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 Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Associate Denver
Associate Houston
Associate New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Columbus
Associate Columbus
Partner New York
Associate Orlando
Partner Columbus
Partner Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
Associate Chicago
Partner Columbus
Associate Cleveland
Partner Houston
Partner Columbus
Partner Columbus
Partner Los Angeles
Counsel New York
Associate Los Angeles
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner Houston
Associate New York
Associate Columbus
Associate Houston
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Chicago
Associate Atlanta
Partner Columbus
Associate Atlanta
Associate Los Angeles
Partner Atlanta
Associate Columbus
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Columbus
Partner Los Angeles
Associate Washington, D.C.
Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Staff Attorney Atlanta
Associate Atlanta
Partner Washington, D.C.
Counsel Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Partner Columbus
Partner Costa Mesa
Associate Los Angeles
Associate Orlando
Associate Chicago
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Cleveland
Associate Washington, D.C.
Associate Seattle
Partner Orlando
Associate Columbus
Associate Los Angeles
Associate Los Angeles
Partner Cleveland
Partner Columbus
Partner New York
Partner Los Angeles
Counsel Denver
Associate Orlando
Partner Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Partner Los Angeles
Partner Orlando
Associate New York
Partner Houston
Staff Attorney Columbus
Partner Houston
Partner New York
Associate Cleveland
Associate Houston
Partner Cleveland
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)
  • 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.
  • Recognized as one of the top law firms for client service, BakerHostetler was named to the 2019 BTI Client Service 30 for the fifth consecutive year.

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Employment Law Spotlight
The DOL’s Highly Anticipated Rule to Increase the Minimum Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemptions is Officially Open for Public Comment
March 22, 2019
On March 22, 2019, the DOL announced the official publication of its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Registrar and the commencement of the 60-day period for public comments. All public comments on the proposed new rule must be...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Arbitration for Transportation Workers? The Anticipated Push To Expand the FAA Exemption
March 12, 2019
As we indicated in a January 17, 2019 blog article, the New Prime v. Oliveira, 139 S. Ct. 532 (2019), opinion was likely to lead to uncertainty in the transportation industry. Some imaginative commentators even forecast that the Federal...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Fifth Circuit Addresses Notices of Collective Action for Those Who Signed Arbitration Agreements Requiring Only Individual Claims
By John B. Lewis
February 25, 2019
The intersection of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action procedures and employee arbitration agreements waiving aggregate actions has led to differing approaches among the district courts. In JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Case No...
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Employment Law Spotlight
NYC Guidance For Discrimination Based on Hair and Hairstyles
February 25, 2019
Last week, the NYC Commission on Human Rights issued legal enforcement guidance on racial discrimination on the basis of hair under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The guidance indicates that natural hair or hairstyles are...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Another Court Rejects Class Claims Contending That Vocational Students Are Really Employees
By Gregory V. Mersol
February 22, 2019
In yet another challenge regarding the employment status of students and interns as employees, the Second Circuit has concluded quite rightfully that vocational students – even those at for-profit institutions – are still students. We’ve...
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