WORKLAW NETWORK
WORKLAW NETWORK
THE NETWORK OF MANAGEMENT LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRMS
Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson
229 Peachtree Street, N.E.
800 International Boulevard
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Telephone: (404) 659-6700
Fax: (404) 222-9718
Email: cavanaugh@etsw.com
Website: www.worklaw.com
Contact: Victor A. Cavanaugh, President
Number of Firms: 27
Number of Attorneys: 350+
Principal Region of Activity: United States, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom
Officers and Contacts: Victor A. Cavanaugh
President
Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson
800 International Tower
229 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Kenneth R. Stettner
Treasurer
Stettner Miller, P.C.
Independence Plaza
1050 17th Street, Suite 700
Denver, Colorado 80265-2008
Telephone: (303) 534-0273
Fax: (303) 534-5036
Email: kstettner@stetmil.com

Ralph F. Abbott, Jr.
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.
One Monarch Place, Suite 2000
Springfield, Massachusetts 01144
Telephone: (413) 737-4753
Fax: (413) 787-1941
Email: ralphabbott@skoler-abbott.com

David J. Reiwald
Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson
1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97205
Telephone: (503) 248-1134
Fax: (503) 224-8851
Email: dreiwald@bullardlaw.com

Richard I. Lehr
Lehr Middlebrooks Price & Vreeland, P.C.
2021 Third Avenue North
Suite 300 (35203)
P.O. Box 370463
Birmingham, Alabama 35237
Telephone: (205) 326-3002
Fax: (205) 326-3008
Email: rlehr@lmpv.com

Millicent Sanchez
Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer
9401 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 828
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Tel: (310) 288-3980
Fax: (310) 273-8680
Email: msanchez@swerdlowlaw.com

Doug Seaton
Seaton, Beck & Peters, P.A.
7300 Metro Boulevard
Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Tel: 952-896-1700
Fax: 952-896-1704
Email: dseaton@seatonlaw.com

Group Profile:

Worklaw Network is the network of law firms representing management exclusively in all areas of labor and employment law. Collectively, Worklaw Network has 350 lawyers, with 33 offices in 22 states, plus the District of Columbia and Toronto, Ontario. There is also four European affiliate members.

The fields of practice of Worklaw Network firms include:

Employment Litigation: Representing employers in employment-related litigation, including:

  • Employment discrimination: age, race, sex, religion, national origin and disability charges filed with the EEOC, OFCCP, or state civil rights agencies.
  • Wrongful discharge and associated tort claims.
  • ERISA and employee benefit claims.
  • Sarbanes Oxley.
  • Covenants-not-to-compete, breach of collective bargaining agreements, and other contract claims.
  • Federal and State wage/hour and health and safety claims.

Labor Relations: Representing employers in all aspects of labor relations including:

  • Cases pending before the NLRB, including union organizing attempts, representation elections, and unfair labor practice preceedings.
  • Maintaining union-free status through positive employment procedures and employee relations.
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
  • Arbitrating union grievances.
  • Sale or acquisition of unionized businesses and related successorship issues.
  • Plant relocations, reductions in force, and plant closures, including WARN compliance.
  • Coping with strikes, picketing, corporate campaigns, and "inside games".

Preventative Advice and Counseling: Advising management in how to implement effective human resources and employee-relations policies and procedures, such as:

  • Employee handbooks, arbitration agreements and employment contracts.
  • Trade Secret, Confidentiality, and Non-Competition agreements.
  • Compliance with OSHA, wage/hour, family and medical leave, and employment discrimination laws.
  • Sexual harassment training.
  • Investigations into Employee misconduct.

Employee Benefits: Design and communication of cost-effective retirement, health care, and other benefit plans.

Workers' Compensation: Defending employers against workers' compensation claims and minimizing workers' compensation costs through aggressive claims management.

Immigration Strategies for Foreign Workers: Developing strategies and providing guidance to ensure compliance with complex immigration regulations when hiring or transferring foreign nationals into the U.S.

Each Worklaw Network firm is a local firm with strong ties to the local legal community, providing knowledge of the local landscape where employers have operations. Worklaw Network lawyers are familiar with the labor unions and officials, federal, state and provincial judges and court practices, National Labor Relations Boards (NLRB) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) representatives, the Canadian Industrial Relations Boards, the plaintiffs' bar and lawmakers in their locales, and have the resources to obtain similar firsthand information about other geographic areas.

Worklaw Network firms share a simple philosophy on client service: Take a "partnership" approach to each client's business, and provide prompt, knowledgeable service in a cost-effective manner. Each of our member firms has committed to "Best Practices," including:

  • Acknowledging all client telephone calls, faxes and e-mails by the next business day at the latest.
  • Keeping clients informed as to the status of their pending matters, and on a timely basis providing clients with copies of significant documents in their cases.
  • Evaluating all matters early so the client can make informed business decisions. The client's interest always comes first.
  • Working with clients to develop acceptable or alternative billing arrangements, including electronic billing.
  • Updating clients on a regular basis about significant legal developments.
  • Preventing employment-law problems, rather than simply litigating them.
  • Utilizing leading-edge technology, including electronic research and electronic communication with those clients who so desire.
  • Taking a team approach to ensure client needs are met.

Representatives of Worklaw Network firms meet regularly to review and discuss developments in labor and employment law. Between meetings, Worklaw Network attorneys are linked by an electronic database. Worklaw Network screens potential members carefully, looking not only for the labor and employment law expertise, but also for excellence and integrity in the firm's approach to its clients. Although the constituent firms constitute a valuable resource to one another, Worklaw Network is neither a joint venture nor a partnership, and the independent firms that comprise the network are not engaged in the joint practice of law.


Member Firms:
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ALABAMA
Birmingham
- Lehr Middlebrooks Price & Vreeland, P.C.*
Decatur
- Lehr Middlebrooks Price & Vreeland, P.C.
CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles
- Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer*
San Francisco
- Cook & Roos, LLP*
COLORADO
Denver
- Stettner, Miller and Cohn, P.C.*
FLORIDA
Coral Cables
- Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A.
Tallahassee
- Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A.*
Tampa
- Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A.*
Winter Park
- Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A.*
GEORGIA
Atlanta
- Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson*
HAWAII
Honolulu
- Marr Hipp Jones & Wang*
ILLINOIS
Chicago
- Connelly Sheehan Moran*
KENTUCKY
Louisville
- Smith & Smith, Attorneys*
MARYLAND
Baltimore
- Shawe Rosenthal, LLP*
MASSACHUSETTS
Springfield
- Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.*
Worcester
- Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.*
MICHIGAN
Farmington Hills
- Pilchak Cohen & Tice, P.C.
MINNESOTA
Minneapolis
- Seaton, Beck & Peters, P.A.*
MISSOURI
St. Louis
- McMahon Berger, P.C.*
NEBRASKA
Las Vegas
- Bernes & Tate, PC, LLO
NEVADA
Las Vegas
- Kamer, Zucker & Abbott*
NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque
- Gilkey & Stephenson, P.A.*
NEW YORK
New York
- Collazo Carling & Mish LLP*
OHIO
Cleveland
- Millisor & Nobil Co. L.P.A.*
Canton
- Millisor & Nobil Co. L.P.A.*
Columbus
- Millisor & Nobil Co. L.P.A.*
OREGON
Portland
- Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson*
SOUTH CAROLINA
Columbia
- Malone, Thompson, Summers & Ott L.L.C.*
TENNESSEE
Memphis
- Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Schwimmer & Prather, PLC*
TEXAS
Houston
- Neel, Hooper & Banes, P.C.*
WASHINGTON
Seattle
- Winterbauer & Diamond, P.L.L.C.*
WISCONSIN
Milwaukee
- Lindner & Marsack, S.C.*
CANADA
Toronto, Ontario
- Sherrard Kuzz LLP*
AUSTRIA
Wien
- CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH
BELGIUM
Brussels
- CMS DeBacker
GERMANY
Cologne
- CMA Hasche Sigle
UNITED KINGDOM
London
- CMS Cameron McKenna LLP