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 more than 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 "They are practical and innovative problem solvers. They work together well as a team, especially in cross-selling the abilities of other firm members. It's a great culture." - Chambers USA 2014

"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
Mary Price Birk Partner Denver
J. David Bournazian Partner Costa Mesa
Gilbert P. Brosky Partner Cleveland
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 Of Counsel Houston
S. Jeanine Conley Partner New York
Sima L. Cutler Staff Attorney Columbus
Lindsey D'Andrea Associate Columbus
Todd A. Dawson Partner Cleveland
Joseph C. Devine Partner Columbus
Dustin M. Dow Associate Cleveland
R. Christopher Doyle Counsel Columbus
Dennis P. Duffy Partner Houston
Jennifer E. Edwards Counsel Columbus
Samuel E. Endicott Associate Columbus
Fanny A. Ferdman Associate New York
Peter G. Fischer Associate Washington, D.C.
Charles J. French III Partner Cleveland
Barri L. Friedland Staff Attorney Los Angeles
Edward L. Friedman Partner Houston
David A. Grant Partner Washington, D.C.
Joel C. Griswold Partner Chicago
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
Laura R. Kaufman Associate Washington, D.C.
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
Zaher Lopez Associate Los Angeles
Vartan S. Madoyan Associate Los Angeles
Richard S. Mandelson Partner Denver
Meagan Martin Associate Orlando
John C. McIlwee Associate Chicago
M. Scott McIntyre Partner Cincinnati
Virginia Medina Counsel Cleveland
Gregory V. Mersol Partner Cleveland
Patrick M. Muldowney Partner Orlando
Ronald S. Okada Partner Chicago
Bryan M. O'Keefe Associate Washington, D.C.
Rosemary O'Shea Partner Orlando
Michelle D. Pector Partner Houston
Lisa H. Pennington Partner Houston
David A. Posner Partner Cleveland
Matthew L. Roberts Partner Columbus
Paul Rosenberg Partner New York
Margaret Rosenthal Partner Los Angeles
Jacqlyn Rovine Associate New York
Ana S. Salper Partner New York
Nathan A. Schacht Associate Denver
Gregory R. Schmitz Associate Orlando
Carolina A. Schwalbach Associate Los Angeles
James W. Seegers Staff Attorney Orlando
Paula F. Seger Counsel Cleveland
Thomas M. Seger Partner Cleveland
Adam R. Seldon Associate New York
Sabrina L. Shadi Partner Los Angeles
Kevin W. Shaughnessy Partner Orlando
Melissa A. Siebert Partner Chicago
Rachel M. Smith Partner Houston
Drew B. Tipton Partner Houston
Amy J. Traub Partner New York
Cody T. Vasut Associate Houston
Jeffrey R. Vlasek Partner Cleveland
David A. Whitcomb Partner Columbus
Jeffrey T. Williams Partner Cleveland
Leah A. Williams Counsel Cleveland
Martin T. Wymer Partner Cleveland

Recognition

  • Chambers USA 2014
    • Employment practice among the leading practices in Florida, Ohio, and Texas.
    • Thirteen partners ranked among our Florida, New York, Ohio, and Texas offices.
  • “Best Law Firms 2014: National Tier 1 Ranking in the area of Employment Law - Management from U.S. News – Best Lawyers®.
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2014: Twenty-two partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in various employment-related fields.
  • Corporate Counsel® and The American Lawyer magazines "Go-to Law Firm” for Labor & Employment by general counsel (2013) 
  • Workforce Management Magazine: Top Employment Law Firms
  • The Lawdragon/Human Resource Executive list of the Nation's Top Employment Attorneys includes three members of the team in their Top 100 list, with one additional attorney named among the nation's top 20 labor lawyers.
  • Florida Trend “Legal Elite"
  • Numerous partners have been certified as employment law specialists by their respective state bar associations.

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