Employment

"Very client-oriented, and a strong talent in the labor and employment arena."

– Chambers USA 2012

BakerHostetler’s Employment and Labor practice represents employers in all facets and at all stages of employment and labor relations. Our lawyers routinely confront some of the most challenging issues facing employers in the modern workplace, and they bring those experiences to clients both large and small and in a variety of industries.

Our clients value the collaborative, client-centered focus that is the foundation of our approach to achieving successful outcomes, whether in settlement, mediation, or litigation. We continuously consult with our clients on all technical and strategic decision making at every phase of the case. Our lawyers' solutions are aligned with our clients' business objectives. As one client told U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" this year, "Over 20 years, I have found this firm to be a very knowledgeable, creative and responsive counsel for labor and employment law issues." (This comment appears on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" website at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.)

Equally important, our BakerHostetler team works together seamlessly, tapping the experience of more than 70 Employment and Labor lawyers coast to coast, and the broader circle of nearly 900 colleagues across the firm who have extensive experience in a full spectrum of areas that affect our business clients. We collaborate habitually and continuously, without adding transaction costs, getting more done in fewer hours. It has been said that we operate with a "High degree of responsiveness; a well-run team. Their major strength is institutional knowledge of the industry coupled with prompt personal service at rates that are much lower than comparable big city national firms." – Chambers & Partners interviewee

"The firm is intuitive and proactive, and dedicates the resources and time necessary to help us develop and maintain a positive labor relations environment, while positioning us to prevail when arbitrations or litigations arise." – Chambers USA 2013

Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Joyce Ackerbaum Cox Partner Orlando
Michelle B. Anselmo Partner Cleveland
Marc A. Antonetti Partner Washington, D.C.
M.J. Asensio Partner Columbus
Elliot S. Azoff Partner Cleveland
Erica L. Berencsi Associate Washington, D.C.
Mary Price Birk Partner Denver
J. David Bournazian Partner Costa Mesa
Gilbert P. Brosky Partner Cleveland
Damon M. Brown Staff Attorney Los Angeles
Ethan D. Carlyle Associate Houston
Ryan A. Cates Staff Attorney Columbus
Joseph L. Chairez Partner Costa Mesa
Tracy Cole Partner New York
Hurlie H. Collier Partner Houston
S. Jeanine Conley Partner New York
Tiffany L. Cummins Associate Orlando
Sima L. Cutler Staff Attorney Columbus
Lindsey D'Andrea Associate Columbus
Todd A. Dawson Partner Cleveland
Joseph C. Devine Partner Columbus
R. Christopher Doyle Partner Columbus
Dennis P. Duffy Partner Houston
Jennifer E. Edwards Counsel Columbus
Tracey L. Ellerson Partner Orlando
Samuel E. Endicott Associate Columbus
Fanny A. Ferdman Associate New York
Peter G. Fischer Associate Washington, D.C.
Charles J. French III Partner Cleveland
Edward L. Friedman Partner Houston
David A. Grant Partner Washington, D.C.
Joel C. Griswold Partner Chicago
Ellen Shadur Gross Partner Los Angeles
Daniel J. Guttman Partner Columbus
Sarah F. Hanafin Staff Attorney Orlando
Jeremiah L. Hart Associate Columbus
William H. Hawkins II Counsel Cincinnati
Ronald L. Hellbusch Staff Attorney Denver
Diamond M. Hicks Associate Los Angeles
David G. Holcombe Partner Cincinnati
Matthew W. Hoyt Partner Columbus
Nancy Inesta Partner Los Angeles
Dawn Kennedy Associate Los Angeles
Ronald J. Klepetar Of Counsel Los Angeles
Jay P. Krupin Partner Washington, D.C.
Caroline M. Landt Staff Attorney Orlando
Todd H. Lebowitz Partner Cleveland
John B. Lewis Partner Cleveland
Ronald G. Linville Partner Columbus
Michael J. Lombardino Associate Houston
Vartan S. Madoyan Associate Los Angeles
Richard S. Mandelson Partner Denver
John C. McIlwee Associate Chicago
M. Scott McIntyre Partner Cincinnati
Gregory V. Mersol Partner Cleveland
Marilyn G. Moran Counsel Orlando
Patrick M. Muldowney Partner Orlando
Ronald S. Okada Partner Chicago
Rosemary O'Shea Partner Orlando
Michelle D. Pector Partner Houston
Lisa H. Pennington Partner Houston
Kathleen M. Portman Associate Columbus
David A. Posner Partner Cleveland
Matthew L. Roberts Partner Columbus
Laura J. Robinson Associate Washington, D.C.
Paul Rosenberg Associate New York
Margaret Rosenthal Partner Los Angeles
Jacqlyn Rovine Associate New York
Ana S. Salper Partner New York
Nathan A. Schacht Associate Denver
Laura Scully Associate New York
James W. Seegers Staff Attorney Orlando
Paula F. Seger Counsel Cleveland
Thomas M. Seger Partner Cleveland
Sabrina L. Shadi Partner Los Angeles
Kevin W. Shaughnessy Partner Orlando
Melissa A. Siebert Partner Chicago
Rachel M. Smith Partner Houston
S. Shawn Stephens Partner Houston
Stephen C. Sutton Partner Cleveland
Drew B. Tipton Partner Houston
Amy J. Traub Partner New York
Cody T. Vasut Associate Houston
Jeffrey R. Vlasek Associate Cleveland
David A. Whitcomb Partner Columbus
Jeffrey T. Williams Partner Cleveland
Leah A. Williams Associate Cleveland
Martin T. Wymer Partner Cleveland

Recognition

  • CBaker Hostetlerhambers USA 2013 ranks BakerHostetler’s Employment practice among the leading practices in Ohio and Florida.
  • Chambers USA 2013 ranks 11 BakerHostetler Employment partners among our Florida, New York, Ohio, and Texas offices.
  • BakerHostetler received a 2014 “Best Law Firms” National Tier 1 Ranking in the area of Employment Law - Management from U.S. News – Best Lawyers®.
  • Twenty-two partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in various employment-related fields.
    Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC.
  • 2013 “Go-To Law Firm” for Labor & Employment by general counsel featured in Corporate Counsel® and The American Lawyer magazines.
  • Ranked among the Top Employment Law firms by Workforce Management Magazine.
  • The Lawdragon/Human Resource Executive list of the nation's top 100 employment lawyers includes two members of the team, with one additional attorney named among the nation's top 10 labor lawyers.
  • Employment lawyers have received special regional recognition in Florida Trend's “Legal Elite" publication.
  • Numerous partners have been certified as employment law specialists by their respective state bar associations.

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