Thomas Jefferson University Health System on collective bargaining negotiations with three unions. Recently, the firm advised on an unlawful demonstration in violation of a no-strike clause.

Advised Philadelphia Energy Solutions in arbitration proceedings arising out of the discharge of an employee for violating a substance abuse policy.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Giotto is acclaimed by clients for his abilities as a "practical problem solver who understands business," with sources additionally describing him as "very responsive, very approachable and very knowledgeable." He advises employers and management on the full range of labor law issues, with extensive experience in union organizing, grievance arbitrations and discrimination litigation.

Alfred D'Angelo is a highly experienced traditional labor lawyer, who offers notable expertise in collective bargaining matters, union prevention and wider contract administration matters. Clients say: "Fred probably has the best temper of anyone I have seen with opposing sides when negotiating on hard issues."

Elizabeth Malloy is described by peers as a "very good traditional employment lawyer," who is a "terrific presenter and very knowledgeable." She has wide-ranging experience with representing employers in litigation matters, with particular strengths in the educational sector.

The "excellent" Jeffrey Pasek "understands issues quickly and offers very good advice," according to impressed clients. He handles a broad spectrum of traditional and contentious labor and employment matters, with experience in areas including grievance claims, union prevention and collective bargaining negotiations.

Michael Hanlon earns particular recognition for his work on behalf of public sector entities, who call upon his strengths in discrimination claims, executive compensation matters and traditional labor issues. He also advices private sector clients on employment matters arising from M&A transactions.

Sarah Kelly is a well-regarded employment lawyer, with experience in areas including termination procedures, disability claims and harassment disputes. Peers cite her "impressive litigation skills" as a key strength.

Raymond Kresge is an experienced and respected employment litigator who acts for employers in discrimination suits, wage and hour matters, termination disputes and tort claims. Clients describe him as "wonderful to work with," also saying: "Ray is detail-oriented, understands his cases and knows the facts."

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Reed Smith LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed 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, with notable expertise in drafting affirmative action plans. Attracts an impressively broad public and private sector client base, advising nonprofits, municipalities, corporate entities and executives.

Strengths Sources praise the team's availability and experience.

Work highlights Counseled Lincoln Financial Group in its preparation for compliance with the new DOL Fiduciary Rule, which required a restructuring in the way the company incentivized its affiliated financial advisers and consultants.

Advised C. R. Bard on all compensation and benefits matters associated with its $24 billion merger with Becton Dickinson.

Notable practitioners

Sara Begley is proficient in a broad array of contentious and noncontentious employment law matters, demonstrating strengths in areas including contractual matters, employee handbooks and litigation arising from discrimination, noncompete agreements and wage and hour claims.

Karl Fritton offers notable strengths in union work, with experience advising employers on collective bargaining negotiations and union representation petitions. He offers wider strengths in arbitration and litigation matters.

Casey Ryan advises employees on contractual and training matters, wage and hour issues and wider litigation work. She also represents clients before a range of state and federal regulatory agencies, including the EEOC and the NLRB.

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Blank Rome LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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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, wage and hour claims and class action defense. Also offers experience across labor law matters such as contract negotiation and unfair labor practice disputes. Fields notable expertise in public and private sector employee benefits matters and executive compensation issues.

Strengths Clients say: "They're excellent. They're legally strong and solution-oriented to avoid escalating problems."

Work highlights Secured a favorable settlement for DePuy Synthes following employee restrictive covenant claims brought against three former executives and their new employer Globus Medical.

Retained by Bordentown Driver Training School and Duchess School of Driving to defend two ADA claims brought by a deaf plaintiff, alleging he was unlawfully denied an accommodation to participate in the schools’ commercial driver’s license training programs.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Clark is considered a leading authority on executive compensation and employee benefit matters, with notable experience in the design, operation and termination of an array of plans. He frequently assists on employment issues arising from major M&A deals. Clients describe him as "legally and technically strong."

Andrew Rudolph is hailed as a "brilliant" labor and employment lawyer, with peers describing him as "a fantastic writer." He is well-versed in employee benefits and compensation matters, with extensive expertise in health, retirement and welfare plans and compensation programs.

Scott Cooper is a distinguished employment litigator who offers excellent advocacy skills in trade secret claims, alongside notable experience acting for clients before regulatory agencies. He chairs the firm's labor and employment practice.

Anthony Haller offers particular expertise in trade secret claims, alongside wider strengths in labor relations issues, discrimination disputes and defending class actions. Clients highlight his "prompt and responsive" approach as a notable strength.

About the Team (content provided by Blank Rome LLP)

  • Premier 25-lawyer Pennsylvania labor and employment practice, in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh​
  • Work on all issues faced by in-house employment counsel, human resource managers, and executives
  • Skilled in defending employment litigation, both single-plaintiff and class action litigation
  • Regularly provide advice, training, and counseling
  • Expanded employee benefits and executive compensation capability
  • Handle traditional labor work such as collective bargaining and union negotiations
  • Clients include Fortune 500 businesses, middle-market companies, trade associations/non-profits

We have carved out a national reputation as a “go to” firm for high-stakes theft of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, non-compete, and unfair competition cases. We have a tremendous name in this area, and our work on these cases has resulted in landmark rulings and broken legal ground.

We are skilled in the highly complex wage payment area, and have an established body of experience in the areas of federal overtime challenges, including proper classifications for exempt status matters, avoiding “willful action” claims and defense of collective/class actions. The group also brings superior advice and defense to clients who also must respond to related state law age payment issues, including break time claims, holiday pay and overtime triggering requirements.

In employee benefits/executive compensation, we have vast experience in the benefits plan industry and deep knowledge of the private and public sectors.

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Duane Morris LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Offers comprehensive coverage across a range of employment, immigration and benefit plans matters. Draws from a deep and experienced pool of litigators to act on wage and hour disputes and wider employment claims that cross state lines. Also noted for its strength in traditional labor law, including labor relations matters, union issues and regulatory compliance. Acts for a broad spectrum of public and private sector clients.

Strengths Sources say: "They're very practical and they understand how companies actually work, as opposed to how they should work in textbooks."

Clients say: "They're tremendously cost-conscious and their work product is right the first time."

Work highlights Advised SKF on the amendment and restatement of its defined benefit pension plans.

Retained by Unilife on employment issues arising from its bankruptcy, including advising on the termination of its 401(k) plan and health and welfare plans.

Notable practitioners

John Nixon is described as a "great personality to work with" by clients, who value his "excellent communication skills" and "fast turnaround times." He offers experience advising executives, sponsors and providers on a broad range of pension and retirement programs.

The "fantastic" Thomas Servodidio garners praise for his "tremendously deep legal expertise" and his "balanced perspective" in complex labor law matters. Clients count upon his three decades of experience and considerable strengths in contract issues, labor relations work and a broad spectrum of litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Jonathan Segal is proficient in a wide variety of employment law matters, including wage and hour claims, hiring and termination processes and employee training issues. Clients highlight his "timely and thoughtful" approach, and offer notable praise for his ability to "balance legal and ethical issues."

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Provides traditional labor law expertise, with experience representing clients in administrative proceedings, during arbitrations and in union negotiations. Also fields strong employment law and employee benefits capabilities, and experienced with handling discrimination and ERISA disputes. Strong presence in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh complemented by extensive nationwide capabilities.

Strengths Clients say: "The lawyers I have worked with at Littler provide superb legal advice and services."

One source reports: "It's a very tireless team that worked hard to uncover all details. They were very good at keeping us updated and in the know throughout."

Work highlights Defended Rite Aid against race discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims filed by a former Cleveland-area store manager.

Successfully defended PSC Industrial Outsourcing against a race discrimination claim.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Bender is an experienced labor and employment lawyer who offers deep experience in collective bargaining issues, labor relations issues and disputes work. He currently serves as co-president and co-managing partner of the firm.

Terrence Murphy is an accomplished employment lawyer with a wealth of knowledge in disputes work and regulatory compliance. He acts for a range of employers and corporates in discrimination cases, labor arbitrations and FLSA, EEOC and NLRB proceedings.

Kristine Grady Derewicz handles the full gamut of employment law matters, frequently advising clients on collective bargaining negotiations, handling terminations and defending discrimination claims. Clients offer particular praise for her abilities in negotiations, revealing: "When things get tough, she stands firm and fair and keeps control of the room."

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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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished group which offers strengths across a broad spectrum of labor and employment matters, offering expertise in areas including labor relations, immigration, health and safety issues and providing training programs for staff. Also regularly appears in employment litigation, defending employers against a range of discrimination claims, wage and hour issues and class actions.

Strengths Sources state: "They're very knowledgeable and respectful. The team often goes above and beyond and works together to provide a positive learning experience."

One client adds: "The firm has always been supportive and attentive to our needs as the client."

Work highlights Successfully represented Geisinger Health System and employee Arthur Richer in an appeal before the Third Circuit, following claims brought by a plaintiff alleging constitutional due process violations arising out of her termination from a hospital training program for refusing to submit to a drug test. The firm successfully overturned a $1 million lower court judgment against the defendants.

Defended Seton Hill University following breach of contract claims brought by a plaintiff following his dismissal from the university's physician's assistant program.

Notable practitioners

Practice cochairs David Laurent and Joseph Centeno are key contacts for clients.

About the Team (content provided by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC)

With more than 60 practice-specific lawyers, our labor and employment team is one of the largest and most respected within full-service law firms. With several of our attorneys having experience working for companies in HR and labor relations positions, we have first-hand understanding of the challenges you face every day. Our approach is to partner with you long-term. In fact, we sometimes serve as outsourced or embedded “in-house counsel” for clients. Using a variety of tools, we can coach, counsel and train your staff on best practices focused on your company’s specific needs.

While we have broad geographic reach, unlike the mega-firms with offices everywhere, your matters, wherever they occur, will not be spread across multiple offices. Rather, they will be handled by a single team focused on you – providing consistency and better knowledge of your business.

For these reasons and many more, our labor and employment attorneys have been recognized repeatedly by clients and peers, in nationwide surveys and publications such as Chambers USA and other well-respected ranking publications.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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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 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 recounts: "It was an extremely positive experience. They are excellent litigators and a joy to work with."

A source says: "They have a very good understanding of our culture."

Work highlights Defended Urban Outfitters against a collective action complaint brought by former employees, involving claims under FLSA for unpaid overtime and inadequate wage and hour records.

Successfully defended VWR International in a race discrimination suit brought by a former employee. The firm subsequently affirmed the judgment before the Eleventh Circuit.

Notable practitioners

Mark Foley is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer who offers strengths defending employers against a broad spectrum of employee claims, alongside wider strengths in trade secrets and restrictive covenants matters. Interviewees commend his abilities in "elite cases across the region" and praise his "high-profile practice."

Thomas Barton is based across the firm's Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey offices and offers a wealth of expertise in employment litigation, with strengths in class action claims, wage and hour disputes and noncompetition issues. Clients offer praise for his ability to "get great results," with one source adding: "He understands our values and our approach to employee relations."

The "excellent" David Woolf impresses sources with his strengths in litigation work. He has experience in areas including restrictive covenant disputes, wrongful discharge claims and retaliation matters. He also advises on internal investigations.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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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. Advises clients across a broad range of sectors, including technology businesses, healthcare institutions and manufacturing companies.

Strengths Clients state: "It's an excellent firm and we receive tremendous service and prompt attention from the lawyers we work with."

Sources say: "It offers a wonderful combination of legal knowledge and practical, creative business solutions."

Work highlights Defended Puratos against allegations of race discrimination before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and in New Jersey Superior Court.

Advised Lehigh University in successfully rejecting a union-organizing campaign for campus police and security officers.

Notable practitioners

David Kaplan comes highly recommended by clients for his "very thorough and very diligent" approach to employee benefits work. He chairs the firm's employee benefits practice group and offers strengths advising clients on the design and implementation of a range of plans, regulatory compliance and on benefits issues arising from M&A transactions.

About the Team (content provided 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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Eminent Practitioner

Thomas J Bender Jr

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Bender is an experienced labor and employment lawyer who offers deep experience in collective bargaining issues, labor relations issues and disputes work. He currently serves as co-president and co-managing partner of the firm.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Banks is an accomplished litigator and offers well-honed trial strengths in areas including breach of fiduciary duty claims and misappropriation of trade secrets. He is noted as "exceptional" and "one of the best trial lawyers around" by impressed market sources.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Berkowitz of Dechert LLP maintains his position at the forefront of the market, having attained a stellar reputation for his credentials in complex labor and employment work. His practice features outstanding strengths in areas including discrimination litigation, wage and hour claims and trade secret claims, with experience appearing before a range of state and federal courts and before regulatory bodies. Clients say: "He's the one I go to for the most complicated matters."

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Giotto is acclaimed by clients for his abilities as a "practical problem solver who understands business," with sources additionally describing him as "very responsive, very approachable and very knowledgeable." He advises employers and management on the full range of labor law issues, with extensive experience in union organizing, grievance arbitrations and discrimination litigation.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Wall is regarded as one of the state's premier labor and employment lawyers, with clients turning to him for his excellent track record in traditional labor work. His strengths include collective bargaining arrangements, discrimination claims and wage and hour matters.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sara Begley is proficient in a broad array of contentious and noncontentious employment law matters, demonstrating strengths in areas including contractual matters, employee handbooks and litigation arising from discrimination, noncompete agreements and wage and hour claims.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Cooper is a distinguished employment litigator who offers excellent advocacy skills in trade secret claims, alongside notable experience acting for clients before regulatory agencies. He chairs the firm's labor and employment practice.

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Joseph J Costello

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Costello's practice features notable experience in ERISA issues, alongside wider strengths in discrimination cases, trade secret claims and defending whistle-blower retaliation disputes. He also regularly represents clients before a range of administrative agencies, including the DOL, NLRB and EEOC.

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Alfred J D'Angelo Jr

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Alfred D'Angelo is a highly experienced traditional labor lawyer, who offers notable expertise in collective bargaining matters, union prevention and wider contract administration matters. Clients say: "Fred probably has the best temper of anyone I have seen with opposing sides when negotiating on hard issues."

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Foley is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer who offers strengths defending employers against a broad spectrum of employee claims, alongside wider strengths in trade secrets and restrictive covenants matters. Interviewees commend his abilities in "elite cases across the region" and praise his "high-profile practice."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Karl Fritton offers notable strengths in union work, with experience advising employers on collective bargaining negotiations and union representation petitions. He offers wider strengths in arbitration and litigation matters.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Fryman is an expert litigator who excels in defending employers facing unfair labor practice disputes, wage and hour cases and trade secret matters, and additional strengths advising clients on collective bargaining and wider operational issues. Sources describe him as a "really brilliant trial attorney," adding that he is "masterful at preparation and very effective at persuading the jury."

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Band 2

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Haller offers particular expertise in trade secret claims, alongside wider strengths in labor relations issues, discrimination disputes and defending class actions. Clients highlight his "prompt and responsive" approach as a notable strength.

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Elizabeth A Malloy

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Malloy is described by peers as a "very good traditional employment lawyer," who is a "terrific presenter and very knowledgeable." She has wide-ranging experience with representing employers in litigation matters, with particular strengths in the educational sector.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Ossip is a proficient litigator managing issues including ERISA disputes and defending discrimination claims. Sources cite his ability to "balance practicality and wisdom with strong advocacy" as a notable asset, and clients describe him as "a strong business partner."

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Band 2

Thomas G Servodidio

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Thomas Servodidio garners praise for his "tremendously deep legal expertise" and his "balanced perspective" in complex labor law matters. Clients count upon his three decades of experience and considerable strengths in contract issues, labor relations work and a broad spectrum of litigation and arbitration proceedings.

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Band 3

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Barton is based across the firm's Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey offices and offers a wealth of expertise in employment litigation, with strengths in class action claims, wage and hour disputes and noncompetition issues. Clients offer praise for his ability to "get great results," with one source adding: "He understands our values and our approach to employee relations."

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Band 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sarah Bouchard receives plaudits for her "skilled and practical" handling of employment matters, with clients noting her strengths in defending whistle-blower claims. Her practice also encompasses harassment and discrimination claims, trade secret disputes and termination matters.

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Band 3

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Jarin is noted for his "excellent reputation in the public sector," and acts for a range of towns, cities, counties and state governments. He regularly advises clients on regulatory compliance, administrative proceedings and wider labor relations issues.

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Band 3

Terrence H Murphy

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Terrence Murphy is an accomplished employment lawyer with a wealth of knowledge in disputes work and regulatory compliance. He acts for a range of employers and corporates in discrimination cases, labor arbitrations and FLSA, EEOC and NLRB proceedings.

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Band 3

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Jeffrey Pasek "understands issues quickly and offers very good advice," according to impressed clients. He handles a broad spectrum of traditional and contentious labor and employment matters, with experience in areas including grievance claims, union prevention and collective bargaining negotiations.

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Band 3

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Pedrow is described as "very talented and really devoted to employment," and also receives praise for his "responsiveness and organizational skills." He regularly handles issues such as unfair labor practice charges, discrimination allegations and executive compensation issues for employers.

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Band 3

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Segal is proficient in a wide variety of employment law matters, including wage and hour claims, hiring and termination processes and employee training issues. Clients highlight his "timely and thoughtful" approach, and offer notable praise for his ability to "balance legal and ethical issues."

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Band 3

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" David Woolf impresses sources with his strengths in litigation work. He has experience in areas including restrictive covenant disputes, wrongful discharge claims and retaliation matters. He also advises on internal investigations.

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Band 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Boudreau of Greenberg Traurig, PA is esteemed as a "very good advocate for his client" by interviewees, who also commend his skills as "a very capable litigator." He earns particular recognition for his strengths in wage and hour disputes, with noted expertise in defending major class and collective actions.

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Band 4

Robert B Cottington

Cohen & Grigsby PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Cottington earns praise for his "excellent" strengths in labor work, with experience advising clients on union issues, grievance arbitrations and a wide range of litigation claims. He leads the labor and employment and the employment litigation groups of Cohen & Grigsby PC.

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Band 4

Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Curley serves as managing partner of labor and employment boutique Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud LLP and is based in its New York and Philadelphia offices. He earns praise for his "smart and practical" approach, with clients turning to him for his strengths in litigation, arbitration and disputes heard before a range of administrative agencies.

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Band 4

Kristine Grady Derewicz

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kristine Grady Derewicz handles the full gamut of employment law matters, frequently advising clients on collective bargaining negotiations, handling terminations and defending discrimination claims. Clients offer particular praise for her abilities in negotiations, revealing: "When things get tough, she stands firm and fair and keeps control of the room."

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Band 4

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Shannon Farmer offers expertise in a broad spectrum of traditional labor issues, with clients turning to her for her strengths in contractual matters, collective bargaining and labor relations work. She also offers strengths in disputes work, with experience in litigation and arbitrations concerning discrimination, tort and wage and hour claims.

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Band 4

Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Furman of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC is highly accomplished in union work, regularly advising clients on collective bargaining negotiations and union grievances. He offers particular strengths in the construction sector, where he advises clients on picketing and wage disputes. Clients describe him as "extremely knowledgeable and an excellent negotiator."

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Band 4

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Hanlon earns particular recognition for his work on behalf of public sector entities, who call upon his strengths in discrimination claims, executive compensation matters and traditional labor issues. He also advices private sector clients on employment matters arising from M&A transactions.

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Band 4

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Johns is noted by clients for his "tenacity and his verbal and written advocacy." He offers particular expertise advising higher educational institutions in disputes work and day-to-day operational issues.

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Band 4

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Sarah Kelly is a well-regarded employment lawyer, with experience in areas including termination procedures, disability claims and harassment disputes. Peers cite her "impressive litigation skills" as a key strength.

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Band 4

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Kresge is an experienced and respected employment litigator who acts for employers in discrimination suits, wage and hour matters, termination disputes and tort claims. Clients describe him as "wonderful to work with," also saying: "Ray is detail-oriented, understands his cases and knows the facts."

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Band 4

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Casey Ryan advises employees on contractual and training matters, wage and hour issues and wider litigation work. She also represents clients before a range of state and federal regulatory agencies, including the EEOC and the NLRB.

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Band 4

Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barnett Satinsky of Fox Rothschild LLP impresses clients with his "great depth of knowledge," with sources valuing his ability to "cut to the issues and resolutions quickly" and "respond well to clients' needs." His practice encompasses a broad range of advisory and litigation work, with strengths in areas including union avoidance, contract negotiations and discrimination disputes.

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Band 4

Christopher P Stief

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Stief is a highly skilled labor and employment lawyer with particular expertise in unfair competition, trade secrets and restrictive covenant issues. He serves as managing partner of Fisher Phillips' Philadelphia office.

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