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 2,700+ 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

Complex Employment Powerhouse

– BTI Consulting Group

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  • Law360: Litigation Powerhouse
  • Chambers USA: Employment & Labor
  • Legal 500 US: Employment & Labor
Group contacts
Wendy Brenner Partner, Palo Alto
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
Joshua Mates Partner, San Francisco
Gerard O'Shea Partner, New York
Michael Sheetz Partner, Boston
Gregory Tenhoff Partner, Palo Alto
Lois Voelz Senior Counsel, Palo Alto
Summer Wynn Partner, San Diego
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