Employers are faced with complex and sometimes contradictory laws and regulations that can have a dramatic impact on their ongoing business operations. Add to that the burden of state and federal interpretations of these laws and employers can be subject to devastating legal disputes that are not easily resolved.
While we always try to mitigate litigation risks through self-audits and personnel policies, our employment litigation attorneys know what it takes to win when disputes can’t be resolved. Our seasoned trial attorneys combine investigative tactics, savvy media relations, and effective negotiating strategies with the goal of achieving the best and most efficient outcome for you. We litigate large class and multiple plaintiffs actions, as well as individual lawsuits in both state and federal courts throughout the nation. This includes employee benefits litigation and actions related to non-compete and trade secret agreements. We regularly defend cases arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and matters that are brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).
Recognizing that each client’s situation is different, we ensure that the strategy for each case matches your business objectives and budget. Whether the matter is a “bet the farm” dispute or a smaller one, we understand that one size does not fit all. The range and diversity of cases we defend gives us the experience needed to provide you with the personal attention necessary to limit your financial and reputational exposure.
How We Can Help
Defend Employers against Discrimination and Wrongful Discharge Claims
- Defend against race, age, gender, national origin, religious, and other discrimination claims
- Defend employers against whistleblower, retaliation, and other wrongful discharge claims
- Protect company secrets and business interests during litigation
- Establish coordinated and aggressive discovery plans and information management
- Budget cases for cost certainty and containment
Defend Employers against Class and Collective Actions
- Represent employers in overtime and wage payment cases
- Defend class actions, mass discrimination, and disparate impact suits
Defend against Government Actions and Investigations
- Significant experience handling charges of discrimination before the EEOC and similar state and local agencies
- Prepare witnesses and gather documentary evidence
- Write position statements tailored to each individual matter
- Communicate with agency investigators to provide requested follow-up information and witness interviews
- Negotiate conciliation agreements
- Solid record of securing “no cause” findings in agency matters
Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Design policies for mediation or arbitration of disputes
- Handle mediations and arbitrations throughout the country
What Sets Us Apart
- Ranked Tier 1 in 2020 U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers® (Woodward/White, Inc.) nationally and Philadelphia for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. Also highly ranked nationally for Employment Law – Management and Litigation - Labor & Employment, and regionally for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment.
- 2019 Chambers USA: ranked Blank Rome for labor and employment in Pennsylvania.
- Chambers editors write that Blank Rome: “Maintains a strong profile for its handling of complex trade secrets and restrictive covenant disputes. Also offers experience across labor law matters such as contract negotiation and unfair labor practice disputes. Fields notable expertise in public and private sector employee benefits matters and executive compensation issues.”
“‘They can think two to three steps ahead, and while they are excellent regarding the meat and potatoes of the day-to-day law and legal framework, they are even better at thinking practically and logically as to how situations and scenarios will likely resolve.’”
- “‘The team is very engaged. They communicate well and have years of working together, which enables efficiencies.’”
- We invest in long-term relationships and create client service teams to ensure effective and efficient delivery of legal services.
- We place an emphasis on preventive measures to preempt problems before they arise.
- We provide value-added services to our clients, including in-house training programs, CLE programs, legal briefings, and newsletters.