Practice/Industry Group Overview
The Labor & Employment Group of Edwards Wildman is dedicated to effectively representing our management clients in all aspects of their labor and employment law needs. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients, so that we understand both the legal and business issues at hand. The group is comprised of highly experienced labor and employment law advisers, as well as trial lawyers who appear regularly before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the United States. The group consists of more than 50 lawyers in US and UK offices.
Lawyers in our Group give our clients practical and sound advice on a broad range of labor and employment law issues faced by employers daily, helping to prevent employment-related disputes from arising. When disputes cannot be avoided, we defend employers who are sued by their employees before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Our litigators are well seasoned advocates who act aggressively to achieve the best possible results for our clients. At the same time, we are efficient and cost-conscious, recognizing that our clients are and should be sensitive to the expense of litigation.
The Labor & Employment Group utilizes the experience and training of those within the Firm from other practices when appropriate. This multi-disciplined approach enables us to bring the proper knowledge to each case, while ensuring that one attorney handles each matter from beginning to end.
Our experience and commitment to the field of labor and employment law provides our clients with unparalleled service in the following areas: Counseling and compliance; Employment policies; Agreements; Reductions in force; Internal investigations; Training; Wage and hour law; Immigration law; Administrative proceedings; Litigation; Non-competition, non-solicitation and restrictive covenant issues; Labor law; Affirmative action; Workplace safety; Executive compensation and employee benefits; ERISA litigation and regulatory proceedings; and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
The Group publishes periodic client alerts that highlight issues, legal and business, of interest to employers, and we distribute special advisories regarding major statutory and regulatory developments. We believe these value-added services are not only of great benefit to our clients, but they also ensure that our lawyers stay current and are fully cognizant of the dynamics affecting the evolution of labor and employment law.
We represent private employers in virtually every industry, including telecommunications, banking, financial services, insurance, information technology, software, life sciences, education, construction, manufacturing, entertainment, health care, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail and publishing. We also represent public sector employers such as municipalities, public agencies and schools. We pride ourselves on gaining a full understanding of our diverse clientele’s particular needs and business cultures.
International Labor and Employment Law
We are one of the founding members of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), a powerful legal resource consisting of 2,000 of the finest employment and labor lawyers from more than 50 nations dedicated to assisting employers. With a presence in all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and more than 300 cities around the globe, the ELA is an alliance of creative and innovative lawyers, backed by the strength and resources of some of the world’s finest and most established law firms.
We also participate in the World Law Group, an affiliation of nearly 50 large law firms in 65 countries, and our lawyers chair or co-chair relevant committees that have international labor and employment implications, such as its well recognized Privacy Matters Group. As a result, we have access to specialized labor, employment and privacy counsel on a global basis, in many countries within a phone call’s reach. We have handled or assisted on numerous cross-border employment matters, contracts and disputes throughout the world, including matters involving foreign executives or employees coming to the US for our clients.