International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Labor and Employment Practice Group

The employment relationship has undergone increasing scrutiny and has changed dramatically over the past several years.  Evolving workplace trends, emerging case law, increasing emphasis on regulatory compliance, and changes in the scope of privacy rights make it necessary for businesses to pay attention to laws impacting labor and employment.  In the United States, keeping up with these laws is challenging as the field of labor and employment law is a complex and interlocking web of both state and federal law.  Each state maintains its own set of laws and is additionally governed by state federal regulatory authorities, including the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as a federal circuit court system which is established according to geographic regions. Internationally, it is equally as challenging to stay abreast of the latest with each countries’ specific labor and employment law framework, making cross border increasingly more difficult.

Primerus member firms are an international collection of labor and employment lawyers from independent firms who collaborate with one another to offer seamless and comprehensive multi-jurisdictional service to their clients. Primerus’s labor and employment lawyers represent employers and management executives in litigation and administrative proceedings, preventive counseling and compliance services, audits and training, contract drafting, review and implementation, and dispute resolution.  Human resource professionals and management executives utilize the services of Primerus members in order to navigate the many federal, state, and local laws that impact the employment relationship and to manage their risk in avoiding protracted and costly litigation.  These services are provided by our Primerus member firms efficiently and without the large law firm price tag.

The areas of representation offered by Primerus labor and employment attorneys include:

  • Federal and state administrative proceedings
  • Litigation of federal, state, and common law employment torts
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Advice and counsel regarding regulatory compliance
  • Management training
  • Contract and policy preparation and implementation (e.g. Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation, Executive Employment Agreements)
  • Response to employee complaints
  • Union organizational activity, unfair labor practices charges, and proceedings under collective bargaining agreements
  • Advising federal contractors of affirmative action obligations

Primerus attorneys represent a number of private and public entities in the defense of claims arising under the following federal laws:

  • Defense of discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and retaliation claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act/Section 1981
  • Defense of claims and advice regarding the interactive process required under the Americans with Disabilities Act/Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Defense of claims arising under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Defense of wage disputes arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Defense, advice and counsel relating to claims arising under ERISA/COBRA
  • Defense, advice and counsel regarding compliance with Family Medical Leave Act
  • Defense, advice and counsel regarding military service claims arising under USERRA
  • OSHA and OFCCP Administrative Charges
  • Section 1983 Statutory and Constitutional Claims
  • Defense of claims arising under National Labor Relations Act
  • Defense of agency charges and suits brought under state anti-discrimination laws

Lawyers belonging to the Primerus Labor and Employment Law Practice Group stand ready to assist in the event issues arise in any of the above areas.

Labor and Employment Resources


Carla J. Hartley

ChairCarla J. Hartley (view profile)

601 Montgomery Street
Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States
Phone: 415.397.2700

Kevin D. Clinton

Vice ChairKevin D. Clinton (view profile)

61 Broadway
Suite 2000
New York, NY 10006
United States
Phone: 212.233.7195

Sima  Fried

Committee MemberSima Fried (view profile)

25 South Charles Street
Suite 2015
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States
Phone: 410.752.2468

Karina B. Sterman

Committee MemberKarina B. Sterman (view profile)

2049 Century Park East
Suite 2600
Los Angeles, CA 90067
United States
Phone: 310.553.3610

Thomas  Paschos

Immediate Past ChairThomas Paschos (view profile)

30 North Haddon Avenue
Suite 200
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
United States
Phone: 856.354.1900

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