The number of employment-related litigation filings has increased steadily due to the downturn in the economy and aggressive government enforcement. Class actions concerning discrimination and wage-hour violations have become commonplace. As a result, employers are facing greater financial exposures from both current and former employees than ever before. In this environment, companies need sophisticated counsel who can provide innovative strategies that are tailored to their business objectives.
Nixon Peabody’s Labor and Employment Litigation team is committed to helping its clients find practical, cost-effective solutions to their employment disputes. The members of the group—many of whom have decades of experience—have the experience to assess risk and evaluate settlement litigation options long before the case proceeds to trial. Whether facing single-plaintiff cases or class actions involving hundreds of claimants, for every case we field an experienced team made up of seasoned lawyers who have a reputation as skilled and tenacious advocates—a very effective tool in resolving the cases on terms in which our clients come out the “winner.”
Our Labor & Employment Litigation practice was recognized at the prestigious National Tier One Level in the 2011–2012 U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings. Our Labor & Employment practices were also recognized nationally and received metropolitan honors in Albany, Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, Rhode Island, Rochester, and San Francisco. A large contingent of the groups attorneys have received prestigious recognitions from peer review ranking such as Chambers, Superlawyers and Best Lawyers in Labor and Employment, and Pre-eminent designations from Martindale-Hubbell.
Experienced labor and employment trial lawyers
When a case should be tried, Nixon Peabody has the trial lawyers to do so. Our attorneys are some of the most talented, experienced, and successful trial lawyers. They know how to effectively manage case strategy and achieve the result our clients are seeking, whether it is a creative settlement solution or vigorous defense. The approach in trial is the same as in our pre-trial efforts: assess the risk, provide candid advice, plot a strategy to achieve the winning result our clients are seeking, and work efficiently to make that happen.
The team has litigated in every federal circuit, numerous state courts, before administrative agencies, and in the United States Supreme Court. The firm has labor and employment counselors and litigators throughout our offices. Our national and international footprint gives us the resources and expertise to represent our clients successfully in multi-jurisdictional disputes (e.g., in noncompetition cases where knowledge of differing state laws may control the outcome of the case).
We have extensive experience representing employers in a wide array of employment cases, including federal and state class actions and multi-party litigation and class actions involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower claims, and other federal and state employment laws. We have also successfully tried all types of employment discrimination cases, including claims of sexual harassment; race, age, sex, pregnancy, and disability discrimination; and retaliation. In addition, we have tried numerous cases involving covenants not-to-compete and other restrictive covenants, protection of trade secrets against disloyal employees, employment-related tort claims, and breaches of employment contracts.
From complex class actions and multi-jurisdictional cases to single-plaintiff wrongful discharge or discrimination cases—and the full range of labor or employment matters in between—our attorneys work closely with our clients to develop case budgets and litigation plans to meet their needs, assist in tracking and controlling costs, and work towards a winning solution.