Greenberg Traurig Makes Strategic Addition to Labor & Employment Practice

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP further expanded its Global Labor & Employment Practice with the strategic addition of Michael Mason as shareholder.

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP further expanded its Global Labor & Employment Practice with the strategic addition of Michael Mason as shareholder. Mason rejoins the firm’s Phoenix office from Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiary, Arizona Public Service Company (APS), where he held executive leadership roles in Human Resources and as Senior Legal Counsel.

“Mike is a widely-respected attorney with impressive depth and breadth of experience in labor and employment law, both as senior-level outside and inside counsel. We welcome him back to Greenberg Traurig and value the perspectives and experience he brings,” said Nicole M. Goodwin, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office.

Mason, a former Greenberg Traurig shareholder who worked at the firm from 2005 to 2012, focuses his practice primarily on labor and employment matters. He has represented and advised employers in a wide range of labor and employment law, including Title VII, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, trade secrets, and other state, federal, and international employment laws, as well as developing and conducting high-impact management training programs in areas ranging from ADA and wage and hour compliance to union avoidance.

While at APS, Mason oversaw litigation and selected and managed outside counsel. He also trained management, conducted and oversaw internal investigations and audit responses, managed a team of HR professionals, served as lead negotiator in collective bargaining, and represented the company before federal administrative agencies. Mason is also treasurer of the State Bar of Arizona, Labor & Employment Executive Council.

“We are excited to welcome Mike back to the firm,” Greenberg Traurig Global Labor & Employment Practice co-chairs Naomi G. Beer, David Long-Daniels, and James N. Boudreau said in a joint statement. “With his more than 15 years of experience in labor and employment law, including unique in-house experience, he enhances the depth of our services and brings a creative approach to solving problems in a highly regulated and complex environment.”

“I am excited to return to one of the nation’s leading labor and employment practices,” said Mason. “The firm’s willingness to innovate, global reach, and collaborative approach to client service will be a tremendous asset to my practice and clients.”

Mason received his J.D. from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and his B.A. from Arizona State University. While at APS he also completed the Executive Education program at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Labor & Employment Practice

Greenberg Traurig’s Global Labor & Employment Practice serves clients from offices throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Members of the practice have had numerous trial wins and are frequently called upon to handle complex, bet-the-company, and large high-stake cases, including class and collective actions. On the labor side, a leading group of lawyers regularly represents management with labor-relations matters. Labor & Employment team members assist clients with complex employment issues, and design practical, proactive strategies that can be readily implemented by today’s human resources professionals. The practice has been recognized by Law360 as “Practice Group of the Year” for Labor & Employment (2011 and 2013), and has received a regional award from American Lawyer affiliate, Daily Report, for “Litigation Department of the Year” in Georgia (Labor & Employment 2015 and 2017). In addition, the practice is recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the areas of Labor and Employment Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, ERISA Litigation, and Trade Secrets Litigation. Visit Greenberg Traurig’s Labor & Employment Blog for insights and analysis of the latest labor and employment developments, including legislation, regulations, cases, policies, and trends.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. One firm worldwide, GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.

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