Firm profile for USA 2021
This content is provided by Shawe Rosenthal LLP.
Managing Partners: Stephen D Shawe, Gary L Simpler
Number of partners: 12 Number of lawyers: 16
Founded in 1947, Shawe Rosenthal LLP was one of the first law firms in the country devoted exclusively to the representation of management in labor and employment matters. From our inception, Shawe Rosenthal decided to remain a boutique practice (16 labor and employment attorneys), select and centralized, rather than expand into regional offices. From this focused base, Shawe Rosenthal provides clients with effective and practical advice, strategic thinking, cutting edge knowledge of labor and employment developments, and enhanced efficiencies and responsiveness in rendering services. This philosophy has contributed to a professional excellence that has attracted clients from across the nation. In addition to Chambers recognition, the firm's attorneys are regularly named to ‘Best Lawyers’and ‘Super Lawyers’lists, and over a third of the partners have been inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Attorneys, among other significant honors. Shawe Rosenthal has for decades represented many Fortune 500 companies, including some of the country’s largest manufacturing, public utility, healthcare and insurance concerns, who have continued to turn to the firm for advice and counsel in the labor and employment field.
Shawe Rosenthal’s practice involves both traditional labor and employment law matters. The firm defends claims involving employment discrimination, contracts and torts, labor, leave, wage and hour, and occupational safety and health matters in court, including the United States Supreme Court, and before state and federal agencies, as well as through alternative dispute resolution. Shawe Rosenthal represents management in NLRB hearings, representation campaigns, grievances, arbitrations and collective bargaining negotiations. The firm prepares employment agreements, including restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions, and is active in litigation associated with disputes over such agreements. The firm counsels and advises human resources on discipline and discharge, as well as other personnel matters, including leave management and reasonable accommodations. In addition, Shawe Rosenthal attorneys develop employment handbooks and policies, and conduct training of managers and employees on a variety of topics, including diversity and harassment. The firm also assists government contractors in the creation of affirmative action plans and compliance with OFCCP regulations.
Because of Shawe Rosenthal’s stature and deep knowledge of labor and employment matters, the firm's attorneys are frequently invited to speak at the local, regional, and national level on a wide range of labor and employment topics, and serve in leadership roles in many professional organizations. In addition, the firm has been selected to author many publications, including the 2020 Chambers Global Practice Guide - Employment - U.S. Trends and Developments, and 2020 Chambers USA Regional Practice Guide - Employment - Maryland, as well as the Legal 500’s Country Comparative Guides 2021: United States Employment & Labour Law and Lexology’s Employment: North America Digital Edition 2020 - USA - Maryland. The firm also edits the ‘Maryland Human Resources Manual’ (2001-present), published by the American Chamber of Commerce Resources. In addition, the firm authored and edited ‘Employment Law Deskbook’ (1989-2018), ‘Labor and Employment Law - Volume 10’ (2004-2018), two chapters in ‘NLRA Law & Practice’ (1991) and ‘Corporate Counsel Solutions: Employment Policies and Practices’, published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender. The firm publishes a monthly E-Update, breaking news E-lerts, and a blog, www.laboremploymentreport.com
Main Areas of Practice:
Affordable Care Act
Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration & Mediation
Class & Collective Actions
Collective Bargaining/Labor Contract Negotiations
Employment & Severance Contracts
Employment Discrimination & Harassment
Employment Law Training
Employment Policies & Handbooks
Family & Medical Leave Act
Labor Arbitrations & Grievances
Layoffs and Reductions in Force
OFCCP & Affirmative Action Compliance
Strikes & Picketing Union Avoidance
Wage & Hour Litigation
Workplace/Human Resources Advice & Counseling
Labor & Employment:
Employment law including defense of statutory and employment discrimination claims; labor management relations including collective bargaining, and proceedings before the NLRB; human resources advice and counsel; employment tort and contract litigation; restrictive covenants litigation; intellectual property and trade secret litigation; wage and hour laws (FLSA, Portal to Portal Act); Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA); Affirmative Action Programs (AAPs); Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA);Workers’ Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN); employment policy and document review and preparation, including employment agreements, employment handbooks, policies and procedures; appellate litigation; class action defense.
The firm represents clients in all sectors of the economy including The Baltimore Orioles Baseball Club; major manufacturing concerns such as Danaher Corporation and Pepsi Bottling, Inc.; hospitals and other healthcare providers including Genesis HealthCare Corporation; service industry corporations including McDonald’s Corporation and Sylvan Learning Center; business and financial services such as GEICO and Legg Mason; power industry leaders including NRG Energy, Inc. and Calpine Corporation; and hospitality services including the Hay-Adams Hotel. Shawe Rosenthal also represents numerous midsize and smaller employers in each of these sectors.
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