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.
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.
Associate Atlanta
Partner Columbus
Partner Atlanta
Associate Columbus
Counsel Cincinnati
Associate Atlanta
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Columbus
Partner Los Angeles
Associate Washington, D.C.
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
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
Associate Los Angeles
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
Associate Denver
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 2018)
      • Band 2
    • Ohio: Band 1 (2007 to 2018)
      • Band 1
    • Texas (2014 to 2018)
      • Band 3
    • Recognized Practitioner in California (2018)
    • Recognized Practitioner in the District of Columbia (2018)
  • 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.
  • The Legal 500 United States:
    • Labor and Employment - Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design, Tier 5 (2018)
    • Labor and Employment - Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Transactional, Tier 5 (2018)
    • Labor and Employment - Immigration, Tier 4 (2018)
    • Labor and Employment - Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions): Defense, Tier 4 (2018)
    • Labor and Employment - Labor-Management Relations, Tier 3 (2018)
  • 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
[Gasp!] Epic Systems Decision Applies to FLSA Claims
August 17, 2018
No shocking outcome here. In Gaffers v. Kelly Services, Inc., Case No. 16-2210 (6th Cir. Aug. 15, 2016), the Sixth Circuit held that the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, 138 S. Ct. 1632 (2018) [which we blogged here]...
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Employment Class Action Blog
The California Supreme Court To Decide Whether California’s Labor Laws Apply To Employees Who Work Only Partially In California
August 16, 2018
For a company that does 100 percent of its business in California and employs workers who perform 100 percent of their work in California, it would not be surprising for the workers’ employment to be governed by California’s labor laws...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Changing the Competition – Massachusetts Enacts Comprehensive Non-compete Reform
By Shawn N. Butte
August 13, 2018
After nearly a decade of debate, Massachusetts has passed comprehensive legislation limiting the use of noncompetition agreements. Last Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker officially signed “An Act Relative to the Enforcement of Noncompetition...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Ninth Circuit Finds ERISA Fiduciary Duty Claims Not Arbitrable
By Gregory V. Mersol
August 13, 2018
But decision leaves open many questions . . . With the Supreme Court’s Epic Systems decision laying to rest many of the primary arguments used to avoid arbitration, case law continues to develop regarding how arbitration may apply for...
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Employment Class Action Blog
California State Court Rules That Loose Change Adds Up … and So Will the Penalties
By Jeffrey R. Vlasek
August 1, 2018
We’ve all been there: You pull up to a parking spot, hop out to check whether the meter requires payment on Sunday and then grumble as you fish around in the coin tray. With any luck, you find a quarter or two. More often than not...
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