"The group practices law the way it should be: the work is done well and on time, the attorneys write beautifully and know how to litigate. They are a joy to work with."
- Client comment from 2010 Chambers USA Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
In previous years, the Guide has noted that our clients and competitors view our Labor and Employment Practice attorneys as "technically accomplished, incredibly bright, trustworthy, and deserving of a place on the ‘dream team.'" We are proud of this reputation, and believe it is these attributes that lead private and public employers throughout the country, as well as in Canada, Western Europe and South America, to consult us on a regular basis about their labor and employment issues.
Our diversified client base includes banks, technology companies, securities dealers, builders, developers, manufacturers, mining firms, health care providers, public utilities, wholesalers and distributors, and governmental entities. Employers of all kinds turn to Ryley Carlock & Applewhite for assistance in the following areas:
We regularly represent management in collective bargaining negotiations, and counsel employers concerning their collective bargaining obligations and the administration of existing bargaining agreements. In this regard, members of our Labor and Employment Practice have served as lead negotiators and the principal architects of labor relations strategy for some of the nation's major business enterprises representing a variety of industries. Our lawyers have also overseen numerous representation proceedings, campaigns and elections under the National Labor Relations Act, and frequently assist employers in developing and implementing successful union avoidance strategies.
Our goal is to assist clients in resolving personnel disputes without litigation. When needed, our attorneys are highly experienced in drafting and implementing predispute arbitration agreements. We have also enforced arbitration agreements in both court cases and arbitration proceedings involving various employment-related claims.
In today's business environment, trade secrets and customer lists can be among the most valuable assets of a company. Working closely with the firm's Business and Intellectual Property attorneys, we help preserve our clients' investments in their businesses and their employees by preparing agreements and policies protecting trade secrets and other confidential information, and preventing unwarranted competition from departing employees. We have successfully represented numerous employers in litigation against former employees, enforcing noncompete, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements.
Working in conjunction with attorneys in our firm's Employee Benefits practice, we help employers comply with the laws pertaining to the implementation and administration of employee benefit plans, both in the collective bargaining process and in nonunion employment settings. We are also experienced in arbitrating and litigating employee benefit claims and other disputes involving employee benefit plans.
In effective appellate advocacy, persuasive legal writing and oral arguments are essential. Our lawyers have demonstrated success in successfully handling employment law appeals before various appellate bodies. In a practice which requires the finely tuned ability to review the record with a critical eye and determine the viability of an appeal, our attorneys are skilled at identifying, analyzing , understanding and communicating determinative legal and factual issues. With extensive experience, and attorneys who have argued before various United States Courts of Appeals as well as in state appellate courts, our team is well prepared to assist in appeals.
Our attorneys are widely recognized for their expertise in the labor and employment law field. We are known for our efforts to keep the management and legal communities apprised of significant developments in employment and labor relations law. In addition to publishing our own periodic newsletter for clients and friends of the firm, members of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice engage in extensive external publishing and other continuing education pursuits.