Practice in the area of traditional labor relations and labor law is one of the strengths of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Labor and Employment team. Many law firms maintain employment law departments but have very weak traditional labor practices. That is not the case with Kilpatrick Townsend. We have maintained a sophisticated, nationwide labor law practice for more than 60 years, and we will continue to provide these services to our clients as part of our commitment to representing employers in all aspects of the employment relationship.
Our labor attorneys work closely with our clients on the requirements imposed by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and other federal labor laws. We represent employers in representation case and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board as well as labor litigation in the federal courts. For clients with unionized work forces, our attorneys negotiate collective bargaining agreements, represent employers in arbitration proceedings and provide legal advice to ensure that our clients’ rights and interests are protected. In the event of a strike or picketing, we counsel employers on the many legal issues associated with such activity and provide rapid-fire responses to striker or picket misconduct, thereby helping our clients maintain operations and minimize the risks of unfair labor practice charges.
For companies facing union organizing drives, we offer comprehensive, sophisticated representation with due regard to the rights of employees and employers. Rather than encourage “scorched earth” tactics based on cookie-cutter campaign recipes, we approach each campaign as an educational process founded on every client’s unique culture. This approach has allowed our clients to achieve success in some of the largest and most challenging union campaigns in the nation.
We also work closely with clients to develop winning labor relations strategies with respect to changes in business structure including acquisitions, mergers, plant closings and reductions in force. In this regard, we partner with our colleagues from other areas of practice including employee benefits and corporate law to make sure we provide comprehensive solutions to our clients’ circumstances. By doing so, we help our clients avoid costly mistakes and oversights that sometimes occur in corporate transactions.
While some law firms treat traditional labor law as a forgotten practice area, we regard it as a dynamic field of extreme importance to many employers. When the need arises for experienced representation in complex labor relations matters, we are ready.