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 and international labor law

We have employment lawyers in Washington DC and Boston as well as in Europe. 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

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

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 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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June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 16, 2016

Congress Creates Federal Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which enables companies to go to federal court to sue for misappropriation of trade secrets.

March 31, 2016

Amended California FEHA Regulations Take Effect on April 1 and Impose New Requirements on Employers

On April 1, 2016, amendments to California's Fair Employment and Housing Act regulations, dealing with the prevention of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, go into effect.

December 11, 2015

International Travel Tips for Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals who plan to travel abroad during the upcoming holiday season should make sure that they have the requisite immigration documents and instructions before they depart and reenter the United States.

November 18, 2015

JUVE Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas in Germany

JUVE, a prominent legal publication in Germany, highly recommends WilmerHale in several practice areas.

July 16, 2015

USCIS Clarifies Position on Worksite Changes and Need to File Amended H-1B Petitions

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued guidance on changes in H-1B (visa) work locations in the wake of the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) April 9, 2015 decision in Matter of Simeio Solutions LLC.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

February 9, 2015

1st Circuit denies 'cat's paw' retaliation claim

An article featuring Jonathan Rosenfeld, published by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on February 9, 2015.

January 29, 2015

H-1B Cap Opens on April 1, 2015

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting cap-subject H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2016, with an employment start date of October 1, 2015.

Recognition

Our labor and employment practice was recognized in the 2014 and 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® editions and in the 2004-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers described us as a "practical team that provides sounds advice." 

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