We are proud to defend employers in courts and tribunals across the nation in the full spectrum of employment litigation, ranging from complicated contract and fiduciary disputes with former executives and key employees to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims to wage and hour disputes to challenges to complex workforce reorganizations. Our trial lawyers have extensive experience litigating disputes under all of the major employment statutes, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as under all forms of state laws governing the employment relationship. More than simply knowing the law, we understand that litigation is a business problem. We work every day to provide prompt and practical advice designed to further our client’s business goals, whether that means vigorously taking a case to trial or developing a strategy to settle a dispute on the best possible terms.
First and foremost, we are accomplished trial lawyers who are comfortable defending our clients’ interests in the courtroom. We strive to understand and take early command of the facts to present a compelling story first to our adversary and our adversary’s counsel and then to the court, and, depending on the case, to the jury. With attention to detail and command of the law, we also are keenly focused on ways to take a case out of a jury’s hand through early dismissal. We are at home in the courtroom, having tried cases and handled complex disputes in virtually every state in the country and beyond. We stand ready and able to assist employers whether they face an age discrimination case in Pennsylvania, an executive termination dispute in Texas, or a wage and hour claim in California. We also have particular experience representing clients in the energy, food services, healthcare, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries.
While always ready for the challenges of the courtroom, we recognize that disputes are often won or lost before a lawsuit is ever filed. Accordingly, we are very experienced in handling or advising on complex internal investigations into harassment and retaliation allegations, as well as violations of corporate codes of conduct and potential corporate malfeasance. We also guide employers through investigations and audits initiated by all agencies that regulate the workplace, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, and Internal Revenue Service. Our goal in any pre-litigation dispute is not only to avoid any liability or damages for our client but also to minimize the often significant impact that litigation can have on a business’ finite resources. We are particularly proud of our track record in helping our clients avoid widespread governmental investigations and potential class or collective actions by recognizing and solving problems early.
Our attorneys have particular expertise in representing international corporations in managing their risks in a legal system very different from those abroad. Combined with our Employer Counseling practice, we develop proactive strategies to ensure that our international clients understand the risks of operating business across borders and develop ways to minimize their “road team disadvantage.”