Members of the Traditional Labor practice bring nearly 100 years of practice in all phases of labor law.  In Union organizing drives, we have handled both the campaign issues and the representation issues before the National Labor Relations Board to determine election eligibility and what constitutes an appropriate bargaining unit for the election, if any.  Our group also brings significant experience in collective bargaining and meets and confers with both public and private sector employers. We have an understanding of the obligations to meet and bargain in good faith under the National Labor Relations Act, as well as the rights of employers to implement contract offers after impasses are reached.

If contracts cannot be reached, the parties will sometimes resort to strikes or lockouts. We have represented many clients on these matters including hiring replacement workers and offensive and defensive lockouts.  Disputes over interpretation of labor agreements are frequently resolved in arbitration and our team has significant experience in selection of arbitrators on Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and American Arbitration Association panels. We routinely try arbitrations before these selected arbitrators.

Our practice before the NLRB involves representing employers in responding to charges by labor organizations and complaints brought by regional directors. We also have experience with bringing charges for secondary boycotts and other unlawful union activities and the occasional federal court injunctions sought by the General Counsel of the Board.

Recent recognitions for the Labor & Employment practice include:
  • Nationally ranked by Chambers USA in Labor & Employment (2016)
  • Recognized as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm in Labor & Employment by U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers (2016)
  • Rated as a Standout in both complex and everyday employment litigation in the 2017 BTI Litigation Outlook, based on a survey of more than 300 general counsel at companies with more than $1 billion in revenue.
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