With more than 1,000 attorneys and 70 offices, Littler is the world's largest law practice exclusively devoted to representing management in employment and labor law matters. Since its founding in 1942, Littler has made commitment to client service a cornerstone of its practice, representing more than 50,000 employers in virtually every industry, on a regional, national, and global basis, across the gamut of labor and employment matters. Littler understands the issues affecting small companies as well as the world’s largest corporations. Clients with operations in different locations rely on Littler’s broad experience and geographic reach to help them deal more consistently with similar issues that arise across multiple jurisdictions. Littler’s local presence, diverse workforce, and cutting-edge technology enable it to provide the highest caliber of legal services and innovative, practical solutions to its clients efficiently, all at highly competitive rates.
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP is a national law firm primarily focusing on complex commercial litigation.
The firm’s highly talented lawyers are committed to pursuing creative, aggressive and innovative approaches to our clients’ most challenging legal matters. Our practice encompasses all areas of litigation, including antitrust, banking, complex financial products, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, employment practices, entertainment, environmental, family law, general corporate and commercial, government affairs, insurance recovery, intellectual property, international disputes, investigations and white collar defense, mass tort and product liability, real estate and securities. The firm's real estate and corporate groups handle transactions of substantial complexity and size.
The firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami, and Newark. Our clients include leading companies in the high-tech, manufacturing, chemical, computer, energy, entertainment, consumer products, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries, as well as major hedge funds, private equity firms, commercial banks, real estate developers and investors, regulated utilities and individuals.
Our success in implementing uniquely creative legal strategies has brought us clients with exceptionally interesting and challenging work. We have attracted lawyers with excellent academic credentials and with rich and varied experiences, who share our commitment to our clients, our work and our values. Our lawyers have been recognized by, among others, Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, Law360 and Lawdragon for excellence in their fields. The firm’s “Fast Rise to the Top” was featured as the cover story in the August 2004 issue of The American Lawyer.
Wilson Elser, a full-service and leading defense litigation law firm (www.wilsonelser.com), serves its clients with nearly 800 attorneys in 27 offices in the United States and one in London and through a network of affiliates in key regions globally. Founded in 1978, it ranks among the top 200 law firms identified by The American Lawyer and is included in the top 50 of The National Law Journal's survey of the nation’s largest law firms. Wilson Elser serves a growing, loyal base of clients with innovative thinking and an in-depth understanding of their respective businesses.
Michael is founder of Littler’s New York office and a member of its Board of Directors. He provides 24/7 service and pragmatic advice to clients, assisting with human resources issues, including decisions concerning hiring, firing, compensation, and leaves. As a highly-experienced employment law trial lawyer, Michael has successfully defended clients in numerous individual, class and collective actions; whistleblower litigations; restrictive covenant issues; hundreds of mediations and arbitration proceedings; and achieved multiple defense verdicts in state and federal courts.
In addition to his litigation practice, Michael counsels employers on effective strategies for avoiding litigation and prepares them for litigation when unavoidable. He frequently speaks throughout the country on contemporary labor and employment law topics and is regularly interviewed by the press and has been published in major national trade publications. His views and opinions are valued by senior management and employee relations professionals throughout the country.
Chris Johnson has 30 years of experience in all aspects of complex civil litigation, including commercial, securities, products liability and Constitutional cases. He recently led Kasowitz’s representation of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in securities actions against various investment banks, which resulted in billions of dollars in settlements for his clients. Having successfully conducted one of the nation’s first Daubert hearings (resulting in a seminal opinion), Mr. Johnson is also an expert in the application and admissibility of expert opinion evidence. He has been recognized in the 2013-2015 editions of New York Metro Super Lawyers in the areas of Securities Litigation, Business Litigation, and Appellate.
Mr. Johnson’s ADR experience includes both the arbitration of auditing malpractice claims that were connected to a multi-district litigation and the mediation of various securities, contract, and partnership dissolution cases.
Mr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Fordham University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Stephen Marcellino, a partner in Wilson Elser’s New York offices, is chair of the firm’s ADR practice, co-chair of the firm’s General Liability & Casualty practice and a long-standing member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a seasoned litigator and strategic advisor who focuses on general, product and professional liability defense and insurance and reinsurance coverage matters.
During the last 40 years, Steve has handled some of the firm’s most complex, high-exposure litigations and arbitrations as a trial lawyer and manager of national and international cases. He has designed and implemented innovative alternative dispute resolution programs, bringing contentious multi-plaintiff and claim portfolios matters to expeditious and cost-effective conclusions. In addition, he has acted as a mediator on behalf of the U.S. federal court system in connection with high-profile matters for more than 20 years.