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In what has become one of the fastest growing areas of the law, our Employment Law Department thrives by taking a highly pragmatic approach to the increasingly complex issues facing today’s employers. Ever-mindful of the onerous costs of employment litigation—costs that go beyond the financial ramifications to encompass a range of emotional, reputational, and public relations issues as well—our attorneys go to great lengths to help our clients avoid them.
To that end, we help design and implement effective employee relations policies and practices that minimize the risk of litigation while accommodating the real business needs of our clients. We counsel clients as to how to avoid litigation or position themselves for a successful conclusion if a dispute arises. When a dispute becomes inevitable, we have the resources and experience to see it through to its most expedient, cost-effective resolution, whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation. Our experience in trying many cases to a successful conclusion gives us an advantage in assisting clients in the discovery stages of litigation and advising clients about forcing adversaries to consider possible resolutions both before and during litigation.
Our practice is rooted in a thorough understanding, not just of employment law, but also of the business issues facing our clients. While other firms may tend toward a formalistic analysis of legal issues, our lawyers seek—and our clients appreciate—a more practical application of the law to business problems. This has led to a remarkable number of deep, long-term relationships in which our clients regard us as trusted partners who consistently add substantial value to their businesses. Even in litigation, we look beyond the possible outcomes to the potential implications of those outcomes—to employees, to management, to the company’s reputation, and to the business as a whole.
We staff our matters with an unusual efficiency, favoring small teams with extensive partner involvement. Taking this approach, which is effective both strategically and in controlling costs, we regularly face the full range of employment matters that arise, including:
Since many of our clients do business in multiple jurisdictions, and given that employment laws vary widely from state to state and country to country, we regularly draw on our membership in the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), a 50-state, 110-nation affiliation of the most highly-regarded employment firms in their respective markets. Through this exceptionally effective alliance, we can assure our clients of the highest level of service in every jurisdiction.