Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Practice Receives Multiple Recognitions

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Members of the Labor & Employment Practice at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig received a wide range of recognitions.

During the first three quarters of 2014, members of the Labor & Employment Practice at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig received a wide range of recognitions for their legal skills and leadership.

"As the firm’s Labor & Employment and Immigration Practices continue to meet the needs of our clients in an ever-changing global marketplace, it is imperative that we stay ahead of the curve in trends, policies, and legislation for our domestic and international clients," said Jonathan L. Sulds, Co-Chair of the Global Labor & Employment Practice. "These recognitions reflect our commitment to offer top notch, cutting edge legal service."

Greenberg Traurig’s Global Labor & Employment Practice provides an array of workplace strategies and legal counsel, including practical and efficient consulting, technical assistance, and litigation services. Greenberg Traurig attorneys understand the business impact of labor and employment issues and have the varied experience needed to help organizations analyze options, make informed decisions and take effective action. Greenberg Traurig's L&E Blog (gtleblog.com) offers insights and analysis of the latest labor and employment developments, including legislation, regulations, cases, policies and trends.

Below is a sampling of publications and organizations and the accolades they conferred on the practice and individual team members.

"This is only a representative sample of the talent, dedication and leadership our colleagues consistently demonstrate to our clients and their field of law," said David Long-Daniels, Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Labor & Employment Practice.

Law360
Early in 2014, the practice was recognized by Law360 as a 2013 "Practice Group of the Year for Employment." This is the second time that Greenberg Traurig received this recognition. According to Law360, the designation is given to firms that excelled at getting the job done for clients in litigation and deals in 2013. Winners are selected based on the significance, size, and complexity as well as number of significant, large, or complex litigation wins or deals worked on between November 1, 2012, and November 1, 2013.

Human Resource Executive® and Lawdragon
Peter W. Zinober, Co-Chair of the Global Labor & Employment Practice — based in Greenberg Traurig’s Tampa office — was inducted to the second annual Employment Lawyers Hall of Fame for 2014 of Lawdragon’s joint project with Human Resource Executive® - "Nations Most Powerful Employment Attorneys." To achieve Hall of Fame status, an attorney must have 35 years "in the employment law trenches and requires consistent recognition for all-around excellence in counseling clients, contributing to the bar, and serving as a visionary to improve workplaces." Each year, only 10 attorneys nationwide are added to the Hall of Fame.

Charles S. Birenbaum, Greenberg Traurig’s Chair of Northern California in San Francisco, and James N. Boudreau, National Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice's Class and Collective Action Group in Philadelphia, were named to the "The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Top 100" by Lawdragon and Human Resource Executive® magazine. Laura Foote Reiff — Co-Managing Shareholder in the Northern Virginia office and Co-Chair of the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice — was also named by Lawdragon and Human Resource Executive® magazine as one of the 2014 "Nation’s Top 20 Employment Attorneys for Immigration."

Chambers Global Guide – USA Labour & Employment
Chambers Global Guide's 2014 USA Labour & Employment Section recognized Peter Zinober and Richard C. McCrea, Jr. — also a shareholder in the firm’s Tampa office and Co-Chair of the National Labor & Employment Non-Compete/Trade Secret and Employment Contract Litigation Group. Chambers Global covers more than 190 countries worldwide, includes regional and global sections, and covers more than 25 practice areas. Zinober and McCrea were two of only 40 U.S. practitioners ranked in the labor and employment field.

Chambers USA Guide – Labor & Employment
The 2014 Chambers USA Guide lists nearly 200 Greenberg Traurig attorneys firm-wide and 34 practice areas are included in the guide, including Labor & Employment.

According to its website, Chambers and Partners, publisher of the annual guide, selects attorneys and practices for inclusion based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients around the world. Joseph Z. Fleming, a shareholder in the firm’s Miami office, is recognized as a Senior Statesman for the fourth consecutive year.

Richard McCrea and Peter Zinober are recognized as Star Individuals for the fifth and seventh years, respectively.

Justin F. Keith, an associate in the firm’s Boston office, is recognized as an "Associate to Watch."

The following attorneys are listed in the Chambers Labor & Employment National Rankings:

Charles Birenbaum – Chair, Northern California; San Francisco

Kristine J. Feher - Co-Chair, Employment Training/Compliance Group, New Jersey

Michael D. Karpeles - Shareholder, Chicago

Leslie A. Klein - Co-Chair, Global Benefits & Compensation Practice; Phoenix

Wendy Johnson Lario – Chair, New Jersey Labor & Employment Practice; New Jersey

David Long-Daniels – Co-Chair, Global Labor & Employment Practice; Atlanta

Terence P. McCourt – Chair, Labor & Employment Practice; Boston Managing Shareholder

Renée W. O’Rourke – Shareholder, Denver

Richard A. Sirus – Shareholder, Chicago

Jonathan Sulds - Co-Chair, Global Labor & Employment Practice; New York

Todd D. Wozniak – Co-Chair, Labor & Employment ERISA Litigation Group, Atlanta

Kelly Dobbs Bunting and James Boudreau, shareholders in the firm’s Philadelphia office, are listed as "Recognized Practitioners."

American Bar Association
Kelly Bunting — Philadelphia Shareholder and Co-Chair of the firm’s Employment Training/Compliance Group — recently accepted two roles with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of International Law. For the 2015 term, Bunting will serve as the International Law Section’s Liaison with the ABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section and as a member of the Steering Group for the International Employment Law Committee.

Peter Zinober was also just reappointed for an additional one-year term as Employer Co-Chair of the ABA's Section of Labor and Employment’s Human Trafficking Task Force.

Litigation Counsel of America
Wendy Lario has been selected for fellowship into the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), an invitation-only trial lawyer society limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

The Daily Journal - California
Charles Birenbaum and Mark Kemple — Chair of the firm's Southern California Labor & Employment Practice and National Co-Chair of the Class and Collective Action Group and in Los Angeles, were named to The Daily Journal’s list of "California’s Leading Labor & Employment Lawyers" for 2014.

The 2014 Legal 500 United States

The Legal 500 United States' 2014 guide includes 88 attorneys and 22 practice categories from the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Published by Legalese, The Legal 500 guides "provide research and law firm rankings to enable clients to identify the best law firm for the job." All firms are recommended on merit based on client and peer feedback. Greenberg Traurig’s Labor & Employment Practice was ranked in the following categories: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation; Immigration; Labor and Employment Litigation; Labor-Management Relations; Workplace; and Employment Counseling and Litigation – Trade Secrets. The following team members were included in the guide:

Laurent Badoux – Chair, Phoenix Labor & Employment Practice; Phoenix

Johnine P. Barnes - Chair, Statutory Compliance and Contracts and Regulatory Practice Group; Washington, D.C.

James Boudreau - Chair, Class and Collective Action Group; Philadelphia

Kelly Bunting – Co-Chair, Employment Training/Compliance Group; Philadelphia

Kristine Feher – Co-Chair, Employment Training/Compliance Group; New Jersey

Joseph Fleming – Shareholder, Miami

Ian A. Herbert – Shareholder, Northern Virginia

Kurt A. Kappes – Co-Chair, National Labor & Employment Non-Compete/Trade Secret and Employment Contract Litigation; Sacramento Co-Managing Shareholder

Leslie Klein – Co-Chair, Global Benefits & Compensation Practice; Phoenix

Steven B. Lapidus – Chair, Miami Tax Practice; Miami

Wendy Lario - Chair, New Jersey Labor & Employment Practice; New Jersey
Ian R. Macdonald – Shareholder, Atlanta

Pamela J. Mak – Shareholder, Northern Virginia

Jeffrey D. Mamorsky - Co-Chair, Global Benefits & Compensation Practice; Co-Chair, ERISA Litigation Group; New York

Terence McCourt – Chair, Boston Labor & Employment Practice; Boston Managing Shareholder

Richard McCrea –Co-Chair, National Labor & Employment Non-Compete/Trade Secret and Employment Contract Litigation; Tampa

Terry L. Moore – Director, Employee Benefits Services; New York

Renée O’Rourke – Shareholder, Denver

Laura Reiff - Co-Chair, Business Immigration & Compliance Practice; Northern Virginia Co-Managing Shareholder

Erik S. Rodriguez – Shareholder, Atlanta

Martha J. Schoonover - Co-Chair, Business Immigration & Compliance Practice; Northern Virginia

Richard Sirus – Shareholder, Chicago

Jonathan Sulds - Co-Chair, Global Labor & Employment Practice; New York

Peter Zinober, Co-Chair, Global Labor & Employment Practice; Tampa

Who’s Who Legal 'International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers'
Five Greenberg Traurig shareholders — Peter Zinober, Richard McCrea, Robert Goldich (Operating Shareholder, Philadelphia), Joseph Fleming and T.M.J. (Dorothé) Smits (Amsterdam) — were featured in the 2014 Who’s Who Legal "International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers" list. According to the Who’s Who Legal website, the publication identifies the foremost legal practitioners in various areas of law and features the world’s leading private practice lawyers in more than 100 countries.

Lawyers of Color Annual 'Hot List'
Two labor and employment attorneys — Keshia M. Tiemann and Sumaya Ellard, both in the firm’s Atlanta office — were named to this year’s Lawyers of Color "Annual Hot List" for the Southern Region. Angela F. Ramson (Atlanta) and Nikki Lewis Simon (Miami) from the Litigation Practice were also named. All honorees are chosen based on noteworthy accomplishments in the legal field, with special attention given to candidates who were active in diversity initiatives.

'Lawyers of the Year' by Best Lawyers in America
Bridget A. Berry, a shareholder in the West Palm Beach office, and Lorence Jon Bielby, a shareholder in Tallahassee, were each selected as a 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation – Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers in America. Inclusion is based on peer review. Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is recognized as a "Lawyer of the Year."

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 36 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is among the "Power Elite" in the 2014 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard report, which assesses the nature and strength of law firms' client relationships. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.

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