As individual employee litigation and arbitration claims steadily increase, employers face the ongoing challenge of managing these claims efficiently. At Morgan Lewis, we partner with clients to continually assess the risk of individual employment litigation and arbitration matters. Using our global resources and shared experience, we work closely with our clients to apply creative and cutting-edge solutions. When issues arise, we provide counseling, case management, and trial proficiency.
When litigation represents the best option, we defend our clients in state and US federal courts, before arbitrators, and before European employment tribunals—always with an eye toward efficient and effective resolution. We combine our industry know-how, geographic coverage, and practice depth to benefit our clients. Our experience spans the financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and life sciences, technology, transportation, and retail sectors, among many others.
We manage portfolios of labor and employment litigation under national or regional employment counsel arrangements. We bring new efficiencies, strengths, and value to our clients’ legal and business operations. Alternative fee arrangements are an important aspect of these relationships, and we develop customized arrangements that help clients achieve greater efficiency with cost savings and ease of management responsibilities. Many clients renew these arrangements for multiple terms, demonstrating the value that such portfolio arrangements deliver.
We defend employment disputes, including:
We guide clients through alternative dispute resolution and industry-specific programs such as Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and other financial services arbitration. We represent clients in disputes before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), as well as in mediation and internal grievance alternative dispute resolution programs. In addition, we counsel clients about using, developing, and implementing arbitration agreements and class action waivers.
Companies operating in California face myriad state-specific laws. For these employers, our lawyers based in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Orange County understand the nuances of California and federal law. Our teams are well versed in California’s unique approaches to personnel issues. We know how the state’s particular labor code sections and common-law rules can present challenges for companies that do business there.