Employment

Overview

"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
Partner Orlando
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Columbus
Counsel Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Associate New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Houston
Staff Attorney Houston
Associate Columbus
Partner Costa Mesa
Partner New York
Of Counsel Houston
Associate Columbus
Partner Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
Associate Chicago
Partner Columbus
Associate Cleveland
Counsel Columbus
Partner Houston
Partner Columbus
Associate Columbus
Partner Los Angeles
Associate New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner Houston
Associate New York
Associate Columbus
Associate Houston
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Columbus
Partner Atlanta
Associate Columbus
Counsel Cincinnati
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Columbus
Partner Los Angeles
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Counsel Los Angeles
Counsel Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Partner Columbus
Associate Los Angeles
Associate Orlando
Associate Chicago
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Cleveland
Associate Washington, D.C.
Associate Orlando
Associate Seattle
Partner Orlando
Partner Chicago
Partner Orlando
Associate Columbus
Partner Houston
Associate Los Angeles
Partner Cleveland
Partner Columbus
Associate Columbus
Partner New York
Partner Los Angeles
Associate New York
Counsel Denver
Associate Orlando
Counsel Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Partner Los Angeles
Partner Orlando
Associate New York
Partner Chicago
Partner Houston
Staff Attorney Columbus
Partner Houston
Partner New York
Associate Houston
Partner Cleveland
Partner Columbus
Counsel Philadelphia
Partner Cleveland
Partner Cleveland
Partner Atlanta

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Labor & Employment
    • Florida (2007 to 2017)
    • Ohio: Band 1 (2007 to 2017)
    • Texas (2014 to 2017)
    • Recognized Practitioner in California (2017)
    • Recognized Practitioner in the District of Columbia (2017)
  • Recognized as one of the top law firms for client service, we were named to the 2018 BTI Client Service 30 for the fourth consecutive year.
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" (2017)
    • Employment Law - Management: National Tier 1
    • Labor Law - Management: National Tier 1
    • Litigation - Labor & Employment: National Tier 1
  • Law360 Class Action "Practice Group of the Year" (2014)
  • 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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Employment Class Action Blog
Off-the-Clock Cases Stumble
By Gregory V. Mersol
April 9, 2018
In virtually every case, so-called off-the-clock disputes come down to the situations of individuals rather than classwide conduct. An employee may claim that a night supervisor told them not to record time after midnight. An individual...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Supreme Court Exemption Decision Could Have Broader Repercussions
By David A. Grant
April 2, 2018
Need FLSA exemptions be narrowly construed? On April 2, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision on the issue of whether the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) exemption for those selling or servicing automobiles at car...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Who Decides the Availability of Class Arbitration? Second Circuit’s Analysis Is a Bit Murky in Wells Fargo Advisors Cases
March 9, 2018
For years, courts have struggled with who decides the availability of class arbitration and the applicable standards. We most recently addressed the thorny issues in a March 23, 2016, blog post. Unfortunately, a recent Second Circuit...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Independent Contractor Trucker Class Action that Dodged FAA Arbitration Now Moves to the Supreme Court
February 28, 2018
As we await the Supreme Court’s decision on the enforceability of class action waivers, the Court has accepted certiorari on another arbitration-related case, this one relating to the application of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to the...
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Employment Law Spotlight
UPDATE: The Second Circuit Finds Title VII Protects Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination
February 27, 2018
As we discussed in our May 22, 2017 blog post, the Second Circuit agreed to hold an en banc hearing to determine whether an estate for a gay man, who alleged he was terminated as a result of a customer complaint related to his sexual...
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