With a pro-labor administration in the U.S. and global economic conditions creating unprecedented tension between companies and their employees around the world, our Labor-Management Relations Group is ideally positioned for what lies ahead given its distinguished history of representing management and working in all manner of labor relations situations on behalf of clients. When our clients have bargaining obligations, we assist by taking the lead in negotiations, drafting contract language and providing all necessary support to reach their goals, whether it's a routine situation or a complicated, sensitive and high-profile matter. One of the leading groups of labor relations practitioners in the world, we represent companies in every conceivable industry and excel at all aspects of the labor-management relationship – from advising employers in union organizing situations from their beginning up to and including secret ballot elections to conducting collective bargaining negotiations, as well as handling grievances, arbitrations and other matters that arise in the course of contract administration.
In the U.S., our lawyers frequently represent employers in all manner of proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in their efforts to secure emergency court injunctions against strikes or other forms of work interruptions under the Labor Management Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and similar state laws. Our legal prowess and understanding of both the management and labor positions – and the respect we have earned on both sides as a result – has given us a singular reputation in the business community.
Consistently ranked in the top tier by Chambers USA and called “the 800-pound gorilla of labor relations” and “perhaps the most outstanding labor law firm in the country” by US Legal 500, our lawyers are recognized across the board as having a stellar reputation for labor matters and being among the best practitioners in the field.
Areas of Focus
* Collective Bargaining
* Contract Interpretation Issues
* Disciplinary Grievances
* EFCA Advice and Counseling
* Labor Advice in Corporate Transactions
* Management Representation in Union Organizing Drives
* National Labor Relations Act
* Preventive Labor Relations and Training
* The Broadway League in negotiations with the stagehands’ union, ending a work stoppage that shuttered New York City’s theater district for 19 days on the eve of the all-important holiday season in late 2007
* The National Hockey League in the 2004-05 season-long lockout, resulting in an historic settlement that included a cap on player salaries
* National labor counsel to several companies targeted by union corporate campaign activities