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Work with the Best: Labor and Employment

Who we are

When you work with us, you become part of the number one labor & employment practice in the United States. We have a deep bench of talented lawyers who have a full understanding of every aspect of labor, employment and employee benefits law.

Learn from the very best mentors in the industry who have a wealth of experience in the intricacies of workplace law. Our lawyers include some of the country’s foremost authorities in our field. This unparalleled knowledge, coupled with our strong business sense, enables us to provide our clients with great strategic insight and positive results.

While working with Proskauer, you will handle matters around the country, and work together with team members across our U.S. offices in Boca Raton, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Newark and Washington, D.C., as well as internationally with our leading European practices in London and Paris.

What we do

Associates starting out in the department have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of labor, employment and employee benefits law matters, from day-to-day counseling, to negotiations, to sophisticated litigation at the local, state, federal and appellate level.

Labor: Come take a seat at the collective bargaining table for some of the most high-profile labor negotiations. Long considered the leading firm for traditional labor-management relations disputes, we cover every aspect of labor law across a variety of industries.

Employment: Gain unique insight as the cornerstones of employment law such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and a host of other new legislation and regulations are considered, shaped and debated. Our lawyers also have particular experience in the complex field of class and collective actions.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group: Join one of the largest and most prominent national practices of its type. Learn from our deep experience in advising clients the full range of employee benefits issue in the context of business transactions, executive compensation, fiduciary/plan investments, single-employer compliance, multiemployer plan representation, health and welfare plan representation, tax-exempt institutions and ERISA litigation. 

Trial experience: Looking to get into the courtroom? We represent clients involved in seminal and precedent-setting cases. Our lawyers have extensive “first chair” experience in the courtroom and a strong record of success before juries, judges, arbitrators and other tribunals.

Class/collective action: Proskauer is the place to be for class and collective action work. We work on class action matters in connection with discrimination, wage and hour, and ERISA claims, and are well versed in their defense and successful resolution. Our team tried and won one of the very few wage and hour collective action cases to ever go to trial.

Whistleblowing & retaliation: Matters involving whistleblowers have been making headlines around the country. Our whistleblowing practice has emerged as a center of knowledge and experience for our clients, counseling on and defending and preventing against whistleblower litigation in the U.S. and internationally.

Non-compete and trade secrets: Interested in non-competition and trade secret matters? We are one of the few law firms to have a dedicated non-compete and trade secrets practice, and have handled literally hundreds of non-compete and trade secrets matters, including a number of complex litigations.

Immigration: We have substantial business visa experience and provide guidance on the full range of issues affecting international businesses, high net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs. Join a team that regularly prepares successful petitions for extraordinary scientists, doctors, coaches and artists, and obtains national interest waivers for researchers.

Recognition

  • Ranked in the first tier by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500 United States, The Legal 500 Paris, U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"
  • Named a "Go-To Law Firm" in labor and employment law, labor litigation and contracts litigation by ALM's In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies
  • More lawyers named to Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon’s list of the “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” than any other firm

Areas of Focus

  • Appellate
  • California Employment Law 

  • Class & Collective Actions

  • Disability, Accommodations & Leave Management
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Employment Litigation & Arbitration
  • ERISA Litigation
  • French & EU Employment
  • Government Contractor Compliance
  • Hiring & Background Checks
  • Immigration
  • International Labor & Employment
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Non-Compete & Trade Secrets
  • Policies, Handbooks & Training
  • Public Sector Labor Law
  • Strategic Corporate Planning
  • Terminations, Reductions in Force and WARN Act
  • Wage & Hour Compliance
  • Whistleblowing & Retaliation

Representative Matters

  • Representing Creative Artists Agency in its breach of contract claims against United Talent Agency and a group of defecting agents.
  • Represented New Jersey Transit in its successful negotiations to avoid a transit strike that would have affected more than 100,000 daily riders.

  • Represented more companies in class actions challenging unpaid internships than any firm in the country, including the precedent setting win where the Second Circuit adopted our position in its entirety and rejected the standards for determining “employee” status under the FLSA that were advocated by both the plaintiffs and the Department of Labor. Clients include: Fox Group, Inc., Condé Nast, Barneys, Marvel Entertainment, Donna Karan, Gawker Media, ICM Partners, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Sony Music, CBS and others.

  • Successfully handled three individual cases for McDonald’s, which started as purported class action, claiming race, national origin, religion and age discrimination.

  • Go-to labor counsel to the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and Women's National Basketball Association; have handled class actions and collective bargaining – including the resolution of high-profile lockouts.

  • Resulting in a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court, we represented Amgen in an ERISA class action lawsuit, first filed in 2007, which alleged that fiduciaries of the Amgen 401(k) Plan breached their fiduciary duties.

  • Obtained dismissal of whistleblower lawsuit brought by a BAE Systems regional manager who worked on a Department of Defense contract in Afghanistan.

  • Serve as employee benefits counsel to numerous companies including McGraw Hill Financial, Citigroup Inc., Reed Elsevier and General Mills.

  • Serve as go-to labor counsel for The New York Times Company for more than 20 years.

  • Representing Bank of America in a pay equity ‘bro’s club’ class action.

  • Represented Yahoo! Inc.’s Compensation Committee in the hiring of Marissa Mayer from Google as its new CEO.

  • Regularly counsel and handle litigation for various AmLaw100 Firms involving departing lawyers and former clients; disputes among partners; and litigation involving employees (including discrimination, harassment and whistleblower suits).