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Hodgson Russ attorneys in our Labor & Employment Practice Group have extensive experience counseling public and private and union and non-union clients in matters involving a wide range of labor and employment laws. We generally represent management only.
Hodgson Russ has been awarded prestigious "Best Law Firms" Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings by Best Lawyers/U.S. News & World Report in the Labor Law – Management and Employment Law – Management categories.
Hodgson Russ clients come from a wide range of occupational backgrounds, including:
We assist CEOs, CFOs, human resources professionals, employee benefits managers, and corporate counsel from companies headquartered across the United States and around the world with legal issues relating to managing employees and union relations.
Hodgson Russ labor and employment attorneys focus on preventive steps first. Avoidance of litigation and human resource problems is the most efficient method of minimizing the risk of costly employment disputes. However, should a dispute occur, Hodgson Russ attorneys are well prepared to assist clients in resolving disputes with current and former employees and the unions that represent them. Keeping Hodgson Russ clients’ fiscal, operational, and public relations needs in mind, our attorneys always aim to do this without formal litigation, often using mediation from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Mediation Program, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and the State Employment Relations Board. In cases where it is impossible to arrive at a resolution short of litigation, Hodgson Russ attorneys aggressively seek favorable results before arbitrators, administrative agencies, and the courts.
Hodgson Russ’s labor and employment law practice, which has grown in scope for more than 50 years, includes extensive capabilities in matters involving the National Labor Relations Act, the Public Employees’ Fair Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as numerous civil rights laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, the New York State Human Rights Law, the Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment laws, and other laws regulating an employer’s relationship with its employees.
Hodgson Russ attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in state and federal courts as well as alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediation and arbitration, and regularly represent clients in contested proceedings, including administrative hearings, trials, motions, and appeals.
Hodgson Russ attorneys provide counsel to employers on issues including:
Hodgson Russ defends employers in adversarial proceedings by:
Hodgson Russ labor attorneys assist clients in managing union relationships. We also help clients who want to maintain union-free status by:
Hodgson Russ attorneys help clients deal with unions that represent their employees by:
Hodgson Russ attorneys practice before all government agencies and courts that adjudicate employment and labor matters, including:
To help our clients stay informed, Hodgson Russ attorneys provide electronic updates and reports on new labor and employment laws and changes to existing laws. Hodgson Russ’s Labor & Employment Practice Group regularly presents conferences and on-site training sessions for executives, managers, and supervisors. These services allow clients to evaluate, manage, and head off situations that might result in litigation.
John J. Christopher
Dina L. Allen
Melanie J. Beardsley
Joseph L. Braccio
Elizabeth D. Carlson
Ryan L. Everhart
David A. Farmelo
Andrew J. Freedman
Peter C. Godfrey
John M. Godwin
Noreen DeWire Grimmick
Brendan P. Kelleher
Karl W. Kristoff
Jacqueline I. Meyer
Anne S. Simet
Jeffrey F. Swiatek
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