Your employment decisions can create both opportunity and risk, fueling your business growth and impacting your reputation. Adopting policies to build a strong company culture and ensure compliance with complex laws and regulations is critical to your success—and requires attention, agility and decisive action. Whether you need forward-thinking legal guidance or litigators equipped to handle your most complex workforce-related labor and employment matters, you can turn to us for creative and pragmatic solutions, sector-specific knowledge and a proven litigation track record.
As your trusted advocate, we provide clear, strategic counsel and present solutions with your business objectives in mind. To help you anticipate emerging workplace issues and develop strategies to mitigate potential litigation risks, we make it a priority to proactively identify trends in your industry. When challenges do arise, we employ a collaborative process that allows us to assemble agile legal teams around the globe well suited to address your most pressing employment issues in any jurisdiction, from C-Suite and Board guidance to bet-the-company matters.
We work with clients in a variety of industries, including food and beverage, the gig economy, health, industrials, life sciences, media and entertainment, private client, professional and financial services, retail, technology and transportation and logistics. We have particular skill and experience in the following areas:
Because we’re committed to your success, we make it our business to know your business. As a result, we handle the heavy legal lifting, protecting your organization’s most critical assets—people and reputation—and allowing you to focus on achieving your core objectives. Our approach is direct, decisive and tailored to your specific labor and employment needs across all jurisdictions worldwide.
"The entire team that I work with are very professional, knowledgeable, thought provoking and provide the necessary options to ensure we are totally compliant."
McDermott Will & Emery's "level of expertise is beyond exceptional."
“They are professional, very responsive and they definitely do their homework in order to give us the most detailed and comprehensive answers to our questions.”
Nationally ranked firm in Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment 2021
"[McDermott] are my go-to lawyers for anything that even touches labor, and it's always worth getting their thoughts."
Nationally Ranked as a Leading Firm in Labor & Employment - Disputes (including collective action): Defense; Labor Management Relations, Workplace and Employment Counseling
A Fortune 100 life insurance company in a 6-week FINRA arbitration following a non-compete and raiding lawsuit, and secured a $21 million dollar award on behalf of the client
A national beverage distribution company in claims involving failure to provide meal and rest periods, wage statements and late payment of wages; reached individual settlements with 90% of the class and ultimately resolved remaining class claims on favorable terms
Our team achieved a major victory for Firm client Parker Drilling Management Services (Parker) when the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that state wage and hour laws do not apply to offshore drilling workers working on the Outer Continental Shelf, vacating a unanimous decision by the Ninth Circuit. The case, originally filed in California state court, alleged that Parker violated California state wage and hour laws by denying plaintiff, a former employee, meal and rest periods and for not paying him and others like him for time spent residing on oil platforms located in the Santa Barbara Channel
A Fortune 100 company in collective bargaining for an agreement covering 22,000 customer-facing employees, reaching an agreement and achieving terms favorable to business
A national transportation company in a bench trial alleging misclassification, meal and rest break and late payment of wage claim violations. Received a defense verdict after bench trial
Assisted a major oil & gas corporation with the global HR aspects of its merger into a combined organization involving 120 locations and 70,000 employees
A private equity-backed health care company in a threatened litigation, internal investigation, and executive exit and severance negotiation, avoiding all threatened litigation and whistleblower claims
Represented multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate and prevailed on summary judgment involving disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act and California state law
A manufacturing company on its recent RIF, including preparing WARN notices for anticipated layoffs over a three-month period and on the necessary union notices
Dismissal of whistleblower complaints before federal and state agencies alleging violations of OSHA, the False Claims Act, AIR21, SOX, STAA, FRSA and state whistleblower statutes
Successfully represented software company in a complex, multi-faceted misappropriation of trade secrets and non-compete litigations
European Labor & Employment
A global mechanical engineering group on amendments to the service agreements of members of its management board
A global brewery group in the reorganization of its top-level management in France, UK and Germany
A global grocery chain on the implementation of standardized executive contracts in various jurisdictions including the US, UK and Germany
A leading European telecommunication group on the outsourcing of certain services
A photo-industrial group in relation to mass layoffs in France and Germany
A global food group on its US$1.3 billion acquisition of the worldwide cocoa business of a leading cocoa-producing company with more than 1,500 employees
A defense engineering group on various employment-related matters and complex internal investigations
An FTSE-listed company on several high-level board transition matters, including related UK and cross-border regulatory, bonus and benefits issues