Managing Partners: Stephen D Shawe, Gary L Simpler
Number of partners: 11
Number of lawyers: 15
One of the first law firms in the country devoted exclusively to the representation of management in labor and employment matters, Shawe Rosenthal LLP was founded in 1947 by Earle K Shawe. 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 before state and federal agencies and in the courts. Shawe Rosenthal represents management in NLRB hearings, representation campaigns and collective bargaining negotiations. The firm formulates covenants not to compete and trade secret protection commitments, and is active in litigation associated with disputes over restrictive covenants and trade secrets. The firm counsels and advises human resources on discipline and discharge, as well as other personnel matters. In addition, Shawe Rosenthal attorneys develop handbooks and employment 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.
From its inception in 1947, Shawe Rosenthal decided to remain a boutique practice (15 labor and employment attorneys), select and centralized, rather than expand into regional offices. 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. The firm has for decades represented many Fortune 500 companies, including some of the country’s largest manufacturing, public utility, retail, healthcare and insurance concerns. The firm has handled a labor case in the United States Supreme Court (Allentown Mack v. NLRB, 118 S.Ct. 818 (1998)). Shawe Rosenthal is an efficient, well-managed organization, and is therefore able to provide clients with effective and practical advice, greater efficiencies in rendering services, and greater capabilities in providing short and long-term strategic planning. All of the firm’s clients are represented in their general business affairs by other law firms, indeed some of the largest law firms in the country. Many of these other law firms now have their own labor law sections. The firm’s clients have, nonetheless, continued to turn to Shawe Rosenthal for advice and counsel in the labor and employment field because of the firm’s specialized knowledge and experience, and capability to provide advice quickly and efficiently.
Members of the firm have written many publications in the employment field, including the ‘Employment Law Deskbook’ (1989-present), ‘Labor and Employment Law – Volume 10’ (2004-present), two chapters in ‘NLRA Law & Practice’ (1991) and ‘Corporate Counsel Solutions: Employment Policies and Practices’, published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender. The firm also edits the ‘Maryland Human Resources Manual’ (2001-present), published by the American Chamber of Commerce Resources. The firm also publishes a monthly e-newsletter, and a blog, www.laboremploymentreport.com.
Main Areas of Practice:
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; covenants not-to-compete 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 drafting, 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 Hay-Adams Hotel. Shawe Rosenthal also represents numerous midsize and smaller employers in each of these sectors.