The national labor and employment team of Hunton Andrews Kurth are active in employment, wage and hour, labor relations and public accessibility cases. Their expertise stems from routinely representing clients in class, collective, and mass actions, as well as in high-profile, high-risk matters in federal and state courts. In addition, practitioners at the firm are noted for serving as counsel for clients in hearings before enforcement agencies, mediations, and arbitrations.
The California offices of the firm house several labor and employment litigators. Michele Beilke specializes in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour disputes, and class and collective actions. Emily Burkhardt Vicente is part of the counsel team led by Rolando Juarez defending Katmai Government Services against class and collective action wage and hour claims under California and Federal law. The team was able to settle for approximately one-tenth of the original amount valued by the plaintiffs. Brett Burns is lead counsel to Nationstar Mortgage in a series of wage and hour class actions filed in the Superior Court of California. The dispute alleges the client failed to pay overtime and double time compensation, failed to provide meal periods, failed to authorize and permit rest breaks, and failed to provide accurate wage statements, along with alleging various derivative claims. After two years of litigation, the firm reached a favorable agreement on behalf of the client. New addition trial lawyer Julia Trankiem is recognized for her role representing employers in class, collective, and hybrid actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as state wage and hour laws. She is also active defending claims of wrongful discharge, employment discrimination and other employment-related issues.