Employment & Labor

A go-to resource for clients dealing with sophisticated employment counseling, investigation and litigation matters

Why Cooley
  • Many decades of experience in successfully helping employers solve the full range of complex employment and trade secret problems that arise with their employees and consultants, through negotiation, litigation and developing strategies and mechanisms to prevent such problems in the first place
  • Renowned for our practical, creative and business-oriented advice that helped 3,000+ clients in the last year alone with their human resources and employment-related needs. These clients include investment funds, emerging growth companies, large public companies, government contractors, senior management, boards of directors, nonprofits and trade associations
  • Work seamlessly and frequently with other practices, leveraging our deep and highly skilled resources to effectively and efficiently solve any problem our clients may confront
  • Excellent track record in defending employers against individual plaintiff employment claims and employment-related class action claims from the investigative phase to victories in the trial and appellate courts, as well as in arbitration forums 
  • Successfully defended companies and individual clients in noncompete and trade secret litigation and in the successful pursuit of such claims for our clients
  • Unparalleled experience in handling the employment and trade secret issues unique to technology and life science companies

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Litigation Department of the Year

Cooley Named Finalist for The American Lawyer's Prestigious Litigation Department of the Year Award.

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  • The American Lawyer: Litigation Department of the Year Finalist
  • Chambers USA: Employment & Labor
  • Legal 500 US: Employment & Labor
  • BTI: Litigation Standouts: Complex Employment Litigation
Group contacts
Wendy Brenner  Partner Palo Alto, Los Angeles – Santa Monica
Frederick Baron  Senior Counsel Palo Alto
Ann Bevitt  Partner London
Leslie Cancel  Special Counsel San Francisco
Helenanne Connolly  Partner Reston
Elizabeth Lewis  Senior Counsel Washington, DC, Reston
Joshua Mates  Partner San Francisco
Gerard O'Shea  Partner New York
Miriam Petrillo  Special Counsel Chicago
Bronwyn L. Roberts  Special Counsel Boston
Chris Stack  Partner London
Laura Terlouw  Special Counsel San Francisco
Ryan Vann  Partner Chicago
Lois Voelz  Senior Counsel Palo Alto
Summer Wynn  Partner San Diego, Los Angeles – Santa Monica
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