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
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
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
James R. Morrison Associate Seattle
Patrick M. Muldowney Partner Orlando
Ronald S. Okada Partner Chicago
Rosemary O'Shea Partner Orlando
Travis I. Owsley Staff Attorney Columbus
Michael Parente Staff Attorney Cleveland
Lisa H. Pennington Partner Houston
David A. Posner Partner Cleveland
Matthew L. Roberts Partner Columbus
Kathryn A. Rosenbaum Associate Columbus
Paul Rosenberg Partner New York
Margaret Rosenthal Partner Los Angeles
Jacqlyn Rovine Associate New York
Lindsay P. Sadlowski Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Nathan A. Schacht Counsel Denver
Ashley M. Schachter Associate Orlando
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" (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
Proposed Legislation That Could Impact Class Action Litigation and Arbitration – The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 and the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017
March 16, 2017
Two new pieces of proposed legislation could, if passed, change the architecture and requirements of class actions and outlaw mandatory arbitration clauses in employment and consumer contracts. But neither is a sure thing. Vocal critics as...
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Employment Law Spotlight
A Shift Toward Employers?
March 9, 2017
As most employers are now aware, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, or the “Board”) in recent years has adopted more restrictive, non-employer-friendly approaches to what it will permit in workplace policies. These rules have been...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Arbitrating PAGA Claims: The Ninth Circuit Compels It in the Valdez Case
March 8, 2017
So much case law has come down in the past several years regarding California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) – and its ability to withstand class and representative action waivers – that observers might have overestimated PAGA’s...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Court Decertifies Class Challenging Timekeeping Practices
February 27, 2017
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Employment Class Action Blog
Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Class Claims Due to Limited EEOC Charge
February 22, 2017
Disparate impact cases are different in kind from the far more common disparate treatment claims that are the staple of single-plaintiff discrimination cases. Disparate treatment claims, of course, are ones in which an employee contends...
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