The firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, which has been ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report and received the highest recognition (Band 1) from Chambers USA, consists of more than 25 lawyers and an extraordinary support staff. Whether it is counseling on complex issues, partnering to manage union relations or defending employee claims and lawsuits, we have earned an exemplary reputation throughout the region.
Our lawyers are well-versed in every specific federal, state and local employment law that affects the employment relationship.
Your Employment Counselor
Professionals in the group serve as business partners, counselors and zealous advocates for clients of all sizes, from Fortune 10 international companies with numerous offices and tens of thousands of employees to small, family-owned businesses. Through our SuperVision™ services, Spilman lawyers function as an extension of the client’s management team, working together to prevent problems before they occur by providing comprehensive human resources audits, conducting comprehensive employee training programs, drafting and modifying personnel policies and procedures, and helping clients navigate the sometimes choppy waters of employment decisions.
Your Labor Management Partner
We are strong in traditional (and not-so-traditional) labor law issues in virtually every industry. We regularly counsel and represent local, regional and national health care, natural resources, service industry, manufacturing and other clients in union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice charges, arbitrations, discharges, strikes, civil litigation, and complex mergers and acquisitions. We closely monitor union trends and initiatives and bring our knowledge and experience to bear upon the unique traditional labor issues facing our clients.
Your Trial Lawyer
Even with the best laid plans, litigation sometimes arises, and when it does, our lawyers try cases. We pride ourselves in jury advocacy and results. Our lawyers have developed effective substantive and thematic defenses in single-plaintiff litigation as well as class actions and administrative agency matters. We employ the Early Case Assessment (ECA) model in all of our litigation and trials to provide clients with a comprehensive risk analysis and budget early in every litigation matter. The client is able to make an informed choice very early in the process (before incurring significant legal fees): settle it or try it? This approach is part and parcel of the firm’s emphasis on serving as each client’s business partner and working tirelessly to achieve client-driven and client-defined results.