Labor and Employment Litigation
Labor and Employment Litigation
Ranked by Legal 500 as a leading Labor and Employment defense team, our attorneys have won a well-deserved credibility and an impressive record of success in employment litigation and other disputes.  Our attorneys have advocated for the interests of employers for more than 60 years in state and federal courts, before federal, state and local agencies, and in arbitration and mediation.
When litigation becomes necessary, we see it through to its most effective resolution, whether through alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, settlement, or trial.  We benchmark our own goals against yours, looking beyond the conclusion of a dispute to its long-term impact on your employees, your reputation and good will, and your business and operational objectives.

We represent employers in every form of employment litigation:

  • Employment discrimination

  • Breach of contract

  • Wage and hour

  • Harassment, hostile environment and retaliation claims

  • Whistleblower claims

  • Compensation disputes and claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Enforcement of noncompetes, NDAs, and other restrictive covenants

  • Partnership disputes, dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty allegations

Employment Class Action Defense

Our expert team of employment litigators routinely defeat large employment class actions in state and federal jurisdictions across the country.  With most employment class action claims achieving class certification, we take particular pride in avoiding precisely that, and have usually defeated class certification before significant discovery or even before filing an answer to a complaint.  Through the various strategies we have honed, our team consistently turns large potential class actions into a manageable handful of small, easy-to-settle (or to dismiss) individual claims.

Restrictive Covenant and Trade Secret Litigation

We represent clients in state and federal courts throughout the country in a wide range of disputes concerning noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements, as well as relating to the protection of confidential information and trade secrets.  Our lawyers have broad experience both asserting and defending cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Economic Espionage Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, state criminal codes, restrictive covenants, employee raiding, customer raiding, and departures of key employees.

Privacy and Information Security Litigation

Our goal is to minimize risk and achieve an outcome that makes sense for our clients — whether that’s closure of an inquiry or investigation, a favorable settlement, or successful litigation.  Our team has a unique perspective developed from years of serving as in-house counsel to retailers, consumer product manufacturers and financial services companies, and as part of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  We enjoy strong relationships and a well-earned reputation for integrity and credibility with attorneys at every level of the FTC, in the offices of state attorneys general, and with many class action-focused plaintiffs’ firms.

 
 

Overview

Ranked by Legal 500 as a leading Labor and Employment defense team, our attorneys have won a well-deserved credibility and an impressive record of success in employment litigation and other disputes.  Our attorneys have advocated for the interests of employers for more than 60 years in state and federal courts, before federal, state and local agencies, and in arbitration and mediation.
When litigation becomes necessary, we see it through to its most effective resolution, whether through alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, settlement, or trial.  We benchmark our own goals against yours, looking beyond the conclusion of a dispute to its long-term impact on your employees, your reputation and good will, and your business and operational objectives.

We represent employers in every form of employment litigation:

  • Employment discrimination

  • Breach of contract

  • Wage and hour

  • Harassment, hostile environment and retaliation claims

  • Whistleblower claims

  • Compensation disputes and claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Enforcement of noncompetes, NDAs, and other restrictive covenants

  • Partnership disputes, dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty allegations

Employment Class Action Defense

Our expert team of employment litigators routinely defeat large employment class actions in state and federal jurisdictions across the country.  With most employment class action claims achieving class certification, we take particular pride in avoiding precisely that, and have usually defeated class certification before significant discovery or even before filing an answer to a complaint.  Through the various strategies we have honed, our team consistently turns large potential class actions into a manageable handful of small, easy-to-settle (or to dismiss) individual claims.

Restrictive Covenant and Trade Secret Litigation

We represent clients in state and federal courts throughout the country in a wide range of disputes concerning noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements, as well as relating to the protection of confidential information and trade secrets.  Our lawyers have broad experience both asserting and defending cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Economic Espionage Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, state criminal codes, restrictive covenants, employee raiding, customer raiding, and departures of key employees.

Privacy and Information Security Litigation

Our goal is to minimize risk and achieve an outcome that makes sense for our clients — whether that’s closure of an inquiry or investigation, a favorable settlement, or successful litigation.  Our team has a unique perspective developed from years of serving as in-house counsel to retailers, consumer product manufacturers and financial services companies, and as part of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  We enjoy strong relationships and a well-earned reputation for integrity and credibility with attorneys at every level of the FTC, in the offices of state attorneys general, and with many class action-focused plaintiffs’ firms.

Partner
Email (212) 808-7959(212) 808-7959
Mark Konkel is a nationally recognized advocate for employers across industries and chairs the firm’s Labor and Employment practice.  He has a long track record of winning judgments and ...
Partner
Email (213) 547-4906(213) 547-4906
Kimberly Carter is managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kimberly focuses her practice on a wide array of employment law matters including defense of high-stakes single plaintiff...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7812(212) 808-7812
Levi Downing’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation matters, including trademark, trade dress, copyright, false advertising, unfair competition, defamation, breach of contract, f...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7628(212) 808-7628
Barbara Hoey is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  In her third decade of practice, Barbara’s experience includes counseling clients in all areas of employment law, and d...
Partner
Email (312) 857-2623(312) 857-2623
Matthew Luzadder is managing partner of the firm's Chicago office.  Matt focuses his practice on white-collar crime and internal investigations, commercial litigation and labor and employm...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7843(212) 808-7843
Jaclyn Metzinger focuses her practice on commercial and complex civil litigation in both state and federal courts.  Her experience includes consumer class actions, false advertising claims, an...
Partner
Email (212) 808-5052(212) 808-5052
James Saylor has managed complex litigations and arbitration for a diverse breadth of firm clients, including national brick and mortar and online retailers, internationally-recognized brands, tech...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7965(212) 808-7965
Rob Steiner is the managing partner of Kelley Drye’s New York office.  A proven litigator and trial attorney with over two decades of experience in complex business litigation, Rob has h...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7586(212) 808-7586
Damon Suden is an experienced and talented litigator and trial attorney.  His practice includes commercial and complex civil litigation and class action defense in both state and federal court...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7985(212) 808-7985
David Zalman’s practice involves commercial and complex civil litigation, including class action defense, contract disputes, unfair competition, false advertising, real estate disputes, corpo...
Special Counsel
Email (212) 808-7697(212) 808-7697
Maria Biaggi’s practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law, including workplace litigation, dispute resolution, and counseling.  Her broad scope of experience makes her a...
Special Counsel
Email (973) 503-5924(973) 503-5924
Vincent Rao is special counsel in the firm’s Parsippany office.  His practice focuses on commercial litigation, consumer-oriented class action defense, intellectual property protection a...
Senior Associate
Email (213) 547-4915(213) 547-4915
Ronnie Arenas focuses his practice on all areas of labor and employment law, including litigation, advice and counsel, and preventative training. Ronnie’s extensive litigation experience...
Senior Associate
Email (312) 857-2311(312) 857-2311
Tyler Bohman focuses his practice on all aspects of labor and employment law and commercial litigation.  He defends employers against various employment claims filed in state and federal court...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-7681(212) 808-7681
Alison Frimmel is a senior associate in the Labor and Employment practice.  Alison focuses her practice on employment and labor counseling and litigation, dispute resolution, and defense strat...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-7908(212) 808-7908
Steven Nevolis is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group.  His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of services for management-side clients, including employm...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7568(212) 808-7568
Sebastian Clarkin is a third-generation labor and employment attorney, and focuses his practice in all areas of labor and employment law.  He represents a diverse client base with matters invo...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7646(212) 808-7646
Rachel Goot is an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice. Rachel represents employers in a variety of employment law matters, including harassment and discrimination claims, tr...
Associate
Email (212) 808-5021(212) 808-5021
Nicholas Kromka is an associate with the firm’s Labor and Employment group.  Nick focuses his practice in all areas of labor and employment law, with a specific emphasis on defending cli...

Publications

03/02/2022 | Articles
Employee Plan Benefit Review
03/02/2022 | Articles
Employee Benefit Plan Review
November/December 2021 | Articles
Employee Benefit Plan Review