DALLAS and HOUSTON, April 27, 2016: Morgan Lewis has significantly deepened its award-winning labor and employment team in Texas with the addition of highly ranked partner Ethel J. Johnson, who will be resident in the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices. Ms. Johnson joins Morgan Lewis from the employment litigation practice of another global law firm.
“Ethel has acquired a well-deserved reputation for excellence throughout the United States, and she represents a key addition to our firm’s busy Texas offices,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “She is a perfect fit for our labor and employment team, which is consistently rated at the top of its field.”
Chambers USA recognizes Ms. Johnson as a leading labor and employment lawyer for her work representing management in matters across the United States. She joins a team ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA for Texas Labor & Employment and honored by Texas Lawyer magazine as Texas Labor and Employment Litigation Department of the Year.
Ms. Johnson’s practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination and retaliation cases, wage and hour class and collective actions, complex employment litigation, employee benefits litigation, noncompetition/nondisclosure matters, and labor arbitrations. She also counsels clients on human resource issues such as discipline and discharge, wage and hour, workplace privacy, internal investigations, employee handbooks/manuals, noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, medical leave policies and practices, drug and alcohol abuse strategies, and workplace training. She represents clients in a variety of industries, including energy, banking and financial services, software and telecommunications, and life sciences and biotechnology.
“Ethel is an experienced, versatile trial lawyer who adds critical mass to our stellar Texas team,” said Joseph J. Costello, who leads the firm’s labor and employment practice. “Her litigation background, coupled with her deep understanding of human resources issues, is an ideal combination for our clients and for our firm.”
Active in professional organizations devoted to employment law, Ms. Johnson frequently speaks at employment-related seminars. In addition to Chambers, she has been recognized for her work by Human Resources Executive magazine and Lawdragon.