Fisher & Phillips LLP

Practice/Organization Description

Many law firms today talk about value as if it's a new concept. At Fisher & Phillips, we were committed to providing value to our clients long before it became a fashionable topic of conversation. Our commitment to value dates back to the founding of our firm more than 70 years ago. So how do we provide this value?

* We do only one thing. We represent employers in labor and employment matters. Instead of trying to be all things to a client, we offer deep and broad expertise in the area of the law we know best.

* We treat our clients' legal problems as business problems. Although our attorneys are skilled and tenacious advocates, we recognize that the most aggressive (and expensive) approach may not always be the best solution to a client's problem. In every matter we handle, therefore, we seek at the outset to identify the client's primary business objective, design a solution to fit that objective, and then implement that solution in the most efficient manner possible.

* We help our clients avoid legal problems. We think the lawsuit that is never filed is a better win for our client than a defense verdict after a long and costly trial. By performing compliance audits, providing the right policies and procedures and training, and offering thoughtful advice and counsel, we assist our clients in preventing employee claims and lawsuits, government investigations, and union organizing activity.

* We are responsive. Lawyers often have a bad reputation for being difficult to reach. We recognize that we are in the client service business, and we know that many labor and employment problems arise without much prior warning and require an immediate response. We therefore use technology to remain highly accessible to our clients, we return calls and e-mails quickly, and we are available around the clock if necessary.

* We respect our clients' time. We know our clients are busy and may be managing many challenges besides the matters we are handling. We do our best, therefore, to avoid last minute surprises. We meet deadlines and provide plenty of advance time where client review of documents is needed. We also communicate with clients efficiently, and in plain English.

* We are economical. We have a lower cost structure than many large law firms, so we are able to charge less than those firms. Even more importantly, because of our experience and expertise in labor and employment law, our clients do not have to pay for a learning curve.

* We reward quality, not billable hours. We do not provide incentives to our associate attorneys merely to maximize their number of billable hours. Rather, we reward them based upon the value of their work to clients. Each month before sending a bill, the client's relationship attorney analyzes the quality and efficiency of associate work product, and only if an associate's work adds value to the client does the associate get credit for that work toward bonus compensation.

* We are national, and local. We have 23 offices around the country and we continue to expand. Our attorneys practice before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in virtually every state. We are likely to have lawyers who are located near a client's problem, and who are thoroughly familiar with local laws, courts, and government agencies.

We have a broad and diverse client base. We represent a wide range of public and private employers around the nation. Our clients include employers in the agriculture, automotive, banking, broadcasting, casino and gaming, construction, health care, hospitality, insurance, legal and professional services, manufacturing, mining, real estate, retail, technology, transportation, and wholesale and distribution industries, as well as state and local government entities, non-profit organizations, schools, colleges and universities.

We invite you to contact us to learn more about our value-driven approach toward representing employers in labor and employment matters.

Honors and Awards

4/14/2014- Managing Partner, Todd Fredrickson, Partner Darin Mackender and Senior Counsel Robert Miller are listed in Colorado Super Lawyers. Associate Ruth Mackey is listed in Rising Stars 2014.

4/14/2014- Partners Rosemary Gousman and Christopher Mills, along with Senior Counsel Cynthia Jacob, have been named 2014 New Jersey Super Lawyers.

Jason Storipan and Gregg Salka have been chosen as 2014 New Jersey Rising Stars.

4/6/2014- Alia S. Wynne, Of Counsel in the Houston office has been included in this year’s list of Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.”

4/4/2014- Santiago “Jimmy” Alaniz has been named a 2014 Fellow in the mentoring program sponsored by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

2/18/2014- Bert Brannen, Michael Elkon, Tex McIver, Tom Rebel, Joe Shelton and John Thompson are listed in Georgia Super Lawyers 2014 for their work in employment and labor law and Kim Thompson was included for her work in immigration law.

“Rising Stars” are Tiffani Hiudt Casey, Matt Simpson and Terri Stewart.

2/3/2014- Irvine, California, Partner Jeff Thurrell and Louisville, Kentucky, Partner Jeffrey Savarise have been named to the 2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars.

1/20/2014- Five attorneys were recognized in the 2014 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide.

Suzanne K. Bogdan , David Buchsbaum, Charles Caulkins , Kenneth Knox , Cathy Stutin

1/13/2014- Craig Annunziata, managing partner of the Chicago office, is included in Illinois Super Lawyers 2014 and Nesheba Kittling, partner, is included in Rising Stars 2014.

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