For more than a century, Ulmer & Berne LLP has provided valued, pragmatic counsel of the highest quality to employers dealing with complex employment and labor matters. The firm takes pride in understanding its clients’ businesses from the ground up, and neatly tailoring effective legal solutions to the challenging requirements of sophisticated employers. Ulmer provides cutting-edge legal services to employers in a wide variety of industries from its locations in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, Columbus, New York, Washington D.C., and Boca Raton. Ulmer combines its vast understanding of employers’ everyday realities and needs with one of the most comprehensive employment and labor practices available to provide the finest legal services to its clients.
Employment & Labor Overview:
Ulmer recognizes that human capital is one of the most valuable resources and biggest expenses for businesses and organizations. With more than 20 attorneys representing public and private employers across the United States, Ulmer provides clients with the full spectrum of employment and labor representation, ranging from strategic counseling to the defense of complex litigation matters. While Ulmer attorneys know a proactive approach to prevent disputes is best, Ulmer is prepared to try and defend employment and labor claims at all administrative and judicial levels.
Ulmer’s attorneys have substantial experience providing guidance in and solutions to such matters as: employee discipline and termination; unlawful discrimination; unfair labor practice allegations; extensive internal investigations; affirmative action plan development and implementation; wage and hour issues; non-competes, non-disclosures, and trade secret matters; employment contracts; FLSA, OSHA, and ERISA compliance and defense; collective bargaining negotiations; immigration challenges; and workers’ compensation claims.
Ulmer has been a beacon to employers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic by offering timely guidance and clear explanation of complex current events as they develop. This includes helping employers navigate the ever-changing laws and federal, state, and local orders related to COVID-19, such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, the Paycheck Protection Program, and the federal unemployment compensation program providing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and helping them adapt to and overcome the challenges COVID-19 presents to their businesses.
Employers that are unaware of or unfamiliar with emerging employment and labor requirements need up-to-date knowledge and the skills Ulmer attorneys can provide. Ulmer is proud to have the following partners named as Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment “Stars”:
William D. Edwards: Bill serves as Chair of Ulmer’s Employment & Labor Practice Group, and represents employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Bill has broad experience representing employers in matters ranging from EEOC collective action litigation to single-plaintiff wrongful termination claims. He also assists employers in taking proactive steps to stay out of the courtroom through, among other efforts, advice and training on employee-disciplinary issues.
Jeffrey S. Dunlap: Jeff serves as Vice Chair of Ulmer’s Litigation Department and uses his more than 30 years of legal experience representing businesses in a wide range of commercial and employment disputes, including employment discrimination and unfair competition matters. While he has tried many cases before juries, judges, and arbitrators, he also helps clients avoid litigation, counseling them on designing and implementing sound employment policies and procedures.
Stephanie E. Harley: Stephanie’s areas of expertise include the full gamut of employment counseling, conflict resolution, and litigation. Stephanie provides counsel regarding litigation avoidance and guides clients on ways to improve workplace culture and implement diversity and inclusiveness initiatives. She provides critical day-to-day advice and counseling to employers and human resources professionals, and has experience addressing allegations of all types of discrimination and harassment, retaliation, and violations of virtually every employment law and statute.
Kip Schwartz: Kip has almost four decades of first-chair trial experience serving as lead counsel in state and federal courts throughout the United States. His litigation and trial experience includes complex civil litigation matters involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. As a AAA-trained mediator specializing in employment law and commercial disputes, Kip’s conflict resolution skills have been on display in numerous mediations, arbitrations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Hausfeld is a leading disputes-only firm with 12 offices located throughout the US (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC) the UK (London), and continental Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Paris, and Stockholm). Our global reach means we can litigate in jurisdictions that suit our clients best. We are also experienced in mediation and arbitration.
Hausfeld brings a visionary approach to resolving claims, whether that is for a single client or a group working collectively. As a leader in pioneering legal actions for damages, Hausfeld innovates by pushing further - the firm tenaciously focuses on results, and achieves pragmatic conclusions. Hausfeld lawyers have achieved some of the largest landmark settlements and judgments in our areas of practice, often after hard-fought litigation against the biggest names in the legal market. Socially minded and a champion for the best corporate governance, our lawyers are at the forefront of the legal profession in improving access to justice for both individuals and businesses. That makes for a profoundly different law firm.
The Hausfeld team comprises highly experienced litigators with a proven track record in claimant litigation in the areas of:
Commercial & Financial Disputes
Technology & Data Breach
Hausfeld's clients include some of the world’s largest corporations in myriad industries, including current clients listed on the Fortune Global 500 and Forbes Global 2000. Hausfeld is reputed for its claimant-friendly, dynamic, entrepreneurial, and innovative approach to dispute resolution. For more information about the firm, including recent trial victories and landmark settlements, please visit www.hausfeld.com.
Williams & Connolly is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier litigation firms. Our lawyers routinely handle significant and complex civil, criminal, and administrative cases across the United States and around the globe. The firm maintains a strong tradition of hiring the best and the brightest and training and promoting its lawyers from within, producing closely knit and collaborative teams dedicated to achieving successful outcomes for our clients.
The firm was founded in 1967 by legendary trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams. In the tradition of our founder, we share a passionate and principled dedication to excellence and success in all that we do. Over the last five decades, many of the world’s most prominent organizations and individuals have trusted us with their most important and complex litigation, investigation, and arbitration matters.
The firm’s clients include major global companies from virtually every sector, including Pfizer, Disney, Samsung, Sprint, Intel, Bank of America, Google, The Carlyle Group, Medtronic, AstraZeneca, Genentech, Eli Lilly, 21st Century Fox, and HSBC. In addition, our lawyers have represented numerous law and accounting firms in professional liability and other matters, one reason why the Washington Post has recognized Williams & Connolly as the firm that other professional firms “turn to when they’re in trouble.”
The firm’s robust intellectual property practice successfully represents clients in patent litigation matters worth billions of dollars. In the healthcare and consumer industries, Williams & Connolly serves as national coordinating, trial, and/or resolution counsel for major pharmaceutical, medical device, pharmacy, technology, and consumer products companies in mass torts, multi-district litigation, and class actions. Our lawyers litigate cross-border commercial and other disputes in wide-ranging international litigation and arbitrations. We have handled many of the most complex corporate, financial, and securities disputes stemming from the global financial crisis. We represent companies and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions of all types, including allegations of fraud, corruption, and FCPA violations. Our lawyers also regularly appear before the Supreme Court and state and federal courts of appeals.
Known for our ability to take cases to trial, and the deep bench of lawyers at the firm who have tried civil and criminal matters in courts across the country and internationally, Williams & Connolly is described by Chambers USA as “offering unmatched strength in depth and top-level trial capabilities,” and “[a] class act: a delight to litigate with, and fearsome to litigate against.” In addition, Washingtonian magazine has highlighted the firm’s “uncompromising emphasis on victory.”
Our distinctive approach to litigation has earned the firm top marks from leading publications and ranking services, such as Chambers, Legal 500, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and Benchmark Litigation, both for overall litigation prowess as well as for many practice- or industry-specific types of litigation. We hire the top graduates from the best law schools and provide a collaborative training ground for young litigators, providing clients with the highest-quality representation at every level of seniority and with a cohesive team always working to advance their interests. Vault has ranked Williams & Connolly as one of the top law firms for selectivity, partner-associate relations, career outlook, satisfaction, quality of work, and business outlook.Williams & Connolly maintains a nearly one-to-one partner-to-associate ratio, ensuring that matters are leanly staffed and that our associates gain significant hands-on experience.Our approach to hiring and advancement from within fosters a unique culture that focuses on teamwork, preparation, and tenacity designed to deliver results.
King & Spalding’s Litigation practice is nationally and internationally recognized for its ability to litigate successfully the most difficult, high-stakes cases.For decades, our litigators have helped leading businesses succeed in commercial disputes.The practice has a record of winning trials, arbitrations, and appeals for clients across all industries, including energy, life sciences, healthcare, and financial services sectors. Our cross-firm, multidisciplinary team of attorneys tries high-stakes cases, resolves complex, multiparty disputes, and manages public relations for the most sensitive client matters.Our ranks include former high-ranking DOJ officials; former officials from SEC, EPA, FCC, FDA and FIC; and more than 30 former judicial clerks at the trial or appellate level.