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 Denver
Associate New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Houston
Staff Attorney Houston
Associate Columbus
Partner Costa Mesa
Partner New York
Of Counsel Houston
Associate Orlando
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
Associate Los Angeles
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 Orlando
Partner Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
Partner Cleveland
Partner Columbus
Partner Columbus
Associate Los Angeles
Associate Orlando
Associate Chicago
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Cleveland
Associate Washington, D.C.
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
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
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
Tenth Circuit Finds Massage Therapy Students to Be Just That – Students
November 15, 2018
Once thought to be the next wave of wage-and-hour cases, suits involving interns and students have tended to founder because most training programs are intended to train rather than to provide employment. We’ve blogged about issues like...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Another bill aimed at employee arbitration agreements – this time to nullify Epic Systems
By John B. Lewis
November 6, 2018
On Oct. 30, 2018, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., together with 58 Democratic cosponsors, introduced the Restoring Justice for Workers Act, H.R. 7109 H.R. 7109. Unlike some earlier bills, this proposed legislation...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Tenth Circuit Refers Au Pairs' Class Claims to Arbitration
By Gregory V. Mersol
November 5, 2018
“Well, They Gave Me the Agreement in My Own Language, but I Still Didn’t Understand the English Version” doesn’t work. The Federal Arbitration Act will turn 100 in the next few years, but despite more than nine decades of litigation, some...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Do Daubert standards apply at the certification stage? Ninth Circuit splits with itself
By Gregory V. Mersol
November 2, 2018
It is fitting that the day after Halloween the Ninth Circuit issued its denial of rehearing en banc in Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center, Case No. 15-56460, because the issue it raises, like Michael Myers in the Halloween movie...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Yet Another Opinion Addresses the Availability of Class or Collective Arbitration and Whether It Is a ‘Gateway Issue' for the Court – Herrington v. Waterstone Mortgage Corp.
By John B. Lewis
October 25, 2018
We didn’t expect to be discussing class or collective arbitration issues so soon, but we have repeatedly underestimated the resilience of these aggregate arbitration questions. (See our Nov. 11, 2013, March 12, 2015, Sept. 9, 2015, March...
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