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Littler Mendelson, PC - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prowess in handling the full spectrum of labor and employment matters across the state of Texas. Large and strong bench, well known for its representation of an impressive roster of clients in the insurance, pharmaceutical and technology sectors, among others. Frequently sought by clients for representation in complex employment litigation matters, including class actions, union negotiations and discrimination cases. Also has strong cross-border capabilities.

Strengths A client appreciates that "the firm has a tremendous breadth of experience in labor and employment. I am always impressed by how quickly they are able to respond to seemingly arcane issues that arise."

Another client praises the firm's responsiveness: "It is a great firm because of the depth of its resources and the talent of its lawyers. I can get any employment law question answered usually in the same day."

Work highlights Represented Volkswagen's Chattanooga Operations in negotiations with United Auto Workers and other unions.

Acted on behalf of Shipcom Wireless on claims of misclassification of employees under the FLSA.

Notable practitioners

John Harper has extensive experience in union negotiations and collective bargaining actions. He is also highly regarded for his work on wage and hour issues and ERISA violations.

Arthur Carter is highly regarded for his expertise in labor law and bankruptcy litigation. A client describes him as "very experienced, practical and efficient. I appreciate his ability to get deep into the problem and summarize in a succinct manner."

Sources describe Linda Headley as a "tremendous lawyer," particularly valuing that she is "very involved in the rulemaking process." She handles employment litigation, including unfair competition, discrimination and harassment cases.

Scott McDonald focuses his practice on unfair competition disputes, trade secret protection and wrongful termination cases. A client reports: "His work is top-notch and he keeps me informed about legal developments that affect my business."

Steven McCown handles matters relating to OSHA, labor relations and wage and hour class actions. He frequently represents clients from the construction, telecommunications and manufacturing industries.

About the Team (content provided by Littler Mendelson, PC)

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,300 attorneys in over 75 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single source solution provider to the global employer community.
Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for more than 75 years. For more information, visit www.littler.com.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Formidable presence in the labor and employment market in Texas, and particularly known for its capacity to handle complex cases. Expertise includes noncompete and unfair competition issues, wage and hour lawsuits and FMLA law. Enviable client roster ranging from Fortune 500 businesses to local companies, frequently acting on behalf of employers in the energy, transportation and oil and gas markets.

Strengths Clients value the firm's "deep bench of labor and employment attorneys across the country" and their ability to achieve "excellent legal results."

Work highlights Successfully achieved summary judgment for ExxonMobil in an age discrimination case, with attached retaliation, breach of contract and fraud claims.

Advised Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation on a class action alleging wage and hour violations.

Notable practitioners

Nancy Patterson is "an excellent lawyer," says a source, adding that "she is very responsive and knowledgeable." Her litigious practice includes handling trade secret and noncompetition disputes, as well as FMLA issues.

Ron Manthey heads the firm's Dallas practice and is highly experienced in discrimination claims. He is well versed in FLSA violations, and clients praise his ability to "see the big picture."

Stefanie Moll leads the department's Houston office and handles disputes relating to wage and hour, retaliation and sexual harassment claims. She is "a solid lawyer with a good reputation," according to peers.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A national labor and employment boutique offering expert knowledge across the full spectrum of employee-related issues, including workplace safety and employment benefits. Handles high-publicity cases for an impressive roster of clients, which includes local authorities and large corporations. Possesses specialist expertise handling discrimination, noncompete, harassment and retaliation disputes, as well as the full range of labor issues.

Strengths Commentators describe the firm as "excellent in all regards" and note that "the firm has a significant national footprint and significant depth in almost all areas of employment and labor law."

Work highlights Acted as chief negotiator for the City of San Antonio in connection with collective bargaining with the San Antonio Police Officers Association and the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Local 624.

Represented AT&T in opposition to claims of religious discrimination.

Notable practitioners

The "top-notch" Michael Fox handles a broad range of employment litigation matters, notably discrimination cases and wage and hour claims. He frequently represents employers in breach of contract and noncompete issues, with experience in multiplaintiff suits.

The "terrific" Jeffrey Londa acts as co-head of the firm's labor and employment practice. He has considerable experience representing government entities in collective bargaining negotiations.

Ron Chapman is highly experienced in discrimination and harassment cases, as well as noncompete, retaliation and wage and hour disputes. Clients describe him as "an outstanding practitioner as well as a manager of relationships."

Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani is described as "a very good lawyer" by sources. She regularly handles litigious employment matters and has specific expertise in OFCCP compliance.

Bryant McFall focuses his practice on the representation of clients from the hospitality industry. Sources describe him as "a great counseling and litigation strategist," praising his "breadth of subject matter expertise and very cost-effective representation."

Theodore Meyer regularly represents employers in litigation against the EEOC and groups of plaintiffs. His client base includes companies in the technology and energy industries.

Michael Mitchell is experienced in employment litigation in both federal and state courts, and also represents clients at EEOC and OSHA hearings. Sources describe him as an "excellent relationship partner."

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Bracewell LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Employment group noted for its class action, whistle-blower and OSHA expertise. Houses attorneys experienced in handling union–management relations and litigating age and race discrimination cases. ERISA litigation is a growing focus for the team. Represents clients ranging from those in the hospitality industry to those in education.

Strengths The firm is commended by a client for "providing excellent representation in a difficult, complex case."

Sources report that the department boasts a "solid team of professionals" who are "responsive to clients' needs."

Work highlights Represented Aveda Transportation and Energy Services and Rodan Transport USA in a collective action suit.

Represented Parsley Energy in the acquisition of certain entities holding undeveloped acreage and producing oil and gas properties from Double Eagle Energy Permian. Handled workforce restructurings and employee contract issues as part of the transaction, as well as executive compensation work.

Notable practitioners

Robert Sheeder handles discrimination, harassment and whistle-blowing cases, including class actions. A client values that "he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. His ability to make quick and informed decisions is appreciated."

The "fantastic" Amy Karff Halevy represents employers before the EEOC in harassment and discrimination cases. One source says: "She is very good at making us feel like her only client," while another describes her as "very thoughtful and strategic."

Jay Aldis's broad experience includes breach of contract cases, discrimination, harassment, occupational health issues and overtime disputes. He is praised for his "excellent knowledge of applicable law and issues to be resolved, deposition skills, courtroom presence and client responsiveness."

Tullos Wells has experience in handling investigations by regulatory bodies, government contracting and collective bargaining. A peer says: "For national employers, he is a top person."

Becky Baker's practice covers whistle-blower protection, wage and hour issues and occupational health and safety. A source reports: "She is my go-to person for anything employment-related. She understands the needs of our business."

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Kemp Smith LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for El Paso and Austin-based teams offering particular strength in the western part of the state. Strong and highly respected bench handling the full spectrum of issues from management and employee relations to union negotiations.

Notable practitioners

C B Burns primarily focuses on disability discrimination, sexual harassment and compensation retaliation cases. Peers state that she is an "excellent practitioner."

Charles High has longstanding top-level experience in labor and employment matters. Peers note that he is "excellent" and "highly recognized" in the field.

Michael McQueen has particular expertise in sexual harassment, age discrimination and retaliation cases. He also tries OSHA and unfair labor suits in state and federal courts.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Growing nationwide practice with a strong presence in the energy and oil industry in Texas for labor and employment issues. Praised for its multifaceted approach to a wide range of employment cases, from OSHA cases to discrimination and multiplaintiff litigation. Well known for its cross-border capabilities.

Strengths Sources dub the team "the gold standard for client service," noting that attorneys are "able to promptly and efficiently issue-spot and provide analysis on the risks and benefits of issues and strategies. It's our go-to firm for tough employment law issues."

Work highlights Represented Mattress Firm in defense of an ADEA class action lawsuit brought by the EEOC.

Notable practitioners

Brian Greig has extensive experience in trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation. He also has experience defending race, sex and age discrimination cases at trial.

Philip Pfeiffer has a wealth of expertise in labor law, including negotiations between unions and management. He also has extensive experience in civil rights and employment discrimination cases.

Shauna Clark acts as head of the employment and labor practice in the firm, handling employer training and contentious matters. A client reports that "she is unmatched in depositions and in the courtroom, and she is our go-to lawyer for the tough cases."

Carter Crow heads up the firm's Houston office and focuses on employment disputes. He is well versed in defending energy companies against class actions at trial and through arbitration.

About the Team (content provided by Norton Rose Fulbright)

For over 80 years, we have advised employers on labor and employment issues and defended them in both state and federal courts and arbitral forums and before administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and equivalent state agencies. 

Known for our strong litigation experience, including successfully defending class and collective actions, we have defeated class certifications, obtained decertifications of preliminary class certifications, achieved early and effective settlements, obtained summary judgments, successfully tried cases, and prevailed on appeals. 

With our robust counseling experience, in true partnership with the employer, we advise on employment and labor-related business situations, including: mergers and acquisitions; purchases; sales; reorganizations; workforce reductions and restructurings; breaches of contract; creation and review of internal policies; executive hiring, compensation, and separation; trade secrets; non-competition and non-solicitation issues; and other aspects of employment. 

We regularly conduct significant employment-related investigations involving harassment, retaliation, regulatory, and other substantial matters concerning a wide range of employee situations, including C-Suite employment.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for National firm with a strong presence in Texas, noted for its representation of clients in the full range of employment and labor law matters. Sector-specific experience pertaining to the oil, gas and healthcare industries, among others. Particularly active in representing employers in class and collective actions concerning overtime and other wage and hour issues.

Strengths A source notes the team's "professionalism, knowledge and global presence," and reports: "I would rate Seyfarth among the best I have ever used."

Clients describe the team as "strategic, professional, and a pleasure to work with."

Work highlights Represented Republic Services in defending a claim for owed overtime under the FLSA from approximately 500 waste disposal drivers.

Represented Labor Solutions of Alabama in proving that it was not a successor to East Coast Labor solutions, and therefore not liable for the latter's alleged discrimination or abuse of vulnerable workers.

Notable practitioners

John Collins is described as "very knowledgeable" and handles discrimination, wage and hour and collective bargaining issues. A client values that "he stays on top of things when it comes to changes in the laws and regulations, and keeps the client aware of these changes."

Timothy Watson specializes in wage and hour class and collective actions, as well as dealing with wrongful termination claims. A source calls him "my go-to employment law counsel. When I’m looking for a solution to a problem I haven’t encountered before, I am looking for someone with the knowledge and experience to recommend a course of action based on our collective good judgment. He is superb at this."

About the Team (content provided by Seyfarth Shaw LLP)

For more than 70 years, Seyfarth’s Labor & Employment Department has been recognized as one of the “go to” labor and employment groups. Our national presence with more than 400 employment attorneys at all levels of experience ensures seamless, consistent representation across jurisdictions.

While the trend among labor and employment law providers is toward specialization, with firms primarily focused on class and complex litigation or offering low-cost commoditized services, Seyfarth maintains a unique position in the industry. We handle the most complex, bet-the-company labor and employment work in the country and we also handle single plaintiff cases and routine administrative charges. Seyfarth is one of the most well-positioned firms to provide cost-effective and efficient services for routine litigation and to bring to bear the talents and resources of some of the best labor and employment lawyers in the industry when clients face more complex litigation threats.







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Vinson & Elkins LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong employment practice providing advice and counsel across a range of matters including internal investigations, bet-the-company litigation and complex class and collective actions. Draws on the firm's strong client base in the energy industry, with particular experience in MSHA and OSHA compliance and investigations. Also noted for its handling of the employment law implications of corporate transactions and regularly assists clients appearing before employment regulatory bodies in relation to workplace accidents.

Strengths Interviewees note that the firm does "an excellent job on labor and employment disputes."

Work highlights Represented Maersk Oil in the closure of its US operations, dealing with employment contract and immigration issues.

Advised Alcoa World Alumina on MSHA and OSHA investigations and attendant dispute resolution matters.

Notable practitioners

Carl Jordan is a "highly recognized" lawyer among peers, who consider him "a top-level guy" for his depth of experience. His expertise includes representing multinational companies in ERISA, FLSA and discrimination matters.

Douglas Hamel has extensive experience in employment discrimination, pension benefits and labor relations cases. He is particularly adept at representing those in the energy sector.

Christopher Bacon is known for his litigation practice, in which he represents clients in governmental investigations and administrative proceedings brought under the National Labor Relations Act, OSHA and MSHA.

Vanessa Griffith handles discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, as well as collective actions under FLSA. Sources know her as "a tremendous litigator and a really strong discrimination lawyer" and appreciate that "she is very pragmatic about her approach."

Thomas Wilson has experience in handling negotiations with unions, with knowledge of unfair labor practice claims. A commentator praises his abilities: "He was responsive, suggested innovative and creative ways to resolve the dispute, and has great judgment and instincts."

Sean Becker handles both noncontentious and litigious matters, including noncompetition and nonsolicitation cases. A client reports: "He is responsive, straightforward and very knowledgeable regarding employment matters."

About the Team (content provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP)

V&E’s Employment, Labor & OSHA practice group has significant experience in a variety of areas of Labor and Employment Law:

As wage and hour disputes continue to rise under the Fair Labor Standards Act, V&E has been on the forefront defending companies in civil and class action lawsuits alleging misclassification of employees under the FLSA and representing companies in wage and hour investigations by government agencies, such as the DOJ. 

Litigation before regulatory agencies, including OSHA, MSHA and BSEE. When major accidents happen in the workplace, V&E lawyers manage the regulatory response, litigate citations and fines, and work to negotiate favorable settlements. V&E’s safety practice addresses the current cutting-edge rulemaking and interpretation issues, having practiced in workplace safety and health for more than 25 years. 

Litigating on employers’ behalf claims filed by whistleblowers under Sarbanes-Oxley and similar laws. V&E lawyers have played a significant role in developing the law under whistleblower protection statutes.

Complex litigation of rapidly evolving areas of law. The economy is driving a substantial increase in FLSA and ERISA litigation and V&E lawyers navigate the procedural complexities and defend clients against individual and class claims in multiple jurisdictions throughout the U.S.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Nationwide practice with a solid offering in the Texas market and a strong and growing portfolio of labor and employment work, particularly in the oil and gas arena. Areas of expertise include discrimination, OSHA, ERISA and matters brought under the National Labor Relations Act. Advises clients on the drafting of workplace policies and practices.

Strengths One source says: "Their resources are excellent and the lawyers are knowledgeable."

Another source states: "They have tremendous depth in expertise and can respond quickly and efficiently."

Work highlights Represented Fluor in an age and gender discrimination matter concerning the termination of an employee.

Represented Entrust Energy in obtaining voluntary dismissal of a collective action regarding overtime.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Dennis Duffy as "highly effective and experienced; a very skilled and experienced litigator with great instincts." His contentious practice includes handling gender and age discrimination cases.

Drew Tipton focuses his practice on employment litigation, including unfair competition matters. Sources call him "personable and practical" as well as "very detailed and thorough."

Edward Friedman represents companies in unfair competition and employee-raiding cases. Commentators state: "He has excellent knowledge of trade secret matters and he is an aggressive strategist."

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Haynes and Boone, LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Comprehensive employment offering with national expertise in the field. Known for its work in OSHA, immigration and employment litigation and advice. Noted strength advising on employment questions relating to corporate transactions work, as well as acting in unfair competition and trade secret cases.

Strengths Sources praise the firm for its "high-quality and pragmatic legal advice and assistance provided in a timely manner."

One interviewee enthuses: "They are the gold star in regard to client service."

Work highlights Represented Celanese in a suit involving breach of contract, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment.

Advised and represented Cogent Communications on a FLSA collective action lawsuit.

Notable practitioners

Laura O'Donnell primarily focuses on FLSA collective actions, as well as sexual harassment claims, EEOC claims and discrimination matters. She also has knowledge of claims made under Title VII.

About the Team (content provided by Haynes and Boone, LLP)

Our lawyers handle complex, high-stakes labor and employment matters facing management teams across the U.S., with a keen understanding of the need to balance legal options against company strategy. We also handle high-level executive compensation issues for public companies, hedge funds and private equity firms. Similarly, we play an integral role in major transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, providing advice and counsel, and drafting employment-related provisions or agreements.

We have extensive experience litigating and counseling clients on wage/hour issues; labor/management relations and arbitration; unfair competition/trade secrets; advanced-leave issues; OSHA/workplace disasters; ERISA claims; and immigration issues.

Our group has appeared across the country in wage/hour class actions and throughout Texas in injunctive relief proceedings involving unfair competition and trade secrets. We have successfully tried cases involving multimillion-dollar claims and have achieved favorable and precedent-setting appellate court rulings. We also have assisted clients facing aggressive regulatory enforcement by such agencies as the EEOC, NLRB and Department of Labor. We have been national OSHA counsel for one of the largest U.S. retailers for more than a decade.

Our team represents domestic and international businesses across a range of industries, including energy, technology, retail, healthcare, banking, financial services, real estate, manufacturing and construction.

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Thompson & Knight LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for A respected firm for employment discrimination, contract and wage and hour cases, alongside other employment law issues. Possesses a strong practice in the representation of employers in investigations and enforcement activities by government agencies such as the EEOC.

Strengths A commentator enthuses: "The firm meets clients' expectations on quality, expertise, availability and fulfillment of time constraints."

A client says that the attorneys "provide excellent counsel, are always extremely well prepared, and preparation is flawless. The firm is my first call on all matters, no question about it!"

Work highlights Represented and advised PROS in a race discrimination, disparate-treatment discrimination and retaliation case.

Acted on behalf of Noble Drilling in a workplace harassment suit.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Fink "has a very good reputation" among his peers in the Texas labor and employment market. He is an experienced litigator, handling noncompete and other matters in court and agency hearings.

About the Team (content provided by Thompson & Knight LLP)

Thompson & Knight represents private and public employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. Our clients include small employers and Fortune 100 companies, encompassing the Firm's broad industry range.

We help our clients navigate the complex and extensive regulatory system applicable to employers by representing management in employment law litigation, internal and agency investigations and enforcement actions, and compliance matters. Our attorneys partner with clients to anticipate and manage the multitude of risks presented by the modern workforce, including through the development and modification of workplace policies, training programs, and practical advice on specific employee complaints and contemplated employment actions. We draft and litigate noncompetition and related covenants. We work closely with the Firm's employee benefits and tax lawyers in preparing executive employment, compensation, and severance agreements and arrangements, and we prosecute and defend legal actions based on those agreements and arrangements.

Our lawyers help clients who wish to resolve employment disputes through pre-litigation negotiation, mediation, or other non-litigation dispute-resolution approaches. In court we are resourceful, experienced, and efficient advocates who aggressively try cases and brief and argue appeals without hesitation when necessary but who focus on achieving the client's goals without the need for potentially expensive and time-consuming litigation.

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Cozen O'Connor - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Solid trial team with a strong track record in labor and employment disputes, including those concerning ERISA, discrimination, Title VII and terminations. Serves clients across sectors such as energy, financial services and technology.

Strengths The department is praised for being "a valued resource and highly responsive."

Work highlights Worked with Kroger on a termination lawsuit in relation to the Family Medical Leave Act.

Notable practitioners

Martin Wickliff is an experienced litigator with expertise in non-disclosure, retaliation and whistle-blower claims. A peer describes him as "a valued resource for not only the resolution of issues, but also the strategic thought behind our legal needs."

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Fisher Phillips - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Provides clients with employment law counseling, compliance advice and preventive programs regarding contracts, sexual harassment and hazards in the workplace. Strong litigation experience in complex cases arising under the FLSA, ADA and Title VII, among many more.

Strengths Sources commend the firm for its "depth of knowledge" and ability "to meet our needs throughout the country through a number of different offices."

Another interviewee enthuses that "everyone we have dealt with has been exceptional."

Notable practitioners

Teresa Valderrama has longstanding, high-level experience in representing employers in workplace harassment claims, wage and hour collective action defense and whistle-blower claims. She is a key partner in the firm's Houston office.

Michael Abcarian represents local government units and businesses in labor and employment. This includes compensation compliance matters and workplace safety claims.

Stephen Roppolo has extensive experience in labor and employment litigation, including noncompete agreements and discrimination claims. He also advises companies on employment policy matters.

About the Team (content provided by Fisher Phillips)

Fisher Phillips attorneys are ready to help you take a stand: in court, with employees and unions, or with competitors. Fisher Phillips has the experience and resolve to back you up. That’s why some of the savviest employers come to the firm to handle their toughest labor and employment cases.

The firm has more than 350 attorneys in 33 offices. In addition to Atlanta, the offices are in Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Gulfport, Houston, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

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Jackson Lewis P.C. - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for National employment law boutique with a recognized presence in Texas. Areas of expertise include wage and hour litigation, discrimination matters and business immigration. Experienced in defending Title VII litigation, unfair labor practice cases and drafting board resolutions.

Strengths The department is commended by a client for its "very broad expertise and their geographic presence."

Sources praise the firm for being "great value for money" and possessing "excellent subject matter expertise."

Notable practitioners

Patrick Richter in Austin and Pamela Linberg in Houston are key contacts for this practice.

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Jackson Walker LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected provision of a broad range of labor and employment advice, with a large team handling matters such as labor relations, employee benefits matters and the employment implications of M&A. Also noted for its strength in employment litigation. Acts on behalf of household names in a number of sectors, including financial institutions and retail companies.

Strengths Interviewees note that the firm is "excellent and responsive."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Houston Refining LP in a challenge to an arbitration decision finding that Houston Refining breached a labor contract by suspending 401(k) plan matching contributions during a period of restructuring.

Represented Bassam Odeh in a case revolving around race discrimination and the FLSA. The 38 plaintiffs filed a claim for $13.5 million and settled for approximately $700,000.

Notable practitioners

John Jansonius is seen as a "very accomplished practitioner, a strong litigator and labor and employment lawyer with a terrific reputation." He handles contract and compensation negotiations and the defense of employment discrimination claims.

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We are labor and employment lawyers who try labor and employment lawsuits, counsel our clients on increasingly complex workplace laws and regulations, and represent our clients before federal, state, and local labor and employment agencies, such as the NLRB, the EEOC, and OSHA.

Our litigation practice includes complex executive compensation matters, class/collective actions, trade secret/unfair competition cases, breach of fiduciary duty and executive malfeasance cases.  Our vast labor and employment litigation experience is the platform from which we provide advice and counsel to help our clients solve workplace challenges covering the entire range of employment issues.  We focus both on traditional labor issues–including elections, contract negotiations, arbitration, strikes and lockouts–to employment law areas, such as discrimination, disability, Family and Medical Leave Act, workplace safety, and wage and hour issues.

We practice employment law backed by the resources of a full service firm in corporate, tax, bankruptcy, intellectual property, securities, employee benefits, oil and gas, media, complex litigation, cybersecurity, and all the areas offered by Jackson Walker’s over 300 attorneys. 

For more information, visit: https://www.jw.com/practice-areas/labor-employment/

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Senior Statesmen

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "top-notch" Michael Fox handles a broad range of employment litigation matters, notably discrimination cases and wage and hour claims. He frequently represents employers in breach of contract and noncompete issues, with experience in multiplaintiff suits.

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Senior Statesmen

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Greig has extensive experience in trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation. He also has experience defending race, sex and age discrimination cases at trial.

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Senior Statesmen

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Harper has extensive experience in union negotiations and collective bargaining actions. He is also highly regarded for his work on wage and hour issues and ERISA violations.

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Senior Statesmen

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carl Jordan is a "highly recognized" lawyer among peers, who consider him "a top-level guy" for his depth of experience. His expertise includes representing multinational companies in ERISA, FLSA and discrimination matters.

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Senior Statesmen

Philip J Pfeiffer

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Pfeiffer has a wealth of expertise in labor law, including negotiations between unions and management. He also has extensive experience in civil rights and employment discrimination cases.

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Band 1

Kemp Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

C B Burns primarily focuses on disability discrimination, sexual harassment and compensation retaliation cases. Peers state that she is an "excellent practitioner."

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Band 1

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Dennis Duffy as "highly effective and experienced; a very skilled and experienced litigator with great instincts." His contentious practice includes handling gender and age discrimination cases.

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Band 1

Charles C High Jr

Kemp Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles High has longstanding top-level experience in labor and employment matters. Peers note that he is "excellent" and "highly recognized" in the field.

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Band 1

Jackson Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Jansonius is seen as a "very accomplished practitioner, a strong litigator and labor and employment lawyer with a terrific reputation." He handles contract and compensation negotiations and the defense of employment discrimination claims.

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Band 1

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Jeffrey Londa acts as co-head of the firm's labor and employment practice. He has considerable experience representing government entities in collective bargaining negotiations.

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Band 1

Nancy L Patterson

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Patterson is "an excellent lawyer," says a source, adding that "she is very responsive and knowledgeable." Her litigious practice includes handling trade secret and noncompetition disputes, as well as FMLA issues.

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Band 1

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Sheeder handles discrimination, harassment and whistle-blowing cases, including class actions. A client values that "he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. His ability to make quick and informed decisions is appreciated."

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Band 1

Teresa S Valderrama

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Teresa Valderrama has longstanding, high-level experience in representing employers in workplace harassment claims, wage and hour collective action defense and whistle-blower claims. She is a key partner in the firm's Houston office.

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Band 1

A Martin Wickliff

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Wickliff is an experienced litigator with expertise in non-disclosure, retaliation and whistle-blower claims. A peer describes him as "a valued resource for not only the resolution of issues, but also the strategic thought behind our legal needs."

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Band 2

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Ahmad of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. is described as an "expert when it comes to labor and employment." He handles cases for both employers and employees and is particularly well known for acting for plaintiffs.

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Band 2

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Arthur Carter is highly regarded for his expertise in labor law and bankruptcy litigation. A client describes him as "very experienced, practical and efficient. I appreciate his ability to get deep into the problem and summarize in a succinct manner."

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Band 2

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Ron Chapman is highly experienced in discrimination and harassment cases, as well as noncompete, retaliation and wage and hour disputes. Clients describe him as "an outstanding practitioner as well as a manager of relationships."

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Shauna Clark acts as head of the employment and labor practice in the firm, handling employer training and contentious matters. A client reports that "she is unmatched in depositions and in the courtroom, and she is our go-to lawyer for the tough cases."

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Carter Crow heads up the firm's Houston office and focuses on employment disputes. He is well versed in defending energy companies against class actions at trial and through arbitration.

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Band 2

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Amy Karff Halevy represents employers before the EEOC in harassment and discrimination cases. One source says: "She is very good at making us feel like her only client," while another describes her as "very thoughtful and strategic."

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Band 2

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Hamel has extensive experience in employment discrimination, pension benefits and labor relations cases. He is particularly adept at representing those in the energy sector.

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Band 2

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Linda Headley as a "tremendous lawyer," particularly valuing that she is "very involved in the rulemaking process." She handles employment litigation, including unfair competition, discrimination and harassment cases.

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Band 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ron Manthey heads the firm's Dallas practice and is highly experienced in discrimination claims. He is well versed in FLSA violations, and clients praise his ability to "see the big picture."

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Band 2

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott McDonald focuses his practice on unfair competition disputes, trade secret protection and wrongful termination cases. A client reports: "His work is top-notch and he keeps me informed about legal developments that affect my business."

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Band 2

Ann Marie Painter

Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ann Marie Painter of Perkins Coie LLP is a "terrific litigator" with experience in individual, collective and class action employment claims. Interviewees call her "diligent, client-oriented and extremely knowledgeable in employment law."

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Band 2

Diamond McCarthy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Shank of Diamond McCarthy LLP handles a wide range of employment cases. A peer enthuses: "I think the world of him, he is very good."

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Band 2

Holly H Williamson

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Holly Williamson of Hunton & Williams LLP regularly works with companies in the oil and gas sector. She specializes in litigation, handling equal pay violations, retaliation against whistle-blowers and discrimination.

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Band 3

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jay Aldis's broad experience includes breach of contract cases, discrimination, harassment, occupational health issues and overtime disputes. He is praised for his "excellent knowledge of applicable law and issues to be resolved, deposition skills, courtroom presence and client responsiveness."

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Band 3

Christopher V Bacon

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Bacon is known for his litigation practice, in which he represents clients in governmental investigations and administrative proceedings brought under the National Labor Relations Act, OSHA and MSHA.

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Band 3

Thompson & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Fink "has a very good reputation" among his peers in the Texas labor and employment market. He is an experienced litigator, handling noncompete and other matters in court and agency hearings.

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Band 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Vanessa Griffith handles discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, as well as collective actions under FLSA. Sources know her as "a tremendous litigator and a really strong discrimination lawyer" and appreciate that "she is very pragmatic about her approach."

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Band 3

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven McCown handles matters relating to OSHA, labor relations and wage and hour class actions. He frequently represents clients from the construction, telecommunications and manufacturing industries.

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Band 3

Schaner Law Firm PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Dean Schaner of Schaner Law Firm PLLC has extensive knowledge of whistle-blower, harassment and discrimination claims. "His knowledge of the law is extensive," says a source; "he is at the top of his game."

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Band 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Drew Tipton focuses his practice on employment litigation, including unfair competition matters. Sources call him "personable and practical" as well as "very detailed and thorough."

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Band 3

Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani is described as "a very good lawyer" by sources. She regularly handles litigious employment matters and has specific expertise in OFCCP compliance.

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Band 3

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Wilson has experience in handling negotiations with unions, with knowledge of unfair labor practice claims. A commentator praises his abilities: "He was responsive, suggested innovative and creative ways to resolve the dispute, and has great judgment and instincts."

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Band 4

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Abcarian represents local government units and businesses in labor and employment. This includes compensation compliance matters and workplace safety claims.

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Band 4

Neel, Hooper & Banes, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Bryant Banes of Neel, Hooper & Banes, P.C. has experience in employment litigation, including government contract matters. Clients value that "he is innovative, responsive and cost-effective."

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Band 4

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sean Becker handles both noncontentious and litigious matters, including noncompetition and nonsolicitation cases. A client reports: "He is responsive, straightforward and very knowledgeable regarding employment matters."

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Band 4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Collins is described as "very knowledgeable" and handles discrimination, wage and hour and collective bargaining issues. A client values that "he stays on top of things when it comes to changes in the laws and regulations, and keeps the client aware of these changes."

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Band 4

Edward L Friedman

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Friedman represents companies in unfair competition and employee-raiding cases. Commentators state: "He has excellent knowledge of trade secret matters and he is an aggressive strategist."

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Band 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Katz of DLA Piper LLP (US) handles trade secret litigation, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, and employment discrimination issues. He is praised for "helping to bring a significant case to a successful resolution."

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Band 4

FisherBroyles LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Maslanka of FisherBroyles LLP handles employment litigation and advises employers on workplace procedures. He has defended employers against gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment and FMLA claims.

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Band 4

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Bryant McFall focuses his practice on the representation of clients from the hospitality industry. Sources describe him as "a great counseling and litigation strategist," praising his "breadth of subject matter expertise and very cost-effective representation." 

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Band 4

Scott R McLaughlin

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott McLaughlin of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP focuses on employment litigation, including the defense of collective and class actions. A peer notes that "he's got a nice noncompete practice and he's a good lawyer."

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Band 4

Michael D. McQueen

Kemp Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael McQueen has particular expertise in sexual harassment, age discrimination and retaliation cases. He also tries OSHA and unfair labor suits in state and federal courts.

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Band 4

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Theodore Meyer regularly represents employers in litigation against the EEOC and groups of plaintiffs. His client base includes companies in the technology and energy industries.

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Band 4

Michael D Mitchell

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Mitchell is experienced in employment litigation in both federal and state courts, and also represents clients at EEOC and OSHA hearings. Sources describe him as an "excellent relationship partner."

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Band 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stefanie Moll leads the department's Houston office and handles disputes relating to wage and hour, retaliation and sexual harassment claims. She is "a solid lawyer with a good reputation," according to peers.

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Band 4

Laura E O'Donnell

Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Laura O'Donnell primarily focuses on FLSA collective actions, as well as sexual harassment claims, EEOC claims and discrimination matters. She also has knowledge of claims made under Title VII.

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Band 4

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Roppolo has extensive experience in labor and employment litigation, including noncompete agreements and discrimination claims. He also advises companies on employment policy matters.

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Band 4

Shannon B Schmoyer

Schmoyer Reinhard LP

From the Chambers USA guide

Shannon Schmoyer of Schmoyer Reinhard LP focuses her practice on employment litigation, also providing training to employers. Clients report that "she is an experienced employment law trial attorney and she is very well respected in this area of practice."

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Band 4

Foley Gardere

From the Chambers USA guide

Rachel Steely of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP primarily focuses on unfair competition and wage and hour litigation. Sources report that "she is an excellent attorney in labor and employment law. She is a trusted ally who is well respected and knowledgeable."

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Band 4

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Temple of Reed Smith LLP regularly litigates termination, overtime and other employment matters, representing both companies and executives. Clients praise him for being "very knowledgeable, patient and easy to work with."

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Band 4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Watson specializes in wage and hour class and collective actions, as well as dealing with wrongful termination claims. A source calls him "my go-to employment law counsel. When I’m looking for a solution to a problem I haven’t encountered before, I am looking for someone with the knowledge and experience to recommend a course of action based on our collective good judgment. He is superb at this."

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Band 4

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tullos Wells has experience in handling investigations by regulatory bodies, government contracting and collective bargaining. A peer says: "For national employers, he is a top person."

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Band 4

Lon R Williams Jr

Polsinelli PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Lon Williams of Polsinelli PC provides employers with ongoing advice, including drafting confidentiality and noncompetition agreements and human resource policies. He is notable for his participation in professional bodies related to human resources.

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Up and Coming

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Becky Baker's practice covers whistle-blower protection, wage and hour issues and occupational health and safety. A source reports: "She is my go-to person for anything employment-related. She understands the needs of our business."

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Up and Coming

The Clifford Law Firm, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Dennis Clifford of The Clifford Law Firm, PLLC is seen as an up-and-coming lawyer in the field, with experience of class action lawsuits concerning unpaid wages. A source states: "He is quick to respond to any request, and knowledgeable about not only the law, but the tendencies of opposing counsel and the court."

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