New York, June 13, 2011 – International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges today announced that Human Resource Executive Magazine and Lawdragon, a media company dedicated to the legal community, have selected three Weil attorneys for inclusion on the 2011 “100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” list: Jeffrey S. Klein, Gary D. Friedman and Allan Dinkoff. Additionally, Nicholas J. Pappas was named to Lawdragon’s “40 Up and Comers” list.
“Our Employment Litigation group has consistently been ranked as one of the best in the country and we are honored that many of the firm’s clients regularly turn to our group for advice,” said Executive Partner Barry Wolf. “I want to congratulate Jeff, Gary, Allan and Nicholas for receiving this outstanding recognition. It’s emblematic of the depth of our practice that handles high-stakes employment matters and delivers sophisticated and practical advice in complex cases.”
Weil partner Jeffrey Klein, Chair of the firm’s National Employment Practice, has been selected to Lawdragon’s “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” list each year since its inception. Mr. Klein represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment relations law, with a particular emphasis on class action litigation involving employment discrimination and healthcare benefits. His practice also focuses on trade secrets litigation and executive employment counseling. He has received numerous industry accolades for his work, including selection as one of the “500 Best Lawyers in the United States” in 2010 by Lawdragon and The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2011.
Gary Friedman represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, and has extensive expertise in defending employers in complex employment discrimination and wage/hour class and collective actions. Mr. Friedman also frequently litigates trade secrets and restrictive covenant cases and has handled numerous employment arbitrations, particularly before FINRA. He has consistently been ranked by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 as a leader in the employment field, and is a frequent speaker and writer on industry issues.
Allan Dinkoff’s practice focuses on defending discrimination class actions, as well as restrictive covenant litigation, wage and hour issues and complex arbitrations. He regularly assists companies inside and outside of financial services in crafting policies to minimize the risks of litigation and to further diversity and inclusion. Previously, Mr. Dinkoff was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., where he ran the firm’s Employment Law Group and was responsible for Merrill Lynch’s employment issues worldwide. There, he advised the Board of Directors and executive management on employment and related matters, negotiated executive compensation and separation arrangements, and successfully defended discrimination and wage and hour class and collective actions.
In addition to securing three attorneys on the Top 100 list, Weil’s Nicholas Pappas was named to Lawdragon’s “40 Up and Comers” list which highlights the next generation of rising stars in Employment law. Mr. Pappas works on complex ERISA matters as a partner in the firm’s Employment Litigation and Complex Commercial Litigation practice groups. More specifically, Mr. Pappas focuses on the defense of ERISA class actions challenging the administration of health care benefit plans, 401(k) plans and defined benefit plans. In these matters, he regularly litigates and counsels on sophisticated legal issues arising in ERISA litigation, including preemption, standing, exhaustion, fiduciary status, disclosure obligations, withdrawal liability, plan termination, and benefit accrual.
Attorneys in Weil’s Employment Litigation Group specialize in high stakes class action defense in the discrimination, wage and hour and ERISA areas and other complex employment litigation and arbitration matters. Weil’s employment lawyers are frequently retained to advise corporate boards, board committees and senior management in connection with internal employment-related investigations and on other sensitive issues that go to the core of their clients’ business. They also speak and write extensively on topics in the employment field and work closely with clients to develop internal procedures and protocols to minimize litigation exposure.
The Top 100 “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” list is developed for Human Resource Executive magazine by Lawdragon, a Los Angeles-based networking site for lawyers and clients. Attorneys were selected on the basis of curriculum-vitae analyses, evaluations by clients and peers, and reporting by Lawdragon staff.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (www.weil.com), an international law firm of over 1,200 lawyers, including approximately 300 partners, is headquartered in New York with offices in Beijing, Boston, Budapest, Dallas, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Miami, Munich, Paris, Prague, Providence, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Warsaw, Washington, D.C. and Wilmington.