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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provides experienced representation in corporate campaigns; union avoidance; collective bargaining negotiations; strategy and contract administration; major restructurings, including bankruptcies and mergers and acquisitions/divestitures; proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), including the defense of unfair labor practice charges; counseling and litigation in connection with strikes and related issues such as striker replacement; and arbitration and litigation of disputes under existing contracts. This experience spans numerous industries from sports and entertainment to energy and manufacturing. Our partners include former NLRB attorneys and a contributing editor to the Developing Labor Law (BNA/ABA) treatise.

Akin Gump labor lawyers have extensive experience helping clients respond to union corporate campaigns through the development and implementation of legal, legislative, regulatory, public relations and corporate governance strategies. Firmwide, they routinely represent management in grievance arbitrations involving discipline and discharge, contract interpretation and breach of contract. Collectively, attorneys at the firm have handled hundreds of arbitrations. These include significant contract interpretation arbitrations relating to important company initiatives such as corporate reorganization and cost reduction efforts.

The firm has also successfully defended claims having important ramifications for business practices in the areas of automation, scope of bargaining unit work and computation of pension and welfare plan contribution rates. Our restructuring practice advises both debtors and creditors in the complex issues occasioned by bankruptcy or near-bankrupt situations, including single employer and multiemployer pension-related issues.