Our Labor and Employment Client Service Group includes approximately 110 lawyers from coast to coast (Atlanta, Boulder, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Irvine, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, Santa Monica, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.), and international offices in Europe and Asia.  Lawyers in the group are skilled in all areas of traditional labor law, employment law and all aspects of litigation.  One of the distinctions of Bryan Cave, through our advanced technology, is we readily use lawyers from different offices to work together on cases or projects to bring our clients the best and most efficient service possible.  

The lawyers in our Labor and Employment Group represent employers at all levels of the state and federal judicial system and have appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court.  We regularly represent employers before all state and federal employment agencies, including the EEOC, NLRB, DOL, OSHA and OFCCP.  We defend clients in all types of employment litigation matters including class and collective actions, wrongful termination, discrimination, breach of employment contract, and the various tort theories plaintiffs are using currently.  Our group includes many trial lawyers with significant experience, which helps us obtain quick resolution where appropriate and makes us ready and willing to try cases where necessary.  For example, we recently won a federal court race discrimination and retaliation jury trial for a Fortune 100 Company, and we won a state court tortious interference with business expectancy jury trial for a Fortune 500 Company.  Given our reputation and experience, we are frequently asked to take over cases from other law firms in the midst of litigation.

In addition, we regularly represent clients in labor contract interpretation and negotiations. We represent approximately three dozen arbitrations per year. Our traditional labor law practice includes representing clients in matters involving compliance with the National Labor Relations Act, labor negotiations and arbitrations, mergers and acquisitions, labor crisis management and long-term work force strategies. We have extensive experience representing employers in collective bargaining and arbitration proceedings, as well as counseling clients regarding a variety of traditional labor law issues, including those pertaining to strike contingency plans, outsourcing, sales, mergers and consolidation of businesses and workforce reductions.

A substantial portion of our employment practice is devoted to counseling clients in order to avoid expensive and time-consuming litigation. We regularly provide counsel regarding reductions-in-force, severance agreements, the establishment of internal grievance procedures and participative management groups, trade secrets and non-competition arrangements, and union avoidance.  Our team is called upon to offer advice in the areas of creation and implementation of reduction in work force plans, employee drug testing programs, company discipline and discharge policies, and employee handbooks.  We have developed a variety of internal training programs for clients on topics including union avoidance, sexual harassment, and the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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