Established in 1979, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP is a national, full-service law firm with nearly 1,000 attorneys and 34 offices in 22 states. Our national practice is sophisticated, multi-faceted and well-versed in current legal trends, while our individual state practices provide vast resources and knowledge of procedural and legal nuances. Lewis Brisbois offers legal practice in more than 30 specialties, and a multitude of subspecialties associated with each practice area. Our attorneys have broad knowledge, expertise, and sensitivity to their clients’ unique needs. Through interaction among its practice groups, Lewis Brisbois provides a wide range of legal services to each client with a continuity of representation over multiple disciplines. We have built longstanding relationships with corporate and institutional clients based on our ability to provide comprehensive service on a national scale. At Lewis Brisbois, diversity is an integral part of our firm culture and our daily life. We have a Diversity & Inclusion Committee whose mission is to promote and advance diversity and inclusion within the firm. The success of the firm’s diversity initiatives is reflected in the fact that Lewis Brisbois has repeatedly received national recognition for its commitment to embracing diversity. Lewis Brisbois is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse group of talented lawyers and staff, and demonstrates that commitment through non-discriminatory hiring, retention and promotion policies. The diversity of the firm’s client base is matched by the diversity of our attorneys. With offices from Los Angeles to New York, our attorneys reflect the communities in which they live. The firm’s culture has fostered a diverse group of professionals committed to promoting the best interests of our clients, our communities and the legal profession. We are committed to supporting diversity through new and ongoing relationships with minority and women-owned businesses.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is a national law firm with more than 600 lawyers in 12 offices that represent clients in a broad spectrum of industries. The firms offer a comprehensive range of traditional practices and significant national practices in class actions, products liability and mass torts, corporate and securities, government relations, healthcare, intellectual property, insurance, investment management, private equity, bankruptcy, real estate, energy, environmental, education and communications.
Founded in 1897, Troutman Sanders LLP is an international law firm with more than 600 lawyers practicing in offices located throughout the United States and Asia. The firm’s clients range from large multinational corporations to individual entrepreneurs and reflect virtually every sector and industry. The firm’s heritage of extensive experience, exceptional responsiveness and an unwavering commitment to service has resulted in strong, long-standing relationships with clients across the globe. In recognition of the firm’s strong service culture, Troutman Sanders has been on the BTI Client Service A-Team for 11 consecutive years.
DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., including its affiliate DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C., is one of the ten largest law firms based in Wisconsin, with an additional presence in Minnesota. It has more than 100 attorneys practicing in Madison and Metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a variety of legal areas and has the experience to service clients of all scopes and sizes. The firm is known for its work in several areas, including corporate law, construction, employment, environmental, employee benefits, government relations, health care, litigation, real estate, tax, estate planning, family law, immigration, international, intellectual property, personal injury, patents, trademarks, and copyright law.
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Jeff Ranen is a Vice Chair of the firm’s Employment Law Department and Co-Chair of the firm’s national Wage and Hour Class Action Department. His practice is dedicated exclusively to defending employers in employment litigation and counseling. In 2007 Mr. Ranen became the youngest partner in the history of the law firm. He is known for his intellectual aggressiveness, accurate evaluation of cases, early case resolution strategies, and working with employers to make business-savvy decisions with respect to approaching litigation – whether that means taking the case to trial or settling early on. Mr. Ranen is involved in all aspects of employment-related litigation, including firstchairing trials before juries and arbitrators. His robust practice includes defending employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, ADA access, trade secret litigation, and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class actions. Mr. Ranen and his team also provide preventative counseling to employers regarding all employment practices, including drafting and auditing employee handbooks, preparing employment and severance agreements, drafting and reviewing employment applications for FCRA compliance, presenting sexual harassment prevention seminars, and evaluating termination decisions. There are very few attorneys in the State of California who have successfully defended more wage and hour and consumer class actions than Mr. Ranen. He has defended well over 175 such class lawsuits, including defeating class certification or getting the cases dismissed at the outset. Mr. Ranen is a prolific speaker on wage and hour topics, and presents numerous seminars each year on helping employers avoid the pitfalls of class action litigation.
Michael P. Daly is a partner with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, a leader of its class action practice, and the senior editor of its TCPA Blog. His practice focuses on class action litigation, appellate litigation, and customer-facing contracts and marketing. He regularly defends consumer class actions involving issues such as advertising, labeling, billing, telemarketing, credit reporting and debt collecting. He counsels clients on all aspects of class actions, including removing actions, compelling arbitration, enforcing class action waivers, coordinating multidistrict litigation, enjoining parallel proceedings, striking class action allegations, opposing certification, negotiating settlements, designing notice and claims programs, and defending settlements from objections and attacks.
Mr. Anthony is the leader of the Financial Services Litigation Section at Troutman Sanders LLP. He is an experienced trial attorney who concentrates on litigating financial services disputes and has extensive experience in defending class actions. David regularly represents credit reporting agencies, furnishers, resellers and prospective employers against Fair Credit Reporting Act claims. He is a frequent speaker and writer on the FCRA and serves as an Editor of Troutman Sanders’ consumer financial services blog (www.consumerfinancialserviceslawmonitor.com), including its FCRA and background screening sections.
Scott Paler is a Partner at one of the largest law firms in Wisconsin: DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. He currently serves as Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. In that role, he advises companies on a wide range of employment issues, including discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour classifications, and termination decisions. Mr. Paler maintains a unique expertise in background screening issues. Over the last ten years, he has counseled employers across the country, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, on developing and implementing sound background screening policies. He has also helped defend employers’ background screening practices in lawsuits and administrative actions. In addition to working with employers on background screening issues, Mr. Paler has served as outside counsel for numerous background screening providers. He presently serves as Co-Chair of the Litigation Avoidance Sub-Committee for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).