With a pro-labor administration in the U.S. and global economic conditions creating unprecedented tension between companies and their employees around the world, our Labor-Management Relations Group is ideally positioned for what lies ahead given its distinguished history of representing management and working in all manner of labor relations situations on behalf of clients. When our clients have bargaining obligations, we assist by taking the lead in negotiations, drafting contract language and providing all necessary support to reach their goals, whether it's a routine situation or a complicated, sensitive and high-profile matter. One of the leading groups of labor relations practitioners in the world, we represent companies in every conceivable industry and excel at all aspects of the labor-management relationship – from advising employers in union organizing situations from their beginning up to and including secret ballot elections to conducting collective bargaining negotiations, as well as handling grievances, arbitrations and other matters that arise in the course of contract administration.
In the U.S., our lawyers frequently represent employers in all manner of proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in their efforts to secure emergency court injunctions against strikes or other forms of work interruptions under the Labor Management Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and similar state laws. Our legal prowess and understanding of both the management and labor positions – and the respect we have earned on both sides as a result – has given us a singular reputation in the business community.
Consistently ranked in the top tier by Chambers USA and called “the 800-pound gorilla of labor relations” and “perhaps the most outstanding labor law firm in the country” by US Legal 500, our lawyers are recognized across the board as having a stellar reputation for labor matters and being among the best practitioners in the field. Chambers USA further distinguished our Labor & Employment practice by selecting us as the winner of its prestigious 2012 “Award for Excellence.”
Areas of Focus
Contract Interpretation Issues
EFCA Advice and Counseling
Labor Advice in Corporate Transactions
Management Representation in Union Organizing Drives
National Labor Relations Act
Preventive Labor Relations and Training
Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations in the successful negotiation of a successor collective bargaining agreement with I.U.O.E., Locals 94, 94A and 94B, AFL-CIO. Local 94 represents approximately 6,000 stationary engineers in New York City commercial office buildings.
The National Basketball Association in its collective bargaining negotiations, lockout and prosecution and defense of unfair labor practice charges involving the National Basketball Players Association, as well as in its collective bargaining negotiations with the National Basketball Referees Association
Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, and EMI in negotiations with The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists