The four California offices of Reed Smith maintain a full-service labor and employment practice equipped to handle both traditional labor and employment matters. While the California practice as a whole handles matters for clients operating in a wide array of industries, it is most well-known for its work for the transportation and aviation industries.
Michele Haydel Gehrke is one of the leading labor and employment lawyers specializing in handling litigation for major transportation and aviation clients, including United Airlines. In November and December of last year, she obtained back-to-back dismissals in the two separate cases, both of which alleged breach of contract claims under the Railway Labor Act. In addition to the wins for United, she also obtained a dismissal for Vertex Aerospace/L3 Technologies of both individual and PAGA claims. The dismissal was awarded based on the argument that the claims were preempted by the Labor Management Relations Act and National Labor Relations Act. Her labor practice involves handling disputes with unions before the NLRB. She obtained dismissals of unfair labor practice charges filed at the NLRB against the client Wise Connect.