Today, perhaps more than ever, the employer community faces significant challenges from Congress and the new Administration, as well as from state and local governments. At this critical time, the Jackson Lewis Government Relations Practice Group - comprised of highly accomplished labor and employment lawyers with extensive lobbying and "Washington practice" expertise - is uniquely positioned to advocate for fair and appropriate policy-making in the employment law area at the legislative, regulatory, and judicial levels.
Over the past decade, our attorneys have filed amicus curiae briefs on many occasions to the U.S. Supreme Court, and to other Federal and state courts and the National Labor Relations Board; have filed comments during rule-making to the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Government Services Administration, and the National Labor Relations Board; have testified on numerous occasions before U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives committees and subcommittees; have lobbied extensively – and successfully – in defense of employer and employee rights in the employment area; and have been active on policy-making issues before the American Bar Association's House of Delegates.
Among the many issues on which Jackson Lewis attorneys have taken a prominent leadership role are the rights of employers and employees to engage in arbitration of employment disputes, the rights of employers to make fully informed hiring decisions by conducting criminal-records checks, and secret-ballot elections regarding union representation.
Our Government Relations Practice Group, led by Mark de Bernardo, Garen Dodge, and Aloysius Hogan, can assist clients with all of the following:
Jackson Lewis Government Relations Practice Group attorneys have founded and currently serve as leaders of The Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace, a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving employer and employee rights in drug- and alcohol-abuse-prevention programs, and to positively influencing the national debate on these issues.
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Jackson Lewis is committed to promoting an inclusive culture where diversity is valued by everyone. We are proud of our role as a leader in educating and training employers in the laws of equal opportunity and affirmative action, as well as best practices for corporate diversity programs and initiatives. We share our clients’ goals to emphasize diversity, integrity, and respect for the contribution of every employee. We understand the importance of having a workforce that reflects the various communities in which we work, and upon which we can rely to creatively develop preventive strategies and positive solutions for our clients. Jackson Lewis seeks to recruit, hire, retain, develop, and advance a diverse team of employees who share our passion for representing management in all aspects of workplace law, and strives to consistently act under the following guiding principles:
The firm has a standing Diversity Committee divided into sub-committees, both to ensure all vital areas are addressed, and to provide leadership opportunities for female and minority attorneys. The Diversity Committee is Chaired by Senior Partner Weldon H. Latham, and consists of the Co-Chairs of five Attorney Resource Groups (ARGs), discussed below. Joan Ackerstein, a member of the firm’s Management Committee, serves as Management Committee Liaison to the Diversity Committee, and Partner, Michael Hatcher, serves as the firm’s Diversity Manager. The ARGs address mentoring, business development, pro bono activities and recruiting. Our Diversity Committee coordinates the activities of our ARGs, which include African American; Asian American; Hispanic; Women; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender attorneys. Each of the ARGs meets periodically to discuss business development opportunities, client service initiatives, and other professional issues.
The following groups act under the guidance of the Diversity Committee:
African-American Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by LeRoy Watkins (Morristown office) and Dev Sukhdeo (Miami office)
A resource for Jackson Lewis attorneys looking to build and maintain business relationships with HR professionals, corporate counsel and community organizations.
Asian American Attorney Resource Group
Asian American Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by Tanya Bovee (Hartford office) and Nicky Jatana (Los Angeles office)
Primary goal is to increase the firm’s visibility among Asian Pacific American and other minority attorneys.
Hispanic Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by James Botana (Chicago office) and Pedro Torres-Diaz (Miami office)
Holds regular meetings to foster communication and teamwork among the group’s members in connection with our efforts to develop as lawyers and expand our business.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by Michelle Phillips (White Plains office) and Pedro Forment (Miami office)
A consortium of attorneys and staff committed to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the workplace, our LGBT ARG provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, current legal trends, and information on LGBT issues that are then shared internally and externally to promote an inclusive work environment in which respect and tolerance are the pillars of our firm culture.
Women's Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by Susan Corcoran (White Plains office), Peggy Strange (Hartford office) and Samantha Hoffman (Orange County office)
Committed to involving Jackson Lewis attorneys in opportunities for business development by and for women. Our firm has been a leader in this area, demonstrated most notably by its annual employment law conferences for women in-house counsel and human resource executives.