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
Marc A. Antonetti Partner Washington, D.C.
Corey P. Argust Associate Washington, D.C.
M.J. Asensio Partner Columbus
Porsche D. Austin Counsel Atlanta
Elliot S. Azoff Partner Cleveland
Eric L. Barnum Partner Atlanta
Jeffrey C. Bils Associate Los Angeles
Mary Price Birk Partner Denver
Daniel R. Birnbaum Associate Washington, D.C.
Gilbert P. Brosky Partner Cleveland
Louis J. Cannon Associate Washington, D.C.
Ethan D. Carlyle Associate Houston
Ryan A. Cates Associate Columbus
Joseph L. Chairez Partner Costa Mesa
Tracy Cole Partner New York
Hurlie H. Collier Of Counsel Houston
Lindsey D'Andrea Associate Columbus
Todd A. Dawson Partner Cleveland
Bonnie Keane DelGobbo Associate Chicago
Joseph C. Devine Partner Columbus
Dustin M. Dow Associate Cleveland
R. Christopher Doyle Counsel Columbus
Dennis P. Duffy Partner Houston
Jennifer E. Edwards Partner Columbus
Samuel E. Endicott Associate Columbus
Shareef Farag Counsel Los Angeles
Fanny A. Ferdman Associate New York
Peter G. Fischer Partner Washington, D.C.
Charles J. French III Partner Cleveland
Edward L. Friedman Partner Houston
Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo Associate New York
Amanda L. Godzinski Associate Columbus
Ashlee C. Grant Associate Houston
David A. Grant Partner Washington, D.C.
Joel C. Griswold Partner Chicago
Daniel J. Guttman Partner Columbus
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.
Jay P. Krupin Partner Washington, D.C.
Julie Kwun Counsel Los Angeles
Caroline M. Landt Counsel Orlando
Todd H. Lebowitz Partner Cleveland
James D. Levine Partner Atlanta
John B. Lewis Partner Cleveland
Kelline R. Linton Associate Houston
Ronald G. Linville Partner Columbus
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
Mary C. Miller Associate Orlando
Patrick M. Muldowney Partner Orlando
Ronald S. Okada Partner Chicago
Rosemary O'Shea Partner Orlando
Travis I. Owsley Staff Attorney Columbus
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
Lindsay P. Sadlowski Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Ashley M. Schachter Associate Orlando
Miriam Schimmel Counsel Los Angeles
Ryan T. Sears Associate Washington, D.C.
James W. Seegers Counsel Orlando
Thomas M. Seger Partner Cleveland
Sabrina L. Shadi Partner Los Angeles
Kevin W. Shaughnessy Partner Orlando
Saima Z. Sheikh Associate New York
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
Christian R. White Counsel Philadelphia
Jeffrey T. Williams Partner Cleveland
Martin T. Wymer Partner Cleveland

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Labor & Employment
    • Florida (2007 to 2016)
    • Ohio: Band 1 (2007 to 2016)
    • Texas (2014 to 2016)
  • BTI Client Service 30: BakerHostetler advanced 19 positions to #9 (2016)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" (2016)
    • Employment Law - Management: National Tier 1
    • Labor Law - Management: National Tier 1
    • Litigation - Labor & Employment: National Tier 1
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016)
    • 1 lawyer named in Civil Rights Law
    • 17 lawyers named in Employment Law - Management
    • 16 lawyers named in Labor Law - Management
    • 12 lawyers named in Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • 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
Justices to Consider Arbitration Agreements With Class Waivers – The End of the Beginning?
January 17, 2017
Apologies to Winston Churchill,[1] but the conflict over the enforcement of arbitration agreements with class waivers has become an ongoing legal and ideological struggle. Some view individual arbitration as a quicker and less costly means...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Probationary Periods: A Window Worth Closing
January 10, 2017
Probationary periods are a tool long used to test the viability of job candidates. They can provide a window into an employee’s suitability and qualifications for a position. In an economy that continues to have high unemployment, recent...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New Year, New Minimum Wage (Orders) in New York
January 3, 2017
As most employers are likely aware, effective Dec. 31, 2016, new minimum wages went into effect in New York. The rates vary for employers, depending on size and location. For those who may have missed this change, the new minimum wages are...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Third Circuit Rejects Procedural Runarounds to Appeal Decertification of FLSA Collective Action
December 27, 2016
What’s good for the goose … We’ve written many times in this blog about the two-step procedure used by many courts in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) cases in collective actions. The first step is to provide notice to the proposed class...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Los Angeles Joins Ban the Box Movement
December 27, 2016
Los Angeles has become the latest city to ban private employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before offering a job. With its , the city joins San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and about two dozen other cities...
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