“The team is clear, up-front and plans out its strategy well.”

— Chambers USA 2023

Honigman's Labor and Employment department is recognized for its breadth of capability, level of responsiveness, and ability to appreciate and meet client objectives. Serving both U.S. and foreign clients, we provide comprehensive counseling, strategic planning, and litigation services to a wide variety of industries.

We focus on gaining a clear understanding of the full context of each client’s situation and then on developing strategies to protect their interests and meet their business goals. We are proud to say that many of our clients are rated as among the best places to work in the country.

Our emphasis is on helping clients avoid and reduce exposure to employment claims. We function as full-service human resources counselors, assisting clients with federal, state, and labor law local compliance issues. We also provide workplace training on employment law, audit existing employment practices, and help clients to establish operations and good practices across the country during expansions. We regularly counsel clients on traditional labor issues as well, including union avoidance and collective bargaining agreements.

Beyond day-to-day counseling, we are known for our expertise advising clients on transactions of varying levels of complexity. We review deal agreements and diligence and help clients analyze and price employment law risks. We also negotiate executive and officer employment agreements and incentive arrangements, help transition key executive relationships, and assist with post-closing employee onboarding issues.

If litigation arises, we aggressively defend our clients in courts throughout the country, and we regularly achieve significant victories in doing so. We represent employers in noncompete and trade secrets disputes; class actions and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act; and other discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuits. We have successfully represented clients regarding a broad spectrum of federal, state, and local employment claims.

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