Labor and Employment TRANSACTIONAL

WilmerHale’s Labor and Employment practice is a recognized leader in its field with the capability to respond to clients’ needs both nationally and internationally. We are renowned for our practical business perspective and solutions in guiding clients through the complex morass of employment laws and regulations in the most highly regulated area of business. We take a holistic and preventative approach to labor and employment law to minimize liability and to enable our clients to stay focused on the business at hand.

We are a full service practice covering the following principal areas:

  1. general advice and counseling
  2. training
  3. employment litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  4. traditional labor law
  5. other services, including client assessments to ensure employment law compliance, business immigration and international labor law

Within the US, we have employment lawyers in Washington DC and Boston. In the EU, our employment lawyers are located in London and Frankfurt. Our tightly knit team of experienced lawyers provide employment law services across international borders and work closely with one another to enhance their effectiveness in bridging geographical and cultural differences.

Also, our HR Services group, made up of skilled non-lawyer consultants, offer startup and maturing companies alike the benefit of comprehensive and cost-effective human resource business solutions.

WilmerHale’s Labor and Employment practice is a recognized leader in its field with the capability to respond to clients’ needs both nationally and internationally. We are renowned for our practical business perspective and solutions in guiding clients through the complex morass of employment laws and regulations in the most highly regulated area of business. We take a holistic and preventative approach to labor and employment law to minimize liability and to enable our clients to stay focused on the business at hand.

We are a full service practice covering the following principal areas:

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Jonathan D. Rosenfeld

Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Group

+1 617 526 6941 (t)

jonathan.rosenfeld@wilmerhale.com

Andrews, David N.

David N. Andrews

Partner

+44 (0)20 7645 2533 (t)

david.andrews@wilmerhale.com

Kilgore, R. Scott

R. Scott Kilgore

Partner

+1 202 663 6116 (t)

scott.kilgore@wilmerhale.com

Thomas MM, Holger

Dr. Holger Thomas, MM

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 018 (t)

holger.thomas@wilmerhale.com

Jacobs, Neil

Neil Jacobs

Senior Counsel

+1 617 526 6970 (t)

neil.jacobs@wilmerhale.com

Smith, Stéphanie

Stéphanie Smith

Counsel

+1 617 526 6347 (t)

stephanie.smith@wilmerhale.com

Weidmann, Golo

Dr. Golo Weidmann

Counsel

+49 69 27 10 78 021 (t)

golo.weidmann@wilmerhale.com

Stauber, Andrew

Andrew Stauber

Senior Associate

+1 617 526 6815 (t)

andrew.stauber@wilmerhale.com

Experience

WilmerHale’s Labor and Employment Department provides services in: (1) general advice and counseling, (2) training, (3) employment litigation and alternative dispute resolution, (4) traditional labor law and (5) other services, including client assessments to insure employment law compliance, business immigration and international labor law. Our experience in each of these areas is outlined in the practice areas section of this website. Our recent experience includes:

  • Successfully obtaining summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, for a software company in a case in which an employee sought over $10 million in stock options. The case presented an issue of first impression concerning whether vesting was a material term of an option agreement.
  • Representation of the Boston Celtics in the enforcement of player contracts and the team’s rights under the NBA collective bargaining agreement.

Publications & News

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December 8, 2014

A Prescription for the New Massachusetts Sick Leave Law

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters decisively approved a ballot question requiring employers to provide sick leave to employees, adding Massachusetts to a growing list of states (including Connecticut and California) and municipalities (including New York City, San Francisco and Seattle) requiring such leave.

November 4, 2014

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Release 2015 “Best Law Firms” List, Names WilmerHale International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list includes WilmerHale being named a first-tier law firm in 24 national and 62 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 20 second- and third-tier rankings in several national and metro-area rankings.

October 22, 2014

New Massachusetts Law Requires Employers to Provide Domestic Violence Leave

Governor Deval Patrick recently signed into law An Act Relative to Domestic Violence (ARDV), a statute that requires covered employers to provide employees with up to 15 days of unpaid leave in the event that the employee or a close family member is a victim of domestic violent or certain other abusive behavior.

October 22, 2014

Progress Software Announces Intent to Acquire Telerik

WilmerHale client Progress Software Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Telerik AD, a leading provider of application development tools.

April 25, 2014

WilmerHale Attorneys Recognized in Annual Washington DC Super Lawyers Listing

The annual edition of the Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, published by The Washington Post Magazine, released its 2014 listing which includes 37 WilmerHale attorneys.

April 1, 2014

Born, Scozzafava and Thomas Named as 2014 ILO Client Choice Award Recipients

Partners Gary Born, Dr. Mary Rose Scozzafava, and Dr. Holger Thomas have been named exclusive recipients of the 2014 Client Choice Awards from International Law Office in the areas of Arbitration in the UK, Intellectual Property - Patents in Massachusetts, and Employment in Germany.

February 19, 2014

Kanzleimonitor.de Survey of In-House Counsel Finds WilmerHale Among Top 20 Firms in Germany

WilmerHale has been named among the top 20 most recommended law firms in Germany by Kanzleimonitor.de 2013/2014.

February 13, 2014

Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Must Implement New Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Practices

Because of new regulations issued by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, covered federal contractors and subcontractors must implement significant changes in the implementation and management of their Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action Programs (AAP).

January 15, 2014

H-1B Cap Opens on April 1, 2014

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting cap-subject H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2015, with an employment start date of October 1, 2014.

November 1, 2013

WilmerHale Among U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” and Again Named International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list names WilmerHale as “Law Firm of the Year” in International Arbitration—this is the second consecutive year that the firm has won this honor—and honors WilmerHale as a first-tier law firm in 27 national and 60 metro-area rankings.

Recognition

Our labor and employment practice was recognized in the 2014 and 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® editions and in the 2004-2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers described us as a "practical team that provides sounds advice." Chambers UK 2012 ranked our employment practice for exceptional work and reputation in London. In previous years, Chambers said "this team has been attracting attention with its accomplished work on unfair dismissal claims, restrictive covenants and a ground-breaking discrimination claim involving gender recognition. The team is also valued for its understanding of the key HR issues facing US corporations operating in the UK.” In 2012, Legal 500 UK praised WilmerHale for its outstanding practice in the area of employment law.

Our clients' satisfaction with our work is the best test of our success:

"We found the coordination between offices invaluable in helping us successfully manage through a complex situation” – Richard F. Walsh, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, PerkinElmer

On behalf of the Boston Celtics, Mr. Wycliffe K. Grousbeck, Managing Partner and CEO of Banner Seventeen, LLC wrote: "...your legal colleagues provided us excellent, insightful counsel and helped us reach a favorable result."

"I’m impressed by the responsiveness and resourcefulness of the employment team. This, coupled with their strong technical know-how and commercial outlook, makes them a first choice team for Bookham Technology.” – Phillip Davis, General Counsel, Bookham Technology plc