Katten's Employment Law and Litigation attorneys represent management in all aspects of labor, human resources and employment law. Our clients—which range from small start-up businesses to Fortune 50 companies—operate in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, finance, technology, entertainment and health care.
We provide clients with a full complement of employment-related legal services, from daily preventive counseling to defense of major lawsuits. Our attorneys represent employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies in cases filed under federal and state employment laws, including individual and class action discrimination suits, wage and hour litigation, ERISA disputes, breach of employment contract suits, and restrictive covenant litigation.
Because our clients must contend with an increasingly litigious workforce, our attorneys have developed new approaches to handle disputes to minimize legal costs while ensuring favorable outcomes. We offer experienced representation in traditional defense strategies and in alternate dispute resolution. We develop valid and effective arbitration and mediation agreements and procedures to avoid costly litigation of employee claims, and we represent employers at labor and employment arbitration, mediation and conciliation proceedings.
Our employment attorneys believe that effective representation of clients requires attentive, ongoing counseling to prevent employment problems. We advise employers on employment law compliance and human resources issues, and we help them develop policies and procedures to minimize their risk of liability for employee claims. Our attorneys offer invaluable counsel during business transitions including general reductions-in-force, focused downsizing and sophisticated corporate deals.
Many of our clients employ individuals represented by a union, while others face increasingly active efforts to organize their workers. We offer experienced representation in all aspects of the labor-management relationship, including counseling management on how to achieve a union-free workplace, negotiating collective bargaining agreements with unions, defending unfair labor practice charges, and handling strikes, lockouts and other work stoppages. Today's business environment also requires employers to be increasingly vigilant of possible misconduct at the workplace. Katten's Employment Law and Litigation team can greatly enhance this necessary function by conducting investigations into suspected misconduct and by guiding employers through their own investigations to maximize efficiency and minimize legal risk.
Particularly sensitive to business realities, our attorneys listen to each client's unique concerns and focus on solving employee-related problems before they become costly disputes. Sound business judgment, guided by experience in virtually every area of employment law and employment-related litigation, means that Katten's Employment Law and Litigation team delivers intelligent, timely and cost-effective advice in all matters.