Christian J. Rowley – Editor
Christian J. Rowley is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and co-Chair of the San Francisco Office’s Labor and Employment Department. He represents employers in single plaintiff and collective-action employment matters, including discrimination, wage and hour, sex harassment, and wrongful termination cases, before state and federal courts throughout the United States, the EEOC, and various state agencies. He also advises management in traditional labor matters, including organizing campaigns, labor arbitrations, NLRB cases, and collective bargaining negotiations, and he assists companies in designing, negotiating, and implementing executive employment and separation agreements, compensation structures, reductions-in-force, and human resources policies and procedures.
Josh Henderson – Editor
Joshua Henderson is a partner in the Labor and Employment practice group in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He began his practice over fifteen years ago in Seyfarth’s Chicago office.
Mr. Henderson has a considerable range of experience as trial and appellate counsel for management in complex employment litigation matters, including retaliation and whistleblowing claims, sexual harassment and discrimination, and wage and hour class actions. Through his OSHA practice, he has advised clients on a myriad of workplace safety standards and rules, and represented employers in administrative litigation before OSHA and Cal/OSHA. Mr. Henderson also serves as labor-relations counsel for management in connection with collective bargaining, unfair labor practice litigation before the NLRB, strikes and secondary boycotts, and labor arbitrations. He provides advice and counsel to California and national employers on a broad spectrum of employment issues, including contracts, terminations, leaves of absence (FMLA/ADA), compliance with local employment laws (including the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance and Paid Sick Leave laws), independent contractors, and social media policies.
A prolific legal writer and sought-after public speaker, Mr. Henderson also is a classically trained musician and baritone. He has sung with organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a former judicial law clerk for the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong, United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Karla E. Sanchez – Editor
Karla E. Sanchez is an associate in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Chicago office. Ms. Sanchez represents management in all aspects of labor and employment matters, including federal and state court litigation and representation before federal and state agencies. She has extensive experience in the area of traditional labor relations law, including representing clients in unfair labor practice proceedings and representation proceedings before the NLRB. Ms. Sanchez’s practice includes a strong emphasis on counseling clients on complex labor relations issues, including union campaigns, impasse bargaining, unilateral implementation issues, scope and composition of bargaining units, and Section 10(j) relief. Ms. Sanchez began her career with the National Labor Relations Board as a field attorney in Region 27 (Denver).
Arthur Telegen is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Telegen practiced at a major Boston-based firm for 35 years where he served as chairman of its labor and employment department. He has represented national and international employers across the spectrum of industries in labor and employment matters. He handles labor issues in arbitration and before the NLRB and the federal courts, and tries cases involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, ERISA fiduciary and Multi-Employer Pension Plan Act claims.
Jeffrey Berman Mr. Berman is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A member of the Labor & Employment Department, he represents management in a variety of industries, including major medical centers, universities, religious organizations, manufacturers and restaurants. He has been involved in almost every aspect of labor and employment law. He has represented employers in nearly all of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) regional offices in the Western United States. His successful representation of employers before the NLRB and the Ninth and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals changed bargaining unit determinations involving hospitals and religious schools.
Bradford Livingston is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where he represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He chairs Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s national labor relations practice, reflecting over 60 seasoned labor relations attorneys across the Firm’s nine domestic offices. He regularly handles both traditional union organizing and union anti-corporate campaigns, unfair labor practice matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), labor injunction proceedings and grievance arbitrations. He has extensive experience in handling complex collective bargaining negotiations, strikes, lockouts, and other work stoppages involving virtually every major labor union. He has served as chief spokesperson for management in reaching more than 100 collective bargaining agreements, and has acted as a member of or legal advisor to management’s bargaining team on hundreds of additional occasions.
Jack Toner is senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and has extensive experience with all federal labor regulatory agencies. At both the National Labor Relations Board and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Mr. Toner was the highest ranking career official and had responsibility for developing and implementing many of the policies and practices currently followed by these agencies.
Mr. Toner represented federal agencies before Congress and major stakeholder groups, including the AFL-CIO, the American Bar Association and employer associations. As an officer of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies, Mr. Toner worked with most of the state and local labor agencies as well as the Canadian labor agencies in the development of their labor policies.
Josh Ditelberg is a partner engaged in a broad-based labor and employment practice. His practice includes a particular focus on labor relations and the employment-related aspects of corporate transactions, business restructuring, and workforce reductions.
Mr. Ditelberg is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Workplace Restructuring and Transactions Group. The Group is devoted to managing labor and employment issues arising from corporate mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; subcontracting and outsourcing; workforce reductions; facility closings, relocations and consolidations; corporate reorganizations; bankruptcy; and ESOPs. The Group’s goal is to achieve clients’ business objectives by minimizing legal risk and creating significant economic value, e.g., through transaction planning and negotiations, due diligence, workforce analyses, and pre- and post-closing human resources management.
Brian Stolzenbach is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw. He represents and counsels clients in many industries, including hospitality, health care, manufacturing, construction, telecommunications, waste management, print and broadcast media, airline and ground transportation, warehousing and distribution, retail and higher education.
Mr. Stolzenbach is particularly well versed in the field of labor relations law. He represents clients in unfair labor practice proceedings, grievance and interest arbitrations, Section 301 litigation, representation proceedings, and litigation under the Railway Labor Act. He serves as chief negotiator for various clients during their labor negotiations and as behind-the-scenes advisor for others. He also enjoys helping businesses to remain union free by lawfully responding to union organizing campaigns.
Marshall Babson is counsel in the Labor & Employment Department in the New York and Washington offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A former Member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Mr. Babson’s practice focuses on all aspects of labor relations, including litigation, counseling and arbitration.
While serving as a member of the NLRB, Mr. Babson participated in many important cases, including John Deklewa & Sons, which set forth new rules for pre-hire agreements in the construction industry, Indiana and Michigan Electric Co., which established guidelines regarding an employer’s duty to arbitrate post-contract expiration grievances, and Fairmont Hotel, a union access case which involved clarifying the balance between private property rights and Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act. He was also active in the initiation of rulemaking proceedings in the health care industry.
Ashley K. Laken
Ashley K. Laken is an associate in the Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment department. Ms. Laken’s practice focuses on labor relations law as well as defending employers against age, race, national origin, sex and disability discrimination claims. Ms. Laken represents clients in many industries, including hospitality, publishing, manufacturing, retail and higher education.
Ms. Laken litigates on behalf of employers in state and federal courts and in arbitrations. She also represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Ms. Laken has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representing employers in arbitrations arising under such agreements. She also represents clients in unfair labor practice proceedings. Ms. Laken provides clients with legal and practical advice on a wide spectrum of labor relations issues, and she enjoys helping businesses to remain union free through lawful responses to union organizing campaigns.
Ms. Laken also has experience defending companies involved in complex employment discrimination litigation under Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She also defends employers against class and collective action claims arising under state wage-and-hour laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Paul Galligan is a partner in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP practicing labor and employment law. His experience ranges from federal and state court trials on both traditional labor and employment discrimination issues to NLRB hearings, labor arbitrations, injunctions and contract negotiations. He has extensive experience advising clients with union agreements covered by the Railway Labor Act. Mr. Galligan developed his litigation skills while working for a union-side firm in New York City. Since coming to Seyfarth Shaw in June 1997, he has added to his experience negotiating employment agreements, separation agreements, non-compete agreements and drug testing policies, training supervisors and managers, and defending employers subject to corporate campaigns as well as in various human rights agencies, federal court, and at the NLRB.
Amanda Sonneborn is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She actively advises clients in the health care, construction, print media, hotel, gaming, manufacturing, transportation, and retail industries.
Ms. Sonneborn has considerable experience in the area of Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) litigation. Her ERISA and employee benefits litigation experience includes defense of claims for benefits, breach of fiduciary duty claims, cash balance plan claims, breach of contract claims, and ERISA Section 510 employment discrimination claims. Ms. Sonneborn devotes a considerable amount of her practice to litigation of class-action and multi-plaintiff claims.
Ms. Sonneborn is also particularly well-versed in the field of labor relations law. Within this arena, she has represented clients in unfair labor practice proceedings, contractual arbitrations, representation proceedings, and Section 301 litigation. She also has experience advising clients during union organizing campaigns. In addition, she provides clients with day-to-day labor relations advice on a wide spectrum of topics, including independent contractor issues, neutrality agreements, and corporate campaigns.
Ms. Sonneborn has substantial experience with non-union employment issues as well. She has represented clients in litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the WARN Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Act, the Minnesota Human Rights Act, and Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Ms. Sonneborn also counsels various clients on day-to-day employment law matters and assists clients with revisions to employee handbooks, employee-related policies, and employment applications.
Ms. Sonneborn leads various training courses with Seyfarth Shaw at Work®, including anti-harassment training and positive employee relations training. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Legal Writing Department at Chicago-Kent IIT College of Law.
Ken Dolin is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
He represents management in the area of labor and employment law. He has extensive experience in the area of traditional labor relations law including significant NLRB case handling experience, collective bargaining, arbitrations, strikes and lockouts, and strategizing and advising management on complex labor relations issues. He also has an extensive employment litigation practice, including discrimination and restrictive covenant litigation. Finally, Mr. Dolin also has extensive experience in business restructuring issues such as reductions in force, plant closings, work relocations and outsourcings.
He counseled Brach’s Confections in the phased shutdown of its flagship Chicago manufacturing complex and outsourcing of that manufacturing work overseas affecting 1,500 employees. He was responsible for the media control, negotiations with the City of Chicago and negotiations with the labor union representing about 1,100 hourly employees.
Mr. Dolin successfully planned the strategy and negotiated a complex labor agreement for another client. He successfully defended more than a dozen union unfair labor practice charges filed against that client during these negotiations and managed the legalities of that client operating during a strike, including security issues and the client’s use of replacement workers. He also managed the media communications throughout the dispute and was responsible for the strategy of locking out the employees after the union decided to end its strike. The labor dispute had received constant media attention in the state and the client had received overwhelmingly positive publicity. The terms of the settlement, which included more than two dozen language changes that enhanced management’s operational flexibility, were far more favorable for the client than what the client even proposed to the union when the strike began.
He planned the strategy and negotiated a very complex labor agreement on behalf of a client and resolved serious unfair labor practices on terms the client viewed as very favorable, including the vacation of a court-enforced Board order. All of these problems had lingered for several years before Mr. Dolin was retained.
Mr. Dolin counseled a client in permanently replacing economic strikers, firing 24 striking boat captains without an NLRB complaint issuing and winning the subsequent union organizing campaign involving the Longshoremen.
He also has counseled clients on successfully building non-union plants right next to union plants on about a half-dozen occasions.
Mr. Dolin has investigated sexual harassment complaints involving senior executives, including the presidents of major companies.
He has also counseled on dozens of major reductions-in-force, each involving anywhere from 100 to several hundred layoffs without a single meritorious lawsuit resulting.
From 1982 to 1984, Mr. Dolin was an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 29, Brooklyn, New York.
Gary Kaplan is a partner engaged in a broad-based litigation and counseling practice in all areas of labor and employment law, with a particular emphasis on the representation of employers in the air transportation industry. He also regularly represents clients in the manufacturing, construction, service, health care and insurance industries.
Mr. Kaplan’s areas of experience include the full range of issues in the following areas: National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act; federal and state equal employment laws; strikes and injunction proceedings; collective bargaining and contract administration; grievance arbitration; wrongful discharge litigation; and Section 301 litigation. He has argued cases before several U.S. Courts of Appeals, and has been on the brief in several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ronald J. Kramer
Ronald Kramer is a partner representing management in labor and employment law matters. He has been responsible for advising and representing private and public sector employers in a wide range of labor and employment issues, including but not limited to employment discrimination charges, investigations, settlements and lawsuits; employee benefits (ERISA) litigation matters including benefit claims and multiemployer withdrawal liability assessments; and traditional labor matters such as positive employee relations, union organizing drives, unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining, strikes, interest arbitration, grievance and arbitration matters.
Mr. Kramer has served as chief negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations for numerous clients in their negotiations with unions such as the Laborers, IUOE, IBEW, UNITE HERE, Painters, IAM, Teamsters, UFCW, IAFF, AFSCME, FOP, and MAP.
Mr. Kramer is a member of the firm’s Health Care Reform Team. This cross-departmental team of lawyers was formed to focus on how health care reform will affect our clients. Mr. Kramer advises clients on the employment law and traditional labor impacts of healthcare reform.