Labor and Employment

McGuireWoods offers clients access to 75 labor and employment lawyers across the United States and Europe. Our clients include local, national and multinational employers – from small businesses, governmental entities and nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. We counsel employers in every aspect of the employer/employee relationship, including federal, state and international law compliance; traditional labor issues; internal investigations; federal contracting; and executive compensation.

We work with clients proactively to prevent, triage, defend and resolve internal and external workplace disputes, claims, and litigation. We also collaborate with clients to deliver tailored employment services in the most flexible, efficient manner possible, which includes the use of alternative fee arrangements, value-added billing and retainers. If litigation proves inevitable, our team is ready to defend our clients from federal and state civil rights and antidiscrimination claims, trade secret and employee raiding actions, and whistleblower and other suits. We also represent employers in a wide range of administrative proceedings, including on charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC and state and local human rights agencies, in DOL compliance checks and audits, and in proceedings before administrative forums and in federal court.

Recent Accolades

  • BTI listed McGuireWoods on the honor roll for complex employment litigation in the 2014 edition of BTI Litigation Outlook: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms, based on feedback from corporate counsel.
  • In Corporate Counsel’s “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies” 2014 edition, the firm ranked seventh overall in Labor and Employment, and in the top 20 in Labor Litigation.
  • McGuireWoods LLP received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for Employment Law-Management, among many others.
Employment Litigation

CONTACTS

Bruce M. Steen Partner T: +1 704 353 6244
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Fortune 100 financial institution

Serving as co-lead national counsel to Fortune 100 financial institution for its single-plaintiff employment litigation in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
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Global paper and packaging company

Defense of a global paper and packaging company in disability retirement benefit and pension benefit claims throughout the United States, including in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington and Texas.
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Agricultural/crop insurance provider

Defended an agricultural/crop insurance provider in a noncompete dispute after the client hired a high-level sales executive of competitor. In Missouri, under Missouri law. Case settled favorably after we successfully defeated plaintiff’s application for preliminary injunction following 3 weeks of expedited discovery and two day trial.
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Representation of a global science company in a trade secrets theft case against a South Korean manufacturing company.

DuPont filed a civil trade secrets case in 2009 against Kolon Industries Inc. for conspiring with former employees to steal proprietary information about Kevlar™, the bulletproofing fiber used in body armor products. McGuireWoods served as lead trial counsel for DuPont in civil litigation spanning six years. Meanwhile, in 2012, the U.S. Government filed a criminal case against Kolon – in which the company pleaded guilty in April 2015. In doing so, Kolon agreed to pay $360 million in fines, ending the long-running civil and criminal disputes.

The case is historically significant because of the size of the original verdict, the rulings on a host of key trade secrets and spoliation issues, and the resulting settlement obtained by DuPont.  It has also been cited in ongoing efforts by the Obama administration as an example of the need for enhanced federal protection of corporate trade secrets. Awarded the Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Litigation by American Lawyer Media in 2015.
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Health system

Representation of a health system against the appeal of a long term employee to the NY State Appellate Division 3rd Department concerning the denial of unemployment benefits. Favorable settlement.
Case Study

Complete victory for Siemens Medical Solutions

McGuireWoods partner Dana Rust and associate Bobby Holland convinced the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm the dismissal of a $1.77 million claim against Siemens Medical Solutions, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of medical equipment, including MRI systems, radiation therapy equipment, and patient monitoring systems.

Representative Matter

Port terminal operator

McGuireWoods persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to affirm a grant of summary judgment previously obtained by the firm on behalf of APM Terminals in an Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) lawsuit.
Representative Matter

Former Executive Director of a regional transportation authority

Representation of former Executive Director of a regional transportation authority in the defense of a case alleging violation of First Amendment rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and violation of the Illinois Whistleblower Act. The plaintiff, a former attorney of certain pension plans and 401(k)s, alleged that his representation was terminated because he reported pension funding shortfalls and statutory violations. After filing both a motion to dismiss and a motion for sanctions the court dismissed all claims against our client and ordered full briefing on the Rule 11 sanctions motion. Matter settled, our client agreed to withdraw his motion for sanctions and the plaintiff agreed to entry of judgment in favor of our client and to waive any right to appeal.
Representative Matter

One of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States

Representation of one of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States regarding a petition for election filed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) with the National Labor Relations Board at its Connecticut nuclear power plant.
Representative Matter

Steel manufacturer and distributor

Assist steel manufacturer and distributor in successfully negotiating a collective bargaining agreement for the company.
Representative Matter

Multinational elevator maintenance company

Representation of a multinational elevator maintenance company against a former, long-term employee—an elevator maintenance and repairman—who alleged that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law by terminating his employment. The plaintiff further alleged that his supervisor affirmatively engaged in and assisted the discrimination and was therefore liable as an aider and abettor. The Court granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case.
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Fortune 300 mutual life insurance company

Member of national litigation counsel panel for Fortune 300 mutual life insurance company's ERISA and individual disability policy lawsuits.
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Fortune 100 financial institution

Defense of Fortune 100 financial institution against OFCCP allegations that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of intentional discrimination against all African-American candidates for employment in certain job groups.
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Fortune 500 gas and electric utility subsidiary

Representation of a Fortune 500 gas and electric utility subsidiary in negotiations with the EEOC concerning allegations that the company insisted that certain employees sign general release agreements that contained provisions that allegedly violated Title VII.
Representative Matter

Elevator maintenance company

Representation of an elevator maintenance company against allegations of breaching a contract that required it to pay for services related to obtaining discounts on workers’ compensation premiums. The plaintiff filed a summary judgment motion at the outset of the case, then withdrew the motion and dismissed the case after it received McGuireWoods’ opposition brief and the parties appeared before the Court for a conference.
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Provider of Market Intelligence, Data, and Technology Solutions

Advised provider of market intelligence, data, and technology solutions to the global capital markets on the acquisition by its English subsidiary of a BVI-registered provider of web-based systems for loan syndication and its group for $31.5 million (subject to adjustments).
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American packaging company

Obtained temporary injunction against former executive for breach of noncompetition agreement and threatened misappropriation of trade secrets.
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U.S. producer of ready-mixed concrete

Negotiation of favorable collective bargaining agreement.
Representative Matter

National discount retailer

Representation of a national discount retailer in religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation. We obtained a nuisance-value settlement following plaintiff’s deposition and prior to plaintiff deposing defendants’ current and former employees.
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Chemical manufacturing company

Successful representation of a chemical manufacturing company in a decertification petition and prevailed in an objection hearing before the NLRB.
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Joel Allen Joel S. Allen
Partner
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6464
F: +1 214 273 7488
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Igor Babichenko Igor Babichenko
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 7617
F: +1 804 698 2029
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Kathryn Barber Kathryn M. Barber
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1214
F: +1 804 698 2004
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Brian D Barger Brian D. Barger
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2072
F: +1 704 343 2300
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John S Barr John S. Barr
Senior Deputy General Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4709
F: +1 804 698 2238
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Sabrina A Beldner Sabrina A. Beldner
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 310 956 3419
F: +1 310 956 3119
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T:+1 415 844 1947
F: +1 415 844 1925

Amy Beverlin Amy E. Beverlin
Associate
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8225
F: +1 310 956 3125
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Olga Bograd Olga A. Bograd
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6431
F: +1 214 273 7492
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Brennan Bolt Brennan W. Bolt
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5725
F: +1 404 443 5768
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Seth Borden Seth H. Borden
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2180
F: +1 212 715 2308
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Thomas R Brice Thomas R. Brice
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2629
F: +1 904 360 6335
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Scott S Cairns Scott S. Cairns
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 3223
F: +1 904 798 3261
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Adrian Canzoneri Adrian Canzoneri
Associate
Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 415 844 1985
F: +1 415 844 1921
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Douglas W Charnas Douglas W. Charnas
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1757
F: +1 202 828 2980
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Michael J DiMattia Michael J. DiMattia
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7009
F: +1 212 715 2312
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Susan Pyle Dion Susan Pyle Dion
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8951
F: +1 704 353 6162
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William Doyle William E. Doyle Jr.
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 919 755 6690
F: +1 919 755 6602
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Kevin Duddlestein Kevin M. Duddlesten
Senior Counsel
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6419
F: +1 214 273 7484
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Peter Farley Peter N. Farley
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5623
F: +1 404 443 5680
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Philip A Goldstein Philip A. Goldstein
Counsel
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2167
F: +1 212 548 2150
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Deven Gray Deven S. Gray
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2170
F: +1 704 444 8870
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David L Greenspan David L. Greenspan
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5096
F: +1 703 712 5214
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Sarabeth Hall Sarabeth Hall
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6429
F: +1 469 372 3879
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Richard Hankins Richard B. Hankins
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5727
F: +1 404 443 5767
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Melissa Hensley Melissa M. Hensley
Senior Counsel
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6443
F: +1 214 273 7491
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Event

2018 California Employment Law Update

December 13, 2017
Complimentary Webinar
Event

15th Annual Nonprofit Seminar

Back to Basics

September - November 2017
Event

Trump Administration, Federal Contractors and OFCCP – Where Are We?

September 14, 2017
Complimentary Webinar
Event

2017 California Employment Law Update

December 13, 2016
Complimentary Webinar
Event

14th Annual Nonprofit Seminar - Staying Current in a Changing Landscape

September 28, October 18, November 2 & 3, 2016
Richmond and Charlottesville, VA; Charlotte and Raleigh, NC
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OFCCP’s New Sex Discrimination Guidelines

August 25, 2016
Complimentary Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Advanced Wage & Hour Conference

July 21, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
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2016 California Employment Law Update

December 9, 2015
Complimentary Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Employment Law Institute 2014

October 21, 2014
New York, NY and Live Webcast
Event

Office Gossip Around the Virtual Water Cooler

September 25, 2014
Complimentary Webinar
Event

Meeting OFCCP Compliance Challenges in 2014

December 5, 2013
Richmond, VA
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California Employment Law Developments

December 5, 2012
Complimentary Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Employment Law Institute 2012

October 22-23, 2012
New York, NY
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GDPR Subject Access Requests

GDPR: Report
November 20, 2017
Legal Alert

Increased Immigration Worksite Enforcement Looming in 2018

Subject to Inquiry
October 30, 2017
Article

Pursuing Diversity While Avoiding the Reverse-Discrimination Trap

Association of Corporate Counsel Newsletter
2nd Quarter
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