Employment Litigation Defense & Labor Law


PRACTICE AREA ATTORNEYS
STEVEN I. ADLER (Co-Chair)
DENNIS J. ALESSI (Co-Chair)
ARLA D. CAHILL
MARTIN D. HAUPTMAN
MARA P. CODEY
LAUREN X. TOPELSOHN (Counsel)
MICHAEL L. KALMUS (Counsel)
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Our Labor and Employment Practice Group offers businesses and managers a comprehensive range of labor and employment law services. While it is always our objective to keep clients out of litigation by regularly consulting them on their personnel policies and practices, our lawyers have the expertise, experience and resources to handle any litigated employment law matter and any union issue that may arise.

Toward that end, we work with employers to ensure their compliance with wage and hour statutes, the FMLA, ADA, and COBRA. Our services include:
  • Drafting personnel policies and employee handbooks.
  • Counseling managers on hiring and termination decisions.
  • Conducting pre-litigation investigations of suspected discrimination or harassment.
  • Providing disparate impact studies to facilitate reductions in force.
Employment Law Counseling and Human Resources Consulting

We take a proactive approach to counseling employers in an effort to avoid problems before they occur.

We also regularly conduct state-of-the art, interactive training sessions for business owners, managers and/or rank and file employees on a wide variety of employment law topics, such as:
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Diversity and Workplace Discrimination
  • Performance Management
  • Union Avoidance
  • HIPAA Compliance

In fact, to obtain the most defensible position against litigation, many of our clients seek our advice before their human resources decisions are made.

The dynamic training we provide, coupled with personnel policies that comply with the current legal requirements, has allowed us to well-position our clients in today’s litigious workplace.

Specifically, we have defended businesses and managers against the full array of employment claims, including:
  • Race, disability, religious, pregnancy and other discrimination claims.
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Wage and hour violations
  • ERISA violations
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Defamation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Intentional Torts
  • Emotional Distress
  • Whisteblower
  • Breach of Contract
  • Employment tort cases
Employment Litigation Defense
We also regularly represent businesses in cases involving:
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Employee disloyalty and theft
  • Independent Contractors
  • Restrictive covenant, non-competition, and privacy issues

As defense counsel for employers, we have litigated hundreds of employment cases to successful conclusion in federal and state courts and in administrative tribunals.

In addition to the successful results we have achieved for our business clients on summary judgment, we also have an impressive record at trial.

Occasionally, regardless of preventive measures taken, a business may confront claims by a present or former employee that can result in costly and time-consuming litigation. To best position your business to minimize the impact of such litigation, and to resolve such disputes expeditiously, the involvement of seasoned employment law defense counsel is imperative.

Our employment litigation practice also includes:
  • The enforcement of noncompetition, anti-solicitation and confidentiality agreements.
  • The representation of employers before the Department of Labor in wage and hour matters, and before the EEOC and DCR on administrative charges.

While we are proud of the reputation we have earned as aggressive and skilled advocates, the key to our success has been our pragmatic approach toward the defense of employment litigation. As seasoned employment defense counsel, we recognize the need, in all cases, for expeditious assessment of the merits, strategies, and potential damages. We understand that these assessments are important to in-house legal counsel, business owners and insurance carriers, who appreciate our analysis, budgets, and regular communications regarding significant developments and updates.

Traditional Labor

In the area of traditional labor law, our attorneys represent employers in union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, arbitration, strike and picket line issues, as well as NLRB proceedings.