Oklahoma

Review

Labor and employment
Crowe & Dunlevy

Crowe & Dunlevy maintains one of the largest groups dedicated to labor and employment in the state. Adam Childers is one of the most active lawyers in the labor and employment group. In a single-plaintiff matter, Childers defended The Salvation Army against alleged disability discrimination, gender discrimination and retaliation claims, along with an additional claim for misclassification under the FLSA. Childers prevailed against the FLSA claim after a major cross-examination finding led to its voluntarily dismissal by the plaintiff. The case is ongoing with the other claims.

He and Allen Hutson represented two doctors individually and acted as co-counsel for Oklahoma State University Center for Health Services. The lawsuit was filed by a former resident in the school’s residency program who alleged numerous claims against the doctors and the school. Last year, the team was granted summary judgment in a 121-page order from the Western District of Oklahoma.

Mary Snyder partnered with Childers to defend Lowe’s Home Centers in a FMLA matter. Snyder and Childers filed a motion to dismiss which was granted by the Northern District of Oklahoma.

GableGotwals

The Tulsa and Oklahoma City offices of full-service firm GableGotwals are comprised of labor and employment lawyers who are routinely engaged in contentious disputes. The practice is equipped with the experience to handle both traditional labor relations and employment litigation.

Ellen Adams is based in the Oklahoma City office and maintains a highly active practice. She has been litigating claims filed under various federal and state laws, including Texas and Arkansas in addition to Oklahoma. Also operating out of Oklahoma City is Paula Williams, who obtained a favorable settlement for client StaffLink and dismissal of a pregnancy discrimination case. Tulsa’s Chris Thrutchley regularly handles both labor and employment matters. He represented Magellan Midstream Holdings in a labor dispute with the United Steel Workers Local Union, which filed a union grievance after the client terminated a member. The union sought reinstatement with backpay and challenged the termination up to arbitration. Thrutchley successfully handled the arbitration and the arbitrator found in favor of the client, denying the grievance and the remedies sought by the union. On the employment litigation side of his practice, he is actively litigating a wage-and-hour matter filed under the FLSA and state law. The collective was originally conditionally certified; however, the court was convinced to decertify it following briefing and discovery. The matter is ongoing with the two remaining named plaintiffs.