Labor and Employment > Overview

Described in Chambers USA as a “labor and employment giant [that is a] go-to firm for high-profile cases,” Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has been repeatedly recognized as having one of the nation’s premier labor and employment practices. The firm’s labor and employment lawyers represent a wide range of employers on their most complex and challenging labor and employment legal problems, from wage and hour class actions and discrimination cases, to arbitrations involving key talent, to complex labor controversies.

Akin Gump assists companies confronted with consequential labor and employment matters that cannot be solved with cookie-cutter strategies. Our lawyers have been repeatedly recognized for deploying creative approaches to significant and potentially problematic cases or issues. The quality of our labor and employment lawyers and the collective depth of their knowledge in all areas of employment law have earned recognition by Law360, which, in 2016, rated the firm as one of the nation’s “Employment Practice Groups of the Year,” the fourth time in the past seven years that Akin Gump has won the honor. Chambers USA has also repeatedly recognized us as a leading nationwide labor and employment practice.

More important, however, is how our clients describe our practice. As they told Chambers USA for its 2015 edition:

“Akin has bright and talented lawyers who are effective and efficient in getting matters to resolution.”

“The firm has in-depth knowledge of our operations and business objectives, and provides excellent legal advice and counseling.”

Many of our lawyers have served at federal government agencies in substantial roles, including as general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and also served as leaders in the bar in their field. Resolving cutting-edge issues in the areas of wage and hour and employment discrimination, the labor and employment group combines the quality and depth of its amassed knowledge in these areas with decades of experience representing clients in high-stakes class and collective actions and labor disputes.

The quality of our lawyers is reflected in the nature of our representations. Our partners have served as lead counsel in nationwide collective actions alleging “off the clock” violations or misclassification of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as well as in single-and multi-plaintiff and class action challenges under numerous equal employment opportunity laws, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and various discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Akin Gump understands that the integrity of our clients’ workforce is indispensable to positioning them at the forefront of the marketplace. This is why our labor and employment lawyers are also second-to-none litigators, producing an unmatched degree of legal dexterity and credibility that has allowed us to obtain groundbreaking successes against the nation’s best and most aggressive plaintiffs’ firms. Our cases are frequently cited as standard-setting by courts, government administrators and other lawyers.

While our highly skilled and creative litigators are often involved in navigating enterprise-threatening challenges, making new law and handling headline-grabbing cases, our abiding goal is to help each of our clients achieve the best possible outcome for their business, whether by early favorable settlement or through trial and appeal. Striving to become not only a resource, but also a valued partner to our clients’ in-house counsel and management, we consistently tailor our strategy and approach to achieve their business objectives.

We apply these same principles when helping clients in an array of complex labor-management controversies and issues, including organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice charges, corporate campaigns and development of strategies to handle union-related issues for companies in transition.

Our practice also includes deep knowledge and experience in a range of other workplace challenges, including ERISA and employee benefits, background checks, executive agreements and disputes, workplace safety and health, international labor and employment and whistleblower matters.

Our specific subspecialties include—

  • employment/EEOC litigation and counseling
  • wage-hour/Fair Labor Standards Act litigation and counseling
  • general employment counseling
  • labor relations/corporate campaign advice and litigation
  • labor and employment issues in financial restructuring and corporate transactions
  • workplace safety and health regulatory advice and litigation
  • executive contracting and terminations
  • competitive hiring disputes
  • pension, benefits and executive compensation advice and litigation
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower matters
  • labor and employment appellate litigation
  • California-specific counseling and litigation
  • labor and employment issues affecting government contractors
  • workplace privacy and data protection.