WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2009: Morgan Lewis today announced that former Deputy Secretary of Labor Howard Radzely will join the firm as a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice, resident in the Washington, D.C. office. His arrival and unique perspective—like that of other notable former government officials including, most recently, former White House Counsel Fred Fielding—enhance the firm’s ability to help steer clients through a period of tremendous change in Washington, D.C.
“With his government background, Howard brings to our clients rare insight into and command of the entire scope of Department of Labor laws at a critical time—as virtually all industries anticipate an increase in enforcement action by the agency and an uptick in civil labor and employment litigation,” noted Firm Chair Francis M. Milone in a memo to the firm.
“Howard’s arrival will further enhance our DOL regulatory practice and add to the balanced counsel on which our clients have come to rely,” added Joseph J. Costello, leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice. “Paired with a dynamic national team that includes more than a dozen former government attorneys—including two former members of the NLRB, a former Deputy Solicitor of Labor, and a former Deputy Head of the OFCCP—Howard will be a tremendous resource for our clients.”
From the time he joined the DOL in June 2001 until the end of the Bush administration, Mr. Radzely was personally involved in all of the agency’s significant regulatory reforms and other major activities. As Solicitor of Labor, he oversaw all of the agency’s legal activities and was involved in major enforcement actions and significant litigation. As Deputy Secretary of Labor during his final two years at the agency, he was responsible for all policies that emanated from the DOL as well as relations with Capitol Hill. During his tenure at the DOL, Mr. Radzely worked on key matters involving whistleblower claims, employee benefits and pension matters, labor management relations, wage and hour laws (including opinion letters and overseeing the development and approval of the new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations and the new Family Medical Leave Act regulations), and employee safety.
“We look forward to welcoming Howard—yet another well-respected attorney whose time in public service offers our clients a valuable perspective—next week,” added Grace E. Speights, Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He will officially start at Morgan Lewis on July 1.
Mr. Radzely’s arrival follows the addition earlier this year of not only Mr. Fielding, but also three other notable federal government attorneys to its 300-lawyer strong Washington, D.C. office—former Senior Litigation Counsel at the FTC Tom Lang, former Assistant AG for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the DOJ Ron Tenpas, and Jon Snare, who served with Mr. Radzely at the DOL as Deputy Solicitor of Labor. Overall, the firm is home to more than 90 partners and counsel who have served as high-level attorneys in government agencies ranging from the U.S. Department of Justice and the IRS to the Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Energy, and the National Labor Relations Board.
Mr. Radzely will add to the firm’s nationally recognized labor and employment capabilities—which have made Morgan Lewis a winner or finalist in every American Lawyer magazine “Litigation Department of the Year” competition since 2004. With a strong presence on both coasts and a solid team in the central United States, Morgan Lewis’s Labor and Employment Practice counsels and represents Fortune 500 companies across a broad array of labor and employment matters, including complex employment litigation; race, sex, and disability discrimination; harassment; wrongful discharge; overtime lawsuits; ERISA; Family Medical Leave Act; and noncompete agreements.
Mr. Radzely will also deepen the firm’s appellate strength. He clerked for 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig and later for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and worked on a significant number of appellate matters while at the DOL, including a number of cases before the Supreme Court. Prior to joining the DOL, Mr. Radzely was a senior associate at Wiley, Rein & Fielding, where his litigation, appellate, and general counseling practice focused primarily on labor and employment issues.